So You Wanna Be A Mummy Punk…

April 14, 2013 | Posted by rissvandal

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.


Think bandage-print leggings, gauze scarves and armwarmers, and torn garments.


Photo credits: Refuse to Be Usual/Refuse to Be Usual/Lip Service

Accessories include gauze facemasks, ankh jewelry, and some go so far as to carry fake organs in small ornate vases.


Mummy Punks have been known to stylistically overlap with Zombie Punx at times, primarily due to the heavy use of fake blood to enhance their overall look.


Mummy Punk makeup trends include pale skin and dramatic eyes. Sleek Cleopatra-inspired eyeliner, or sunken vampire eyes are some of the more commonly employed looks.


Photo credit: (Image 2)


While Mummy Punk remains a primarily underground style, traces of subcultural influence have emerged within the past year, as can be seen in designs by Black Milk Clothing and in Jeremy Scott’s F/w 2013 collection


The Music: Truly at the heart of the Mummy Punk scene is the music. While the organ-heavy garage rock of The Mummies and the monstrous surf-punk of Blaster the Rocket Man were both bands considered integral to the scene, it was The Tater Tuts that were considered the first true Mummy Punk band upon the release of their first album, “Unravel Society.” Other popular bands include Calabrese and the Deadlines.


Hopefully this helped to give you a better understanding of the oft-overlooked Mummy Punk scene. Feel free to leave any comments or feedback below or on the Facebook page.





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