Post 13: Punk ‘n’ Safety Pins

Posted: June 24, 2012 by paulalaki in Uncategorized


The movement of punk began in the mid-1970s originally in England, the punk movement was a raw expression of youth frustration manifested through shocking dress which consisted of black studded leather jackets, jeans ripped and held together by safety pins and an enormous amount of hair gel and bright hair colours creating elaborate spiked hair styles.

The music was loud and very angry with lyrics mocking the establishment and the art was hand made and pasted together from a variety of mediums for example: newspaper clippings, photographs, safety pins, paint and black markers then photocopied together.

Punk graphic art is aggressive and wants to reject any kind of rational typography that is similar to art movements Dada and Futurist. Punk has it’s own rationalism and language that any outside would find it a nonsensical mess, personally I always found it a little scary with all the self mutilating body piercings which maybe the point, though it is easy to find the punk influences in modern subcultures today such as the gothic, emo, skater etc…

Punk was outrageous and mocked the establishment. The graphic design from punk lives on in the covers of albums such as sex pistols. The grunge style of youth in revolt is particular to this art form.


(Here is some extra content if you would like to learn more)

<div style=”width:425px” id=”__ss_4918115″> <strong style=”display:block;margin:12px 0 4px”><a href=”; title=”Punk, Post-Punk &amp; the British Design Identity” target=”_blank”>Punk, Post-Punk &amp; the British Design Identity</a></strong> <div style=”padding:5px 0 12px”> View more <a href=”; target=”_blank”>presentations</a> from <a href=”; target=”_blank”>cmoorehead</a> </div> </div>



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