DIY (also known as “do it yourself”, “do it yourselfers”, or “DIYers”) is a term that refers to people that create or repair things for themselves without the aid of paid professionals. DIY is associated with the international alternative and hardcore music scenes. Some media-makers consider themselves DIY, for example the indymedia network, pirate radio stations, and the zine communities. DIY also refers to home improvement stuff that people can do in and around their houses without the help of professionals. The term DIY also describes: self-publishing books, zines, alternative comics, record labels, crafts of all sorts, creating punk, indie, or hipster musical merchandise. DIY culture (or do it yourself culture) refers to a wide range of grassroots political activism. The DIY culture originated in the 1960’s or early 1970’s. The DIY ethic (or do it yourself ethic) is the ethic of being self-reliant by completing tasks oneself as opposed to having others who are more experienced complete them.

In punk subculture, the DIY ethic is tied to punk ideology. The DIY punk ethic also applies to everyday living, such as learning bicycle repair, sewing/repairing/modifying clothing, starting vegetable gardens, and reclaiming recyclable products by dumpster diving. DIY can also be a form of activism. The main point of DIY promotes an ordinary person can learn to do more than he/she thought was possible. A DIY person seeks out knowledge for him/herself. Since the 1970’s, emerging punk bands began to record their own music, produce their albums, and produce their merchandise. Riot Grrrl also undertook the core values of punk in terms of the DIY ethic, for example through zines and other projects. DIY is associated with the zine community, alternative rock, punk rock, and indie rock music scenes. DIY is related to the Arts and Crafts movement. Some DIY crafts include: knitting, sewing, crocheting, handmade jewelry, ceramics, etc.

I made a DIY Guide. To view the DIY guide, just go to the DIY tab at the top of the page and it shows all the pages to the DIY Guide.


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