The Sharpies


Tadhg Taylor’s definitive book Top Fellas tracks the “two-fisted, two-decade” history of sharp from its emergence (parallel to mod in the UK) through successive and distinctive Oz responses to skinhead, glam and punk.

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According to Taylor, the “killer elite” were the Top Fellas: “To be a Top Fella you had to be handy in a blue (fight), hell on the dance floor, cocksure with a brush and dapper as all get-out.”

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Excerpt from Greg Macainsh’s 1974 film about sharpies. The tough and stylish Australian music/fashion youth cult which sprang from Melbourne’s blue collar suburbs.

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