Vampira: Beatnik, Goth, Punk

9_GP as proto-punk, Mexico City, 1969

Frankly, I find the Mexican guy (left) in the 1969 photo above way more impressive than "Time Traveling Hipster."

Look at that mohawk!

Yeah, I know:

Strictly speaking, that hairstyle should really be called "the Pawnee."

And yes, some members of the 101st Airborne adopted the "mohawk" during World War II.

As well, a couple of photos depict jazz musician Sonny Rollins -- and one girl in California -- wearing the style in the 1950s.

(If a kindly LexisNexis subscriber wants to look up the story behind that teenage girl's "mohawk," the photo accompanied a Los Angeles Daily News piece dated June 27, 1959. The paper's archives don't seem to be available on their website.)

That said, I'm fairly certain surrealist painter Yves Tanguy (born 1900) beat all those people to the punk look:

Yves Tanguy 1929

Tanguy was certainly way ahead of the 15-year-old boy in Alice Cooper's "Teenage Lament '74" who wails:

Well, I cut my hair weird

I read that it was in

I looked like a rooster

That was drowned and raised again

Maybe this fictional kid was inspired by Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, but still:

When that single came out, John Lydon's locks were still shoulder length.