A semi-friend emailed me a question about punk stuff (she knows I like "weird"--her term--music and I make clothes, so I guess this made sense to her?). I spent my lunch hour Googling DIY punk clothes, using various terms. I saw a lot more This Is Not Punk and This Is Suburban Faux Punk claiming to be Punk than I did actual Punk. I mean I could be wrong about this since I'm definitely not punk, but I don't think so. Jelly-bean semicircle miniskirt? Not Punk in my book.
Unexpectedly, this makes me a little sad. I remember the punks hanging out outside the mall when I was a kid. Real punks. I was scared to death of them, but now I'm afraid that they have been driven out of their aesthetic territory by those blasted hipsters, as I was when hipster culture ate flannel shirts and old-time music (and yes, I even like this band, but I have ambiguous feelings about them). Now I have to wear pencil skirts to look eccentric. I'm not kidding.