The term “punk” is so overused and general now, it’s sad. The term is now meant to advertise edgy fashion to youth, and is so fucking general. I see so many “punks” on tumblr that preach about how having a “punk” look is mandatory to be punk. It’s such fucking bullshit.
If punk is about non-conformity and individualism, then why the fuck would you exclude or discredit someone from the scene just because they don’t fall in line with the fashion? Dressing punk doesn’t make you punk. All you need to do to be punk is believe in the ideologies and listen to punk music. If you believe that punks have to fall into a certain “dress code” to be punk, then you obviously don’t believe in the ideologies of punk rock.
Ian MaCkaye of Minor Threat is anti-fashion, and the members of Bad Religion, Lagwagon, Pennywise, Black Flag, and many other bands don’t dress “punk”. Are you saying that bands that the punk culture idolizes aren’t punk because they don’t wear battle vests or crust pants? That’s a bunch of bullshit.