AUSTIN, Texas — After years of haphazard repairs, a local crust punk house is now entirely made out of patches. Built in the early 1960s as a model family home, but rented out to punks for several decades, the house has become a mecca for traveling punks who consider it a right of passage to take a patch off their pants and attach it to the building.
Rick Garner, 23, the primary lease holder of the house and DIY venue, says it was actually practicality that was responsible for the legendary house’s creation.
“We threw a show in the kitchen and someone punched a hole in the wall. So I took a Toxic Narcotic patch off my pants and patched it up. It worked well, so when the side of the living room started falling apart, I used my Discharge buttflap to seal it up. Eventually, we were patching patches with patches and, well, just look at it,” Garner said, motioning to the sloppily-stitched-together dwelling that hosts touring punk bands most weekends. “I’ve found hipster D-beat and crust band patches are better suited for the exterior of the house than 90s street punk bands. We keep those ones inside.”
Neighbors complain the cloth walls aren’t enough to contain the general noise or smell of the bands that play in the basement every weekend and “only know that one drumbeat.” Others within the punk scene have criticized Garner for not even listening to some of the patches holding up his house — rumor has it he bought the Graf Orlock patch holding his bathroom together off Etsy. But Garner is more concerned about the authorities than his fellow punks.
“The city and our landlord are freaking out about us not having any load bearing walls. But our house isn’t 100 percent patches; we still have studs in the wall,” Garner said. “English 77 cone studs – we got ’em off Angry Young and Poor.”
The city has been talking about tearing down the house for several years, but after the election of a more conservative mayor, it looks like things might finally begin to unravel for the 16 punks and 12 bandana-wearing dogs that call the patch house home.
“Oh yeah, everyone is always talking about kicking us out. It’ll never happen. I’ve been living here, meeting people and really expanding my horizons for three years and I’ve never even paid rent,” the Ringworm fungus living on the couch said, “This is our home and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the city unstitch the bonds I’ve made with the residents of this house.”
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