Heavy metal music
fans have created their own subculture. It is called "subculture of
alienation" with its own standards. The activities of the metal subculture
include such rituals as attending concerts and buying albums, and, of course,
wearing distinctive outfits.
The fashion is the most
noticeable aspect of heavy metal culture. Over the years, the fashions have
changed, but some core elements were kept.
The heavy metal
fashions comprised of several elements, having borrowed its roots in the biker,
rocker, and leather subcultures. Most remarkable item is a sleeveless kutte of
denim and leather covered with woven patches from heavy metal bands. A
long-sleeved leather jacket with metal pins or spikes became a symbol of metal
fans since late 70s. Tight blue jeans or camouflage pants, motorcycle boots and
black t-shirts go hand-in-hand with these two elements.
of other music is also a feature of the subculture.