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You don’t have to have something to rebel against to be a punk—you just have to look like you do.

Step 1: Pick a punk subculture
Pick a punk subculture. There’s strait-edge punk, glam punk, crust, Ska-punk, skinhead, skater-punk, pop-punk, goth-punk, bubblegum punk.

Step 2: Play punk music
Play punk music—loudly. There’s classic punk, like The Ramones and The Sex Pistols, and current punk, like Blink 182 or Good Charlotte.

Step 3: Wear punk clothing
Wear punk clothing: Horizontally-striped shirts, leopard print tights in candy colors, super skinny jeans, tight tees printed with names of obscure bands, and black leather.

Step 4: Accessorize
Accessorize with safety pins, lots of zippers, spiked wrist bands, bondage buckles, bullet belts, chokers, and chains.

Step 5: Wear punk shoes
Wear Converse high tops, checkered Van’s classic slip-ons, or combat boots.

Tip
Go to Google Images and punk clothing websites for ideas.

Step 6: Get a punk hairstyle
Have your hair cut into a Mohawk and dyed in different rainbow colors. Or shave your head.

Step 7: Pierce yourself
Have something on your face and body pierced. Lips and nipples are popular areas.

Tip
Female punks wear colorful makeup, and lots of it.

Step 8: Get a tattoo
Get a tattoo—preferably of a punk band, an anarchy symbol, skull and crossbones, or anything that symbolizes rebellion. Place it anywhere on your body—the more surprising the location, the better.

Step 9: Meet your peeps
Meet your peeps at punk rock concerts and look angry—or just hang out in public somewhere, looking bored.

Did You Know?
The popular ‘70’s group The Ramones is widely considered to be the first punk rock band.