1. skemo (noun)

A hybrid of two relatively popular and now common genres of music; late 1990s ska (or reggae-rock) and the offspring of punk rock and vintage that is emo.

Ska music, made widely renowned by bands like Bad Brains and Made In Mexico, associates then-popular Jamaican reggae with typical 1980s-1990s grunge rock, rose to popularity by the early 1990s.

Emo music, originally derived from punk and indie music, reinforced with emotions and heavy, well-written, poetic lyrics, was introduced in the late 1990s by bands like Fugazi and The Get-Up Kids, later replaced by today's underground to mainstream emo music like Taking Back Sunday and Saosin.

Skemo music isn't exactly rising yet, but what's expected is fast, fun, and typically bouncy reggae beats mixed with schorching, distorted guitars, nonsensical yet emotional lyrics, screaming, and essentially with fast-paced, heavy bass, reminiscent of early rebellious punk tracks. Bands like 311 have adopted skemo-sounding music early on, and even Bad Brains sound heavily skemo at some points.

2. skemo (noun) 2

A rising look, widely popular by the early 2000s, "skemo kids", typically ranging in teenagers to men and women in their mid-twenties, resemble typical mall emos at first glance, with typical "emo kid" attire, such as:

Tight, band/slogan/vintage t-shirts
Tight skinny jeans, drainpipes, tight slacks, "girl pants", or any tight pants
Tattered Cons/Dickies/DCs/Vans/Dravens
Messenger bags
Piercings (ideally lebret/lip or plugs on ears)

But skemos show their appreciation for ska by having dreadlocks, anything with red, yellow, and green together (armbands, bags, belts, etc.), reggae veterans/American-Indian heroes (Bob Marley, Sitting Bull, etc.) imagery on attire or tattoos, anything reminiscent of African culture (wooden beads, necklaces, bracelets, etc.).

3. skemo (adjective)

Skemo/ska/emo-sounding music.

4. skemo (adjective) 2

Used to describe one who possesses an appearance resembling the second main definition of skemo.


Used to describe one with typical emotive qualities such as being depressed or having mood swings, but is usually happy due to drug overuse like reggae people stereotypically do.
1. skemo (noun)

A: Did you like (insert ska/emo band name here)'s new record?
B: Yeah. It was totally punk.
A: No way... It's too rappy and bouncy to be punk.
B: You're right, it's skemo music.

2. skemo (noun) 2

A: Look at Amy in that Sunny Day Real Estate t-shirt and tight skinny jeans.
B: She's a total mall emo.
A: No, she's wearing that bag with the Bob Marley collage on it.
B: She's such a skemo.

3. skemo (adjective)

A: (Band name) gets the guitars right.
B: Yeah, they always sound totally skemo.

4. skemo (adjective) 2

A: Look at Dixon's dreads. He looks so reggae.
B: Yeah but check out those Dravens and the white studded belt.
A: That's the most skemo-esque outfit I've ever seen.
by maura, a freeek March 04, 2007
Top Definition
An emo kid that skateboards. Skemo. Skater-emo. Get it?
Usually has black hair/never talks, and is absorbed in skateboarding. Half emo, half skater. I think you get it.
"Haha, that stupid loner skemo just tried to ollie and he landed on his ass! What a loser."
by ZOMGkaleb July 12, 2006
Despite what you have been told about skemo being ska and emo or happy emo... skemo is a cross between skater and emo.
SK(ater)EMO = SKEMO.
My friend is soo emo and he skates! W00T skemo boy!
by Decy November 28, 2005
Half ska, half emo kid. A very strange combination. Wears the plaid pants and the black rimmed emo glasses. Listens to a mix of ska music, which tends to be happy and emo music which is always very depressed. Either bipolar, or just very confused.
"Hes listening to Cursive but hes wearing a Reel Big Fish shirt, he must be skemo."
by Mel Scavers October 18, 2003
Starting in Washington state, Skemo has recently appeared. It's a mixture between skater and emo. usually dressed in tight or baggy sometimes ripped jeans,wearing skater shoes usally nss, black or white zip hoodie, on occasion spikes up the back of head with bangs covering eye hair color is usually black sometimes with streaks. Listens to bands such as from first to last, Alesana, Blink 182, plus 44, Sum41, The used, War from a harlots mouth, take over. personality is usally depressed but with a goofy side or quiet. Tends to hang out with everone from emo to prep.
"skemo he's skating and he's emo"
by natey!!! April 03, 2007
A skanky emo
girl/ or gay guy
Kat is such a skemo.

by MBH & TMA December 01, 2006
to be both sketchy and emo at the same time.
Adam was being skemo as he sat in physics brooding but staring at others looking to be acknowledged
by Justine M. B. September 28, 2007
A skater is someone who wears niga caps, vanz, hoodies, band t-shirts, spiked wristbands and stuff like that (DC clothing.)

An Emo wears skinny jeans (commonly black) chuckies, Hoodies, tight shirts, fingerless gloves, dyed hair and sidebangs covering their eye and spiked in the back.

Some times you see a mixure of these two what people define as Skemo, He doesnt wear baggy jeans nor too tight jeans either, he wears his jeans low and still well fitting (also known as straight fit) He does have the emo sidebangs covering his eyes but wears a niga cap on top of it (Not really fitted, a bit misplaced) And he wears a hoodie with the hood over the cap too make it look cooler.
He wears from vanz to dc to all stars, every style there is.
And often wears shirts that aren't on the tight side but still aren't to big, just well-fitting (pretty short sleeves and a shirt just about covering the belt if you wear your jeans low) Why just about covering the belt? Well your gonna want to show your white belt by shuffing the front part of your t-shirt into your pants (the backpart still hangs out.. otherwise it looks really stupid, so only the front part)
Emo: Hey dude look at that guy over there, His hair is rad! :D

Skater: Yeah! And look at them vanz he chillin' on! :O :O That must be one of 'em Skemo kids!
by Your Worst Nightmarexxxxx April 18, 2008
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