If you’re a fan of punk fashion, you most likely appreciate T-Shirts that feature rebellious jargon and you probably own a pair of leather pants that you wear with your favorite combat boots and have all of the best matching accessories. You might not realize how the history of punk rock music began, however, and how much of an impact it had on everything from politics to religion. Here is a brief overview about the history of punk rock music.
How Punk Rock Took its Roots
What started as an anti-establishment musical genre turned into a movement during the 1970s. Punk Rock was preceded by the boom of rock and roll music that began in the 1950s and carried into the early 1970s. Bands like The Ramones and Sex Pistols rose to prominence in the United States and England and created a movement that inspired a do-it-yourself attitude, which directly impacted fashion trends.
The Inspiration behind the Music
The heart of the movement around the world was mainly intended to provoke a contentious and rebellious mindset in which young people could begin to think for themselves, rather than being spoon-fed information and simply conforming to it.
The Fashion Trends that Emerged
While many of the fashion trends in the early punk rock movement were different from the most popular trends we see today, there are several styles that are still quite popular because the message of deliberately offensive clothing is still the heart and soul behind punk rock. Leather, chains, badges, spikes, Dickie’s pants, Doc Marten combat boots, body piercings, fishnet stockings, military attire, Mohawk hairstyles, unnatural hair colors and bondage pants are all staples of punk rock fashion that are still popular today.
These are just a few examples of how punk rock music has shaped the world around us, and will most likely continue to for decades to come. Its roots have been primarily influenced by controversial people from society like skinheads, heavy metal and grunge musicians and rude boys. Some of the most common fashion spin-offs of this style include steampunk, goth, ska, industrial and greasers.