Blackburn Sth Sharps!

A Skins ‘n’ Sharps Exhibition will be held from Sunday 4th of July 2010 @ The Kustom Lane Gallery, 8 Luton Lane, Hawthorn.

Googled “Blackburn South Sharps” and found this grouse site!

Larry Jenkins, aka ESOTERIC, is the photographer responsible for the now infamous “Sharpie” photos recently [sic] exhibited at ACMI / Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia.

Larry was the leader of the notorious street gang the “BLACKBURN SOUTH SHARPS” from 1972-1977 when the Sharpie sub-culture was at its peak and the working class suburbs of Melbourne were a tough and violent place to grow up. These photographs represent a period from 1975-1976 in Australian sub-cultural history and are one of the few photographic records of that time. Larry began taking photos at the age of 16 using a pocket camera, when he started working as an apprentice motor mechanic and spent his weekly wage developing his shots…

See also :

::: Sharpies – A Unique Australian Subculture

“The recent fascination with Sharpies leaves you wondering – when did a spotted past in suburban Australia become an object of fascination rather than derision?”

::: The Sharpies – Cult Gangs of the Sixties and Seventies

In the 60’s and 70’s the streets of Melbourne were full of gangs but it was the Sharpies, enemies of the Hippies and Mods that held the power on the street. For a mean bunch of kids they were extremely fashion conscious with their crest-knit black shirts and personally designed cardigans. But as Saturday night fever exploded the Sharpies started to conform until the gang slowly faded away.

::: Blackburn South Sharps on Wikipedia :

The Blackburn South Sharps were the most prominent of the 1972-1977 Melbourne ‘sharpie’ gangs. The Sharpies were unique [?] to Melbourne and are an important element of Melbourne’s history in that their clothes were not a copy of US or UK fashion and they listened to Melbourne rock bands. Sharpies were an early precursor to the Australian phenomenon of bogans.

[On ‘bogans’, see also Michelle Griffin, ‘Bogansville: meet the new in-crowd’, The Age, July 16, 2002. NB. The lexicographers at the ANU claim that the earliest trace they can find for the term is 1985, but I can recall its use in 1983.]

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2016 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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360 Responses to Blackburn Sth Sharps!

  1. johnpaul says:

    hi, im back, with a new laptop. hi Noel yer im all good hows about u hope its all good 4 u. and Chris oh, all i can say is u were right, and thanks 4 the insight.

  2. noel says:

    yep not bad buddy and C OH how are you doing mate
    take care boys

  3. Julie Mac says:

    A sad note to let the Sharpie family know that our old mate Chris O’Halloran passed away.

    @ndy thanks for your help in getting old mates back together through your site.

    Facebook seems to have taken over now

  4. Anon says:

    just wondering if any of you people have photos of my uncle Shane Goodfellow?
    trying to learn more about him and a Julie?

  5. Les Nagy says:

    If I remember correctly the only shoes Melbourne and suburbs sharpies wore were called Venus. An Italian guy in Richmond had the market for these chisel toed Cuban heeled marvels. The upmarket ones were the suede versions. Looked great. They also had black with the dark burgundy v shaped overlays. Connie cardigans with the checkerboard pattern and Crestknits were also mandatory. The striped cardigans with the little belts on the back and the colour patterns of a dark background with deep red thinning lines was awesome fashion at the time. Then it all just stopped. It was over. I was from Doveton and we had an ongoing hatred for the Jordanville sharpies. Mainly due to the local football… which often ended in violence… strange days indeed… I miss the fashion of that era. There was style in that form.

  6. jp sharp side says:

    hi to all, Julie so sorry, its been a sad day today, havent been online 4 a bit, the news of chris rest in peace my brother, a man amongst men, not too many of us old school boys left, so when I meet with u and the rest of us old school boys again, we’ll teach god how to party bros. as tears drop Julie I know its a bit late but did chris have a decent farewell? shaterd let me know if I can do anything, im shaterd, well that took the talk out of me, be safe be good bros and sisters. shaterd. yo noel how u been mate?

  7. jp sharp side wa says:

    hi to all ive got to tell you all a bed time story, how the village idiots play there games here down town hillman w. a . the bush wackers club, haha, got a little bit of a problem with cash that belongs to me here, the code what code, im the only one here that lives by it, and im a sitting duck because of it, the cd sirens, tr 1 tr 3, right on bros, anyways the bed time story sitting duck no I played the players, so instead of doing the right thing and pay me, they tryed a run threw on the lone sharp, well im glad to say they fucked up, there was this big silverback and another bit of shit bam bam thank u mam, she come to the door like my best mate, I slammed the door shut that hard it was like a shotgun gone off, the silverback jumped about two feet off the ground, got them on security system, funny as, that far from pissing me self, so in the morning I put a sign up that my little girl gave me years ago as a gift, and these lowlifes live close they can see my house, it gos like this, no trespassing violators will be shot, survivors will be shot again, and because of recording off these two movie stars, I also put a scream mask up for sale in the big front window so they could see, hahahaha.

  8. Julie Mac says:

    jp I haven’t been on for a long time and I am sorry I missed your post. Most of us have found each other on

    Chris had a fitting farewell, but nothing can prepare anyone for the loss of a vibrant, passionate and beautiful man, especially Chris’s young daughter and all of their friends.

    Chris thumped into me the importance of the 1960s sharpies (and the early 70s sharpies) and I will forever be grateful and I hope that I have honored his insight by acknowledging the decades.

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