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19 Things You'll Know If You Grew Up A Little Goth, But Not Really Goth

Or maybe you were a bit more on the emo side, come to think of it.

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1. When it came to online shopping, there was only one destination: Grindstore.

2. But IRL it was always Hot Topic or Blue Banana, where you had a weird admiration of the staff.

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They were just so damn cool and exactly who you wanted to be when you grew up.

3. You dreamt of all the tattoos you'd get when you were old enough.

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That heartagram tattoo on your wrist was going to look real fucking sick.

4. In the meantime, you may have been super rebellious and got a slightly-unusual ear piercing.

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5. Myspace was too mainstream for your alternative style, so you relocated to a site like Vampirefreaks.

If you were really hardcore you paid for a premium account using your parent's credit card.
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If you were really hardcore you paid for a premium account using your parent's credit card.

6. When you first visited a place filled with other non-conformists, you immediately made plans in your head to move there when you were old enough to.

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7. Your first gig was kind of a traumatic experience.

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Turns out mosh pits are actually quite violent.

8. At one stage you definitely considered getting a pair of Dr. Martens, but they were just too much of an investment.

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9. Plus you didn't want to go full goth.

It was a delicate balance at times.
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It was a delicate balance at times.

10. Summer involved wearing plenty of band T-shirts.

Bands you didn't always know as well as you maybe should have.
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Bands you didn't always know as well as you maybe should have.

11. Because the full leather look just didn't appeal to you.

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The whole setup looked hot, sweaty, and a little too NSFW.

12. You were still very much into black though.

13. And when it came to backpacks, you were all about the skateboard brands.

Even though, you know, you didn't skate.
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Even though, you know, you didn't skate.

14. You experimented with a wild streak of hair-colour, but nothing too dramatic.

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You didn't want to get kicked out of school or have the neighbours thinking that you were on drugs.

15. Your weekly Kerrang! subscription was super important to you.

Not least because the pages provided decoration for your walls.
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Not least because the pages provided decoration for your walls.

16. When it came down to music, you liked songs with a bit of screaming, but not too much.

17. You hated being categorized as either a goth, emo, or any other subculture that was floating around at the time.

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You were a unique snowflake.

18. Older people always told you that it was all just a phase you were going through, and looking back, they were kind of right.

And tbh, the whole thing was a little cringe when you look back on it.
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And tbh, the whole thing was a little cringe when you look back on it.

19. But hey, you'd probably be a lot more embarrassed now if you went full goth.