If mod culture revival is your thing then you certainly will adore Bob. Bob Morris is the mod culture expert for 2013. He lives, breathes and knows everything about the influences of this era. In his own words. I love the mod scene – it’s definitely coming back with Bradley Wiggins and bands like The Strypes and The Spitfires.
What is Mod Culture?
The original mod scene was linked with amphetamine, inlcuding all-night dancing at clubs. From the 1960s the mass media define mod in a wider sense. Anything that is the now, to be seen in and fashionable, or modern. Mod (from modernist) is a subculture that started in London, England, round about the late 1950s and soared in the early to mid-1960s. The mod subculture included fashion mainly tailor-made suits; music, ranging in British Beat music, African American Soul, Jamaican ska, and R&B; and motor scooters.
British pubs, closed at about 11 pm. So Coffee bars became the place to be seen at for youths, because they were open until the early hours of the morning. The Coffee bars owned jukeboxes. If your music was good enough some bars allowed space in their machines for the students’ to promote their own records. In the late 1950s, coffee bars played a lot of jazz and blues. Like anything regarding the mod culture the music to be listened to in the 1960s, was R&B.
Mod Culture Fashion Labels for 2013
Well this is a great starting point label by Liam Gallagher, the former front man of Oasis, called Pretty Green.
Shots by Olly Clark & MSF
Who is Bob Morris
Bob has been passionate with mod culture since he was at school. One of his first school loves was buying a scooter two weeks after his 17th birthday. When it comes to style expert and icon for this era, Bob knows his stuff inside out. Bob has collected many things regarding this era some being a TV 175 series 2 Lambretta from 1960 and a Triumph Tigress.
This is a love story regarding scooters. He said: “I love doing scooters up but I hate selling them. Bob thinks, “The mod revival will probably last another 12 months, before it falls out of fashion again.” I think Bob it’s here to stay in a very subtle way.
Lower Marsh- Scoot The Thames
I read about Scoot The Thames which is a ride-out of many scooters coming together organised by Bob. It’s scooter riding around several London bridges which looked very cool by the way. It all ends at www.wearewaterloo.co.uk/listings/cafe-del-marsh. The instant thing about this place was all about community. They dressed the part, looked the part and loved seeing each other. The respect for this mod culture was high and great to see. And the scooters on display were just very cool.
Bob chooses Lower Marsh as the end point for Scoot The Thames because of his long-term respect for the street, which he describes as “old London – everyone looks out for each other.” Trust me if you like mods, like scooters, like the 60s or love Lower Marsh and it is something you want to become a regular part of, then email [email protected] you won’t be disappointed. Bob is so approachable well respected and for me the style icon for this era.
Images by Olly Clarke Photograpy