Sometimes trends begin out of cultural shifts. They can come from economic crisis or boom. Films, art, music, celebrity -- they can all create new trends. But the most interesting trends, they can come along by accident. And that's precisely where the new SEAPUNK subculture has arisen from -- a total mistake. Seapunk is the kind of novelty trend that is prone to pop out of our social media obsessed society. The term was coined by Lil Internet, a Brooklyn DJ, who tweeted last year, "Seapunk leather jacket with barnacles where the studs used to be.” The addition of #seapunk to his original tweet was the cherry on top of the sensation, solidifying it as a genre -- a group worthy of a hashtag. Of course, Lil Internet and his friends who were joking about seapunk thought it was just that -- a joke. But to the hoards of teenagers who live vicariously through their Tumblr reposts, it marked the beginning. A new classification to take ownership of, a new theme to run a Tumblr around. The idea took off with pictures: the gospel of pixilated ocean gifs, happy dolphins, yin-yangs, pyramids, Sponge Bob Square Pants, psychedelic orbs and loads of '90s style clip art. The rare IRL (that's In Real Life to those uninitiated) sightings involved girls and boys with green or blue dyed hair, aquatic themed clothing and neon glow sticks applied with a heavy hand. Occasionally they will surface from the sea and gather for warehouse parties -- Lil Internet has described the scene as "Venice Beach Acid Rave" circa 1995. The genre will be fleeting in it's literal undertaking, but pieces of it are being picked up by mainstream culture. Gaga, Katy Perry and Azealia Banks have all borrowed elements -- with Banks being the only one to give credit. Banks even hosted a Mermaid Ball earlier this month at the Bowery Ballroom complete with floating seahorses, cotton candy and tons of balloons. It was quite literally like a seapunk Tumblr page come to life. But with subcultures becoming as temporary as a status update, some are already moving on from seapunk to icepunk or slimpunk. And I think you can guess what those are all about. Internet nostalgia is coming back hard and serves as a reminder for why no one should ever throw anything away. Ever. All my dolphin themed Lisa Frank accessories would have been so clutch right now. Dammit mom! [caption id="attachment_9765" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="the seapunk poster boy as named by the NY Times (he's the feature image for their exposé"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9766" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="seapunk iconography"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9767" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Katie Eary Men's Resort 2013 is entirely Seapunk"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9769" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Katie Eary Resort 2013"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9770" align="aligncenter" width="1000" caption="The crowd at Azealia Banks' Mermaid Ball"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9772" align="aligncenter" width="1000" caption="Banks performing at the Mermaid Ball"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9774" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Seapunk iconography"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9776" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Seapunk imagery"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9777" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Seapunk imagery"][/caption]