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19 Things That Were Cool As An Emo Teen But Definitely Aren't Cool Now

I'm not o-fucking-kay.

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2. Wearing multiple studded belts at once.

I've been guilty of it in my Emo days, but what is the point in wearing multiple belts?

One through your belt loops, the other halfway around your butt to subtly draw attention to it.

3. And owning giant belt buckles.

So much hassle every time you needed to undo it to pee.


5. Using band posters as a form of wallpaper.

#GrowingUpEmo your bedroom looking like this (RIP u beautiful masterpiece)

Now, having hundreds upon hundreds of Blu Tack marks would be a guaranteed way to piss off your landlord.

6. Wearing red eyeliner.

If you were to do that now, someone at work would ask you if you have an eye infection. "Um, no, its my aesthetic. God."

7. Having a fringe that completely covered one of your eyes.

Parting your hair all the way from the back so that your bangs appeared bigger + Escape the Fate = life #GrowingUpEmo

Be grateful that those years of semi-darkness didn't affect your eyesight.


9. Taking your selfies from a super high-up angle.

#growingupemo #growingupscene tbh I rocked my phase quite well. πŸ’πŸ»πŸ˜πŸ”₯πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Thank God it was only a phase.

Nowadays even if the top of your head is exceptionally lovely, you probably don't want to share it with the world.

10. Wearing fingerless gloves. All the time.

i put on my fingerless gloves and suddenly i'm 500% more emo

Although when you think about it, they'd be of more use now considering we all have touchscreen phones.

11. Wearing one of these everywhere.

pls stop me from buying this black parade jacket

"Am I nipping to Londis? Or to The Black Parade? Only I know".


14. Saying "rawr".

Remember when "RAWR is I love you in dinosaur" was the most Emo way to flirt with someone?

"Rawr, it means 'I love you' in dinosaur" is a chat-up line best avoided.

15. Buying band shirts to cut up.

casually cutting up some band shirts

Now you're an adult, if you want a top with no sleeves you'll buy a top with no sleeves.

16. Subsisting purely on energy drinks because it seemed like a pretty wild thing to do.

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You would act hyper after a few sips, but now you're older it takes about three espressos to feel truly awake.


17. Writing the name of your favourite musician on your hand.

Picture the scene in your office: "What does that say on your hand?" "Huh? Oh. Drake. It says Drake. Because I like Drake."

18. Adorning your school blazer with safety pins.

Remember when I was so punk 'cause I put safety pins on my school blazer? Smash the system.

"Do they know I'm different?" you wondered, adding the 15th safety pin to your heavy blazer lapel.

19. And of course, hanging out in the park and blasting music on your Sony Ericsson.

Aww there's a fresh group of emos hanging out where we used to by the park. Is that like the designated emo spot? How do they know?

"Hey, do you wanna hang out after work?" "Cool, pub?" "No, I wanted to stand by the swings at the park and listen to Taking Back Sunday out loud. Maybe we can sing along?"