Tuesday 05 April 2005
DIY - If you dont know what that means, get the fuck out
Actually, if you dont know what it means, it means Do
It Yourself. DIY is as old as punk (or at least as
old as hardcore). Now, what specifically is DIY? It's what makes
someone self-sufficient. It's what powers you when you've got
little or nothing left. It's what drives you to do something.
When all else fails, Do it your fucking self.
This applies to many things. In the hayday of hardcore, everyone
involved (the few thousand throughout the world) were DIY-ers
through and through. You had to drive your ass 10 hours in your
shitty van, sleeping on your gear, all by yourself. No roadies,
no tour bus; just your stinkin ass band mates and your probably
shitty gear in a van you probably couldnt afford to gas up
again. You book your shows on your own. Hell, you might even be
able to show up and just play. Who cares about a sound check.
Your look? Who really cares. If you wanted something studded,
you studded it yourself. You got your ass beat for your
flourescent blue hair probably daily. But you know what? That
The only way to get anything done was doing it yourself, because
frankly, no one wanted anything to do with you. The only people
that did were your friends (in the scene) or your enemies
(rednecks, jocks, cops, whatever). Everyone else said fuck off.
People lived on their own. Scrounged up their own food, siphoned
gas, stole; anything.
The reason I bring this up, is because it pains me to see stores
like Hot Topic, or any place where you can buy pre-made bondage
pants, or the dreaded studded belt (which is just all the rave).
I am very opposed to buying anything like that. Never have,
never will. I'll make it myself. The only thing I buy are band
shirts (and sometimes I make em if I got the materials). It
sucks to see a 'street punk' who wasn't one yesterday, or a
fucking teenie bopper that thinks punk is cool (when whatever
they listen to is bullshit).
All this commercialism and consumerism is the antithesis of DIY,
a born and bred hardcore ethic, that will never die. Punk was
never as... well... hardcore about it as hardcore was. Sure it
was here and there, but Punk was quickly absorbed into the
mainstream (for the most part) and from it was extracted that
dreaded New Wave; radio-friendly 'punk'. Hardcore was in a
league all its own. It was about getting out of work, going to a
show. Jeans and a shirt, and whatever you could make. Didn't
matter. You did it yourself because thats all you could do. And
now this shit can be found in your local mall.
Case in point; there was a shirt that just said 'ANARCHY' across
it, generously on sale for only $24.50. Way to be an
anarchist. Like everything, this too will pass. I guess thats
about anyone thats actually in the scene has to look forward to
in regard to this. Then again, you can be like me and not care
half the time, and only care the other half when someone brings