Richard Hell from Richard Hell and the Voidoids is widely considered to be the first person to rip up his T-shirts and close the tears with safety pins. One of the New York-based musician's infamous creations was a T-shirt that he stenciled with "PLEASE KILL ME."

Hell considers his haircut to be his most influential style legacy. A lot of punks were reacting to the hippie, glam-rock, and disco generations that preceded them, including Hell. In response to the trend of androgynous long hair, Hell lopped off his locks and gave himself a choppy haircut that was very obviously DIY. It was a style that many punks, including the Sex Pistols, would copy.