Gutter punk

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A group of gutter punks in New Orleans, Louisiana, in May 2002.

A gutter punk is a homeless or transient individual who displays a variety of specific physical traits and characteristics that often, but not always, are associated with the punk subculture.[1] Attributes may include unkempt dreadlocks, nose rings, mohawk hairstyles and spray-painted faces.[2] Gutter punks are sometimes referred to as "oogles".[3]

Gutter punks may be voluntarily unemployed in a "mainstream" sense. They may be known to some as "crusties" (crusty punks).[4] Some self-identified gutter punks may distinguish themselves from "crusties" and vice versa.[citation needed]

Gutter punks may acquire income by panhandling, sometimes holding signs requesting spare change,[3][5] and some travel to various U.S. cities. as transients.[5] The number of gutter punks that travel to various U.S. cities numbers in the thousands, and gutter punks may meet in various major U.S. cities.[5] Some gutter punks travel by hitchhiking and freighthopping on freight trains.[5][1] Some may squat in abandoned buildings.[5]

Some gutter punks may have problems with drugs and alcohol, including drug addiction and alcoholism, and some may be addicted to hard drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine.[2]

Cities of congregation[edit]

Cities where gutter punks may congregate include the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco, California, Berkeley, California, Portland, Oregon, East Village, Manhattan and Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York City, and the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, among others.[2][4][6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Goetz, Peter (November 21, 2000). "Ex Gutter Punk' Tells All". The Daily Californian. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Glionna, John M. (29 My 2007). "There's not a lot of love in the Haight". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Bentley, Jules (September 2012). "Everyone Hates the Oogles: Exploring the Animosity Towards New Orleans' Panhandling Punks". Antigravity. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Chapman, Ben; Hays, Elizabeth (July 14, 2009). "Punks invade Williamsburg as heroin-addicted hobos set up shop in trendy Brooklyn neighborhood". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Hauser, Alisa (May 21, 2013). "Traveling 'Gutter Punk' Homeless Back in City". DNA Info Chicago. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Morris, Alex (June 23, 2008). "Punk Like Them". New York. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Are Gutter Punk Youth Satisfied with Homeless Services in Berkeley, California?" California State University. 128 pages.

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