Fresno Scene was a happening place to be in the 80's.
The raw tension, nervous excitement, and pure adrenaline that
came with being a punk rock kid 20 years ago was real and
unadulterated. Back then we made our own studded belts, one
stud at a time. We went down to the local military surplus
outlet and bought indivual bullets to have bullet belts. We
couldnt go down to the Hot Topic and get the right mainstream
These images represent all that the punk scene was in the
80's: Bands, brotherhood and family, violence, beer-guzzling
teens, mohawks, mini-skirts and lots of leather. As a historian
I cannot reinterpret the 80's scene to fit into modern socially
accepted and politically correct viewpoints. For instance,
you might balk at the section "Skins" and ask why
they are given their own gallery. Whether you like it or not,
Skinheads were a part of the punk rock experience in the 1980's.
Back in the day skins and punks co-mingled in Fresno in a
way that has been lost in today's scene. The 1990's would
witness a rift in the two scenes as bad blood came bewteen
long-held friendships. Two distinct Skinheads scenes would
also emerge in the 90's: OI skins that revolved around the
band Boot Party and a Nazi contingent that were far less punk
rock and more like bald Klansmen.
The 80's! Teachers hated us, cops messed with us and our parents
cried and prayed for us.
And the Violence! I personally got into a fist fight with
the whole Fresno High Marching band, was stunned by Police
officers outside of a gig, hit in the head with a crow bar
by homeboys, beat with a bat by a biker named Buffalo and
stabbed by some stoners. That Buffalo dude beat me half to
death, broke my arm and left me in agony in a gutter like
a worm after a good rain. Hah. It was a dangerous time to
be a punk.
This Website will be a tribute to all my old friends - some
are dead, some are in prison or have already served time,
some are still strung out and some are just hard working family
Most of us never graduated, I didn't - so here's your yearbook.
If you were in the scene during this time, this is your story.
If you have flyers, pictures, ticket stubs or a story you
want to tell. please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org