What is a Bogan?
To understand what a Bogan is, one has to understand the backbone of Australian (Aussie) culture (pronounced ‘cul-cha’). In essence, one should pose the question – what is Aussie culture?
To the visitor, or the immigrant, it would appear that Australia has no culture, or that the culture is the mass of differences of people living in Australia. However there exists a phenomena of individuals who celebrate ‘being Australian’ to their very core. They express their views in the way they dress, the way they speak their words, their unrefined actions, their (bad) taste, where they live and their very everyday actions hone the expression of being ‘Australian’. In essence, they display ‘Aussie Pride’ with a high degree of emotion and lurid hand gestures which become more pronounced when drunk.
The Bogan can often be identified by their names. Any name that is shortened or lengthened with ‘azza’ or ‘o’. Sharon, become Shazza. Darren becomes Dazza. David become Davo. Like Pig Latin, the results are endless.
The female Bogan also manipulates names, and does so permanently for their children in the hopes that, they too, will become a Bogan and keep the tradition of their parents. Rather than giving their child an unusual name they misspell a common one. For example; Riley becomes Reilly, Rhylee, Rhylie, Rhylee, Ryley or Rylie.
The Bogan will mark their bodies with tribal tattoos. This allows them to think that they are culturally and artistically aware, and also makes them as a part of the Bogan Tribe. These tattoos allow the males to express the love for their mother, beer and football – Aussie Rules Football. There is no other form of ball sport – and marks their often short terms list of girlfriends and various offspring from said girlfriends.
The females often sport what is known as a ‘Tramp Stamp’ on their lower backs, claiming them as being a tribe of this part of Australian Culture. This ‘stamp’ is proudly displayed through the use of shrunken tank tops, worn even in the dead of winter, and low riding ‘trakkies’ (tracksuit pants) or skin tight leggings. There are often tattoos displayed on the feet, displayed by the wearing of little to no footwear, or on the backs of the shoulder.
The Bogan takes great pride in their mode of transport. There is great debate between Fords and Commodores, often ending in fist fights. No other brand of car is considered and would be paramount to blasphemy is mentioned on the Bogan tongue. It is not even known that the words Mitsubishi, Toyota, BMW or Porsche exist in the native Bogan language. The Bogan car is not only used for transportation, but for the ingenious use of ‘Burn Outs’ where the brake is applied under acceleration force which causes the wheels to spin and leave tremendous amounts of rubber and smoke. The more smoke, smell and rubber produced, the more excitement this tends to produce in the often cheering crowd. The wearing of tyres this causes is of no concern to the Bogan. They’ll just break in to a Kmart Tyre and Auto Service outlet during the night and steal some more.
Cars are often branded with personalised number plates, such as2HOT4U, WTABUZ, COPB8. Often a set of steal ‘balls’ are purchased (or stolen) and attacked to the Tow Bar of the car, leading to uncontrollable laughter of friends and family of the car owner.
The Aussie Bogan is a phenomena of the Australian Culture. Does Australian actually have a culture? Then yes. I say it does. And it consists of all type of people from a myriad of different countries, but none can claim to be as colourful and as intriguing as the Aussie Bogan.
Aussie Pride mate!
Hopefully this little tongue in cheek humorous snippet about Bogan life in Australia gives you a flash of insight into this unique part of Australian culture. Although I’ve called my heroine a Bogan in Bogan Chick, she’s not really as bad as the idea portrayed in this blog. She barracks for Collingwood Footy Team, but let’s not hold that against her.