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Punk houses are often centered on certain political or personal ideologies. It is not uncommon for a punk house to be anarchist, strictly straight-edge, or vegan. A clique of punks may start a punk house by squatting an abandoned building, by renting, or by owning property. Punk houses are often communally inhabited in an attempt to minimize the individual expense of rent or property tax.
Punk houses serve as backdrops for local scenes; punk houses often provide overnight shelter to touring punk rock bands, and sometimes serve as a venue for shows. Bands or record labels sometimes form in a particular punk house. Many punk houses have associated punk zines that sometimes share the name of the house. Groups of anarcho-punks run their houses as communes. Inhabitants sometimes identify their houses with unique names and symbols so they can represent their residence with clothing, slogans, and graffiti.
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A sign posted at the C-Squat punk house
The Smacky Flats, located on Hindley Street, Adelaide, Australia, and initially inhabited by Nasty Marty and a bunch of friends that grew and grew, ending in 10 of the 12 flats being part of the punk commune.
The Phoenix House, Olympia, WA - House located on Phoenix Street in Olympia, Washington, famous for showcasing bands such as Nirvana and Bikini Kill, while also providing cheap living, as the house has many rooms. The house officially closed in May 2011, though an attempt at reviving the universally famous house is currently in the works.
Funky Towne - Huntington, West Virginia - punk house, music venue, vegan dinners, arts and crafts, lending library, movie showings and more. There is all ways something going on when traveling punks, college student from Marshall University and locals get in a room. Occupied by members of folk punk band The Disappearing Man. This space is no longer active according to their Facebook page.
Butcher Shoppe, Wacky Kastle and Gay Gardens - Boston, MA - 3 of the most prominent (but now defunct) punk and show houses in the Allston neighborhood.
The Elimination Chamber - Huntington, West Virginia - Punk house, music venus and the main office of a local DIY record label called "It's a Trap records". Occupied by members of a local punk band called Reptile Zoo.
Harm House, Springfield, Illinois - residence, productive space, occasionally holds house shows, and a place open to touring bands and anyone down on their luck
The Jerk Store, Houston, Texas - Punk house in Houston that hosted shows and parties. Occupied by members in Abduktion, Red River, and Vivisect. (now defunct)
The Clit House, Los Angeles, California - Punk house in Los Angeles that housed members of Clit 45, Chihuahuas and hosted touring bands. (now defunct)
The Rat Palace, Vancouver, Canada - Legendary punk house on Broadway near Arbutus, active from late 70s to mid-80s.