I'm curious to see how many people here identify themselves as punks.
I thought the whole punk subculture was about challenging labels and norms, about nonconformity with the aim to provoke a hostile reaction. Personally, I don't know what I am. I listen to a wide range of music that includes but isn't limited to punk rock. Sometimes I get an irresistible urge to shake things up. The place I live (Mississauga, Ontario) is a very multicultural part of Canada. And everyone here seems to buy into the popular gangsta rap image, simply to fit in. I suppose that's the only way some new immigrants think they'll feel welcome. It's kind of sad. I've never understood or cared to understand anything as pointless as fashion or popular trends. I wear whatever's comfortable. I listen to what I like. And there's little I enjoy more than making enemies among the legion of pretenders I meet. I wonder if that makes me a "Punk". Or maybe it just makes me an asshole.
Of course, it isn't all about rebellion, is it? I joined this site because, in my experience, most "punks" seem to share my left-wing politics and my sense of cynical amusement at the absurdities of life.
So, here's my introduction. Better late than never.
Hey, all. I'm Eric the new guy.