The idea of the clown is one that has been around for thousands of years, and has shown up throughout time in cultures all over the world. The purpose of the clown is to bring joy into the world through exaggeration and fantasy, while still representing something very human and relatable. Clownpunk interprets fashion in a way that is bordering on the absurd, but not quite over the edge into costume.
The essence of punk is rebellion and defiance, and that is what clownpunk is about. In today’s world of dreary uncertainty where joy is running low and clothes are made to match, to be an explosion of color and shapes and interest and excitement is a rebellion. You are looking mediocrity in the face and refusing to be part of it. Even if your day-to-day life is not as exciting as you wish, you can still have one part of it that is fantasy. And not fantasy as an escape- fantasy as an active pushing back against uninspiring reality. People will stare and make comments, and that’s the point. If you can make someone smile with your outfit, make them notice what you are doing, you have accomplished something.
And after all, isn’t running away to join the circus the classic act of teenage rebellion against everyday life?
What makes a clownpunk?
Because there are so many clowns and so many ways to interpret them, there’s really no one right way to be clownpunk. However, here are a few style guidelines to point you in the right direction:
-polka dots, stripes, and checkerboards
-sequins and sparkles
-black and white
-split color clothing
-brightly colored, multicolored, or multi-toned (black and white) hair
-bowler and top hats
-ascots and bowties
-printed leggings or pants
-unusually proportioned clothing
Never take yourself too seriously. Be exuberant, be extreme, be loud, be sincere, and be free.
“‘Our message, such as it is, has always been, have fun. That’s timeless and appeals to everyone.’
~Keith “Monkey” Warren
[adapted from this post by blackandwhitestriped]