Best Grunge Themes 2012

Grunge templates for WordPress have continued to grow in popularity in the past year or so since my last post on the subject. They continue to allow designers to really go to town on design and graphics, and are a showcase for some of the most innovative design ideas for WordPress templates, and website themes in general.

Grunge themes work well for personal blogs, fan sites, musicians websites, video sites, and for businesses dealing in counter-culture products / services.

I’ve selected 5 of the best themes in this article, which are all for WordPress based websites.

As ever, if you have any feedback, or suggestions for other themes that you feel should be included, feel free to contact me via the contact link at the top of this website or make a post here.

To see a live preview of any of the Grunge WordPress themes listed here, simply click of the themes image and you’ll be taken to the themes homepage where there is a live preview option.

Tarnished: A Blog or Business Theme For WordPress

Best Grunge Templates

This was my top choice for last year, and remains one of the best choices out there for fans of all things grunge. It can be used for straight up blogging, business, a portfolio site or even an online magazine.

Tarnished Theme’s features include:

  • Seven different skin colours to choose from (Blue, Red, Green, Orange, Pink, Brown and Silver)
  • Five backgrounds to pick from (Cream, Black, Dark Blue, Royal Blue and Pink stripes)
  • Numerous short-codes for ease of use (Inc, Sliders, Images, Videos, Contact Form, Blog, Portfolio, Buttons, etc, etc)
  • Options for individual page/post customizations (or you can keep the settings global for all content)
  • Support for self hosted audio and videos (FLV/MP4/ M4V /MP3/HTML5) as well as compatibility with YouTube and Vimeo
  • PrettyPhoto Light-box – Supports images, videos and page content (also uniquely supports FLV /MP4/M4V/MP3/HTML5 files)
  • Cufon font support
  • Built-in ajax/php contact form, with JavaScript turned off fallback (always useful)
  • Unlimited levels of drop-down menus, again with JavaScript turned off fallback
  • Drag & Drop Menu Manager – WordPress 3.0+ powered
  • Unlimited sidebars which can be set-up on a page by page / post by post basis
  • Full Theme PSD Included (Photoshop files for easy editing of header/ background, etc)
  • Help files

Check out Tarnished Theme Now

Dilapidated WordPress Theme

Best WordPress Themes

Dilapidated is a WordPress grunge style theme that works best for personal blogs and websites. It also look great when used for music themed sites where a grunge look is wanted.

Theme Features Include:

Seven Skins To Select From (Classic, Blue Grunge, Haemoglobin{why does that word turn me on?}, Steel, Purple Haze, Regal Light and Grunge Green)
A Fade Slider whcih allows you to display posts and pages with or without an image
Collapsible Content – Hide the slider with the click of a button and display your own content
2 Custom Widgets – Comes with GP Custom Content and GP Recent Comments widgets
PrettyPhoto Lightbox
Contact Form
Dropdown Menus
Automatic Image Cropping
Widgetized Slider, Sidebar and Footer
7 Custom Sidebars – Display different widgets in the sidebars of pages, posts, custom templates etc
PSDs Included
Documentation – Detailed step by step help file
Compatible In All Major Browsers

Click to check out Dilapidated Theme

Sports & Grunge Theme

WordPress Grunge Template

Sport & Grunge theme is a WordPress  theme ideal for sports and music based fan sites, official websites and portfolios where a cleanly designed, grungy theme is needed.

There are 4 colour options to choose from (Green, Blue, Red, & Orange)
PSD (Photoshop) files are included to allow for easy editing for the home page and graphics.

Other features include:

  • Search Tool – This lets your customers / users search every page on your website with ease
  • PHP Contact Form – No need to use a plugin, as a simple and effective form can be set up from option.
  • Automatic PHP Site Map – Help your users find there way about, and keep Google happy with this useful built-in feature.
  • Animated banner on home page
  • Google fonts – gives you a much wider range of fonts than normal setups.
  • Help file

Click to Check Out Sports & Grunge Theme

Grungexperience Theme

Grunge Website Design

This is a lighter looking theme, with a modern, edgy look. It’s a very flexible theme that will suit a wide range of needs, but really needs to be seen in live preview to get a feel for it’s possibilities. I like this theme a lot, and am thinking about using it for a film genre fan site I’m intending on creating soon.

Theme Features

  • PSD Files
  • 4 Different Sliders
  • Under-construction Page
  • Over 200 Fonts To Choose From
  • Translation Ready
  • Unlimited Sidebars
  • 6 Skins
  • Style Generation
  • Extensive Documentation
  • Filterable Portfolio
  • Cufon Font Replacement
  • Working Contact form
  • Twitter widget
  • Flick Gallery Widget

Click to Visit Grungexperience Theme Homepage


WordPress Theme ReviewsFilthy theme for WordPress is a blogging theme aimed at users who want to create a personal blog for their thoughts and ideas.

It’s a smart looking, well coded, social media friendly theme that will suit the needs of most grunge fans looking for a modern looking grunge theme for their website.

Features include:

  • Filthy theme uses WordPress menu for the main navigation.
  • Standard featured images (post thumbnails), with fall-back custom field method for images.
  • 2 full colour schemes (brown and black)
  • User specified “accent” colour can be chosen from a colour picker in WP-Admin for easy customization.
  • Super hot CSS3 goodness supported by most modern browsers. Embedded fonts used for headings and the logo give this theme a unique feel. Degrades gracefully in browsers that don’t support these frills.
  • Unique article/comment toggle saves vertical space and is just plain awesome. This can be disabled via the Theme Settings panel if you prefer the more traditional approach of having comments below the article.
  • Custom built theme settings panel within WP-Admin that allows you to customize the theme without editing any templates.
  • Flexible logo space allows images up to 890px wide and any height. Image path and dimensions are entered in WP-Admin.
  • Easily link to social networks you take part in, with support for 28 of the most popular sites.
  • Widgetized sidebar with a handful of custom built widgets.
  • Custom widgets for ad spots (4 125×125 buttons, 300×250 bigbox). 728×90 leaderboard is also supported – sits above logo.
  • Super lean markup and CSS , makes advanced customization a pleasure.
  • Tested on Windows and Mac. Looks great in all modern browsers. Some details are toned down for older versions of IE, but nothing is broken.
  • Support for Twitter Tools, FlickrRSS, WP-PageNavi, and Subscribe to Comments plugins out of the box.

Click to Check Out Filthy Theme for WordPress

One Response to “Best Grunge Themes 2012”

  1. Kate Brown Wilson
    February 16, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    Wow! these are the kind of themes I am looking for. thanks for giving me a great review. I think that this Grunge themes is worth a use this 2012. hoping that you can add up something to this soon, cause I am waiting for a perfect word-press theme that I can use.
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