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How to become a punk?

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Punks are a youth subculture that arose in the last century - in the late 60s - early 70s. The main characteristic of its adherents is a critical attitude towards politics and society in general.

But the exotic appearance and shocking behavior of representatives of this trend often do not allow ordinary people to discern the deep philosophical background: multi-colored "Iroquois", "jackets" jackets, and not too neat appearance - all this is much more noticeable than social protest.

External attributes

If the task is not to delve into theory and not puzzle over complex issues, but just look accordingly, then in order to look like punk, you will not have to make much effort.

Shave off the whiskey and leave a long mohawk. You can color it, for this you do not need the services of a hairdresser or any skills in this matter: just a tinted shampoo of some unusual color. Emphasized sloppiness is one of the components of style. Iroquois can be shaped with hairspray or (classic) beer.

Ripped jeans tucked into shoes, another option for shoes is sneakers. Awesome tattoos, piercings, leather bracelets with spikes - all this will come in handy. An spoiled bottle of beer in the hand will make the image complete. Done!

Music

If you plan not only to look accordingly, but also to communicate with “brothers in your mind”, you need to understand punk rock and fall in love with several groups playing this music. This is a rock with a rather crude and rough sound, literally several chords are used. So if you decide to create your own punk band and play this music yourself, there will be no particular difficulties: from a musical point of view, everything is simple there.

Lyrics are also not particularly poetic and complex. We will return to their deep meaning, but for now we offer the names of groups that every punk is simply obliged to know and honor. The Stooges, Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Exploited, Ramones, Dead Kannedy’s. We must pay tribute to Patty Smith and, of course, not to forget about the classics of Russian punk: Civil Defense, Yanka Diaghilev, AU.

Ideology

Nevertheless, external “gadgets” and music are far from the main thing that distinguishes punk from an ordinary person. For all the variety of views of punks (from anarchy to neo-Nazism), they primarily preach the desire for independence and personal freedom, most often both in their extreme manifestations. If there is no desire to delve too deeply into all this, it will be enough to arm yourself with a couple of postulates: "I am too complicated for this world," for example. In principle, you can even: "Nobody understands me." The phrase “Life is shit” will completely reflect your view of the world around you.

If you are determined and ready to penetrate the origins of wisdom, then you can choose among the many directions in which human thought has developed: nihilism, progressivism, communism - there is plenty to choose from. The punk movement is, above all, a protest. And it can be directed against the extermination of animals, - for vegetarianism. So the choice is really great.

Punks: Myths and Reality

Myth 1. Punks necessarily drink a lot, and also use drugs. This is not true. Of course, among them there are individuals with bad habits, but this is not mandatory. Many of the punks are non-drinkers or non-drinkers in general.

Myth 2. Punks are mostly uneducated and limited people. Sheer fiction. Again, as with any other current, it is often nailed to a variety of people, including not too smart ones. But the punk subculture gave the world a lot of talented works - poetry, prose. So here everything is exactly the opposite - the movement of punks becomes a haven for unrecognized geniuses and budding students.

Myth 3. Punks are unclean, they are ready to live in a garbage dump, and many do. People living in the garbage dump are homeless people. People who don’t wash are sluts. Yes, among the punks, both are found, but much less often than ordinary people think.

Still, punk is a person who does not accept restrictions: the freedom to think, act or lead a certain lifestyle. And if you are determined to become a real punk, you should probably start with this, and not with a change of hairstyle.

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