Punk Style Notes
- Used ordinary everyday items like pins, bin liners, pegs, tampons, razor blades and lavatory chains in their style
- Extreme makeup
- Brightly dyed hair using food colouring
- Zips and outside seams on show
- Graffiti, fake blood combined with school uniform as an anti-establishment statement
- Bondage clothing- fishnets, bodices, leather, belts, rubber, rapist masks, chains
- Dancing – the pogo, the pose and the robot
- Basic and angry shouting music
- Outcast status
- Piercings in places other than ears, this caused shock as it wasn’t mainstream prior to punk
- Notions of beauty and acceptable behaviour trashed
Notes reflecting on lecture
- Punks made political statements through their styles and action (just like the Zoot Suit, Hip Hop etc)
- The punks changed meanings and functions of objects to shock people, they wanted attention and they wanted to cause outrage. For example, wearing tampons as earrings.
- Subcultures went against the mainstream ideology and questioned things about society.
- Subcultures wanted to cause change in society.
- Subcultures used ‘bricolage’, taking objects and giving them new meanings by using them in an odd way.