John photographed on August 20th 1980, in New York City.
"They all thought I was a Ted at Art College when I arrived. Then I became a bit artier, as they all do, but I still dressed like a Ted, in black with tight drainies. Arthur Ballard, one of the lecturers, said I should change a bit, not wear them as tight. He was good, Arthur Ballard, he helped me, kept me on when others wanted to chuck me out.
I wasn’t really a Ted, just a Rocker. I was imitating Teds, pretending to be one. I was never a real one, with chains and real gangs. If I’d met a proper Ted I’d have been shit-scared. Yet all the parents always thought I was a real Ted, a bad influence on their kids. I got more confidence and just used to ignore Mimi, I ran away for longer spells. Wore what clothes I wanted.”
-Hunter Davies, “The Beatles”