What goes around comes around and right now punk is making a comeback!
The early ’70s punk movement was born in London and was known as an anarchic and aggressive movement. To punk teens this meant freedom, they wore what they wanted disregarding the social norms.
Forty-five years later we would have never guessed it would be making a comeback as big as it has. You can say that since birth, punk has had a great impact on fashion.
Student Nicholas Bishop explains that where he comes from, it was either getting into hardcore drugs like meth or going to outrageous music festivals.
For Bishop it was concerts, and that is when the punk scene kicked off.
From mainstream songs on the radio to the clothes teens buy, music is easily reflected on the apparel of our generation.
With celebs being our main source from social media to press media, we see it everywhere.
Bands like Twenty One Pilots, Minor Threat, and Pierce The Veil are inspirations for students and their fashion.
CSUSB punks are putting their own modern twist on the old school styles.
Accessories are a main outlet to reincarnate a punk look, so being crafty and putting together your own style is important.
DIY (do it yourself) is important with the punk crowd, because it’s always better to remake certain pieces you find in vintage stores than to support consumerism and buy ready-to-wear pieces.
Putting patches and studs on jeans and leather jackets is an example.
Ripping up jeans and t-shirts like bands wore on the stage in the ’70s I believe is more authentic than buying pieces from Forever 21.
“You can never have enough hats, shoes, gloves, or bags! The more accessories, the better,” student Elizabeth Taylor expresses. She continued by stating, “I usually wear a bandana in my pocket and this whole outfit is from the thrift store. It’s a weekly thing, we do a lot of rummage sales.”
Rebellion, which can be seen as a way to express yourself, is a large part of the punk scene as student Aracely Garcia explains with her bright blue/green hair.
“My parents wouldn’t let me [dye my hair] so that’s what made me want to rebel a little,” said Garcia.
Self-piercing her tongue web as well as her belly button are just some parts that give her a bit of an edge.
Also, what would the punk scene be without sheer clothing and deep colors for the perfect grunge look?
Samantha Perez is all about sheer and grunge when asked. She loves to wear sheer tights with dresses and a jean jacket with her dark burgundy Dr. Martens, which are her favorite pieces.
“Fashion is what you buy, and style is how you put it together,” Perez stated.
Perez gets her inspiration from listening to bands like The Smiths.
Punk clothing is unique because it captures individualism, even if it means changing the look of your appearance to show the attitude of your outfits.
Maxwell Hallwachs makes sure he always has his lock and chain as his staple piece when dressing.
It’s important to revive these old school styles because people are passionate about the history of their clothing and the true knowledge of where it originated.
It has a lasting effect on culture because as Bishop states, “It’s a heritage.”
“Punk isn’t dead, it’s either drunk, asleep, or on the side of the road,” said Bishop.
No need to feel nostalgic, because this trend made a comeback that is sure to stay.