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Portraits of… ’80s West Berlin Punk Culture

Looking around today, I see so much that I can’t get down with. So I decided to look back into the past and put together another in the Portraits of… series – this one’s Berlin Punk Culture From The ’80s! Looking at these photos gives me hope, in the sense that I know the youth of today will continue to fight for a better tomorrow. Read below about what Part One meant to us, and why we started this series! Karl Nagel RULES!!! All photos taken from PUNKFOTO

Today I want to share with you the world’s largest punk photo archive called Karl Nagel’s PUNKFOTO. It has over 12,000 pictures dating from 1978 to 2000. What I really dig about this site is how it is a real life look at how German punks were living at the time, so I put together this huge photo essay focusing of photos from the 80’s. This is the decade that is super close to my heart, because this is when I got into the scene in Cali. When I look at many of these pictures, it just reminds me of how youth rebellion is global and not specific to one time or place. I have mad respect for what Karl has done, because future generations will be able to go back and see what was going on the the past! When I was growing up, the only way I got to see stuff like this was in MRR, which was cool but not the best quality, so it’s really nice to be able to look at photos from the 80’s and see them clearly. Nuff respect due to Karl Nagel’s PUNKFOTO. Now check out some amazing flicks of German punks doing their thing in the 80’s!


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