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Before Punks There Were Sharpies – 40 Vintage Portrait Photos of Australia's Most Fashionable Gang from the 1960s and 1970s

The roots of the Sharpie subculture lie in the influx of European immigrants in Australia in the early 1960s. The name 'Sharpie' originated from the fashion; it was all about the clothes and looking sharp, and flash. The first wave of Sharpies from 1964 - 1970 were strongly influenced by the 1964 Rockers and the style of certain Italian migrants. Demeanor was tough, hair was short back and sides and clothing was custom made by European tailors, thus allowing for a blend of neo-thirties suave combined with a contemporary larrikin attitude.
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