i havent put much on this blog under the category “vintage” since that would be pretty much the whole blog.
i kind of wonder if i should´nt have though, to attract the “right” crowd (or rather their attention).
more or less everything on the blog ranges from the 1700´s to 1980´s and includes highland wear, punk, flappers, swing, victorian and edwardian clothes.
Actually not so much of an oxymoron.
Source: Afro – Punk http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/an-oxymorons-dream-the-black
Raised in Jamaica, Queens of NYC, McDaniel felt the same way many Blacks in alt-culture had about their neighborhoods, out of place. His community saturated with mainstream hip hop, gangs, drugs and ghetto mentality, McDaniel did not want to follow what surrounded him and ensnaring the other youths in his neighborhood. He did indeed listen to some hip hop of the time such as Biggie Smalls and Nas but not much. He expressed, “In my community, people tried to be thugs at 10, 14, 15.” McDaniel saw the dead-end aspect that affected his hood and where it stemmed from.
Besides hip hop, McDaniel was exposed to genres for his mother listed to smooth jazz and classics. However, he found his heart in the aggressiveness of punk.
It was a London friend that over in Howard Beach, Queens that introduced him to punk. McDaniel hung out in the Italian dominated neighborhood learning how to skateboard in his early teens.
Around thirteen or fourteen years old, McDaniel grew deeper into punk and so did his look. Black Flag “My War” was his anthem but he was a Black kid in a private Catholic school. Embracing the DIY nature of punk, McDaniel would modify his school uniform and wear a trench coat with combat boots, mimicking his punk friend but the worlds they lived in were very different for he was Black and the friend was White. As expected in any Black alt-circles, McDaniel caught plenty of criticism from the Black community and became an outcast outside the monolith.
McDaniel was about eighteen or nineteen and attending a show he had seen a group of English guys who covered in tattoos but very clean cut and well respected in the club. No one ran into them or disrespected them; they looked like nerds who could rough up anyone. They held McDaniel’s eye but he never went up to speak to any of them…until he saw one walking down the street one day.
Enchanted by the straight edge and clean cut look, McDaniel had approached the man and asked him about his look. The clean-cut looking man replied, “I’m a skinhead” and McDaniel was taken aback. He thought the same thing everyone else did about skinheads: that they were racist and Nazis. Perplexed, McDaniel did some research and listened to a song the clean-cut skinhead had given him titled “Skinhead Moonstomp,” which was a mixture of ska and reggae. McDaniel described being astounded by the beats of the music and decided to dig deeper again.
The first Black skinhead McDaniel met was walking down the street with yellow laces in his boots, in his 40’s and an NYC old guard punk from the ‘80’s. His name was Joe. McDaniel stuck to him strongly and Joe became his mentor. He had straightened up Mc Daniel’s look, which was sorely needed at the time, and gave McDaniel a special piece of advice: “When you see a Black in the alt scene, talk to them. If they’re a freak, make them your friend. Don’t shun them.” It is also from Joe had McDaniel learn about S.H.A.R.P. –Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice – and the NYC chapter although plenty of the original members had dispersed. Joe taught McDaniel the dress code of a Sharp: White laces were for nazi, red laces meant communist, the American flag was always on the right arm, the pins were always precise and the Sharp should always look sharp, never show a sloppy appearance, to name a few.
The designs are current but a reflection on the past ‘skinhead’ subculture stlye which give it a retro look. The trousers are made from tartan.
Black Tartan Clan. Celtic Punk
Fred Perry MaacQueen Tartan Shirt.
This shirt would actually fit Skinheads,Punks or Rockabillies equally well.
eBay: Find Punk RED Tartan/Plaid cigarette PANTS THERMAL LEGGING…
I have been known to wear something similar, though mine had a black and white tartan and was originally equipped with a “kilt”.
Despite being totally contemporary they take me back to Blondie and Kim Wilde a lot.
Thats a compliment.
I love how Maja´s voice tells everybody to f*ck of with every line.
Fine mix of pop / rock / punk, late 70´s, 80´s and….now.
Their debut album, Living in America, was released in 2002, with the follow up Dying to Say This to You on 21 March 2006. Their third album,Crossing the Rubicon, was released on 2 June 2009, and their latest, Something To Die For, will be released on 29 March 2011.
Lead singer Maja Ivarsson is explicit about her ambition, claiming “I want to be the best female vocalist around…of at least this century”.She was featured on Cobra Starship‘s “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)“, for the film Snakes on a Plane. In addition to Ivarsson’s contribution to the Snakes soundtrack, the entire band is featured as track 6, “Queen of Apology”, remixed by Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump.
Band members Jesper Anderberg and Felix Rodriguez have recently been working as songwriters for other artists, among them the Dutch pop band Krezip and the Swedish punk band Quit Your Dayjob.
For Krezip’s latest album (Plug it In), the pair wrote three songs: “All My Life”, “Play This Game With Me” and “You’re Wrong”. “All My Life” has been one of the most played songs of 2008 in Holland. Krezip’s album Plug It In was also produced by Adel Dahdal (with Peter Mansson), who produced The Sounds’ debut album Living in America together with Jimmy Monell.