Ska punk fans typically dress in a style that mixes typical ska- or 2
Tone-related fashions, with various types of punk fashions, including
skate punk or hardcore punk.
Braces are popular, as are Harrington jackets with Royal Stewart tartan
lining, thin ties,
Doc Martens, mohair suits,
pork pie hats, tonik suits (especially in the early years of the
1980s ska revival), tank
tops, Ben Sherman or Fred Perry polo shirts, hoodies, and checkerboard
patterns. Hair is cropped very short in imitation of hardcore punk bands
and early 1960s rude boys.
Ska-punk is a fusion music genre that combines ska and punk
rock. It achieved its highest level of commercial success in the
United States in the late 1990s. Ska-core (sometimes spelled
skacore) is a subgenre of ska punk, blending ska with
hardcore punk. The more
punk-influenced style of ska-punk often features faster tempos, guitar
distortion, onbeat punk rock-style interludes (usually the chorus), and
punk-style vocals. The more ska-influenced style features a more
developed instrumentation and a cleaner vocal and musical sound.
Ska and punk rock were first combined in the 2 Tone movement of late-1970s
England, which featured bands such as The Specials, The Selecter, The
Beat and Madness. The fusion of the two music genres, however, became
most prevalent in the 1980s, during the third wave of ska
One of the first appearances of the term ska-core was in the title of
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 1993 album Ska-Core, the Devil, and More.
Learn more about various punk fashion
styles from the main page of this section.