Tulsa Punk Rock Flea Market supports alternative music scene

TULSA, Okla. — Music, mohawks and metal studs filled the Expo Square for annual Tulsa Punk Rock Flea Market.

Michelle Cozzaglio, the co-owner of the Tulsa Punk Rock Flea Market said it’s about alternative culture.

“It’s really focused on alternative culture, alternative music, punk, hardcore, metal, rock and roll, stuff like that,” she said.

Cozzaglio grew up in the Tulsa punk scene and said her favorite part about the market is bringing the community together.

“It’s really fun, you see all your friends you used to know a lot closer, and it’s also supporting small businesses and artists,” she said.

Unique vendors sold art, clothing, jewelry and records. Many of the of the vendors represented punk rock’s do-it-yourself culture.

“DIY is very much, you know, what we do.” said Cozzaglio.

She said the idea for the flea market started eight years ago with humble beginnings.

“Our first show eight years ago was at a little abandoned church, and like 500 people came and I was like ‘oh my gosh, 500 people came.’ Now thousands of people show up. It’s been a really awesome ride,” Cozzaglio said.

When she looks around and sees people with their kids digging in crates of records and teenagers decked out in studs and mohawks she says it’s proof that punk’s not dead.

Besides the flea market, Cozzaglio and her husband make screen printed t-shirts and own a record store.