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26 Things Only Former Emo Kids Will Understand

Misery business was thriving in 2007.

First, let's set the scene with the soundtrack to 2004.

1. You couldn't leave the house without painstakingly applied eyeliner.

2. The daily struggle with skinny jeans was real. / Via Jo Barrow / BuzzFeed

3. You would spend ages styling your hair to get that totally unique look.

4. There wasn't any point to being in a relationship unless you could take photos like this.

5. Wednesday was the most important day of the week because that's when Kerrang! came out.

Kerrang / Via Jo Barrow / BuzzFeed

6. And you'd use the pictures to decorate your room.

7. This Venn diagram perfectly sums up your approach to music at the time.

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8. It was all about star tattoos... But you had to find a less permanent alternative.

9. You fancied Sonny Moore waaay before he was Skrillex.

10. These cartoons totally got you.

11. You remember when the Daily Mail ran a campaign against emos.

12. And you cheered on as the emo community fought back.

13. That moment in "Sorry You're Not a Winner".

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14. You perfected the MySpace pose years before the word "selfie" was a thing.


Lift your camera up, lean forward, turn your toes in, and do something kooky with your spare hand.

15. You had a LiveJournal to write down all your deepest darkest secrets and feelings.

16. You had at least one accessory with Jack Skellington on.

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17. Your Converse were everything to you.


You'd write your favourite lyrics and doodles across the toes for that extra-individual look.

18. Fall Out Boy were life.

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You'd automatically do this gesture at the right part of "Sugar, We're Going Down" every time you heard it.

19. You wanted ear gauges.


Even though you knew they looked and smelled hideous when you took them out.

20. In fact, you probably wanted all the facial piercings.


Snakebites were the ultimate emo facial accessory.

21. No outfit was complete without one of these.

Jo Barrow

22. "Hanging out" in highly visible public places was what you did most weekends.

Parks, town centres, markets, anywhere with steps...

23. Local band nights were the only place to be seen.

24. Even if the bands were terrible, the crowd would react like they were at the Warped tour.


(Even though you never actually went to the Warped tour.)

25. And you pretended that moshing was the best thing ever, and not at all life-endangering or painful.

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26. But most importantly, you would categorically deny that you were an emo to anyone who called you one.

Reprise Records/ Jo Barrow

"Why are you labelling me? I'm just being me!"