TURNING POINT AND CREW | PHOTO: MIKEY FASTBREAK
I was very a normal kid in high school, I wasn’t a “punk” outsider. I had plenty of friends and was good at sports. Gym teachers would pull me aside and wonder why I wasn’t playing for the high school basketball team. I told them I played music on the weekends and couldn’t commit to every game. Music teachers wanted me in the jazz band on drums. Same deal, if you were in the jazz band you had to be in the marching band and play at the Sunday football games. There was no way I could do that and also would never wear that stupid marching band outfit either. But once I started really getting into hardcore, everything fell to the wayside.
I was into skating too. I was friends with all the jocks, but nobody knew what the fuck we were into. Guys would always ask what was up with the hardcore t-shirts, what were they about, but they just didn’t get it or care really. But we weren’t outcasts by any stretch of the imagination. We were normal kids, we were just really into hardcore.
-Jay Laughlin, Turning Point