7 Deadly Things That DEFINED A 2006 Emo Kid (VOLUME 1)
RAWR, anyone? No? Alright then.
Brace yourselves, kids – we're going way back to 2006, where the peak of the Emo fad was at an all time high. Although, in the minds of countless drowsy teens – an all time low, both mentally, and of course – physically.
Being one of the many Emo kids back in the mid noughties was interesting, to say the least. I mean, odd – but interesting. And, it had me thinking earlier about the golden years of black and grey and all the quirks from the faded trend. Bands, for example, and the many shifting vocalists that used to make us shiver and say things like fucking "RAWR."
So, along with my trip down memory lane, I decided to piece together seven things that collectively summarised Emo as a whole. But this is just me. I can't speak for every former Emo kid, and perhaps you guys had it a little different. But, this list speaks to most of us, and I hope it brings back a memory or two.
So, are you ready to walk with the black parade once more?
Here are 7 DEADLY things that DEFINED an Emo kid back in 2006:
1. YOU HAD AN OBSESSION WITH THIS BOLLOCKS
Admit it. You once plastered these little sketches on your Bebo and Tumblr wall. That's alright – because we all bloody did. Although, I'm not entirely sure what the fascination was in these moody little scribbles. Perhaps they were cartoonised versions of our own fantasised egos or something. Either way, people used to love these edgy little characters, and depending on how deep into the fad you were – you had to pull out some pretty depressing sketches to maintain your persona. And, if you happened to be one of the few that actually DREW the sketches – then shit, you were popular.
2. YOU HAD A WEIRD THING ABOUT STUDDED BELTS
Ah yes – belts. We all had a collection of these bad boys, eh? In fact, I recall specifically having the top two featured in the picture above. And yes – I did wear them both – at the same bastard time. That's the thing with the Emo phase: you tended to wear at least one studded belt, but only through one hole in your skinny jeans. Why the fuck did we do that again?
3. SNAKE BITES WERE THE COOLEST PIERCINGS TO HAVE
Now, you may argue with this crazy statement – but snake bites were pretty much "the in-thing" to have back then. Of course, you could still rock your ear plug and nose ring combo, but without the snake bites – you just didn't gel with the pack. Thankfully, however, snake bites still hold up well within todays generation and their "trends". Heck – even yours truly still has them. Not that I can remove one of them anyway, since my loving wife put a short bar in and my lip healed over the back. Thanks, Hol.
4. YOU DEFINITELY POSTED SHIT LIKE THIS ON A BLOG SOMEWHERE
If it wasn't on Tumblr, then it was on Bebo – or MySpace. Wherever it might've been, there's no denying that we all used to cram several shades of shit onto our blogs once upon a time. From tacky gifs featuring cute but shy animations to band art already featured on our bedroom walls. It was all there – on our many blogs for the world to see. In fact, I wonder if my 2006 account is even still active. BLACK BEAST. (Yeah, I didn't really think that one through, I won't lie.)
5. YOU CARED MORE ABOUT YOUR HAIR THAN ANYTHING OR ANYONE
One major thing we're all pretty guilty of is spending far too long with a pair of straighteners. In fact, I think we must've spent a good portion of our teenage years battling over our hair and its "ideal" length. But, of course, the hair is what defined the Emo trend, and without the iconic mop, elderly citizens would've never been able to differentiate the Emo kid from the "norms."
6. YOUR SANCTUARY WAS PROBABLY A BRIDGE OR PLACE OF WORSHIP
Now, I'm calling out my old squad here, because we did in fact – hang around a cathedral. Either that, or some abandoned ruins, smoking cheap cigarettes and talking about how shit life was at fourteen-years-old. But, you probably had a similar hangout, am I right? Not just the local skate park, but some "edgy" spot that most pedestrians wouldn't even look at twice. Like under a bridge, or some bollocks like that. As long as it was edgy.
7. "RAWR" AND "XD" WERE YOUR TWO MOST USED WORDS
Jesus, I can't handle the cringe on this one. Bloody "RAWR" and the stupid "XD" face. I can't quite recall how many times I used both of those during an Emo chat-up line, but I'm sure they worked wonders. And, I bet you used to implement them into your daily lives, too. Those and the bloody claw hand that somehow represented a dinosaur in love or some shit. Whether at a lunch break in school or during a hot conversation on MSN most nights. Either way – you probably used it more than you'd like to remember.
Fucking RAWR. Who came up with that shit? *Face palm*
Alright, I've seen quite enough for one day. But, I'm sure there's plenty more I can sink my teeth into. Red skinny jeans, Pete Wentz, fingerless gloves – and so much more. But, that's for another time, and all dependent on whether or not you want to see it. Until then – THNKS FR TH MMRS, dudes.
Catch you on the next issue!