politics of style: southern gothic

October 13, 2018

In the South, fashion has a very different language than elsewhere. Down here we do monograms, polos and pressed Dockers. But not at AFROPUNK and we so love that about the community. For so many, the Carnival of Consciousness is the ultimate outlet for self-expression for alternative Black kids who might live in communities where who they are isn’t accepted and that bright inner light can’t shine as brightly as it deserves to.

This year we saw some dope AF looks, but here’s a special shout-out to the dark and grungy kids who love their leather, defying dress conventions, and wearing what the fuck they want. Keep flying those freak flags and marching to the beat of your own drum. We see you and you are everything. This one is for you.

“It took a lot to get me out of the house in this. But if I can [wear it] so can you!”


“Creation is my inspiration, on the highest vibration. Joy, peace, and love are the greatest things you can give to yourself. As long as you feel good, it’s wave, it’s drip. You got self-love, that’s all you need.”

“Honestly, my look is inspired by the Phoenix. By rebirth. Burning out and then becoming something new.”

Alliya Meeks
@txturedecstatic and @salimasees

“I just wanted to moss in a tutu! I guess that’s a little bit of femme rage.” – @txturedecstatic