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Clarks In Jamaica // Al Newman

March 7, 2013

Clarks in Jamaica is a book by DJ and designer Al Newman AKA Al Fingers, providing a colourful take on Clarks’ celebrated status on the island, where for decades they have ruled as the “champion shoes”.

“Being from England, where Clarks are traditionally perceived as the shoes of children and pensioners, I’ve always been intrigued by the Jamaican fascination with Clarks shoes and the way they are referenced within Jamaican music. Vybz Kartel’s song ‘Clarks’ brought the phenomenon to many people’s attention in 2010, but the relationship goes back way further, and in compiling this book I wanted to bring attention to that, highlighting the works of artists such as Dillinger and Little John who had sung about Clarks many years before. “

Al Newman

Here’s a selection of photographs from the book:

Jah Stitch beside his soundsystem on Princess Street, Kingston, 2011. Photo: Mark Read

Trinity outside Mixing Lab studio, Kingston, 2011. Photo: Mark Read

Dennis Alcapone wearing Wallabees on the cover of his LP, Guns Don’t Argue (Jaguar, 1971). Photo: Alty Benjamin.

Al Newman AKA Al Fingers is a DJ, musician and graphic designer based in London. His previous books include “DPM: An Encyclopedia Of Camouflage” for Maharishi and “Greensleeves, The First 100 Covers” for Stüssy Deluxe. He set-up the publishing imprint One Love Books in 2012. |

Mark Read is a documentary/portrait photographer whose work has been published in National Geographic, Time Magazine, the Guardian, the Sunday Times and the Saturday Telegraph.