- Please: if anyone reading this is a member of the Greenville punk rock music community, I hereby request that you kindly remove my small family restaurant, Pinky’s Famous Jersey Sandwich, from the local canon of punk things. While I understand that this establishment has come to be known by some as a beloved punk rock music venue in the area, this reputation has been in no way sought after on my part and I would much prefer that the community’s relationship to Pinky’s be entirely sandwich-based going forward.
It was never my intention to feature musicians at the shop to begin with. The idea was proposed by a sweet young lady with an acoustic guitar who I mistakenly took for a nice Judy Collins type. I was unaware at the time that this person was a so-called “folk punk,” that she’d be supplementing her performance with several other artists from across the punk spectrum, or that she would thereafter maintain a punk rock showcase at Pinky’s every Thursday night.
I only allowed it to continue because Thursday is our slowest night and the punks were buying up our previously unsuccessful vegan offerings.
I have since been personally lionized as an important supporter of the local punk “scene” in spite of the fact that I do not support this music in any way.
There have been songs written about me, the lyrics of which I can not for the life of me understand. The shop and I are often the subjects of effusive bathroom graffiti which I must then spend hours erasing. My face is the centerpiece of a decidedly unrequested mural in the alley, surrounded by images of musical equipment, lowlife ephemera, and unprintable obscenities.
I am hugged by men in spikey jackets who terrify me. For fuck’s sake, I voted for Trump!
This particular subculture seems to have a very limited interest in the practicalities of entrepreneurship. Some kids recently made a small documentary about the shop and I gave them a ton of great material about our six dollar cold cut lunch deal — my interview was cut in favor of a young man with a tattoo of a face on his face. Also, they titled the documentary Pink Flag: The Anarchist Sandwich Shop that Facefucked Greenville, which I didn’t much care for.
I do not know who or what has ever been authentically punk, I simply know that Pinky’s Famous Jersey Sandwich is not. I cannot be more clear about this. I am categorically opposed to the music, values, and culture of the punk rock movement.
This is worse than the time we started doing a comedy night.
Article by Ted Kindig @houseshownashville
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