Ok. Here’s a question. Can you really be considered punk, alternative or in any way against “The Machine” (as I have often heard it called) if you spend most of your time declaring your punk-rock-outness and finding clothing just retro enough to be cool?

By grabbing all the high-end punk inspired digs at Express are you proving anything other than you have the ability to spot a huge trend and follow it?

I don’t know. Do you?


  1. Anonymous · June 30, 2004

    Speaking of stuff like that ..something really annoys me ..how can a person be a poser?  I wear whatever I see at a store I want ..whether it be at ..express ..AE ..A&F ..old navy ..and I come back and my friends sister called me a poser cuz I bought something at PacSun …I don’t get it ..I’m guessing from her point of view that you aren’t a poser if you stick with something ..but once you stick with it you can’t change it or your a “poser” ..if that was the case wouldnt everybody be a poser? Because at sometime somebody started wearing something else ..I dunno ..I guess that I just hate people who brand other people as a “poser” or something like that because they want to try something different ..the clothes aren’t there for only certain type of people ..people like that annoy the crap out of me! lol oh well!! ..I hope that is understandable lol.

  2. wind_dancer85 · July 1, 2004

    I totally agree with both of the above scenarios.  i have a friend that is a “punk”.  I don’t really understand this b/c they are trying to be “individuals” and not run with the pack but in doing so they just look like every other “punk” out there.  They all shop at the same stores and wear the same kind of styles.  Isn’t that just the same as being “preppy” (which they apparently don’t like cause my friend won’t even go near Abercrombie or AE) except that you shop at a different store?  This is something i have always thought was kind of dumb…i say if you see something you like and you feel comfortable in you should buy it.  Don’t worry about whether or not it is the same style as everything else around you!

  3. iamnotdiana · July 1, 2004

    My brother used to call me a poser…or was it hoser…hmmm. 
    In our society much importance is placed on outward apperance (not to mention sight and visual cues in general).  Thus, it is only logical that this be an outlet of expression- or else a tangible labelling system.  Clothing, in this punk case, signifies an inner ideology that is not necessarily unique to one person, but divergent from the majority.  It is in this sub-group, one finds the equilibrium between societal acceptance and individuality. 

  4. AlwaysSingin · July 2, 2004

    That totally reminds me of the movie SLC Punk. Opened my eyes considerably–after all, I’m a farm girl. Hope you’re having a great summer! xoxo Kimberly

  5. Anonymous · July 2, 2004

    hmm I think it all sort of falls into place ..people here are really stupid tho in that thought ..if you are dressing different then you are trying to be like that person even if you are acting or not …all I know is that I dress and act like myself all the time lol

  6. iamnotdiana · July 3, 2004

    You are going to be my R.A. next year.  Oh gawd, please don’t write me up!

  7. AlwaysSingin · July 4, 2004

    SLC Punk is a movie with Matthew Lilliard in it, that I saw last year thanks to my roommate Jaala Kirkley. It’s pretty rough, but it has very thought-provoking and eye-opening aspects to it. It’s about a group of young people in Salt Lake City before “punk” became a fashion statement. Happy 4th!

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