Punk, as with most modern Western rock music, took root in China abruptly and unevenly starting in the early 1990s. Beijing skinhead Ma Ke—pictured here with a teardrop temporary tattoo—was born in 1976, around the same time as punk itself. One of his first encounters with this anti-establishment subculture, which first arose in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia, was in the mid-90s at the long-defunct Beijing live music venue Busy Bee (Mang Feng).

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