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Just a store.
In my personal opinion and experience, a lot of kids that go there think they're badass and so PuNk RaWk/GaWthIk for just buying a simple shirt for $50 or more. Hell, it's just clothes, it won't cure AIDS or make you into a god. But overall, it's just a store.
Chick 1: Oh mah gawd! Look at those cute little pants! And oh, they're on sale so now they're $98!
Chick 2: You can get the same pants for $5 in a thrift store but whatever.
by Aftereffect July 15, 2005
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"Daddy Bought Me My Rebellion, Inc."

"McGothkids"

"Let's defile the name and meaning of this music which at one time stood for something profound, but which is now merely a fashion statement dominating the list of things daddy needs to buy me for my thirteenth birthday."

"Hey, remember when punk rock meant something? No. Hey, let's give all our money to some twenty-something cokehead who lives with his parents and works in a trendy store which fills the pockets of some fat middle-aged man in a bad suit and a Ferrari."

"Hot Topic: Where slandering the punk scene is cool."

"Hot Topic: We kill punk with designer plaid pants."

"Hot Topic: We sell Clash shirts, even though the Clash would have kicked our asses."

"Hot Topic: Because even Operation Ivy turned into Rancid and then the Transplants, who sell thier songs to a shampoo company"

"Hot Topic: Because AFI used to be a hardcore band, but now are goth gods for eleventeen-year-olds."
Daddy, buy me goth clothes NOW.

Mommy, I have to be punk rock to fit in.

Mommy, the prep look is out. Buy me bondage gear!

Isn't Avril soooooo cool! Buy me a striped tie from Hot Topic!
by Grindcore December 27, 2003
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A diverse store that has Metal T-Shirts, Nirvana memorabilia, gay pride stickers, clothes w/ sharp stuff sticking out of them, and weird little characters like Happy Bunny and Eve L.
Also frequented by 12-ish year old females that like to express themselves by wearing net-sleeved shirts, black jelly bracelets, and put Happy Bunny patches on their backbacks. Pretty much everyone at my school wears something from there.
Me: Why are you shopping at Hot Topic?
Rebellious Teenage Girl: To piss off my upstanding, Christian parents.
by Heightling Power April 09, 2004
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A ridiculous mainstream store with obscenely high prices. Kids who shop there often think that they're being "cool" and "original". Reality is, the store exploits anything that was left original of the underground culture. So it's simply another shitty store where your 12-year-old neighbor can get her Jack Skellington beanies and her Emily Strange t-shirts.
"Hey, let's go to Hot Topic."

"Hey, let's not."
by Billy Spastic October 18, 2008
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ummm....a store at the mall.......
one of the many places to get clothes and other items at your local mall :)
by ST November 09, 2004
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The red-and-black equivalent of Limited Too. No more, no less.
Me: Woah, look, Limited Too went all gothic!
Person: No, that's Hot Topic.
Me: Oops.
by Rou December 12, 2004
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A store that sells shirts, pants, sweatshirts, buttons, and all the other usual clothing/accessory store things. Now known as the "goth" or "emo" store. Some people get the idea that they are "different" for shopping there.

Wear what you want. Not what you want people to see as different. If you just wear what you want because of who you are, you will be different.
It's not the fashion that defines your personality. Fashion is fairly pointless. Personality isn't. I shop at hot topic. But that's not what makes me who I am. It's probably my hatred towards animals and people that make me who I am.

Fashion should reflect personality, not vice versa. If fashion defines your personality, then you're probably shallow without realising it and materialistic. But hey, if that's who you want to be.
by I'm not a person anymore. March 21, 2006
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