Tulsa Punk Rock Flea Market lives on at Expo Square

Tulsa Punk Rock Flea Market returned in September to the Expo Square. The annual event hosts live bands take over the stage and a full bar as well as concessions were available for attendees to enjoy. Both local and regional vendors alongside other organizations offered items during the concert. In addition to the entertainment, food and souvenir vendors, a “Dunk-a-Punk” dunk tank was set up with all proceeds going to Outsiders Rescue and Sanctuary, a no-kill/no-restrictions animal rescue service based in Tulsa, Okla.

            Originally started in 2013, the concert was co-founded by Tony and Michelle Cozzaglio. Together, they orchestrated the annual musical affair offering a full range of CDs, records, clothing, arts, crafts, and more. The Cozzaglio duo are also behind Boulevard Trash, a punk shop and record label, located at 1545 S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa, Okla. The Tulsa Punk Rock Flea Market skipped the event in 2020 due to COVID-19 and public health concerns. However, with the return in 2021, a larger venue was selected at the Expo Square with updated hours, allowing a full day of events for participants.

Local bands, including The Shame (featured above) took over the stage at the Tulsa Punk Rock Flea Market. Based in Tulsa, Okla., The Shame are “Tulsa’s self-proclaimed ‘Old, Bald, & Drunk Brigade,’” as described on the event flier. Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.
Booths representing various establishments were run by local artists, merchants, and vendors. Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.
In addition to clothing and music, “Ruined My Rhythm” a graphic novel set in Tulsa, Okla. was available from author Robert Soul (featured above), in addition to his newest comic series, “Weird and Strange Tales on Route 66.” Local landmarks including Circle Cinema, the Meadow Gold sign, Tulsa Driller, and the Downtown Tulsa skyline can also be seen in the artwork provided by Champion Comics (Luna Cooper, artist). Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister.