The true politics of punk rock

FollowShare I was reading a really good article recently – an article about punk, the history of punk, and where it lay within the…

Here’s my first piece for TheStyleCon, featuring the faces of swedish-trees and riverroom when I was collecting content for the punk issue of Vaein. This was something I wrote a few months ago and looking back I feel a bit embarrassed - as I usually do when I view work I made with retrospect. I think I was quite angry and resentful when I wrote it. Now? I don’t think I care as much. I can distance myself from negative spaces or from people who don’t accept me.

This piece is primarily about how counter-cultures hold no weight if they are imitating the status quo of the mainstream, the politics of the norm. My brand of punk is one that focuses on breaking barriers to make the world a better, more inclusive place. When I see this “edginess for the sake of being edgy” aesthetic being perpetuated, often at the expense of minority groups, I feel frustrated and bewildered. It belittles the people who created punk (women! lgbtq people!) and makes it all about them. I have no interest in that sort of art which is harmful for it’s own sake. I think this is the message I am more willing to preach now.

Thankfully, even in the few months since I wrote this I feel things have changed a bit in Adelaide. I see hope for a scene which felt like it was going under. I think we are only as strong as our weakest link. Luckily we’ve reached a point in our public consciousness where we can be more aware of this now. No abusers, no assholes, just good times and good vibes. I’ve been a part of punk for many years and I deserve to be here - you do too.

Our latest article is up on TheStyleCon! We discuss Olivier Rizzo’s championing of the crooked collar at Raf Simons and Prada.

Apparent also in the work of Paul Smith, the wrinkled shirt collar takes the stuffy and makes it lived in. Both Prada and Raf Simons, sometimes critically scientific, inject emotion and freedom with the weird collar. But when it comes to choosing this look for yourself, is it freedom or control?

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