Punk as a sub culture was very anti establishment, often described as a culture that used semiotic guerrilla warfare, which is terrorism through style. They were also labelled as ‘bricolage’. This meant they took mundane and ordinary objects and gave them new meanings. This ranged from lavatory chains used as necklaces, or safety pins used as piercings.

The punk style was garish and for the time it emerged, often offensive. The style of clothing included ripped T-shirts, drain pipe trousers, mini skirts and unnaturally died hair, always bright colours such as green, yellow and orange.

They had set rituals and shared attitudes of being different and usually confrontational. They were anarchic and were different to the mainstream culture and society, which can me shown through their style of music. Their music contained swearing which was an obscenity at the time, heavy guitars and spitting, all in the time frame of quick two minute songs.

This overall style is summed up by punk rocker Johnny Rotten, “We are into chaos” Johnny Rotten


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Jacob G-D

Hi!! I'm Jake, I am 21 year old and a Graphic Communication student in my second year currently at Cardiff Metropolitan University. On this blog I will post snap shots and explanations of my work during my time at university.

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