The Skinhead scene is a subculture that originated among working class youths in the United Kingdom in the 1960s and came to the forefront in the 1970s, this subculture then spread to other parts of the world.
Named for their close-cropped or shaven heads, the first skinheads were greatly influenced by West Indian (specifically Jamaican) rude boys and British Mods, they have a very distinctive fashion, music and lifestyle. Originally, the Skinhead subculture was primarily based on those elements, not politics or race.
Since then, however, attitudes toward race and politics have become factors to which some skinheads align themselves. The political spectrum within the skinhead scene ranges from the far right to the far left, although many skinheads are apolitical. Fashion-wise, skinheads range from a clean-cut 1960s Mod influenced style to the Punk and Hardcore styles.