Subcultures: ‘Elitism for against Elitism’

Mother punk might be dead, but the sons are still alive and exploding in between the pops and public. So, shut up and keep watching them! Awake and beware!

— me, for the ending of my fucking ruined dissertation.


‘Sea, like the sea’ @ my bathroom in Denmark Hill, London, 2013.

‘Sea, like the sea’ @ my bathroom in Denmark Hill, London, 2013.

"The politics of youth culture is a politics of metaphor: it deals in the currency of signs and is, thus, always ambiguous. For the subcultural milieu has been constructed underneath the authorised discourses, in the face of the multiple disciplines of the family, the school and the workplace. Subculture forms up in the space between surveillance and the evasion of surveillance, it translates the fact of being under scrutiny into the pleasure of being watched. It is a hiding in the light.

The “subcultural response” is neither simply affirmation nor refusal, neither “commercial exploitation” nor “genuine revolt”. It is neither simply resistance against some external order nor straightforward conformity with the parent culture. It is both a declaration of independence, of otherness, of alien intent, a refusal of anonymity, of subordinate status. It is an insubordination. And at the same time it is also a confirmation of the fact of powerlessness, a celebration of impotence. Subcultures are both a play for attention and a refusal, once attention has been granted, to be read according to the Book.”

— Dick Hebdige

“Hiding in the Light: Youth Surveillance and Display”
in Hiding in the Light (1988)


Elias, Iceage @ The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, London, 2013.

Elias, Iceage @ The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, London, 2013.

I have a bunch of pictures from gigs, and their quality is honestly not bad, but I’m not gonna post them on here. well, maybe a little bit of them will be, but most of them are gonna be stocked in my fucking portable hard drive (forever).

I’m just desperate, but distressful.


Elias, Iceage @ The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, London, 2013.

Elias, Iceage @ The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, London, 2013.


Elias, Iceage @ The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, London, 2013.

Elias, Iceage @ The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, London, 2013.

너는 내가 아는 것을 모르고, 나는 너가 아는 것을 모른다.

'you don't know what I know, I don't know what you know.'


Jungwon @ LCC in Southwark, London, 2012.

Jungwon @ LCC in Southwark, London, 2012.


Lisa @ LCC in Southwark, London, 2012.

Lisa @ LCC in Southwark, London, 2012.


While She Sleeps @ Roundhouse in Camden, London, 2012.

While She Sleeps @ Roundhouse in Camden, London, 2012.

Anonymous: what camera do you use?

All the pictures on my tumblr are taken by some disposable cameras, but I am gonna post more pictures taken by other af cameras such as leica mini2. (I am just too lazy to post them now)


Ting & Jung @ LCC in Southwark, London, 2012.

Ting & Jung @ LCC in Southwark, London, 2012.


Last snowing in South Lambeth, London, 2012.

Last snowing in South Lambeth, London, 2012.