i’m too exhausted to unpack this but ok the idea that punk (or anything, this applies to all aesthetics) has become watered down because it’s all about the look or fashion
okay, you’re right the ideology is more important but if you think punk wasn’t about fashion during its 1970’s conception then you’re very wrong, and also fashion is ideology, fashion is culture, fashion is a performance of identity. don’t dismiss fashion.
fashion is also function. like i’m reading this book about east bay punk and the first time they saw studded bracelets was this kid, who would make them himself, and he would sharpen the studs to beat people up in the pit.
or like, let’s talk about why doc martens are considered the punk’s shoe of choice. it’s a workboot, at the end of the day, it is a workboot. they’re designed to last. they’re designed for people who stand for hours at a time and they (usually) have steel enforced toes. leather can take a fucking beating: punk is a working class movement, the clothes are things that will last.
there’s a thing to note that now a lot of “punk” pieces of clothing are really fuckin expensive but like. as a very very working class person the one thing my mother always stressed to me was to buy shit that lasts because then you’re not spending twenty dollars on a new pair of boots/new jacket/whatever every six months.
PUNK FASHION IS SO IMPORTANT. FASHION IS IMPORTANT. FASHION IS TANGIBLE IDENTITY POLITICS.