Approximately 400 members in the local scene investigated
A typical local punk scene is made up of punk and hardcore bands; fans who attend concerts, protests, and other events; band reviewers, and writers, people who organize concerts, and people who work at music venues or independent record labels
The music is a crucial part of the punk lifestyle and consists of live concerts of a loud, aggressive genre of rock music called punk rock, usually shortened to punk.
Most punk rock songs are short, have simple and somewhat basic arrangements using relatively few chords, and they use lyrics that express punk values and ideologies ranging from the nihilism of the Sex Pistols' "No Future" to the positive, anti-drug message of Minor Threat's "Straight Edge".
Punk rock is usually played by small bands rather than by solo artists.
Punk bands usually consist of a singer, one or two overdriven electric guitars, an electric bass player, and a drummer.
Punks are known for highly theatrical use of clothing , hairstyles, cosmetics, tattoos, and jewelry.
Punks in this specific community wear tight jeans, plaid or tartan trousers, kilts or skirts, band T-shirts, leather jackets (which are often decorated with painted band logos, pins and buttons, and metal studs or spikes) and steel-toe combat boots.
Politically, the vast majority of punks are anarchists.
Common punk philosophy centers around the basic principles of anti-authoritarianism , non-conformity and not “selling out”.
Other notable trends in punk politics include nihilism, anarchism, socialism, anti-militarism, anti-capitalism, anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-nationalism, anti-homophobia, environmentalism, vegetarianism, veganism and animal rights. However, few individuals within the punk group hold right-wing views or neo-Nazi views.
Punk nihilism was expressed in a more self-destructive manner with consciousness-obliterating substances like heroin, or methamphetamines and by the mutilation of the body with razor blades.