STATION TO STATION
"With all vital cultural movements their existence is based on fact and mythology, a few remnants of photographs, the odd archived local news reel, usually following trouble. Be that Mods at the seaside, Skinheads at a gig, Punks in the town centre or Casuals on an away day.
The rest relies on personal accounts and that is where the vital mythology of the culture comes to life; what was worn, how it was worn, who was present, who were the faces, did half a dozen turn into 15 then 50? Look closely at those photo's and you will notice the ones at the front have it nailed but those to the side are two steps behind in the sartorial pecking order.
In truth, those kids may not have had the why and wherefore to get the best gear but their spirit was just as vital to keep the movement alive.
My homage to the footwear of the early casual movement (and its later incarnations) is based on personal anecdotes from mates who followed their look and team both home and away.
I realise I will have missed out other contenders for the crown of ultimate casual trainer but they will have to wait for another day.
On another note, Station to Station also references Bowie's 1976 release; just on the cusp of the earliest incarnations of the casual movement. My chosen trainer has always been Adidas Samba but as a poor kid I had to make do with Kicks."
FROM THIS DAY ON
I will love
I will sing
I will dance
I will embrace each new dawn
I will be me
I will not suffer fools
I will show you x
This print is a continuation of the 'Girl With The Wind In Her Hair' collection. The girl in the red coat by the sea front has been a feature of Pete's work from day one, over 10 years ago.