Epithet for listeners of Industrial Music. Characterised by Futuristic Ideation, Dystopian Affect, Elitism, and Militaristic dress.
The Rivethead may be provoked by Manson Tee shirts.
by Psiberzerker April 11, 2004
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A dystopian, fashion, and musical subculture, that embraces chaos, and anger. Similar to the Punk Subculture, in it's need to stand apart from Society's 'Normal' , rivetheads try to make a statement visually and verbaly. They listen to Industrial themed artists and bands such as: Combichrist, Angelspit, Rammstein, Geist Kinder, Modulate, and Nine Inch Nails. Rivethead fasion is mostly black or dark clothing consisting of: combat boots, Military Jackets or shirts, goggles, gas masks or respirators, industrial music shirts, bondage harnesses, and straps, chains, and badges, patches, or medals. It is not uncommon for a rivet head to shave their head completely bald, or into a short Mohawk. Rivetheads, usually associate with members of the goth or punk subculture, but are not members themselves, even though their political, and social views may be similar. Rivetheads enjoy solitude or small social gatherings in decrepit settings such as junkyards, abandoned warehouses, or condemned buildings. When they do attend large social gatherings it is in either a club or concert setting.
OMG Bill, I almost called that Rivethead "goth", I bet he would have tried kicking my ass if I did.

by D+N8 March 21, 2010
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Someone who deeply loves industrial music. They tend to hate nature, love machinery, and are very powerful. They may or may not like the military, but always wear things that either a army soldier or engineer wears, esp. some sort of goggles. A rivethead is usually very angry or/bitter. Despite the fact that most rivetheads can be identified by steel-toed military boots, long hair that has parts of the sideburns shaved, a trenchcoat, and a t-shirt of some obscure german-band/computer game, there is a thing such as a "Closet Rivethead". Closet Rivetheads are known to attend a prep school where they are generally regarded as a terrorist-in-training/neo-nazi, and therefore to avoid conflict will often conform to school dress codes while in school, which forms a striking contrast to his appearance outside of school. NOTE: Most Rivetheads are existentialists/nihilists.

Despite their engineer/soldier appearance, most Rivetheads are actually writers.
A Rivethead? Don't you mean a geek with a bad attitude?
by Isaac January 24, 2004
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