Skate punk (also known as skate core) was originally a derivative of hardcore punk, so named because of its popularity among skateboarders, and the fact that many members of skate punk bands were themselves skaters. Lyrics themselves will occasionally focus on, or at least reference skateboarding.Skate punk typically uses four-note basslines, surf-like drums, and fast, Ramones-style guitar. Mostly played on the upbeat instead of the downbeat, skatecore is known for emulating the "feel" of skating—much in the same way surf sought to emulate the feel of surfing. Skate punk utilizes quick uptempo "jumps" of silence at the end of the measure to emphasize the start of the riff. As many band members as well as much of the audience were skaters, a scene developed distinct from the larger punk scene. Bands used a similar aggression as hardcore, but with different musical topics. At the time of the emergence of this genre, skateboarding was still seen as an outcast activity (similar to that of surfing, from which skateboarding has its origins). Many bands used that 'outcast' feeling, of being a skater, and thus the stereotypes that came with that, as fuel for their music. Often, bands like JFA would talk about their problems with police, or "preps," and the harsh treatment they received from them, in their songs and albums. Many bands of the "Nardcore" music scene from Oxnard, California—such as Rich Kids on LSD, Dr. Know, Agression, Habeas Corpus, Scared Straight, and Ill Repute—are extensions of this genre. Despite coverage in Thrasher Magazine, this style of punk differs from thrash. The legendary 1970s skateboarder Duane Peters grew into skate punk via skateboarding, forming three skate punk bands: Turn Your Head and Cough, U.S. Bombs and later The Hunns (also known as Duane Peters and the Hunns, die Hunns). Other bands associated with skateboarding are The Faction, Los Olvidados, Free Beer, Drunk Injuns, Lagwagon, NOFX, Gang Green, Suicidal Tendencies, Descendents, Adolescents, Agent Orange, Skate Death, Black Flag, SideSixtySeven, Clay Wheels, Big Boys, The Sidewalk Surfers, Bad Religion, Dead Kennedys, The NoNamed, Anti-Flag, and JFA. In the 1980s, music by hardcore punk bands such as Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies, and the Circle Jerks were very popular among skateboarders. Some bands, like JFA and Big Boys, are considered by many as two of the first 'skate punk' bandscitation needed
. They were skateboarders that also played in punk bands and used their passion for skateboarding in the context of many of their songs. Other examples of this are Free Beer and Los Olvidados. Many of these bands were regularly covered in Thrasher, a skateboarding magazine that also helped develop the skate punk scene. Thrasher released many skate videos, featuring the music of these bands on the soundtrack.
The movement of skate punk reached an all time high in the 1990s with the formation of the Vans Warped Tour, whose first tour featured Sublime and female rock band L7. The 1997 Warped Tour featured performances by bands classifiable as skate punk, such as the reunited Descendents, The Faction, Lagwagon, The Suicide Machines, SNFU, Pennywise, face to face, Millencolin, The Offspring, Bones Brigade and The Bouncing Souls.Skate punk can also describe the fashion created by earlier skateboarders.