punkPunk elements have been commercialized a lot throughout fashion. Its origin is to be found in 1970s and 1980s, however. While the first Punk-Rock bands came from New York, it became a real subculture in London. The youth was frustrated about unemployment, their hopeless perspectives for the future and the English class system. The ruling values and ideas were negated by a broad nonconformity, by emphasizing imperfection and individualism.

Consequently punks developed a style that diverted items from their intended use and served as clothing or jewelry. The long-hair hippie look was replaced by generally unkempt, and often short hairstyles that were meant to look messy and were often dyed in unnatural colors. In the 1980s, tall Mohawks became particularly popular and took on a more extreme character than in the 1970s.