3 Sep 2015

THE PUNK


The first punks in my life I saw at the end of 1980, far later than in other countries. Belgium for new provocative youth things was always a bit late. To me the punks looked awful with their colored cocks comb, but on the other hand I thought my generation had terrorized our parents with the rocker looks !

Real punk politics covered the entire political spectrum. Punk-related ideologies were mostly concerned with individual freedom and anti-establishment views. Common punk viewpoints include anti-authoritarianism, a DIY ethic, non-conformity, direct action and not selling out.

But those I saw on the street, were mostly there to annoy women or elderly people and had fun to see their fear. Amongst the friends of my son there were no punks, but he was in a "Jesus" look phase and let his hair grow until his shoulders, which when I saw him in the dark with his length of 2 m (6.6 f) frightened me more !

One day I was in a pet shop to buy cat food. Suddenly a terrifying punk approached me, with a green cock comb, nail covered leather jacket and other accessories. On his shoulder sat a rat. He came very close and bent his shoulder so that the rat almost touched me. Unfortunately for him I am not afraid of rats at all and instead of screaming and running away, I petted the rat and told him what a cute pet he had ! The rat was delighted the punk not at all, I have rarely seen such a disappointed look ! I smiled at him and went away to buy my cat food. The punk left the shop with hanging shoulders,  while his rat tried to climb on his head.







Jenny Matlock
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11 comments:

Fun60 said...

Another of your wonderful stories.

Linens and Royals said...

No hope for me, I'm afraid of punks and rats. Love the cartoons.

Andrew said...

I loved the punk movement and punks were harmless. What scares me now is ice users.

Jo said...

As always you tell a story sooo well. I didn't know any punks and my children didn't have punk friends. I remember them as anti-establishment, anti-authority; in fact anti-everything. OH MY WORD ! I wish I had been there when the punk tried to frighten you with his rat. I would have stroked the rat as well. He he . Your cartoons are spot on, especially the second one portraying the selfishness of the punk! Thanks again for a good laugh!

carol l mckenna said...

that is definitely a 'punk' ~ great post for P

artmusedog and carol
Have a great weekend

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Hah! Great post, I would have about died if confronted by that rat!

Sarah Beth said...

Crazy colored spiked hair and tattoos all over don't bother me a bit... but that rat would have!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You lead such a fun life ;>). That poor punk -- his day was ruined LOL!!!

I'm not afraid of mice, don't think I've ever been close to a rat (the animal kind anyway).

Betty said...

You'd never catch me petting a rat! He would have enjoyed my reaction.

edenhills said...

Love that you spoiled his fun!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Love your story! That kind of punk is what I call a bully.
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