Tactical Punk (see also: tacpunk) refers to both a sub-cultural movement and a social orientation. The movement can be defined by the philosophy of mission or event preparedness with a priority to “do-it-yourself”, including training and equipping oneself for emergency travel, rescue, recovery, reconnaisence, and battle, regardless of military/law enforcement status, and despite social climate. This philosophy includes being diligently aware of one’s surroundings, keeping a constant training mindset, and consistently practicing, testing, and improving one’s skills and equipment. However, it is a movement based not solely on one’s own successful survival and wellbeing, but also finding, creating, and strengthening communities built for human betterment, including physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social health.
A tactical punk does not seek to commit crime or instigate fights, but may train for self-defense and the defense of others. There is no specific training, style, rather, the philosophy dictates that each individual trains in all things based on personal interest, physical and mental ability, and resources. While one tacpunk may be adept in kickboxing and hackery, another may specialize in medicinal herbs and re-purposing what others consider trash. It is for this reason that tacpunks tend to create strong networks, valuing training, skillsets, and equipment of any useful nature. The idea is not carry as much ‘gear’ as possible, but to have a finely tuned collection of skills and tools for everyday use as well as modest to elaborate need-specific kits, including fluency in use of all.
A Tactical Punk does not seek battles but may train for self-defense and the defense of others. There is no specific fighting style, rather, being Tactical Punk dictates that each individual trains based on personal interest, physical and mental ability, and resources. While one tacpunk may be adept in kickboxing and use of firearms, another may specialize in medicinal herbs and sewing arts. It is for this reason that tacpunks tend to create strong networks among themselves, accepting a tribal social model and valuing training and skillsets of any useful nature.
Reminds you of Survivalism? Sort of, only a tacpunk may not, necessarily, train for society’s failure or an environmental disaster. Survivalism is a serious undergoing, often involving procuring masses of important skills and equipment, and having elaborate plans “for when the shit hits the fan.” While the tacpunk movement shares many of the basic survivalist practices, it is admittedly lazier, picking and choosing among skills and, often, not being so worried about the end being near. The “tactical” base comes of studying skills to assist in strategic endeavors–whether investigating a bump in the night, or choosing the best route on bicycle during rush-hour–and the “punk” balances out the discipline with a distinct sense of individualism, style, and community. Punk as a word has long evolved from defining one music movement, and is often refers to a person who shuns “mainstream” society (but, in so doing, embraces it as the standard). Tacpunk was coined in an attempt to name a way of life that’s as much art as it is practicality. It’s the difference between buying a vest to fill with gear, and making one for oneself of old pants and zippers. It’s adding a pocket on a pant thigh specifically for a phone or notebook, altering a shirt to fall correctly beneath a backpack, being as efficient as possible when mounting and paying for the bus, or being ready to *run* when it’s early.
Tactical Punk is best friends with Preapocalyptic Aliveism and The Movement Movement, and is not as pretentious as it sounds.