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Mainstream Punk: Punk fashion has been re-emerging lately – but why now? Or had it never left in the first place? Alina Kulesh explores punk’s monumental influence on fashion, only to discover that punk, along with other subcultures, have rapidly disappeared. (The Genteel)

Billie Joe Armstrong once said, “Punk is not just the sound, the music. Punk is a lifestyle.” And it really was, err is. When I first explored the history of punk as a subculture, in a University media class, I was very surprised to learn how contrived the movement was. Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren did some amazing work; they literally built punk from the ground up until it grew its own legs and was eventually swallowed by mainstream culture. Since then, designers, musicians, artists, etc. have chewed and spit out punk over and over again in order to “freshen it up” or give it a new twist.

One of the strongest (and most overplayed) symbols, of punk culture, and a guilty personal obsession, is the skull. There’s something very raw, uncanny, yet sophisticated about it. While browsing various tumblrs, it quickly became apparent that fashion designers love to use skulls.

So, here are a few of my favourite skull things. Oh, and you can read the full article on The Genteel here.

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Images from french-voguettes.tumblr.com

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