In a world where you can buy a Dead Kennedys T-shirt at Urban Outfitters, the "punk" label has lost some of its ability to describe anything at all. We spent the past couple of months going to the shows that still embody the genre's original spirit, the ones that now define themselves as DIY and certain kinds of metal as well as punk. We talked to the people we met their and shot their portraits.
It was rare that we found someone without a tattoo, so we asked about those. Some were nods to literary classics or political opinions. Others were memorials to lost loved ones, and more than a few honored the Misfits. We found that the range of tattoos matched the range of people at the shows. Here are a couple dozen of Denver's underground music enthusiasts talking about their body art.
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