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Seapunk is a subgenre of music, a fashion trend and a design style created online by a small group of social media enthusiasts. Seapunk gained popularity as it was shared, forwarded, and linked across the internet.
Miles Raymer of the Chicago Reader describes seapunk music as "a style of music that incorporates bits of 90s house, the past 15 years or so of pop and R&B, and the latest in southern trap rap—all overlaid with a twinkly, narcotic energy that recalls new-age music and chopped-and-screwed hip-hop mix tapes in roughly equal measure.  The first (and so far only) seapunk record record label, Coral Records Internazionale, was founded in the fall of 2011 by Albert Redwine (also known as Ultrademon or Fire For Effect) and Shan Beaste, also known as Zombelle.
A Brooklyn DJ and music video director known by his Twitter handle @Lilinternet is credited with having first used the conjunction in 2011 after having a surreal dream consisting of a punk-rock styled leather jacket in which the studs had been replaced with barnacles. Lilinternet DJ's the first Coral Records Internazionale seapunk party in the fall of 2011 during CMJ in New York, "Gender Blender". In the spring of 2012 Lilinternet wrote an article for Noisey titled "Seapunk Washes Up" seemingly discrediting and praising the efforts of Coral Records Internazionale.
In January 2012, seapunk made it into international print via Dazed & Confused magazine. Katia Ganfield interviewed Albert Redwine (also known as Ultrademon) in the article, "Seapunk: A new club scene intent on riding sub-bass sound waves into the future". Seapunk has manifested itself offline with dance parties themed around the style and entire groups devoted to creating seapunk music.
The most popular and emulated example of seapunk imagery is the album art designed by Kevin Heckart for Coral Records Internazionale. The popular Sega Genesis character Ecco the Dolphin is viewed as one of the many '90s pop culture influences on the style based movement as seen in its re-aggregation on popular social network sites like Tumblr or Facebook. One example of this dolphin imagery influence is demonstrated by animation contained in the music video directed by aforementioned graphic designer Kevin Heckart "Yr So Wet 3.0 - Ultrademon + DJ Kiff". Most of the popularity of the music was first generated from the Seapunk Volume 1 Compilation released by Coral Records Internazionale. The first artist to dub their music as "seapunk" was Zombelle in her Tropicult EP.
Sharing images on the popular networking site Tumblr is one facet of this new trend. Images featuring neon flashing colors and rotating geometric shapes floating above oceans of brilliant blue or green water flood the pages tagged with a #Seapunk hashtag. This imagery has given rise to new internet sub-genres consisting of similar themes, such as slimepunk and icepunk. The term "slimepunk" was originally coined by Zombelle in a tweet in the summer of 2011 
Seapunk fashion is characterized by a heavy use of the color turquoise and nautically themed articles of clothing. The most prevalent fashion trend in seapunk is dyeing one's hair blue, green, or turquoise, and accenting with matching make up. The originators of seapunk claim that the recent trend in fashion involving the use of bright blues is of their influence. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Gwen Stefani have all been seen donning bright blue hair, and seapunk frontrunner Zombelle said "There are people who work for Lady Gaga in my circle of friends." Other major trends in seapunk include mirrored circle sunglasses, yin-yangs, aquatic animal tattoos and anything that glows blue. Seapunk trends have been featured in Mishka NYC.
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- "1st Mishka Seapunk Article". Mishka Bloglin.