Authenticity at Lucky Seven Punk House

The punk community has its own distinct culture and forms of subcultural capital defining what is ‘authentic.’  According to David Muggleton, such subcultures “privilege… the artistic integrity of the underground compared to the mass commercialism of the mainstream.”  

In Portlandia‘s “Lucky Seven Punk House,” the cultural markers conferring punk membership and authenticity are present, including multiple couches on the porch, use of outdated technology, etc.  Punk houses sharing these qualities exist in cities across the US. (Note: one exception I noticed is living, flowering plants in the front yard.  I have yet to see a collective punk house that successfully maintained a garden)

 

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