What started out in 2013 as a fun adventure with friends who shared a love of punk rock music and alternative culture has grown into a much-anticipated annual event drawing Tulsans of all ages, as well as visitors from across the state and beyond.
The 2021 Tulsa Punk Rock Flea Market is the place to be if you’re on the hunt for a curated selection of records, CDs, cassettes and perhaps some spandex or stilettos to supplement your wardrobe.
TPRFM co-founders Tony and Michelle Cozzaglio are no strangers to turning their passion and creativity into a unique and growing business. The Tulsa duo is behind Boulevard Trash, a midtown boutique and record label that specializes in new and used clothing, records and accessories. They also put on the national Oddities and Curiosities Expo, an annual touring collaborative of vendors and artists with a focus on the “strange, unusual, unique, dark and bizarre.”
TPRFM is another extension of this couple’s love for and support of DIY culture and music, and it has grown from around 20 to close to 70 vendors over the years, according to Michelle Cozzaglio. It started to celebrate “all subcultures of punk,” but has grown to include a variety of subcultures. Music, though, remains at the heart of the experience.
Bands will perform during the day, with performances from The Shame, The Stiffies and The Penny Mob — check Facebook for the full lineup — and there will be a 21+ after-party that night.
Merch includes alternative clothing like band shirts and skirts, Cozzaglio explains. “We also have an array of artists from dark art to more music related art,” which include local creators like Calamity Jessie Creations, Mickel Yantz, and Elizabeth Burton Designs, as well as out-of-state artists.
Bands will start earlier in the day around noon, Cozzaglio says, because Tulsa has a large younger scene. “There just aren’t a lot of all-ages shows, so that’s why we really like to incorporate live music during the event — so these kids can have somewhere to go to see music.”
The Cozzaglios’ projects exemplify the punk rock ethos of DIY, direct action and individualism.
“My goal is that I don’t want to work for someone else. I want to work doing something I love,” she says. “Between the Punk Rock Market and the Oddities and Curiosities Expo, and our punk festival, we’re working for ourselves, doing what we love.”
For more information, visit facebook.com/tulsapunkrockfleamarket.