First off, my suggestion is that you Youtube “Blood in My Eyes” by Calabrese while looking over this post, because it’s the perfect complement to these images of a should-be horror punk frontman.
The pep talk before the shoot went like this: “You’re an undead rockabilly ghoul…go creep around the cemetery like it’s your home.” And then I’m pretty sure the words “look evil, and like you think you’re cooler than everyone” came out of my mouth as well.
Our subcultural landscape has become so flooded that there are an increasing amount of discrepancies over whether recently emerging subcultures truly exist or whether they’re simply hipster indulgences taken too far. Just because the New York Times wrote about Seapunk, does that really make it a thing? And do I need to acknowledge Street Goth just because people blog about it?
While these are both questions up for debate, I’m certain there’s one thing we can all agree on, and that is the legitimacy of the underground Mummy Punk scene, and the need for Mummy Punk to grow and expand into a more visible subculture.
Unlike jokey flash in the pan subcultural movements, Mummy Punk is not only grounded in fashion, but also music, history, and cinematic lore. But while I could regale you with a long essay about the history, you’re most likely here for the fashion, so here’s a short, basic primer for those new to the scene:
The Fashion: While there is no absolutely definitive Mummy Punk look, the style is often defined by deconstruction, asymmetry, tattered fabrics, bandage-print, and gauze.
It hadn’t occurred to me that school starts for most kids in the next week or so, until I saw a newsletter from my old high school sitting on my parents’ kitchen counter. Of course, I hadn’t realized because “Back to School” means absolutely nothing to me, considering I haven’t had a proper first day of school since about 2008.
The realization lead me to crack open a few photo albums–though not so much to reminisce, as to take a look at my style progression. My interests and influences have remained consistent through the years–ever since I hit double digits I’ve loved all things dark, bold, and punk rock–although when I look back, I’m reminded that my lack of funds, resources, and a strict music diet of street and horror punk all lead to some interesting fashion choices in my high school/college years… (more…)
Wanna see a different side of Ulorin Vex? Here she is, participating in a 2011 Zombie Walk. One of the many reasons I continue to love this woman…