El Paso, Texas is home to one of the world’s most hardcore flea markets of all time—yes, you read that right, a punk flea market. We’re all familiar with traditional flea markets, littered with organic soaps, home-made t-shirts and strange antiques. Now imagine the same setting but filled with Mohawks, stretched lobes and enough hairspray to put a hole in the ozone layer. The El Paso Punk Flea Market is home to horror and punk themed items ranging from: art, vinyl, rockabilly items, antiques, band shirts, comics and live music. This aint your grandma’s market.
El Paso wasn’t the first to incorporate the idea of a punk-rock flea market, though. One of the first punk flea markets started in Mexico City, evolving from a hippy market in the 60s—same products, new packaging. But the El Chopo Market importantly served as a place for punk kids to come together, feel welcome and buy cool shit.
Check out some of the awesome stuff from the El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market be
llow, and let us know what you think of this idea: do you think it will catch on? Or, is it just another attempt to further mainstream punk culture?
The Flea Market is held every first and third Sunday of the month. With the olidays just around the corner, it’s obvious that a punk festival is going to have a Nightmare Before Christmas theme to it. The market on December 6 will be screening Jack Skelington’s debut all day along with a photo-op with “Punk Rock Santa.”
Throughout the market you’re going to find some common themes: a lot of ghoulish, spooky, haunting images and a lot of comic book references—all of which are present in the work of Erik Angel.
One of the resident shops at the market is Zombie Lounge, selling accessories, art and clothing influenced by the classic monster movies and pin-up girls.
They’ve expanded to holding night markets equipped with more live music, new vendors and tarot card readings.
You’re also going to find some kickass hand crafted items, like these coffin shelves made by Blackened ART.
If you want a better vibe for what it’s like at these punk flea markets check out these videos.
El Paso Punk Flea Market Walk Through:
Where Mexico City’s Punks Are Welcome: