Accessories and decorations on clothing
Most accessories that would appeal on a punk would be safety pins, badges, metal objects, pad lock chain necklace, razor blade bracelets and etc. Sometimes the objects are complimented with ripped jeans and safety pins to hold their garments together. Additionally, with pieces of fabrics attached on their clothes, with hand painted logos/ slogan written on their jackets. Coming along with studs, pins and chains on their garments too. They would really wear out and create a unusual look that would stood out from the public, demonstrate and act of freedom/freewill from the community.
An idea jackets from a punk
Piercings and tattoos
The punks wanted more attention from society, as they went overboard not just by their outfit, they later on enhanced on to their body. The punks wanted anti fashion and anti establishment, that is why they broke against fashionable or socially accepted conventions from the mainstream by having tattooing and piercing. It is seemed that piercing and tattoos are a form of particularly symbolic connotations of (Pain,rebel,self-destruction, deviance). Some punks had also piercings and tattoos that are Do It Yourself – ethos , as they believe tattoo parlours would be expensive. Thus, they would tattoos or pierce each other, safety pins normally indicates self-piercing. Furthermore punks linked themselves to the working class movement by appropriating motifs of working class tattooing. (Wojcik, 1995)
Rooney Mara in the movie ‘ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’
To the certain extent of being a extremist, the term of “body modification” had been formed. In the simplest terms, “body modification” means to deliberately alter one’s physical appearance, though people usually assume the phrase applies only to such practices as tattooing and piercing or the more esoteric branding and scarification. (Lori St. Leone, 2010). As in most common views: plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery and body building are more socially accepted. Which it results on a aesthetic standard of beautifying an individual,even ear lobe piercings. Also, there are scarification all over the body in religious views.
One of the most famous body mod celeb Rick Genest A.K.A zombie boy
Little swastika, tattoo and body mod artist
References and reading materials:
Gaget Girl (2013) “Fashion Trends: What Did Punks Wear in The 80s and Punk Fashion Trends Today” Available online: http://gagetgirl.hubpages.com/hub/What-Did-Punks-Wear-in-The-80s [Accessed on 7 July, 2014]
Tracy Gillan (2006) ” Punk Fashion” [Online] Available online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVG130ieKng
johnmichaelbyrne ” tattooing and piercing in punk subculture” Available online: https://sites.google.com/site/johnmichaelbyrne/Home/essays/tattooing-and-piercing-in-the-punk-subculture
Pauline Weston ‘ 1970 Punk fashion history’ Available online: http://www.fashion-era.com/punks_fashion_history1.htm#Bondage in Early Punk Fashion
Lori St. Leone (20120) “The Art and History of body modification” Available online: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/the-art-and-history-of-body-modification/