On Xanga and Myspace, or other popular teen websites, you'll find what what has been deemed "the emo picture." Most, if they weren't too common, might actually find the picture to be splended. Others, however, find them to be annoying. They're usually the kids with 8,799 friends. To be an "emo" picture it has to consist of a few of the following
1. Hair in the eyes
2. Not really looking at the camera
3. Large sunglasses (optional)
4. Black & White (Sepia works well, also)
5. Some kind of pose, like positioning the camera over the head to make the torso appear longer and thinner
6. Large eyes rimmed with eyeliner.
7. Hoodies or band t-shirts
8. Sad looking expression
9. Holding up a sign such as "Die Scenester Die"
10. Some kind of drawing on their hands revealing a note to the world. Example: "I (heart) you"
11. In some weird location such as the bathroom sitting on the toilet
12. With another "emo" kid
13. Looking at the ground
14. Vans checkerboards or ratty Converses
((I'm speaking from experience. I am the so called "emo girl."))
The boy with large sad looking puppy eyes, black bangs in his face, and eyes rimmed in eyeliner is emo. Don't you notice the pose and how he's looking off to the side? If you look hard enough you can see the beginnings of an UnderOATH t-shirt. That is a classic example of "emo pics." Look around on Myspace.. and definately Xanga.
Lately the word gothic has evolved into a classic stereotype for people dressing in black listening to death metal and black metal. It may mean any number of things.
1. Pertaining to the Goths, a Germanic Tribe.
2. From a Renaissance perspective. It pretty much means "rough" if used in that context. If you were to take classical and make it the complete opposite. There were different periods of gothic art and architecture around that time. You'll find most of it in Europe.
3. A species of noctuid moth.
4. A gothic novel. It was a British literary genre from the late 18th century to the 19th century.
5. In the late 20th century it became what people use now. Meaning "dark" and "gloomy." It developed into a stereotype from the music goth rock. Now the people are characterized as wearing all black, into things that may be considered more abstract and darker than what is normal, and listening to various types of metal and darkwave.
6. Sometimes associated with Satanism, though the two are very often not related.
Put plainly, it has been taken from an art form into something that is used to confine and label people in one group. It's become one of the many labels such as "emo", "gangster", and "scene."
Anne Rice is a famous gothic artist.
The emo kid anthem can be anything that fits that particular person. It doesn't have to be "emo" like Brighteyes, but it can be screamo as well. After all, screamo is emo with a killing twist.
MCR is big with the so called "emo" kids
As well as Hawthorne Heights, as mentioned above.
Brighteyes seems to be popular for their soft melodic flowing music.
A more little known "emo" band would probably be called The Honorary Title. There's a song called "Everything I Once Had."
"February, Valentine's Day. Did my best to avoid the red cliches, so you dumped me on the subway on my way to work at nine in the morning."
Guy: Do you see the girl over there with the red streak in her hair, bangs in her eyes,and hear the soft accoustic music?
Girl: Yeah, what about her.
Guy (while whispering): She's emo. She's probably listening to the emo kids' anthem