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How and when did you "become a punk"

Discussion in 'Music, punk scene & subcultures' started by punkdude, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. meneher2an

    meneher2anMember Forum Member


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    hm, maybe, when im on 15-16..
    my friend gave me a couple cd's of punk rock band, i listen it, and began to like it, and try to find out about them, and they are punk, and i learn about punk then..!
    NoFX, Bad Relligion, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Real McKenzies, etc..
    idk really, but maybe when i started to learn about punk as a way of life, maybe it makes me became an anarcho..
    :ecouteurs:
     
  2. Jamesxjames

    JamesxjamesMember Forum Member


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    I got into punk through punk o rama cops of all things. My father always would go to the corporate bookstores and read the books for hours and those things were like 3 dollars so I would ask and he would buy them for me. Then I listened to all kinds of stuff, met some punks at school, didn't like them really, ran away from home at fifteen and met some crusties who ruled. Taught me all kinds of great bands and ways to survive without contributing to mainstream society. It was great. I got skin fungus and shit. Ha.
     
  3. Flores_Magon

    Flores_MagonExperienced Member Experienced member


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    This whole post is a load of bullshit!
    Who the fuck are you people to call yourselfs punk? What the fuck is "Punk"?

    I was a total loner in school and now in University and life I enbrace it I just don't fucking care anymore.
    Were just outcasts. And some pathetically by choice so they can fit with that "Punk" image.
     
  4. Random Person From There

    Random Person From ThereExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member


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    I became a punk when they... When the CIA caught me and made me listen to Justin Bieber for hours on end... The atrocity.
     
  5. Jamesxjames

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    @ flores. We're punks. That's who. Punk isn't necessarily about being an outcast, it's about being yourself and making your own decisions. Your own level of confidence will generally determine how you can relate to other people and how they will perceive you. It might be pathetic, but everything we do as humans and animals on this earth is pathetic, in the face of the Red Giant. Being an outcast by choice seems more honorable than just sucking at life and not having people like us. Some squatters were obsessed with the idea of being throwaways, not runaways, and to me, this means they aren't that great, because at any time if I had wanted a different life I would have gotten it. As proof of this, I have. To be associated with "punk" by no choice of your own is what is pathetic, as if punks are the only ones who would accept such a damaged and confused person. Punks are often drunk, and some will hang out with just about any person with studs and patches on their clothes. Sheep in wolfs clothing, you know what I mean? Of course, as we age we begin to see that being associated with a similar subculture doesn't necessarily mean we will have anything in common, but for some, particularly the young ones, it can give them a way to make meaningful, honest connections with other human beings. Or meaningless, dishonest connections. Whatever the case, it's at least as good as anything else.
     
  6. Flores_Magon

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    Jamesxjames I do agree with what you have said.
    My problem is that I feel the word "Punk" is thrown around too much.
    As the word Aryan was to was thrown around, it accumliated the wrond terms.

    It is good that you bring up the point that younger punks will hang around
    with anybody with a studded jacket, but as they grown older they have
    more of a judge of characture.

    Thats a reason why I like this subculture appart from the amazing music
    I've met some of the most of the warm hearted, generous people.
     
  7. trevor9849

    trevor9849Experienced Member Experienced member Forum Member


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    When I first got into punk I was reallly naive and made some really fucking stupid posts on here, i took a lot of shit for that. But, I didn't understand that Punk was mostly about being youself and I thought i had to live up to some sort of expactations. But then time went by and I matured a lot and started changing my lifestyle and way of thinking. I learned a lot and I'm still kinda new to Punk but I think I really became a Punk when I realized that punk is about being yourself and sticking up for what you belive. I know from earlier posts i made when I first joined this website that I seemed like a poser/tool/fanboy/ or whatever but I've changed a lot and when I look back to those days I feel realy dumb hahaha. I was also just getting into punk back then and I really only knew a few bands.
     
  8. ifona

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    Thanks to DIRT
     
  9. JimboRepulse

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    I've always been 'punk' in a sense of always being true to myself, questioning authority, never fitting in, a generally subversive nature and what not. I was probibly 18 when i identified myself as punk. Mostly i think because once you reach that age, your pretty much expected to embrace monotony and become what you hate the most... one of 'them', so you reject it all in the most extreme whay possible. Also, having never felt comfortable in any situation and having no self confidence, just by shaving that mohawk in gave me balls to tell my boss to fuck himself literally overnight, and spending all night studding up a jacket, customising clothes, just gave me that confidence i never had in my life, because it was me and is how i feel comfortable.
    I say always been a punk because i remember as a kid i had some etnies and i gaffa taped the logos because i didnt want to be an advertisement. and i remember not wearing jeans cos everyone else was, just lots n lots of kiddy shit and tiny rebellions. Deffinatly, punk is hardwired in me somewhere, it just took me a while to find a banner to stand under.
    Not that any of that makes me punk, but considering we're stereotyping...
     
  10. trevor9849

    trevor9849Experienced Member Experienced member Forum Member


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    I agree with everything you just said... almost everything. I'm very similar
     
  11. Bostedclog

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    About 1978 when I went to high school (England)there were a couple of girls who were punks and I thought they were lovely.So I went out and bought No more heroes and Hard loving man (Johnny Moped) lol.A few months later a friend introduced me to CRASS and that was it my mind just exploded.And now 33 years on it still hasnt recovered. :o
    Loved The Damned for many years and followed them around the Uk sleeping under train stations until the morning at Euston still brings a smile to my face.
     
  12. Conanon117

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    I grew up listening to greenday. blink 182, sum 41 ect.ect. on Kerrang and the likes. But I always thought they sounded shit!
    My parents where in the 70s goth movement which was closes affiliated with the later punk movement so I also grew up with the music they would like to.
    I was a goth too most of my childhood but it always felt defult like I couldn't not be one because I'd always been one. Then I started listening to Leftover crack and classic punk and ska punk and hardcore punk bands and I just got drawn in. Went to see The Damned a couple of years ago when I was still in school and seeing all the punks their in these weird, rough looking DIY clothes really inspired me. So I went home..... and popped studs in my school blazer :lmao:

    Been one ever since and proud.
     
  13. BrandonConvicted

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    I've always listened to metal of all sorts. Since the age of 12(five years ago), I've always liked it fast and heavy. But, lately, this past October, I started to hang out with my punk friends more, and I joined a punk band, and really took hold of the lifestyle, and I haven't looked back since. I've found I can really express the fuck out of myself , better then I could before.
     
  14. Phil

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    I have always thought about this and never wrote it down.

    I was a new kid in town and was more of an "alternative kid" who happened to have a mohawk when it all started. I remember being attracted to the rebellion of alternative fashion for the sake of being different and was just confused and pissed after my parents divorce and subsequent move. My older sisters new boyfriend was this skinhead/punk guy who got me into ,well, skinhead and punk music. I was still the new kid in town and had NO friends except him. He got me away from Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit, and other mindless music that really did not speak to me at all. He gave me Bad Religion's 80-85. That was my first punk album ever. I looked up to him. I think he started dating my sister the second day after moving in to his neighborhood. Haha. As time went on and I gained more friends, some good and some bad, I realized that in this town many people, including a few of the punks/skins I knew, were racist, but listened to blatantly anti-racist punk bands. They also listened to blatantly racist bands too, serious Nazi shit to be precise. Did not make sense how they could do both. I began to realize, after about a year, I wanted no part in this fucked up racist ideology and that a few of my older "friends" were actually cowards whom could not defend their racist attitudes. There were only a few of these dudes around because of my older sister, but I wanted to be just like them when I was a kid because they were much older and edgey and didn't treat me like a kid. Luckily that only lasted around a year. Long story short, I had to quit being friends with a few people although they were some of the only ones I had. I could not stand the idea of being racist anymore. I had to fuking draw the line. I knew Punk was not about that, and I had only been a fan for a year!! I was kinda confused for a little while about my new sense of pride or whatever. I had been introduced into Punk and Oi! by a couple bad seeds at the ripe impressionable age of 12/13. At the same time, I was still sort of the new kid in town. I had some idea that anti-racist Punks and Skins existed and eventually I found them. Luckily this time round I was the one choosing my friends, they weren't choosing me. A lot of shit has happened in the last 13 years, but I will spare you. That is the story of how I got into Punk and how my politics changed. I know some of you have been through the same shit during your youth. Cheers to growing!!
     
  15. moose

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    Dad gave me an MC5 LP, Misfits vinyl, The Freeze tapes, and played Boston Not L.A. in the car. I asked questions, was brought to see Global Threat, Bruisers, Unseen, Gang Green..told countless stories of Boston in the early 80's...and poof! :lmao:
     
  16. Bentheanarchist

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    I am the only punk in my town. I am an outcast. I got into punk through the internet. Everbody in my school thinks im weird. I am bullied by the jocks, and I am kept in social isolation sometimes for fighting back. One of the things punk showed me was the courage to fight back against jocks, and rednecks, and Preppie Skateboarders, and that its okay to be different than anyone else; before I was a punk; I was a computer game nerd.
    The first punk band I heard was the clash. I got into anarchism, because all the rednecks and jock assholes are racist and homophobes, and I live in Texas, where most people are like that; Dumbass. I am learning currently learning :guitar: I was born with ADHD, and autism, so maybe thats one one of the I am different, and I am proud to be a punk.
     
  17. The Freakboi

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    For me, its pretty embarrassing. From age 11 to about 14, I hated all rock music without really knowing what it was just because of my friend group, I was only allowed to like Hip-hop and dance music. Then, when I was 14, I borrowed a Republica CD from a family friend and it really opened my eyes that guitar based music wasn't all "goth shit". Then I wound up getting into Green Day (I know!) I think because their lyrics weren't all about love. I tried to get into Blink 182 and all the other pop-punk bands but I fucking hated them so I read up on punk and got into the Pistols, The Damned, Dead Kennedys and a bunch of other punk bands. I also got a Crass compilation album which I played to death.

    Most of my friends stopped hanging around with me and labelled me as a goth kid, but by this point I'd really given up trying to fit in, it was fucking boring. The only thing I got out of being in that gang was alcohol poisoning. After that, I pretty much had no friends until I was about 16 and I moved to a new town. There was a little gang of punk kids at my school and it was clear that I was one of the only chosen rejects there. Most of these kids had no chance of being accepted; two of the kids were autistic, one was a manic-depressive and most of the others were just socially inept. We spent almost every night getting drunk, playing DOOM and rocking out to Sodom and Wolfbrigade, which we still get together and do every now and again, except our music selection is a little more varied now. I'm still friends with all of them, excluding the one who started the Facebook group "Were ofendad by ur turbens lyk ur ofendad by ar flag" (spelling mistakes left intact for teh lolz) who I quickly severed all communications with.
     
  18. The Freakboi

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  19. NumberLast

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    Like probably a lot of you here I never fit in, my family life was screwed up, I was angry. All the shit I dealt with Music was my escape. I listened to metal and arena rock, but it always struck a false chord with me and it was never angry enough of fast enough or loud enough. This amazing journalist Steve Puckett once said "I'm rarely satisfied with how things are. I always want more - more volume, hotter food, faster songs, longer sets, more coffee. An ex-girlfriend of mine once told me that I crave intensity, and she's right. Life is too short and I want to burn." That summed it up better than anything else I've ever read. The first song that got me in the direction of punk was (and yes it's pop-punk, I don't care I still fucking like it) Fat Lip by Sum 41. It said everything I felt the anger, the abandonment, and the line "the doctor said my mom should have an abortion," well story of my life. Life got harder and I got angrier. Still I craved music that felt like I did. In eighth grade I discovered Bad Religion, Alkaline Trio and Pennywise. I finally knew where I belonged, but I was still a stupid kid. As I've grown up I've read more, become more political, got into bands like Discharge, Crass, and (A)//Political. Finally I feel whole.
    Some people call punk a movement, or a clique of fashion idiots. To me it's a banner under which I've found some of the kindest, most intelligent, open and outspoken people I've ever met. Punk rock and all the people who go along with it have saved my life many times. So to me, punk is a way of life. The only way o life for me.
     
  20. jjk3546

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    Nineties street punk and oi in early high school high school, early metalcore in later high school, metalcore starts to seriously suck, dropped out, discovered crust punk, drank whiskey traveled homebummed and fucked up for several years, settled down, smoked lots of pot, got a house, got a job, grew a garden, became a lame middle twentysomething, here we are today. :thumbsup:
     

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