The Spirit of DIY:
A global community of artists and
musicians blazing their own paths.
The Spirit of DIY:
A global community of
artists and musicians
blazing their own paths.
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The Spirit of DIY:
A global community of artists and
musicians blazing their own paths.
The Spirit of DIY:
A global community of
artists and musicians
blazing their own paths.

Inspired by the “Do It Yourself” ethos of the Hardcore Punk movement in the late 1970s, there is a thriving global community of musicians, artists, and fans that champion the idea of carving out your own path and not waiting for permission. When the goal is unfiltered creative expression, there is no perfect approach. The only real response is taking matters into your own hands and creating what you want to see. Meet a few of the global faces who are using the spirit of DIY to make things happen in their worlds, and in the process are influencing broader culture as a whole.

Skate Society Soweto
Soweto, South Africa
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Revolback
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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The
Diders
Beijing, China
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Quality
Control HQ
London, Great Britain
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Culture
Abuse
Los Angeles, U.S.A.
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Skate Society Soweto

Soweto, South Africa

Mention the name Soweto and it’s likely to conjure up images of that township’s struggle for civil rights in the apartheid era. But look a little deeper and that same spirit of self-empowerment is being used to promote the message of skateboarding and punk rock. Skate Society Soweto and TCIYF, a skateboard organization and a punk rock band, respectively, each employ DIY tactics to push their mission and are providing new options through which individuality and counterculture are celebrated in Soweto.

"When we all formed SSS, The essence of it was helping kids."
- sechaba / SSS
"It was just gonna be a whole skateboarding umbrella for everybody that needed anything skate related."
- sechaba / SSS
"If it is being done by the community of a Soweto Township, that thing will be done."
- pule / tciyf
"We skate, and we punk rock the hell out of South Africa."
- pule / tciyf

Revolback

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Growing up in Brazil, Eduardo Andrade (aka Revolback) never had to look far for creative inspiration. The city of São Paulo is a living piece of art, covered in jaw-dropping graffiti and murals. But it was Eduardo’s introduction to the city’s hardcore punk scene that would serve as the catalyst for him to get off the sidelines and begin to create art of his own. He now spends most of his nights wheatpasting that message in the city streets and broadcasting it as the frontman for the HC band, Questions.

"It was when I started to listen to punk and hardcore, that I had insight. Hey, those people are just like me."
- Eduardo Andrade
"They don't have money, they make art, they make hardcore, this is all I love. If they made it, I can also make it."
- Eduardo Andrade

The
Diders

Beijing, China

If their name doesn’t grab your attention, their fast-paced live show will. The Diders are a band with one foot planted in traditional Chinese society and the other firmly grounded in their local DIY punk community. When watching the band perform live, you’re instantly aware that this is more than just a musical exercise, but also their outlet for self-expression and a conduit to connect with others who feel the same.

"No one can escape from traditions."
- Zilu wang

Left to right

Drums: Bob

Bassist: Bo Jin

Vocals / Guitar: Wang Zilu

"We are still Chinese. But punk is our own culture."
- Bo Jin

Quality
Control HQ

London, Great Britain

Quality Control HQ Records have been releasing UK hardcore since 2011 by bands such as Big Cheese, Mere Mortal and Stages in Faith. It’s run by Ola who also plays in bands like Arms Race and Game. While women have always had a presence within her local hardcore community, when Ola didn’t see enough women on stage she decided to pick up a guitar and help change that.

"There were women puttin' on shows and there were women who were photographers..."
- Ola
"But there weren't as many women on the stage"
- Ola
"So I thought I'm just gonna have to pick up a guitar and just learn it, myself."
- Ola

Culture
Abuse

Los Angeles, U.S.A.

At a glance, California-based Culture Abuse could pass as the quintessential angst-driven punk band, but listen a little closer and you’ll notice lyrics and a live show brimming with encouragement and positivity. That message becomes even more poignant when you realize that frontman and songwriter David Kelling has cerebral palsy, a disability that can make even the most mundane tasks challenging at best. David and the band embrace the mantra that there is no “right” way to do anything, and are using that mindset to champion a community that embraces diversity and individuality.

Left to right

Guitarists, John Jr and Nick Bruder

Vocals, David Kelling,

Bassist:Shane Pitt

Drummer Hunter Martinez

"Going to punk shows was the first time that I had been around other people with safety pins on shirts that were spray-painted, hair all crazy."
- David Kelling
"You could embrace that you were a freak and be accepted."
- David Kelling
"There's no right way to do anything. If you're an artist in any capacity, nothing should stop you."
- David Kelling
"DIY is the ultimate fuck you to anyone who says that you can't, becaue you can."
- David Kelling
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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / CHICAGO, IL

Converge is taking over House of Vans Chicago curating the line-up and DIY art screen-printing workshop by band members Jake Bannon & Thomas Hopper.

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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / PHILADELPHIA, PA

The Spirit of DIY takes over Voltage Lounge. Free art show, live performances, and food & drinks. Support the scene that supports you, Philadelphia!

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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / BOSTON, MA

The Spirit of DIY takes over Warehouse XI. Free art show, live performances, and food & drinks. Support the scene that supports you, Boston!

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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / DETROIT, MI

The Spirit of DIY takes over Sanctuary. Free art show, live performances, and food & drinks. Support the scene that supports you, Detroit!

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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / LOS ANGELES, CA

The Spirit of DIY takes over Chewing Foil. Free art show, live performances, and food & drinks. Support the scene that supports you, LA!

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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / OAKLAND, CA

The Spirit of DIY takes over Octopus Gallery. Free art show, live performances, and food & drinks. Support the scene that supports you, Oakland!

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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / TORONTO, CA

The Spirit of DIY will come to life at the House of Vans Toronto.

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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / NEW ORLEANS, LA

The Spirit of DIY takes over Cafe Instanbul. Free art show, live performances, and food & drinks. Support the scene that supports you, Nola!

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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / AUSTIN, TX

The Spirit of DIY takes over 523 Thompson. Free art show, live performances, and food & drinks. Support the scene that supports you, Austin!

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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / BROOKLYN, NY

The Spirit of DIY takes over Superchief Gallery. Free art show, live performances, and food & drinks. Support the scene that supports you, Brooklyn!

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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / WASHINGTON D.C.

The Spirit of DIY takes over Songbyrd. Free art show, live performances, and food & drinks. Support the scene that supports you, D.C.!

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THE SPIRIT OF DIY / MIAMI, FL

The Spirit of DIY takes over Gramps. Free art show, live performances, and food & drinks. Support the scene that supports you, Miami!