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A screenshot from Azealia Banks "Atlantis" music video showing Seapunk fashion

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.[1]


Origins of Seapunk started out as a trend and meme on the website Tumblr and was later described as a microtrend in fashion and music.[2] The term "seapunk" was coined by DJ Lil Internet in 2011 who wrote the first reference on Twitter.[3]

In 2011 an article by Cluster Magazine reported about the emergence of seapunk.[4] Seapunk was described as "a mostly internet-based phenomenon, birthed out of the tumblr and twitter universes as a means to describe a lifestyle aesthetic that is all things oceanic and of the sea." [4]

Seapunk Music[edit]

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.[1]

In January 2012, seapunk made it into international print via Dazed & Confused magazine. Katia Ganfield interviewed Albert Redwine in the article, "Seapunk: A new club scene intent on riding sub-bass sound waves into the future".[5] The seapunk music genre was founded and influenced by the musicians Zombelle and Ultrademon.[3] Other artists include Blank Banshee, Fire For Effect, Slava, Unicorn Kid and Splash Club 7.[6]

In 2013 "Fire for Effect Records" (A subsidiary of Rephlex Records) released "Seapunk" by Ultrademon.[7]

Fashion imagery[edit]

The fashion sees a large amount of colors of blues and greens as reminiscent of aqua related themes. Symbols such as yin-yangs, smiley faces and references to the 1990s are also a part of the style.[8]

Seapunk digital imagery and use of social networking media[edit]

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. Seapunk digital imagery draws largely from the 1990s early World Wide Web styles. This imagery has given rise to new internet sub-genres consisting of similar themes, such as slimepunk and icepunk.[3]

Rapper Azealia Banks used seapunk imagery in her "Atlantis" music video in 2012.[8] Singer Rihanna was influenced by seapunk in her Diamonds performance on SNL in 2012.[8][9]

Elements of seapunk imagery were claimed to have influenced designers such as Versace.[10]


  1. ^ a b Raymer, Miles. "The Week Seapunk Broke". The Chicago Reader. ChicagoReader. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Peck, Jamie. "This Weekend In New York: Parts & Labor Bid Farewell, Seapunk Washes Ashore". The Chicago Reader. Village Voice. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Detrick, Ben. "Seapunk, a Web Joke With Music, Has Its Moment". The New York Times Online. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "The Abyss: #seapunk #splishsplash #oceangang". Cluster Magazine. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Ganfield, Katia. "Seapunk: A new club scene intent on riding sub-bass sound waves into the future". 
  6. ^ Stehlik, Lucy. Guardian "Seapunk: scenester in-joke or underground art movement?". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ultrademon - Seapunk on Discogs". Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Seapunks Salty Over Rihanna and Azealia Banks' 'Net Aesthetics". Spin Magazine. November 14, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ "You Never Thought Seapunk Would Take It This Far". Respect Magazine. November 30, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Seapunks Internet Trend Takes High Fashion, From Proenza Schouler to Versace". The Daily Beast. November 30, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 

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