Sure, I had seen the occasional mohawk or studded jacket before, but I wasn’t actually introduced to punk rock until I was about 13 years old.
It was a Friday in September 2013. I had just started high school.
I was hanging out with my cousin when he came up with the idea to go see a punk rock show downtown. I already did listened to a few punk band but I’d never actually been to a punk concert. So, I agreed.
Little did I know, I was about to be drawn into something bigger than I’d ever known before.
When we got to the venue, we were greeted by a small crowd of no more than 20 punks. All young people. Wearing leathers and studs. Some with spiked hair, some with shaved heads. Everybody looked so different compared to the people I’d usually see walking down the street. I felt as if I was in another world.
I think the band was called A Day And A Death Wish or something equally nihilistic. There was also another band called Murder Thy Maker. (I still have their CD that I bought at that show). The lights went out. The first band started to play. People went fucking nuts.
Everyone started pushing each other and jumping around or dancing in some of the weirdest ways that I’d ever witnessed. It seemed so foreign, but I couldn’t help feel that nothing else mattered in that moment except the music and that every one was enjoying themselves.
I watched in awe. I wanted in. I wanted nothing more than to be part of this sub-culture that was shunned by my parents and the rest of the world.
I didn’t know it then, but I’ve since come to realize what Punk Rock is truly about. It’s not just about the music or the style or anarchy or anything like that. It’s about personal freedom. It’s about not giving a shit what people think about you. It’s about doing things your own way. It’s about stepping outside of conformity. It’s about questioning authority.
As the years go by, punk changes. Still, no matter what happens, the ideal behind punk stays the same
Punk Rock about questioning what you’re told and being true to yourself and nothing more and nothing less.