How The Punk Culture Fits into Today’s Society

The punk culture was created as a political movement under capitalism and wealthy corporations. As time goes on, the punks have taken on new identities and stand up for new issues. In modern times, the punk culture is thriving and fighting for equality amongst every group of people


Eran Bagwell, Contributor

Punk culture was started in 70s Britain; it was a reaction against strong governments and inequalities in our society. It is held up by the punk music genre and a certain style that ranges from garage punk, crust punk, riot grrrl, which was an underground feminist movement of punk in the 1990s, etc. Each punk subculture holds similar beliefs and are defined by their willingness for radical actions, riots, leftist politics, anti-authority and anti-racism. (Inquiry Journal)

The most important part of any subculture aside from beliefs and politics is music. Punk music is aggressive, loud and short; many punk bands like The Ramones, Black flag, Dead Kennedy’s and the Sex Pistols have been thriving since the late 1970s, upheld by the fanbase of  generational punks keeping the legacy and power of the music alive. These bands’ shows are intense and wild, filled with head banging, crowd surfing and fighting. Popular bars, including CBGB in New York City, caused for an influx for the scene in the 70s, creating large groups of  punks to take over cities, usually living poor and going to basement shows of small punk bands coming to light, these small bands created more subcultures such as “brat-core” or “snot core” by involving different sounds, these consisting of more sharp and violent music. Many outsiders to the scene saw punk music as annoying, over the top and disgusting, as the style played into that, many punks were radical and extremely loud about beliefs, which raged against the main-stream ideas. (M&AIA)

Punks thrive off of secondhand shops and DIY. The punk subculture believes in anti-capitalist corporations, so the ability and drive to create their own clothing is extremely important in the community. Many examples of punk fashion include patch pants, which are pants with mainly homemade patches made out of paint, embroidery thread, or floss you use for dental hygiene; patch pants are usually not washed. Battle vests, vests with sewn patches, scraps of fabric and pins, which again are usually not washed, usually combat boots with ladder lacing that follow a “lace code.”

Lace code follows different colors of laces that are ladder laced into primarily Doc Martens. Examples include yellow, which represents SHARPS, or skin heads against racial prejudice, they can also represent the dangerous sides of the “punk” community, as red means Nazi or white means white supremacy, although no real punk would ever hold these beliefs ( The style is the main way punks identify other punks, but you can still be part of the subculture as long as you hold up beliefs and politics.

The punk subculture is complex and diverse, as there is no one way to represent punk, but the beliefs and music of the punk culture is what it’s all about. The punk culture was made to criticize the environment and society we live in now in order to bring light to issues and fight societal inequalities, and it is still standing strong in media and local punk scenes. Our youth is important for keeping it alive. (Inquiries Journal)