A Store nothing more. A store based on music. Some people who shop there consider themselves "goth" or "punk". Most people call it a "poser store" but your only a poser if you consider youself "goth" or "punk" because you shop there. I personally started shopping there after i saw some cute stuff from there in seventeen magazine and checked out the site. I fell in love with half the stuff there and love it. The stuff there is more my style than some other stores. But i dont consider myself "goth" or "punk" or a "rebel" because I shop there.
Poser- Im going to shop at hot topic Im SOO cool im going to buy a *Ramones T-shirt so every thinks im cool and retro!
Normal person- Wow i like that bag Im going go buy it, not because it makes me think im cool, because i actually like it