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– by Chadette Maragh 

The AfroPUNK Festival, known as “the other black experience,” is an annually celebrated fusion of punk and alternative culture experienced through an urban view. In its ninth year, festival founders, James Spooner and Matthew Morgan entertained thousands of attendees with an array of head pounding acts (Theophilius London, Jada Pinkett Smith, The Skins), several “bar stations” and food truck cuisine delivered by the city’s finest (BareBurger, Luke’s Lobster and Kelvin Natural Slush Co.). However, no punk festival is complete without a style rundown, from African prints to feather headdresses, we present the best looks of this year’s fete.

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A black, white and grey striped caftan expertly topped off with a ruby red low fade.


A demure, sweet pixie perfectly paired with a colorfully loud African print dress.

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Singer and entertainer, CIDNINJA accessorizes her slick blonde pixie with a black leather cap.

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An annual summer staple, the nautical fisherman hat presents a laid back approach to any outfit.


August radiant and photo ready, these lovely naturalistas are all smiles! Straw hat and dimples in tow.


Not one to simply “throw on a hat,” this festival goer adds a center part twist for an extra oomph to her summer look.



Cropped, golden summer tresses are summer personified while shaven sides add an edge.


Adding her own dose of sunshine to Day 1’s activities, this festival goer rocks an awe striking, sunburst inspired do.


A multi-hued blonde Teeny Weeny Afro paired with a siren red lip shade makes for an arresting, glam packed look.


Blown out to imperfect perfection, blogger Simone Alexander’s colored coif adds great dimension and enviable volume.


Golden blonde and jet black strands make for a stylish punk inspired look.

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A sea shell decorated dread lock fade, punk style epitomized.

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Frilled maxi? Check. Paired with a wide pair of sunnies? Check. Colossal hair? Check, check!


Not quite the believer in the less is more mantra this striking beauty dons three feet (estimated) of Senegalese twist, styled into a towering beehive.

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From dread lock to curls and everything in between groups of fours and threes enjoys the scene.


Stylish festival goers offer various looks from a smooth Caesar cut to flowing yarn braids.

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Floppy hats seem to have won the popular vote among this natural and dreadlock styled quartet.


Sun kissed beauties flank a feather headdress.

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Draped in colorful vintage duds this attendee tops off his stylish quirk with a side parted, high top fade and circular frames.

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Shades and head gear prove to be a worthy accessory to any outdoor event.


From a seven inch high top to a Horus’ eye leather fitted, this quartet offers an assortment of styles of the past and present.

While we loved, loved, loved all the looks above, one in particular caught our eye.  Which looks do you like best? Tell us in the comments below.

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