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How to Be Punk

You don’t have to have something to rebel against to be a punk—you just have to look like you do.


  • Step 1: Pick a punk subculture Pick a punk subculture. There’s strait-edge punk, glam punk, crust, Ska-punk, skinhead, skater-punk, pop-punk, goth-punk, bubblegum punk.
  • Step 2: Play punk music Play punk music—loudly. There’s classic punk, like The Ramones and The Sex Pistols, and current punk, like Blink 182 or Good Charlotte.
  • Step 3: Wear punk clothing Wear punk clothing: Horizontally-striped shirts, leopard print tights in candy colors, super skinny jeans, tight tees printed with names of obscure bands, and black leather.
  • Step 4: Accessorize Accessorize with safety pins, lots of zippers, spiked wrist bands, bondage buckles, bullet belts, chokers, and chains.
  • Step 5: Wear punk shoes Wear Converse high tops, checkered Van’s classic slip-ons, or combat boots.
  • TIP: Go to Google Images and punk clothing websites for ideas.
  • Step 6: Get a punk hairstyle Have your hair cut into a Mohawk and dyed in different rainbow colors. Or shave your head.
  • Step 7: Pierce yourself Have something on your face and body pierced. Lips and nipples are popular areas.
  • TIP: Female punks wear colorful makeup, and lots of it. Female punks wear colorful makeup, and lots of it.
  • Step 8: Get a tattoo Get a tattoo—preferably of a punk band, an anarchy symbol, skull and crossbones, or anything that symbolizes rebellion. Place it anywhere on your body—the more surprising the location, the better.
  • Step 9: Meet your peeps Meet your peeps at punk rock concerts and look angry—or just hang out in public somewhere, looking bored.
  • FACT: The popular ‘70’s group The Ramones is widely considered to be the first punk rock band.

You Will Need

  • Punk music
  • Punk hair
  • Punk clothes
  • Punk accessories
  • Multiple piercings
  • Tattoos
  • Bright makeup

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