Mean Streets: The Wellington Bootboy

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Softballhead 1981


The skinhead/ bootboy scene had been existing parallel to punk since 1981. Gangs like the The Wainui Skins and The Terrace Terrorways, were made up of bored, pissed off youth ready for action. Their involvement with punk music was slight with occasional attempts at bands such as the Knives of West 11, but they directly affected the local punk scene, making up numbers at gigs and introducing a hardcore element prone to violent conflict.