Scene kids are often mistaken for emo kids- and while there are many similarities there are also many differences. When emo music first became trendy in the 80s and 90s, ‘emotionally hardcore’ teenagers would go to these emo concerts. Today, emo music is still popular, and because scene kids go to ‘hardcore’ shows, they too often attend these concerts, and others will see them in the crowd with emo kids, and think that they are emo as well, as the two groups influence each other. (Thus, emo hair is popular with scene kids, and band t-shirts popular with emos). The term ‘emo’ is also often abused to the extent that many people categorize emo and scene as the same.
Scene kids are obsessed with Hello Kitty, dinosaurs, little kiddy things, and bright colors. They’re usually nice people, but will be offended if you call them ‘emo’. Some also do not like to be called scene, or labeled at all. Scene kids will often give the impression that they think that they’re better than everyone else, but it depends on the person. They are best friends with their iPod, computer and cell phone. Many people do not like scene kids because they think that they are unoriginal and all look the same, and are trying too hard, or are annoying, or unattractive. While this is true in some cases, it is ironic that most ‘normal’ people also dress similarly to each other, and scene kids will think that ‘normal’ people are not as attractive as themselves. In many places there is a mutual hate between scenes kids and non-scene kids for these reasons.
The aim of a scene kid is to get 1039289482 friends on Myspace and go to all the local shows. They are obsessed with music. They usually listen to bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco and From First to Last. Their tastes vary however, many listen to pop or rap as well, but screamo and rock are generally the most popular alongside metal, and such; anything hardcore, that 'normal' people don't listen too. 'FerSure' is their theme song. Local shows are one of the most important parts of being a scene kid, that's why they're called 'scene' kids. They're part of the music scene. The less well known the venue/band is, the better- as long as they're good, of course. :]
Scene kids are EXTREMELY vain. The most important part of their appearance is their hair. Girls will usually have a straight fringe, or more commonly an emo fringe swept to the side with cross clips. It will be wildly teased and their style icon looks like an electrocuted dead animal. Extensions are very popular, as well as clip in extensions of assorted colors. Scene hair is usually blonde or black with other colored sections or streaks. Often they will tiger stripe part of their hair. Unnatural colors such as blue and pink are very popular. Boys will also have either a side fringe or a flat fringe. It is generally shorter than a girl's hair, but will be equally as teased. Also note that the hair of both sexes must be dead straight. Curls or waves of any shape or form are unacceptable. Girls (and sometimes guys) will wear brightly colored clips or bows in their hair. They usually cut and dye their hair themselves, or get a friend to help.
The makeup is also crucial. Boys sometimes wear make up too. This usually only consists of black eyeliner and red eye shadow. For girls, the eyes are the main focus. They wear neon/bright colored eye shadows, or sometimes a dark black. The main idea is to not hold back on the make up. They wear an excessive amount of black eyeliner as well. False eyelashes are not that uncommon too. They often use the ‘wing’ effect of the eye shadow, or will draw Egyptian ‘flicks’ with eyeliner. Sometimes even draw in eyelashes with eyeliner. Point is, the first thing you notice about a scene girl is her eyes.
As far as clothing goes, this is the point where scene kids are often mistaken for emos. Fashion for scene kids is diverse, differing from location to location. Popular articles of clothing include skinny jeans, band t-shirts, studded belts (usually a white triple or double pyramid belt) ballet-like skirts, leggings, hoodies, fishnets or other wacko designed stockings, hobo-gloves, bright colors, zebra or leopard prints, skulls and polka dots are also popular. For jewelry, more is more. Strings of beads and pearls are essential. Rainbow beads are widespread; they sometimes wear cuffs or checkerboard sweatbands, and rings on girls. Shoes are equally as important. Girls will most often wear round-toed ballet flats, brands are also important when it comes to shoes. So keds and converse flats are popular. Converse all stars, vans, and DCs are what male scene kids generally get around in. The typical male scene shoe is the b/w checkerboard classic slip on vans shoe. Girls usually prefer the fandango colored one. Sorry for being too specific. >_>
Scene kids are known for being super hyper. They make friends quickly and easily. Some partner up well, but others seem to have fan bases of hundreds and jump around from partner to partner quite rapidly. Smoking is widely accepted through the scene community, whist a handful are straight edge, the majority of others will smoke socially. Scene kids who are straight edge will wear a bandana in their hair, the others will wear one around their neck, or sometimes tied to their pocket or bag; however, many non-straight edge scene kids will still wear a bandana in their hair. Piercings and tattoos are common. The most popular are snakebites, which boys have more commonly than girls, who usually only get a lip ring on one side. A monroe piercing is common too, as well as a septum piercing or a side nose ring. Eyebrows are uncommon but still accepted, as well as an anti-brow. Boys often have plugs, this is not as common with females, some scene kids also have industrials and navel piercings. Tattoos vary widely, however, stars on the hips and wrist are very popular.
All in all, scene is just a trend. It’s the same as being a prep or a skater. There are numerous exceptions to what’s written above. Hating all scene kids, or saying that all scene kids are hot or all look the same, is a large generalization, the same as saying that all blondes look the same, or that all Asians look the same- it’s just not true in all cases.
"He is a scene kid."
"My sister is a scenester."
Scene kids are "kids" varying in age from 13-21, generally.
They, for the most part, living in the suburbs, go to large high schools with many other "scene kids" at the school. However, in what would seem contrary to logic, scene kids try not to associate or spend too much time around their fellow "scene kid".
A scene kids' biggest fear is being called a poser, so, they try to be as 'individual' as possible. Many kids on the scene, now, will dress with preppy, expensive dress shirts, sweater vests, etc, to avoid being associate with being too scene. However, they will always retain the tight, skinny jeans as they're a signature piece of clothing for any scene kid.
Scene kids also are know to use reverse phycology by calling themselves 'posers', because if they can call themselves 'posers' it proves that they're very confident; if a scene kid can call himself or herself a poser and their peers still think they're "scene" then that will greatly separate themselves from kids that ACTUALLY ARE posers.
Being scene, 'in the early days' was all about having one's myspace, facebook, etc. with a long list of all the bands that they know -well- and love, but no one else has ever heard of.
However, now, with posers diluting the scene, many scene kids will NOT list their favorite bands. Instead, their PM Personal Message will have lyrics from "gangster" songs that they will actually listen to and have on their iPod(or other Music Player) along with the usual mix of screamo and experimental music. Outlawz - Real Talk, Yeen Never-Chris Echols, etc. for example, have become a favorites because most people, especially preps have never head of those songs which helps scene kids retain their individual, 'underground' roots while staying fresh and new.
If you want to find out what a scene kids listens to, you're going to have to A) Invest a lot of time on MySpace or, look on their iPod(or whatever music player they use). The chance of you asking and getting granted this request is next to nothing but it is worth a try. Also, don't be surprised if you find songs like "Aneka - Japanese boy" on their music player! Scene kids, generally, DON'T ACTUALLY LISTEN to songs like that, it's just a joke.
Scene kids never use "scene" lingo! Instead, they use gangster terminology.
Person one: Yo' is rollin' up da' mall at, like, 7:00pm, skillet? (are you going to the mall at 7:00pm, buddy?)
Person two: Fer' Skizzle* (Yeah)
Person three: 'K, keepz it strizzle. (OK, stay good)
*many scene kids use words that contain "izzle"
The gangster terminology, which is only ever used online by scene kids, and never in-person, is meant to contrast with the delicate, fragile persona that scene kids also try to project.
Scene kids, almost always slight, with their skinny jeans that are meant to accentuates their delicate bodies, use the gangster terminology to contrast with the fact that they, unlike the stereotypical "gangsters", are, in fact, very weak, sweet, and kind despite their superficial personality and they need to be treated as something breakable so extra tender love and care is needed.
The Cycle/The outlook for scene kids:
Many scene kids, started becoming "scene" SLOWLY when they were about 13 or 14. When they reach 15-17, they usually the 'sceneest' they'll ever been and once they reach 18, with their teen angst fading, will start, again slowly, to assimilate and conform. This, for better or worse, is common amongst nearly all members of all sub cultures.
Sadly, the scene, despite the best effort of true scene kids, is on 'life support' and doesn't look like it can last much longer under the weigh of people who don't truly understand what it means to be a scene kid: All trends have their beginnings and ends, for better or worse.
The scene is, was, and in the foreseeable future will continue to be a vibrant community of youth expressing their individuality -- not cliché, it is the truth.
Person two: Yeah, but they're OK...I guess
Person three: Naww.. I love 'em!
It's all about looking good and being selfish.
"I hate people that go on about how scene kids are actually conforming. Of course they are, it's obvious. Discussion over."
When questioned on their status they'll insist they are merely music enthusiasts; quick to brush off so called 'sell out bands' which they secretly listen to while biting their pillows.
The only saving grace to this of many myspace spawned groups is that 'scene-chicks' will often take extremely revealing mirror-pictures of themselves, but even then.
-This band is so cool, I hope they never see any success so we don't have to label them sellouts.
-I agree, pass me my clove cigarettes.