(I had a go at writing a '10 Commandment s of Mod' - it was aimed at newer mods but I wouldn't suggest anybody takes it too seriously)
1 A WAY OF LIFE
Mod is not just for the weekend - it's how you live your life - it's everyday - it's a way of life!
2 BE SUSSED
Don't just say you're a mod - make sure you know the score - find out what it's all about (the music, the style, the culture etc) and be sussed.
3 GET CONNECTED
Dont confine yourself to being a mod in front of a computer screen - there's no point being the coolest guy or girl in town if you're the only one who knows it! Get to know other mods - get involved in the mod scene and, if there is no scene, create one!
4 GET NOTICED
A mod is someone who wants to be different - don't blend in with the crowd - stand out - be prepared to look different and get noticed.
5 THE DETAILS
It goes back to being sussed - check out images of mods (look at record sleeves, books, online) look at the coolest guys in those pictures - notice how they button their jackets, how they wear their trousers, how they stand, the way they walk...there are things that are just right and the mod look is as much about the details as the design.
6 YOU NEED WHEELS (well, you don't really)
You don't need a scooter to be a mod but it certainly looks good if you do and, as with everything else, you want to get it right (see commandments 2, 4 & 5) - make sure it stands out and ride it the mod way...you know the score!
7 LET YOUR HEART DANCE
For mods, music is key and, whether its blaring horns, the velvet sound of strings or a wild guitar and drum beat, embrace it with your soul and let your heart dance!
8 STAY ONE STEP AHEAD
If it ever looks like something is getting too popular or becoming commercialised - drop it and find something new. Always stay one step ahead of the rest.
When you're young there's 1,000's of new ideas in your head all the time (even us older mods have an idea, occasionally). Don't waste these ideas - use them - form a band, make a film, start a blog, write poetry, take pictures, create art...
10 IGNORE THESE COMMANDMENTS
Forget all these bloody commandments (especially this one) and make your own - or better still have no rules at all. Just be a mod, do anything you wanna do - do it anyway, anyhow, anywhere - and have fun!