I’ve always been somewhat intrigued by people who lead straight edge lifestyles. Growing up, I spent a lot of time at punk rock shows and a lot of my friends were a variety of punks in bands as well as straight edge. Thinking back on it all now, it seems kind of strange that not many of the people I knew had tattoos. That’s not to say that everyone who is straight edge or into punk music would naturally be tattooed, but tattoos are certainly now a part of the straight edge lifestyle.
It’s also interesting to me to see an article written online explaining this subculture to people who normally would have no clue at all about it. Back when I was a teenager, no one was explaining anything to anyone outside of the subculture itself about the straight edger lifestyle.
So I’m curious. I can’t help but wonder that perhaps today’s mainstream appeal of tattoos is also aiding to bring lesser known sub-cultures to light. It’s a great side effect of tattoo’s popularity, if you ask me. After all, the more that people understand about the things that they don’t know, the better off everyone is, right? And what’s more, people who are punk/straight edge are all too often judged by their appearance rather than the things that truly matter.
It might seem kind of stupid to people out there who are completely familiar with the straight edge lifestyle or who are heavily tattooed to see an article like this one, but if you ask me, hey, it’s all good.