It's customary on Father's Day to salute the dads who helped mold us into the men and women we are today. But when you grow up with a punk rock dad, things are a little different. Aside from their obvious taste in music, punk rock dads are there for their offspring in ways that some of us with more conventional papas never really get to experience. Punk traditions from back in the day are still alive thanks to the fathers who refuse to change their ways after the grey in their hair sets in, the tattoos start to fade and and those old cut off vests no longer fit. Nevertheless, these punk rock dads are there to teach the youth a thing or two at shows like Punk Rock Bowling or even Burger Records' show at the Echoplex tonight, aptly-titled Punk is Dad featuring JFA and Red Kross. In honor of Father's Day, here are 15 signs you might be a punk rock dad, taken from photos we took at this year's Punk Bowling.
When your spawn needs help learning how to apply his or her nail polish, you're always there to show 'em how it's done.
You never miss a good punk show, even if you've gotta go straight there wearing your 9 to 5 clothes.
Family time with the kids usually requires ear protection.
Your punk rock son can stand next to you and see his future.
You're ok with a receding hawk line.
This is your version of a comb over.
Instead of the mosh pit, you prefer the mosh sit.
These are the onesies you buy for your children.
You just can't understand why your kid would rather be at a 21 Pilots concert.
You'll pay a few bucks extra to be a Very Important Punk.
Your kids will always come with you to see a show and let you pay...yet stand just far enough away to look like they came alone.
Your kid will always have the best seat at the show, even if they have no clue what they're looking at.
You have more fun at a festival then the youngsters who are half your age.
There's so much color in your mohawk that no one notices the grey on the sides.
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You're a bad ass motherfucker who doesn't care what anyone else thinks.
Thanks, punk rock dads...you've influenced our lives more than you could ever know.