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18 Signs You Were A Teenage Emo In Essex

I’m not OK, trust me.

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1. Your "look" was based on Oli Sykes, Gerard Way, and the Suicide Girls.

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For girls, that meant having a big side-fringes, dyed hair, panda eyes, pale skin, checkered shirts, lip piercings, skinny jeans, and plimsolls. For boys, that meant... the same.

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7. As soon as you were old enough, you started getting the train to Camden to pick up your ~essentials~.

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These included a sacred heart belt buckle, a hoody with two swallows on it, and a gun hairclip.

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10. Thurrock Music Festival was the only festival in Essex that didn't suck.

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Sikth, Million Dead and The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster all played in a field in Orsett and you’re still not sure how that happened.

11. You could get in to some over-18 nights, but you were marked with a black cross that screamed "I'm an underage loser" to everybody there.

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Of course, this changed when being "Straight Edge" became cool a few years later. At that point, you seriously considered getting a black cross tattoo.

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15. And nothing could beat an underage rock night at The Hermit in Brentwood.

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But you could only go if your parents agreed to give you a lift and a tenner for the three Red Bulls you'd drink.