January 12th, 2020 @ 4:56 pm
coming from a designer of graphics and accessories, i’m sure i sound like an asshole bashing anyone’s creativity (eyeroll) OMG EVERYTHING IS SO INSPIRING… but i also come from the punk and rave scene of back in the day NYC. i lived through venues and clubs that don’t exist anymore. i lived through the days of the east village at it’s PEAK. i saw the uprising of classic bands that are now punk legacies in tiny shithole venues. SO, i really don’t care if i do.
this has been my social life, style, friend circle and culture since 1996. when i see it misrepresented or appropriated, i get irritated. authenticity is important to us! draw a fucking line, fashion folk… punks aren’t trying to inspire you, they probably hate you.
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i can’t shake the term POSER, and i probably never will. it was DRILLED into my teenage, 90s brain not to be a poser. you can be into 7987983787 things, but don’t ever claim to be something you aren’t. that’s fucking lame.
i’ve always hated my precious subculture being exploited. i have never understood chicks that tried to look “edgy”. i have never understood ANYONE not into goth/punk shit wearing black lipstick (i’m sorry, but we were bullied for that shit, fuck off). when did authenticity dissipate?
when i think punks, i think of crust punks. i have never been a crust punk, and i wouldn’t have even tried. i would have been a fucking poser had i bothered (yes, even though i listened to crust punk bands). i don’t wear leather, i hate most spiked things – especially on jackets/vests, i never wanted to seem dirty and i hate wearing boots. i mean, that’s what the uniform usually consists of.
i’ve also never wanted to be pigeonholed into wearing something that seemed like a uniform. even though i was listening to crust punk bands, i was also most into skate/ska-punk, ska, pop punk (which the crusties don’t even acknowledge), metal, and still going to raves. i couldn’t conform to one thing, and that’s not even the damn meaning of being punk anyway. i mean, i think it’s comforting that we all could point each other out by facial piercings and hair colour, but some NORMAL idiot at some point said “why not? i’ll try purple hair, how fun!” and ruined it for all of us.
rebelling was our escape from normal asshats, and they took that away from us.
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tl;dr: the reason that i thought to post about this, is bc in the last two months i’ve seen THREE instances of poser shit going on via people that i know IRL. it’s so cringe worthy, and i don’t understand why people do it. no respect, no shame.
i’m not even saying that you can’t take interest in something new, but don’t instantly claim that shit. don’t be that chick wearing the band shirt you can’t name 10 songs from off the bat. if you’re going to post about experimenting or getting to know a new culture/subculture, ask people in it about it. i’d rather you just not talk about something until you’re like a year into something consistently, lol. don’t just talk about it and be THAT GOON*.
boundaries, people! think about other novice people jumping headfirst into something that you’re into/represent. not cool.
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people making jewelry with safety pins or full on chain chokers make me cringe. first off, if you’re not punk, fucking cut it out. secondly, actual punks don’t buy things that way. punks make shit for themselves – cheap shit. you purchase a dog chain at the pet store and wear it before you hand over $20/30 online to wear one. get it? – that is the point of punk.
also: i think the safety pins thing was a UK thing, not a USA/NYC thing. i think they were actually used to keep cut up, gross shirts together and used for unhygienic piercings here – but nobody covered themselves in them here.
:: MASSIVE EYEROLL ::
anyways, yeah i dunno who died and made me ruler… i just know a lot of my friends feel the same way. if i can get that shit drilled into people’s heads even just existing here, then so be it.
STOP BEING LAME, YOU BUTTHOLES…
stay in your lane.
* sorry not sorry if you’ve been offended by this post. ♥