In mid the punk scene in New Zealand changed. Influenced by the skinheads in the UK, a group of punks in Auckland started wearing Doc Martens boots and calling themselves Bootboys. There was quite a gang culture in New Zealand at the time with gangs such as the Black Power, Mongrel Mob and various motorcycle gangs grabbing the headlines. According to some sources New Zealand had more gangs per head then any other country in the world. By the beginning of the idea of wearing boots and presenting a more tough image spread throughout New Zealand and more groups of punks started calling themselves bootboys. In Wellington groups of bootboys formed according to which suburb their members came from — Tawa Bootboys, Wainui Bootboys etc. Some of us used to wear coloured boot laces to denote which bootboy group you belonged to.