Crust punk can be traced back to Bristol (UK). In the late
80's, Bristol bands like
Disorder, Chaos UK, Lunatic Fringe, Amebix, broke from the usual punk
fashion confines, creating a disheveled DIY look originating in
squatting and poverty.
Typical crust punk fashion includes black or
camouflage trousers or shorts (heavy work pants are popular for their
durability), torn band T-shirts or hoodies, skin tight black jeans,
vests and jackets (commonly black denim), bullet belts, jewelry made
from hemp or found objects, and sometimes bum flaps. Many items of
clothing are covered in patches and/or metal studs. Often the patches
display a political message.
Clothing tends to be unsanitary by
conventional standards, and dreadlocks are popular. Crust punks
sometimes sew articles of clothing with found or cheaply bought
materials, such as dental floss. Pants are sometimes held up with
string, hemp, or vegan-friendly imitation leather.
The term 'crusties' can refer to two distinct, but not entirely
separate, subcultural groups. Particularly in North America, but to some
extent worldwide, the term is used to refer to crust punks. In the UK
especially, particularly in the 1990s, the term was used to refer to
people who are members of a subculture related to the New Age travellers
Learn more about various punk fashion
styles from the main page of this section.