**This story was originally published on August 27th, 2018.**
We had to skip AfroPunk ‘19 this year 😪 since, we’re currently deep in our rebranding endeavors. Though, it’s a great time to look back at last years beautiful, captivating images; captured by photographer Jheyda Mc Garrell for us. Trust us as, it will be well worth the wait for what’s in store! Plus, we’re sure that AfroPunk 2020 will be a movie! Until then, you can reminisce with us below.**
Every year the alternative beauty looks and street style of the Afro Punk Festival in Brooklyn, surpasses the previous one; while the Commodore Barry Park plays host to a carnival of culture. As its grounds are filled with a confectionery account of color, vivid and unique beauty aesthetics of eclectic embellishments and individuality that’s powerful and ballsy─ a revolutionary cultural statement of unconventional blackness that reveals a rebellion like no other festival has ever produced.
This year was no different with a performance roster of artist that solidify the alternative on a mass scale including, Janelle Monáe, Miguel and Tyler the Creator to name a few. While, the festival grounds became a call to action through the goers personal styles and in overall splendor of how the Black experience and exploration in America continues to evolve majestically and THRIVE.
Photographs captured by |JHEYDA MCGARRELL for Rebel Muse
Existential tribal masquerades of masculinity and revolution
A walking sexual revolution
Rebellious in Red
A street-style warrior prince
Textured in Canary
Flourishing florals, crowning high enough for the heavens while adding a bold red lip for a sealed look.
A beautiful Bird of Prey
Soft puffs, sharp sunnies and denim overalls with patterned flair; the festivals perfect duo.
Conjuring Kings of Our Ancestral Past for the Future
Metallic for the win!
Exquisite goddess of celestial grandor
Embellished sweetheart adorning a golden headpiece of regalness
Cat-eyed with skin of flawless perfection
Hi-Key S T U N N I N G
Star Spangled and Powerful
The revolution will be televised, Black and platinum blond crowned!
A bold Cotton Candied Dream Puff Goddess with colorful confetti on top!
Black on Black on Black
A menagerie mask of delight!
Floral trickery and radiant concrete sun bathing
Neon rebellion and Bantu Knots
Bejeweled and embellished coupledom
Fluid and Flawless
Braided architectural beauty for stunning flex.