You can say what you like about U.S. Army/Air Force parkas, they are undeniably immersed in mod culture. Whether you still wear one as a tribal rite, or to ward off the cold or just because it's "mod" or because, well you've always worn one OR you don't wear one because you think they're for "kids" or they're shabby or make you look like a revivalist "moddy boy" I think we can all agree they have their place in mod lore. Here's a peek at some parkas....
Original mods Portobello Market, 1964 by Phillip Townsend
The most famous parka of all: The Who's
1973 "Quadrophenia" LP sleeve.
Mod at The Court Tavern, New Brunswick NJ 1994
Mod at Gunnison Beach, Sandy Hook, NJ 2003
Mods outside The Dive, NYC, NY 1985
A confused U.K. mod who's sewn a US
Navy patch on his sleeve, 1964
The U.S. M-1965 parka w/ itchy/
ugly synthetic hood
The REAL deal, the M-1951 parka with fox fur hood.
Photo from the "Quadrophenia" LP picture booklet.
U.K. 60's mods, Easter 1966 pic c/o Don Hughes "Friday On My Mind"
book, borrowed from "Photos from Original Modernists 1959-1966"
Ageing mods in (l t r) a Ben Sherman parka, an M-1951 and an
A VERY scary parka from a site that
specializes in "retro gear" (snigger).
And that £25 also comes with a free ass kicking
because you're a complete tw*t!
My parka of choice in the 80's: a West German army job.
Also served me well for a bit in the late 90's...a Swedish army parka