punk hair style:
The punk hair style over time:
what it meant, what it means, and, oh, the confusion!
by Jessica Cuccioli
There's been a lot of controversy on the subject of punk: when
did it really start, who started it, what's the definition...the
list goes on! One of the major outer signs that say a person
is "punk" is the punk hair style, the only hair
style that has lasted over twenty years...ok, besides the mullet.
But who cares?
The punk hair style has basically stayed the same, with a few
changes here and there to fit the times (70's punk, 80's punk,
90's punk and so on).
In the 70's, when punk really began to take off, if your
hair style was spiked or colored, you were a punk. When the 80's
approached, rebellion became something like it never was before,
and with the birth of MTV, it was easier to spread the rebel punk
The punk hair style of the 80's thus blossomed to include
not only spikes and unheard of hair colors, but the wonderfully
uncouth mohawk, which Merriam-Webster defines as "a hairstyle
with a narrow center strip of upright hair and the sides shaved."
But there were so many ways young hooligans could fashion their
ten foot spears. That's what made them so fun! I mean... other
than the fact that it made everyone around them uneasy.
Your Idol and mine
A punk hair style in the 80's might also be a shaved head
with tattoos, the devil's lock (a punk hair style lovingly worn
by the Misfit's Glenn Danzig), wild and hair-sprayed...both dudes
Danzig's mother loved his Devil's Lock
People knew what you stood for by your obvious punk clothes and
punk hair style.
Well, let's just say it's not so easy to discern anymore.
The punk hair style has become part of mainstream fashion and
not so much a personal statement. And being that my fiancee is
one of what I like to call "the original punks," I know
this disturbs the original punks... the ones who used to wear
safety pins all over their clothes because they were falling apart
and could not afford new ones. The ones who were punks, like the
members of Pennywise or The Casualties, because it meant something
And it's been said, "punk is dead." Maybe this
is true. And yet, the punk hair style lives on. It is a symbol
of rebellion among all disturbed youth, an effective attention-getter,
and will still shock and frighten the living daylights out of
the elderly - a favorite pastime for any young one.
Sure, the word "punk" has meant many different things
over the decades, and the punk hair style and punk fashion has
slightly changed whilst maintaining its essence, but in my heart
I know that there are certain ideals that the word "punk"
encompasses that will never die.
And to those who wish to carry on the punk hair
style to their senior prom, to their wedding day, and well into
their middle age years, I say... rock on. After all, that is the
true rule of punk...
...there are no rules.
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is a Southwest Florida journalism student. She
was raised a Messianic Jew, and studied at a Christian
Bible college for a year. Ms.
Cuccioli has also been published in the Charlotte
Sun. Best of all, she was engaged to be married
in Fall 2004.
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