Happy Fucking Fourth of July

July 4, 2014 Comments Off on Happy Fucking Fourth of July 2339 bushwick, Gentrification, Politics
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Unbeknownst hipsters subscribing to so-called alternative “fuck you dad!” trends are shedding their xeroxed rebellion in exchange for cute tops and bandannas sporting patriotic stars and stripes, singing God Bless America while holding hands in jubilant fucking ignorance. A perfect reflection of our nation, to say one thing and do the opposite.

A Bushwick couple at a 4th of July Punk show. Are they being ironic? No.

A Bushwick couple at a 4th of July punk show. Are they being ironic? No.

Yes, this common method of compromise is somewhat effective in achieving satisfaction on both sides of the spectrum, making sure no one gets too offended and that each party feels slightly represented, a weak ass man’s formula for never truly having to form any concrete beliefs of his own. However, there was once a time when Bushwick harbored true insurgents, unafraid of stomping down their steel toed boots and spitting in the faces of our presidents.

Skid Mark of Bushwick at the 4th of July Flag Burning Fest of 2012 with only two other attendees.

Skid Mark of Bushwick at the 4th of July Flag Burning Fest of 2012 with only two other attendees.

The self proclaimed “last true crust punk in Bushwick,” Skid Mark, still plans to hold his annual (and once prominent) Fourth of July Flag Burning Festival at 7pm tonight at Maria Hernandez Park, though it is dubious that anyone will even show up at all. “It’s like everyone here in Bushwick has simply given up on sticking it to the man. I’m just appalled at this blatant display of patriotism from artists and musicians with tattoos and piercings. I mean, everyone still looks like they believe in anarchy, but come time for shit like fucking Independence Day and suddenly everyone pledges allegiance to a flag that symbolizes everything they claim to hate. I guess it’s just fashion at the end of the day. I’m hoping to weed through these impostor punk wannabes by seeing who shows up to the festival.”

"Fuck your flag and fuck your face. You're the garbage of the human race."

“Fuck your flag and fuck your face. You’re the garbage of the human race.”-Leftover Crack

We couldn’t agree more, Skid, although we probably won’t be able to attend the festival this year either. We are more than likely to be found wandering around aimlessly and hopelessly (hopefully) plastered somewhere in Bushwick. But, if the Vandals taught us anything, it’s that you aren’t really free in a country which you’re prohibited from walking into a deli and urinating on the cheese. (And that is not okay with us.)

Written By Nicole Benson

A big thanks to Pookie for allowing us to use this somewhat controversial photo of herself. She just needed to light her cigarette, damn it!

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