Cripplepunk is an aesthetic and a movement that focuses on disability pride, primarily for physical disabilities. Cripplepunk involves accepting and loving oneself for, not despite of, disabilities, mobility aids, and the struggles that come with them. Many people involved in cripplepunk bond over their struggles, being treated as lesser by abled people, and the ableism in the medical industry and society as a whole. Cripplepunk aims to normalize disabilities and accessibility, and as such cripplepunk activists fight for closed captions, image descriptions, wheelchair ramps, feeding tubes, cheaper mobility aids, and recognition of intersectionality in disabled spaces.
As an aesthetic, cripplepunk borrows many elements of punk, such as spikes and studs, leather outfits, and bright colours. A part of cripplepunk is embracing the fact that as a disabled person, you stand out, and taking that and running with it. Many cripplepunk looks involve pins and patches naming one's disability or otherwise stating that it's nobody's business, bedazzling wheelchairs, canes, walkers, prosthetics, scooters, and other aids, and wearing what you want, regardless of what other people think.