—01. Images from 40s & 50s.
'The look: bad boys of Brooklyn. The Hawks, the Saints, the Socialistic Gents lived a hard, fast life dealing dope, wielding weapons, and dodging the fuzz. They were tough, and they dressed even tougher—thick leather boots, paired with cuffed dungarees, held up with a giant brass belt buckle and buttoned, collared shirt; a cropped leather jacket made for easy back pocket access to a switchblade or comb. The smoother criminal chose an extra large suit jacket and dress shirt worn with baggy, pleated slacks and shiny black shoes. An overly sized overcoat made for clever concealment of weapons and stolen goods. Some boys wore their hair thick and slicked back, others sported a nifty newsboy or bowler hat. These candid photo's taken in the 1940s and 1950s really depict an era of violence and fearlessness among teens.'