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. Attributes may include unkempt dreadlocks, nose rings, mohawk hairstyles and spray-painted faces. Gutter punks are sometimes referred to as "oogles".
Gutter punks may be voluntarily unemployed in a "mainstream" sense. They may be known to some as "crusties" (crusty punks). Some self-identified gutter punks may distinguish themselves from "crusties" and vice versa.
Gutter punks may acquire income by panhandling, sometimes holding signs requesting spare change, and some travel to various U.S. cities. as transients. 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. Some gutter punks travel by hitchhiking and freighthopping on freight trains. Some may squat in abandoned buildings.
Cities of congregation
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.
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