April 13th, 2017 @ 4:54 pm
over the years, i never understood why anyone ever said “punk is dead”. i still go to punk shows, my favorite bands keep putting out albums and we all still dress like punks, so how is it dead?
listen, i may not walk around looking like a true street/crust punk, but i can name you 97297298729872 actual punk bands that i listen to on a regular basis. my friends and i – we all still look the same, act the same, we even still go to shows. i’ve been going to shows since 1997… i will not stop until my body can’t do pits anymore.
i still have obtrusive piercings, colored hair and tattoos, i wear my socks up, i wear black lipstick, i still own and wear plastic barrettes… this is me. from teenage years until up to the current level (35), and i don’t plan on going anywhere or changing anytime soon. this is my chosen subculture, which is way more important to me than my actual, ethnic cultures, so shit like this makes me extra protective and defensive. i complained enough about posers i loathe already here, so i’ll relax on that subject… but back to the point – in my constant, discounted fight for authenticity – i realized after reading this shite article today on bustle, that punk is most DEF dead.
bustle isn’t the original author of this “trending hair”, popsugar was. “trending” anything is so beyond ridiculous and disingenuous to me, but these lifestyle websites nowadays are so annoying. they’re raking in money and it’s corporate bullshit (look at the people in the “leadership team” section for crying out loud). information shoved down your throat by corny/normal people that they hire that they THINK know what’s “hip” just from going through instagrams and other websites all day.
:: EYEROLL ::
i think i’m more irritated that the stylist didn’t make note of the source of style, and that no one ever does on these sites/IG hair accounts. these colorists just keep churning out these “trends” and pay no homage. there are plenty that know exactly where that all originates from… so booooooo them.
listen, most articles about “trending hair” are already cringe worthy, and that article is honestly infuriating. the author (does this look like someone who knows anything about fucking street punk style? – sorry, emily, just… no.) doesn’t even MENTION the fact that it’s a street punk thing. isn’t is it part of your job as an editor to cite the sources of these things? the stylist looks like he’d know exactly where it came from – but in true millenial fashion, doesn’t state what type of style it is at all. i’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt and pretend he’s not trying to christopher columbus this shit… but this is killing authenticity and disrespecting subcultures.
i know there are bigger problems out there in the world, believe me, but reading certain sites every day is an escape from current events for me. i see this stuff and i’m just like “man, these people really just suck”.
actually, what know what this reminds me of? the idiot that doesn’t understand why she shouldn’t be wearing t-shirts of bands she doesn’t listen to. don’t even get me started on that one…
“Leopard print hair is the newest dye job on the scene”
no bustle, no it’s not.
seriously, look at these dudes… do they look like they’re trending to you?
the funny thing is, i don’t feel like getting into an online war with ignorant TREND reporting influencer asshats, so i didn’t even say anything on the instagram posts (and conveniently, bustle never allows comments on posts). THAT made me realize that punk is dead. i just don’t even have the energy to bother trying to school anyone bc of how dumb everyone is on the internet.
in my mind, when i think of “punks”, i think of street punks that would spit in your face without even thinking twice for looking at them the wrong way… you know the type – wearing ripped up shirts and plaid pants, docs, donning mohawks, safety pins hanging from their noses, dog chain necklaces and not having bathed for 2 days after being on some type of drunken bender that left them sleeping on a park bench. actually, someone that would punch a fake punk right in the nose.
well, people don’t do that anymore… that’s the punk attitude that’s dead. that’s what is dead about punk… along with all of this bullshit.