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.

You will need

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

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.

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.

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.