There are so many Italian skinheads living in London today, one wonders when they’ll start running out of them back home. Younger on average than the indigenous skinhead population, they infuse our scene with the kind of energy only a country shaped like a steel-capped boot could produce.
True enough, the relationship between the local tribes and new arrivals has sometimes been a bit… tense. To contribute to a better understanding between the two, we thought we’d find out more about Italian skinheads and their specific history. Who better to ask than Flavio Frezza, who has written a book called Italia Skins?
Crombieboy spoke to him about Italian skins past and present, and we’re proud to present the resulting interview:
PART 1 – From ‘nihilist punk’ to skinhead
PART 2 – Bands, politics & trouble
PART 3 – Today and tomorrow
Many thanks to Valentina G of Italian Skinheads for kindly letting us use her pictures. Oi Oi!
Italia Skins is out on Hellnation Libri/Red Star Press now.