Perth’s modern day bogans dressed as tennis players


“I didn’t have control.

“I wanted my boy to be happy and have friends, but what I saw unfold was horrible and while I don’t think my child started to behave violently, he was certainly starting to look menacing and his attitude towards life was appalling.

“That’s when I drew the line.”

The mother said her son, now 17, had turned a new leaf.

“He was lost, he just needed direction, a firm boundary and a parent to uplift himself, not fear him and take control,” she said.

“He changed that day, let go of the attitude, changed his clothes, reconnected with his creative friends and is now a well-known DJ for the parties at home.”

Brutally fucked for a pair of shoes

Violent theft of athletic shoes is apparently a growing problem here in Australia.

One of the most serious in recent years came on February 13, 2020, when a group of Perth high school students hit 20-year-old Matthew Henson before stealing his shoes and bag.

Mr Henson suffered life-threatening injuries and was in the intensive care unit at Royal Perth Hospital before being transferred to the State Rehabilitation Center.

It was part of the eshay subculture.

During the trial, it was revealed that the bashing occurred after one of the teens saw Mr Henson on a bus and suspected he was responsible for stealing the shoes of a friend of his for months. early.

Fremantle’s mother said she had friends and their children who had also been attacked in senseless acts of violence.

“More recently, a kind and gentle boy was harassed for his chain and shoes by a group of teenagers,” she said.

“When he refused, they attacked him.

“Another friend’s son was attacked on the beach by 10 boys who jumped from the bushes as he was walking up the path.

“My own boys have been harassed and attacked in the skate park, a place where they should be able to skate in peace and safety.

“You can see it being marketed on Instagram and used as a promotional tool. “

James Hall, Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at ECU

“It’s terrifying and there are so many other stories.

“Something must be done, these selfish and cruel acts of senseless violence must be stopped. “

James Hall, professor of media and cultural studies at Edith Cowan University, said the Eshay subculture was mainly inhabited by young men from areas of low socio-economic wealth and working-class suburbs.

“It is generally considered to have emerged from the western suburbs of Sydney in the mid-2000s, although more locally we can see parallels and intersections with the Flushing subculture,” he said.

“These are often groups of young people who are excluded or unable to identify with traditional and dominant representations and expectations of young people.

“The importance of style is significant when we talk about subcultures.

“Bodgies, widgies, punks, goths, rinsers, we associate these groups very closely with a particular aesthetic, almost a uniform.

“The rinsers have adopted aspects of the baggy style of the 90s, rave culture with caps and street wear, while the eshays are closely tied to specific fashion styles, particular clothing and in some cases. , to specific brands. “

Mr Hall said the eshay style has become mainstream.

“You can see it being marketed on Instagram and used as a promotional tool. “

Should parents be worried?

Clinical psychologist Donna Stambulich said it is normal for adolescents to seek to identify with and belong to a group.

“It’s a way for adolescents to take an important psychological and developmental milestone by separating from their families,” she said.

“However, with eshays, due to the typical socio-economic background they come from, it is kind of an extension of what has been modeled at home.

“While it can be nice to feel like you belong to a community, especially a community that shares similar struggles, eshay culture is closely linked to gangs and violence.

“More often than not, eshays rely on Centrelink and crime to finance their way of life, including problematic drug use.”

She said that with their distinct look, including mules, rat tails or sleazy hairstyles, it could be very difficult for them to present themselves well in a job interview.

“It leaves them little chance to break the cycle they find themselves in,” she said.

“It also highlights the idea that the best predictor of how we’re going to become is directly related to the person we spend time with, so it’s fair to say that belonging to this sub- particular culture will not be excellent. “

Ms Stambulich said that while most eshays are harmless and more “talk than walk”, it could lead some down the path of self-destruction and incarceration.

Fremantle’s mother saw this firsthand.

“A friend of my son who had continued to hang out with a crowd of eshays was caught one night pestering a boy for his shoes,” she said.

“When the poor kid turned around, he faced a terrifying group of children who then brutally shot him.

“It sent shivers down our family. His mother was beside herself and the young boy was looking at the time in juvie.

“He is indeed one of the ‘lost children’ because he has huge identity and self-confidence issues and doesn’t know where else he belongs.”

She said juvenile detention was not the solution for these children.

“Adolescence is a very difficult and vulnerable age of identity crisis and the desire to be accepted – it’s an easy time to fall with the wrong crowd,” she said.

Mr Hall said the threat posed by eshays is often overestimated.

“When these subcultures emerge from groups of young people in disadvantaged socio-economic areas, they are generally portrayed as a threat to the security and values ​​of the middle class,” he said.

“In my field, we usually discuss this as moral panic, the idea that this group is a real threat to everyday life and values ​​when it really isn’t.

“It was violent video games and heavy metal music in my day, but we’ve seen the same arguments made by conservatives around same-sex marriage.

“With youth subcultures, the association with petty crime is always overestimated.

“In general, you can see that there is no correlation with these groups and their criminal behavior and their crime statistics. “

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