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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Top 10 Signs of Punk Rock's Life and Death at the Warped Tour

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Yes, the Warped Tour still exists. Maybe you think it's largely for kids with dyed-black hair, studded belts, shredded Vans, and a taste for anthemic three-chord mall-rock. And maybe you're right. But has the Warped Tour really gotten soft? We weren't sure, so we took a reading of the festival's punk rock-ness below, finding signs of both life and death at its most recent S.F. stop this past Saturday. Behold:

10. Sign of Life: Punk Rock Hair

  • Christopher Victorio
If the whippersnappers behind you can't see anything through your crusty, G.B.H.-era punk spikes, you're doing it right.

9. Sign of Death: Kreayshawn was there

  • Christopher Victorio
At least the influence of her look. But come to think of it, maybe that's not a bad thing?

8. Sign of Life: Disgusting personal grooming habits

Raise your punk cred score by three points for every square inch of bare skin that's covered in black dirt.

7. Sign of Death: Musical instruments that aren't guitars, drums, or basses

  • Christopher Victorio
What is this, a twee convention? Get that shit out of your mouth and play another power chord, dude -- that's all anyone came to hear.

6. Sign of Life: Crowds of people putting middle fingers in the air

  • Christopher Victorio
Hey, it's practice in case they ever decide to commit actual rebellion.

5. Sign of Death: People in stupid costumes

Comic-Con is in San Diego, bro.

4. Sign of Life: Band members still jumping stupidly high into the air mid-song

Height from stage to bottom of shoe directly related to badassery of song being performed.

3. Sign of Death: Musicians looking goofy and harmless onstage

Pink hair and a Paul Reed Smith? This dude is to punk what Bret Michaels is to metal.

2. Sign of Life: Circle pits


How better to take out your aggression than running around a tiny loop in the same direction as everyone else!

1. Sign of Death: A tent where parents can hang out


You brought your parents to this thing and you didn't push them into the pit?

See more photos from the Warped Tour's S.F. stop here.

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