This weekend, the streets of Oakland, California, shone just a little brighter, as Technicolor dream dye jobs made their way toward Mosswood Park for the annual Burger Boogaloo music festival. Heads of flamingo pink, Wite-Out white, and acid yellow gathered under the sun to sway, twist, and mosh to the sounds of Thee Oh Sees, The Mummies, and King Khan and the Shrines. “This is my kind of people,” said festival host John Waters, surveying the masses tossing eyeball beach balls, oversize pieces of foam popcorn, and a few young crowd surfers while Shannon and the Clams crooned. “They don’t fit in in any minority, and they’ve found their own.”
No two haircuts, smatterings of glitter, or stripes of eyeliner were alike, each individualized and counterculture look shared a common thread that could have been plucked straight from Waters’s book of bad girl beauty makeovers. “There are no rules, and that’s the way it should be,” explained music photographer David Evanko of the lawless aesthetic Burger Records’s garage-band lineups draw out of its audience. For the subversive set spangling the outdoor venue, ages ranged from 3 to 70, and visual influences were just as vast—Cousin Itt, Daisy Duck, and Debbie Harry among them. Here, living proof that punk is not dead.
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