Skate punk (sometimes called skate rock or skatecore) is a subgenre of punk rock, originally a derivative of the West Coast hardcore punk scene, that is named after its popularity among skateboarders and association with skateboarding culture. Skate punk most often describes the sound of melodic hardcore bands from the 1990s with an aggressive sound, and similar sounding modern bands. Skate videos have traditionally featured this aggressive style of punk rock. This played a big part in the coining of the term "skate punk". Skate punk has gained popularity all around the world, including the Nardcore punk scene out of Oxnard, California.
The lyrics of Skatepunk music can be divided into many categories beyond skateboarding, some examples of this include lyrical themes which utilize topics based around humor and /or politics. Members of skate punk bands are often skateboarders themselves. Some bands occasionally focus on or at least reference skateboarding culture in their lyrics, in addition to other lyrical themes common to punk.
As the genre became more popular during the 1990s, it evolved into a slightly more melodic sound. During this time skate punk bands experienced a fair amount of commercial success and were featured in events such as the Warped tour which started in 1995. Some skate punk bands of the 1990s include NOFX and Lagwagon. Blink-182's first album Chesire Cat, is considered to have elements of skate punk mixed with punk rock. The 2000s has had its share of artists playing the genre, and bands in the USA, such as A Wilhelm Scream, and in Europe, such as Atlas Losing Grip, and Phinius Gage, have continued to use skate punk elements in their music, as it continues to maintain a strong following.