Punk Damage: How The Punk Scene Gave Me Tools and Hope
Punk Damage: How The Punk Scene Gave Me Tools and Hope
Punk Damage: How The Punk Scene Gave Me Tools and Hope

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Punk Damage: How The Punk Scene Gave Me Tools and Hope

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Punk Damage: How The Punk Scene Gave Me Tools and Hope (Once It Stopped Screwing Me Up)

The Lesbian Lexicon coined the phrase “Punk Damage,” defining it as “n. the sordid underbelly of self limitation that comes directly from having come of age in a punk scene; often marked by an extreme distaste for the making or spending of even small amounts of money.” Their examples could literally be out of Biel's life: “yesterday’s burrito,” “What! I do not need new shoes,” “an unhappy dog wearing a bandana,” “jump over [turnstyle] or two people at once,” “bonfires on the beach are free,” and “occupy empty buildings (squatters patch while paying Bay Area rents).” When explaining the culture of living this way daily to a current partner, Biel witnessed, for the first time, the look of horror on her face. In this extended treatise, Biel details the various ways that growing up enmeshed in an empowering subculture committed each of us to a life of service to others and the accompanying downsides...and how he eventually stopped accepting the bad and only embracing the good.

38 pages, sized between A6-A5. Black & white printed on cream paper with card cover.