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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.


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.


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.


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.