The swastika armband, safety pins, and torn shirts originated in NYC, but quickly made their way to London. An employee of Sex named Alan Jones was beaten up in Notting Hill for wearing a swastika armband. Still, punks were largely undeterred. When explaining why she wore the Nazi symbol, Siouxsie Sioux explained, "It was an anti-mums and dads thing. We hated older people always harping on about Hitler, 'We showed him,' and that smug pride. It was a way of watching someone like that go completely red-faced."
Punks wore swastika symbols to shock and disturb the WWII generation.