(WARNING)This is a list of experiences and encounters of emo kids that I have had. This isn’t a fact but a stereotype. But what is a stereotype but a basic description of someone or something. Again not all of these are a fact but hey you have to give things a label. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck its an emo kid... j/k
Plus I am a Emo Kid so I can report about it. Straight from the horses mouth.
Yes I think we all know that there are many different types of Emo Kids just like every other label. Emo kids are not in a class all of there own. There will always be crossovers exceptions and tangential relations. My intent is to help categorize the effort.
How you can identity an Emo Kid:
1.) Different types of Music and Emo genres:
Emo is a broad title that covers a lot of different styles of emotionally-charged punk rock.
Screamo Kids (Bands like Hawthorne Heights, Sasoin, Rise Against, Senses Fail, Silverstein, Underoath, Atreyu, The Used) Along the lines of Postcore music.
Scene/Emo Kids (Bands like A Heartwell Ending) Similar to Scremo mostly local bands.
Pop-punk/Emo Kids (Bands like Anberlin, Armor for Sleep, Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte, Story of the Year, Simple Plan, Yellowcard, Coheed & Cambria, Thursday)
Indie/Emo Kids (Bands like Motion City Soundtrack, Dashboard Confessional, The Early November, The Juliana Theory, Something Corporate, The Spill Canvas, Jimmy Eat World)
Gothic/Emo Kids....?(Avenged Sevenfold) More Gothic then Emo but they have been linked to Emo. I've never seen Gothic/Emo kids but I live in the Midwest plus Gothic and Emo are very different here.
The songs mostly consist of Depressing situations with Friends, Ex girl friends, Staying out late, Time spent with a loved one, Complaining, Heartbreak, Misfortunes, Death, Dying, and Suicide.
Some would say the music that they listen to is “whiny”. Well it is just read the lyrics.
Here is what the Dictionary says about “whiny”:
1. To utter a plaintive, high-pitched, protracted sound, as in pain, fear, supplication, or complaint.
2. To complain or protest in a childish fashion.
Clothing/Hair Style of Emo Kids:
Black Zip-up Hoodie (Maybe with a Band on it. My Chemical Romance "Revenge" hoodie I saw 10 different kids last week wearing them at a local show with emo/screamo/scene local bands. Gray and Brown zip-up hoodies are also known to be part of this subculture.
Definition of Subculture:
Meaning non main stream. People ask me what Emo is all the time. But everyone knows what a Geek or Freak or Jock or Prep is. So don’t take my terminology in a negative way.
Black, thick framed horn-rim glasses is popular.
Piercing/lip rings could have more then one. Mainly above the neck.
Borderline Indie Style clothing Retro.
An extra small t-shirt (black/band) some times wears girls t-shirts /random slogans
Scene/Emo Kids have been seen wearing Hollister and Abercrombie and Fitch Polo's
Pretty tight dark dark blue denim/black pants.
Girls pants on guys (they are pushing “The Scene” boarder)
Bandana in a pocket of the pants (they are pushing “The Scene” boarder)
Shoes black Converse All Star shoes/hightops/American Eagle low tops/ Adidas low tops.
Possibly a black studded belt or white/colorful (I personally have a brown leather belt but I want a black studded one.)
Rarely carrying around some notebook/poetry book/messenger bag but I hear they are out there.
They have dark brown or dyed-black hair to or past the ears covers their face or over one eye.
Boys with light natural blonde hair are more borderline Scene.
But emo girls can have light natural blonde hair.
Chaos Mohawk is another style.
The Emo Romulan look - short, thick, greasy, dyed-black hair with bangs cut straight across the forehead, and cut high over the ears.
Random Emo Characteristics:
Emo is not and never will be close to gothic. Gothic people poop bats.(well not really I just thought it sounded funny so j/k)
Emo = emotional
Not all emo style kids are emotional it is more of a trend to them less of a way of life.
True emo kids have serious emotional problems. ( I do)
Your typical emo kid maybe usually be depressed, sad, upset, maybe angry at the world. They always talk about heartbreak. Always-about misfortunes, and never see the upside of things.
Often skinny, anorexic thinness (I should know I am)
May play an instrument (example acoustic guitar)
Beer that synonymous with the Emo scene is Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Bi-sexual Emo Guys are are more Scene then Emo.
If they play video games They might play Ol' school Nintento or Sega DreamCast.
They do not jump around when they go to shows.
Online Emo Kids:
They have a Livejournal and or a Myspace account.
There screen names may consist of "x's" an example guy xxcollapseofmyheartxx example girl xxonethousandtearsxx (not real screen names)
Take photos of above or across the face but rarely a direct face shot is taken if so the hair is always in the way.
Personally I feel that Emo is no longer a style on its own anymore it has been taken on by other labels and new labels have spawned from them.
Something a Emo Kid might say: I feel so emo today.... Blah! I haven't eatin today and my LJ profile wont load and myspace is down. Im so lonley I don't know why girls don't like me.
COOL EMO KID: doesnt care what ppl think, likes a good band whether they are on mtv or not, and won't stop listening to some band just cuz everyone suddenly 'discovered' them. they do nothing to make ppl feel bad for them, and want no ones sympathy. they give everything a chance before deeming it cool or uncool. and if they want to kill themselves, they do it. they dont shop regularly at hot topic, but dont' completely disregard it. if there's something they want to buy, they go for it, and dont deny they bought it there. most of what they wear is from hand me downs, a garbage, a thrift shop, or was found. they dress how they want, and never deliberately try to piss ppl off or 'rebel'. if they do something rebellious, it is not just to be rebellious, it is because they want to/believe in doing it. they respect people who dont want to put drugs in their body, but some COOL EMO KIDS do drugs because they feel like it
ANNOYING EMO KID: those kids who regularly max out daddy's credit card at hot topic and tell everyone how depressed they are and that they cut their arms up every night wanting to die (ok...where are the scars?). they only listen to 'underground' bands adn immediately stop when someone they think is popular or preppy starts to listen to them, or they see them on mtv (which they claim never to watch, but they still do). they intentionally do stupid and rebellious things trying to make authority figures mad, thinking it's cool. these people are atte...
The stereotype for a kid(13-19) who has a lower tolerance for sad emotions, and feels inadiquet of their own personal worth(feels like they arent good enough). Many emos feel so depressed that they resort to cutting to themselves. Emo boys often weird girls pants and dye their hair black, with a pyrimid spiked belt, and tight tee shirts(usualy black). It is known that emos have a kind of rule that 2/5 of their face must be covered by hair, although it is actualy a subconscious feeling of wanting to cover up their sadness(eyes).
She's too good for me.
What is the point of my life?
I hate everything.
A social classification that has been bastardized by scenesters, rich preps, and wannabe goths united. A true emo kid does not label him/herself as being "emo"...often this label is foisted on him or her against the alleged emo kid's will. True emo kids listen to whatever the hell music they feel like, and it is often poetic or expressive. Emo is not a clothing style, cutting your wrists, or being a frequent buyer at Hot Topic. Those who call themselves "emo" are most likely just trying to be "scene
" and have really screwed up the genre through wearing generic, borderline gothic clothing that all their sad little friends wear.
FAKE EMO KID tries to be emo because it is "scene" at the moment. Is often rich and frequents expensive stores like Hot Topic to cultivate a flawless emo image. May go so far as to draw fake scars in strategic locations so as to look depressed and suicidal. Claims to listen to indie bands that no one else has heard...and neither has the fake emo kid.
TRUE EMO KID was most likely emo before this was a stupid fad. May shop at hot topic, but only if they actually like the clothing, not because they think it will make them look cool. Probably classified by friends and others as "emo"...the label is often not self-professed in the case of the true emo kid. Doesn't give a shit whether music is mainstream or not...it just has to be artistic.
One who rejects "pop culture" and joins the counter-culture realm. Usually has ideas contrary to popular opinion and seeks to gain a better understanding of life through artistic venues. May appear depressed, have black or red hair, and dress in a way that is contrary to what is popular. Thrift stores, art, coffee shops, underground music, and poetry are usually of great interest. Contrary to popular opinion, though an emo kid may seem depressed, within their own group there is an element of deep understanding and friendship. Emo kids see the world as beautiful, but its inhabitants as lost and depressing.
That good will shirt is so emo.
You guys obviously know nothing about emo people. If you ever actually go to a concert full of emo kids you'd see that..yes, the music has truthful lyrics that are mostly about a person reacting to a sad situation...one that all of us can relate to. But you'd also see that almost everyone there is happy or laughing about something and our bands are usually telling jokes about something or pointing out good things in life. Yes, we dress in band shirts ,jeans and studded wristbands and belts and some of us wear a type of emo-punkish bordering on gothic clothing (Those of you who are familiar with My Chemical Romance know what I mean). Emo kids are not pussies and we're not miserable. We're in touch with our feelings and we're comfortable with the way we feel. We are very in tune with ourselves and with one another (even if we dont know each other)and if you see us with our friends you'd see that we're usually laughing. Yes, we do always look very loving and we are very loving and approachable. We also do not spend our time making fun of others, we respect who they are and leave it at that..maybe you preppies and "real hardcore punks" could learn a few things from us. Oh and by the way, MOST OF US DO NOT WEAR BLACK RIMMED GLASSES ANYMORE! and we're also not all white and extra small bodied either. Update yourselves a little bit.
"As long as there's good music to listen to and good rock concerts to go to, I don't think that any of us should ever feel alone." - Bert (The Used)
1) The fans of emo music (emocore, emotional hardcore), a music genre consisting of hardcore rock with angsty lyrics and a good dose of screaming. The singers/screamers of emo music are typically relatively young guys with feminine voices. Emo bands are also (in stereotype) primarily from New Jersey.
2) The style of clothing stereotypically worn by fans of emo music. This consists of, in general: tight band t-shirts or vintage 80's t-shirts, longer (messy) hair often died black, tight (usual girl's) pants, shoes by Vans or Converse, messenger bags, anything checkered (usually black-and-white or black-and-pink), studded belts, thick-framed glasses, neckties, etc.
(Note: girl emo kids often cut their hair short in the back and angled down in the front, less often died black)
3) The mood that stereotypically displays being an emo kid. They are generally considered the subculture of high-school, and while sometimes referred to as manic depressive or "cutters," are usually quite social. Very romantic, often downtrodden. More realistically, teenagers who listen to heavy music and have no qualms with displaying their emotions. (ie, don't feel the need to prove themselves as "bad-@$$," like many rock fans.)
Emo kids listen to many of the following bands: Thursday, Death Cab for Cutie, UnderOath, Fallout Boy, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, As Cities Burn, etc.
See also: punk
They dont want to be like everyone else. I personally am sick of seeing wiggers who think they are ghetto, but u dont see me bringing them down. We just like to listen to our music and relate to it. We dont want to bother other people so we deal with it differently..soo whats wrong with that?
the person with the headphones at lunch .. ; They want Love from a relationship not just ASS.