The Punk subculture was a way for people to express their opinions through fashion, music and behaviour. In the 70’s what people saw as the ‘norm’ of society was everything that a Punk wasn’t! It was desirable because it was a way to rebel against the mainstream culture of Britain, and also the hippy movement that was becoming increasingly popular that painted everything as loving and happy – the complete opposite of Punk which was realistic and matter-of-fact.
They were out to shock and outrage from the colourful Mohawks, tattoos, piercings, torn clothes and t-shirts with bold designs and offensive slogans. These were all part of a signature look that Punks would proudly wear – a sign of individualism.
Although they may of been influenced by bands such as the Sex Pistols, this was not just a music genre – it was a lifestyle and a way of showing what you stood for and believed in, a look that clearly identified you from the crowd, a look that spells rebellion – an outcast to society.
Punks may have been portrayed in the media as lost causes, however they held some worthy beliefs such as; anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-homophobia, vegetarianism and environmental protection.
After all, they always say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
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