Skinstreet: The Skinhead Way of Life
After the success of Amplified Youth, an amazing report on the indie scene and the new rock 'n roll fever, Angelo Sindaco continues to dig into the faults of modernity. Pressurized energy, about to explode: he is a spy of the conflict that started at the borders and has spread to the centre. Skinstreet is the last book by the photographer, with images shot around Europe and the United States. Sindaco is mapping the mutant geography of the street scene, he is an authentic cultural Jedi like Drago. The challenge, this time, is in the controversial, usually demonized, world of the shaved heads. A former skinhead himself, Angelo Sindaco revisits his past with his camera, immortalizing one of the most "esoteric" tribes on the globe. According to the author it is "a world apart" and "hard to approach." Equally radical, is the code required to adapt and blend in. Starting with the intrinsic rite of shaving to boots, leather jackets and heavy tattoos. This is the look, thecomplete dress-code of the urban warrior. It has been like this since the 60s, true to its white working class roots. Criticised by the orthodox, the skinheads damned charm has an irresistible appeal to the gay community. So, from the outside, the phenomenon ends under the lights of the paparazzi: on the catwalks and the fashion magazines. However, the "gonzos" of the counter-culture don't surrender to the temptations of show business. Instead, they continue to protectively foster their identity, avoiding all sorts of contaminations. Hard and pure until the end. Through the eye of Angelo Sindaco, it is possible to discover them in their extreme and unsettling habitat. An alien dimension inhabited by secular "Krishna's," devoted to resistance. The volume includes a collection of essays by David Gross (N.Y. Times, Newsday, Farrar Straus Giroux) and Federico Chiara (Vogue Italia).