Punk Riding a Vespa Scooter – Shirts and Gifts

Scooter Punk riding a Vespa Scooter T-shirts and Gits


Well, about a week ago finished up the design of a vintage Vespa Scooter being ridden by a “punk” chap sporting a blue mohawk hair style.  Wanted to create a “from the front” scooter design for quite awhile, I’m happy with the results.  In the future will probably create another to dress up with front rack and mirror it out “Mod” style.  I’m offering this design on almost 100 different products at our Zazzle.com/scooterbaby store.  You can choose from a huge offering of t-shirt styles, colors and sizes, stickers, coffee mugs, commuter mugs, postcards, magnets, button pins, tote bags and many other gift items.  Have a look!


Scooter Punk Tshirts
Scooter Punk Tshirts by scooterbaby
Long Sleeves, Great Look
Scooter Punk Tees
Scooter Punk Tees by scooterbaby
Available in many colors and styles.
Scooter Punk SIGG Traveler 1.0L Water Bottle
Scooter Punk SIGG Traveler 1.0L Water Bottle by scooterbaby
Water Bottles available in different sizes and colors.
Scooter Punk Postcard
Scooter Punk Postcard by scooterbaby
You can choose background color.
Scooter Punk Classic Round Sticker
Scooter Punk Classic Round Sticker by scooterbaby
Choose background color, add text to personalize if you wish.

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The Mods, Vespa Scooters and the Sixties

Mods riding a tricked out Vespa Scooter.Vespa clubs popped up throughout Europe, and by 1952, worldwide Vespa Club membership had surpassed 50,000. By the mid-1950s, Vespas were being manufactured under licence in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Spain; in the 1960s, production was started in India, Brazil and Indonesia.  Soon Vespa clubs expanded throughout Europe driven by the popularity of Vespas and Lambretta Scooters.

Mod is a subculture that began in 1960s Britain and spread, in varying degrees, to other countries and continues today on a smaller scale. Focused on music and fashion, the subculture has its roots in a small group of London-based stylish young men in the late 1950s who were termed modernists because they listened to modern jazz, although the subculture expanded to include women.

Many mods drove motor scooters, usually Vespas or Lambrettas. Scooters were a practical and affordable form of transportation for 1960s teens and young adults, and in the early 1970s, public transport stopped relatively early in the night. For teens with low-paying jobs, scooters were cheaper and easier to park than cars, and they could be bought through newly-available hire purchase plans.

Mod Club Meet-up. Scooters on display.Mods also treated scooters as a fashion accessory. Italian scooters were preferred due to their clean-lined, curving shapes and gleaming chrome. For young mods, Italian scooters were the “embodiment of continental style and a way to escape the working-class row houses of their upbringing”. Mods customised their scooters by painting them in “two-tone and candyflake and overaccessorized with luggage racks, crash bars, and scores of mirrors and fog lights”. Some mods added four, ten, or as many as 30 mirrors to their scooters. They often put their names on the small windscreen. They sometimes took their engine side panels and front bumpers to electroplating shops to get them covered in highly reflective chrome.

Hard mods (who later evolved into the skinheads) began riding scooters more for practical reasons. Their scooters were either unmodified or cutdown, which was nicknamed a “skelly”. Lambrettas were cutdown to the bare frame, and the unibody (monocoque)-design Vespas had their body panels slimmed down or reshaped.

Royal Air Force roundel, a mod symbolAfter the seaside resort brawls, the media began to associate Italian scooters with violent mods. The media described groups of mods riding scooters together as a “menacing symbol of group solidarity” that was “converted into a weapon”. With events like the November 6, 1966, “scooter charge” on Buckingham Palace, the scooter, along with the mods’ short hair and suits, began to be seen as a symbol of subversion.

As many British rock bands of the mid-1960s began to adopt a mod look and following, the scope of the subculture grew beyond its original confines and the focus began to change. By the summer of 1966, the proletarian aspects of the scene in London had waned, as the more fashion and pop-culture elements continued to grow, not only in England, but elsewhere. This period, portrayed in Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 film Blowup, was typified by pop art, Carnaby Street boutiques, live music, and discothèques. Many associate this era with fashion model Twiggy, miniskirts, and bold geometrical patterns on brightly coloured clothes. It would exert a considerable influence on the worldwide spread of mod, particularly in the United States.[

As mod was going through transformation in England, it became all the rage in the United States and around the world, as many young people adopted its look. However, the worldwide experience differed from that of the early scene in London in that it was based mainly on the pop culture aspect, influenced by British rock musicians. By now, mod was thought of more as a general youth-culture style rather than as a separate subgroup among different contentious factions. Countless American musicians, in the wake of the British Invasion, would adopt the look of mod clothes, longer hair, and Beatle boots. The exploitation documentary, Mondo Mod, provides a glimpse at mod’s influence on the Sunset Strip and West Hollywood scene of late 1966. Mod would become increasingly associated with psychedelic rock and the early hippie movement, by 1967, when more exotic looks, such as Nehru jackets and love beads came into vogue. Its trappings were reflected on popular TV shows such as Laugh-In and The Mod Squad.


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Collection of Scooter Stickers

Collection of Scooter Stickers all grouped together for easy viewing.  Huge selection of vintage scooter designs for decorating you scoot, helmet and anything you desire.  Stickers are available in many differrent shapes and sizes, you can change the background color if you desire by using the “Customize It” button on the product detail page.  Oh, and add  custom text too!

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