Today, the New York Times discovered that punk rockers often live in messy houses. Sometimes they’re even (crap!) vegans who use cookbooks like Soy Not Oi! and get bad tattoos. In the words of the NYT‘s Penelope Green, punk houses are “typically a place for like-minded males in their 20’s to live and to make and hear music,” even though most punk houses we’ve been to have been as mixed gender as it can get. Now there’s a fancy coffeetable book, Punk House: Interiors In Anarchy, which was compiled by Abby Banks, David Foster Wallace‘s ex-dog walker (and how much more punk rock can you get?).
As for the article, it’s pretty great. You know… the faux-naive prose the NYT always uses when writing about American subcultures from crunk rappers to BMX bikers:
Bands on tour don’t play gigs at the Meadowlands or even the Knitting Factory; they’re more likely to appear in basements and living rooms. There’s a preponderance of acoustic guitars: big amps might spook the neighbors. […] Though she was once in a thrash-punk band called Vomit Dichotomy, Ms. Banks has never lived in a punk house, but she has an enormous appetite for the aesthetic. “It’s self-expression in the living space, not just on their bodies,” she said, noting that punk-house interiors are logo-centric. As with T-shirts or tattoos, they contain lots of writing – hortatory, descriptive, diaristic – on walls, door jambs, stoves and toilets.
Ian MacKaye, Kathleen Hanna and Mike Ness were all unavailable for comment.