Mocktoberfest uses the image of the mock turtle as a reference to punk’s birth and evolution over the decades. In Victorian times, turtle soup was a rich man’s delicacy. Those who couldn’t afford real turtle soup, used cheaper, more available beef as a substitute, and the result was called “mock turtle soup.”
Lewis Carroll, in his classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, created the Mock Turtle character. In his story, the Mock Turtle is part cow and part turtle. He lives a sad existence, his speech punctuated with sighs and groans, and his eyes constantly full of tears. The Gryphon shares with Alice that the Mock Turtle isn’t really sad, he just thinks he’s sad, “It’s all his fancy, that: he hasn’t got no sorrow, you know…. ‘Once,’ said the Mock Turtle at last, with a deep sigh, ‘I was a real Turtle.’”
In the genre’s infancy, punk rock was referred to as “mock rock.” The term came from punk’s reputation for mocking authority and challenging the corporate music business. So, we think it fitting that “Mocky,” our image of the Mock Turtle, be the face of Mocktoberfest.