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Emo Style Makeover Is a Hot Topic

Embarrassing confession time: I was a teenage emo kid. Granted, this was in the Paleolithic era, so the scene was more about zine-trading and listening to Rites of Spring than, say, buying a Tokio Hotel tee at Hot Topic. Maybe that's why I am alternately fascinated and amused by today's adolescent emo kids. I admire their punky creativity, but the old lady in me can't help but think, "Oh man, you're going to regret those 6-gauge ear plugs someday."

Still, I love to play around with unusual hair colors and makeup, which is why Emo Style Makeover is such a fun time-waster. The kiddy game lets you take a fairly unassuming doll-faced cartoon and transform her into a pierced, wild-haired rocker girl. There are a few drawbacks — you can't change the skin tone, for instance — but if you want a no-commitment way to play dress-up, pop in the My Chemical Romance and have at it.

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simplystella simplystella 8 years
"Dad, that boy isn't emo. He's SCENE. God." Ah, priceless :D I remember when Fugazi were considered an emo band! I'm a bit disappointed too when I see how apolitical are the "scene" kids nowadays. I used to be an hardcore punk-rock fanatic back in the days :) and I was pretty politicized. I mean, it was part of the rock'n'roll attitude.. being liberal and interested in the world surrounding you. Ah, I'm getting old :)
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I'm going to go ahead and guess that we probably have some friends in common, then. Ah, those were the days. If you are on Facebook, look for the 90s Hardcore app. It's hilarious — you can send your friends dialers, letters from Aaron Cometbus, a distro table, a Los Crudos patch, or (my favorite) a "very boring workshop." I'll let y'all know if my four-on-the-floor Indian Summer-ish band ever comes together. We're gonna be GREAT.
ladyv ladyv 8 years
Hah! I used to do Food Not Bombs in Hartford. <3
amymariejackie amymariejackie 8 years
Bella, I dedicated every Saturday morning for years to Food Not Bombs and still make a mean seitan stir-fry, so I'm game :-) and no-one can ever convince me that mid 90's emo wasn't pure (albeit cheesy) poetry. "and she folded up her fears/ like paper airplanes/ and lost them in the trees..." BRILLIANT ;-)
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Amymariejackie, I still listen to Mineral. "Parking Lot" is one of those songs that I know is kinda cheesy, but I can't not listen from time to time. You, ladyv and I should get together and have a vegan potluck. I'll wear my Food Not Bombs shirt (which I think my DAD wears now cuz it was so big on me). :)
ladyv ladyv 8 years
@amymarie - exactly :)
amymariejackie amymariejackie 8 years
ahh, I had to comment on this one... well, I was a teenage emo kid, also. At 16, you could find me at a show, in my tiny band t-shirt, plotting my next protest or vegan meal, listening to my Mineral 12" (EVERYTHING seems more important when your 16) But it is interesting to me, too, Bella, how apolitical and mall emo has become. We were an offshoot of hardcore, which had broken off from punk, and yet I feel that the politics and rebellion had stayed with us. Emo style these days is very goth influenced, and that surprises me a bit..they have the emotion, but not the action. And as far as the ear plugs are concerned, I think everyone has something silly to look back on and cringe (I have a tiny handmade star tattoo..God help me..)
plasticine1 plasticine1 8 years
ladyv: that's why i have 2 piercings on each ear!! lol i can wear plugs AND little earrings, but like i said earlier, i never really liked how they looked on me :\
emalove emalove 8 years
I'm with Pistil--"emo" and "scene" were not terms used back when I was teenager. I was a teenager in the 90s and was VERY into the whole grunge/riot girl scene that was popular back then. I'm pretty sure that if I was a teen now, I would not gravitate towards the "emo" style...but the 8th grade students I teach now, on the other hand, would love this!
ladyv ladyv 8 years
plasticine - personally, i only regret the part where i can't wear all the cute earrings i want to. my personal style has changed.
plasticine1 plasticine1 8 years
and just curious, if you think stretching your ears is a good idea when you are young, and then a bad idea later, does that mean its just a bad idea?? i dont understand. why would you regret them? there is so much awesome jewelry out there for stretched earlobes. i actually never liked little stud earrings and hoops and lame stuff like that, i really feel like my earlobes look better like this than they did before. i dont think things like that are just a passing phase :\ why would you assume everyone will "come to" and regret them when they've reached your "level of clarity"?
Beauty Beauty 8 years
What can I say, ladyv? I have a persistent vision. Zing!
plasticine1 plasticine1 8 years
you can change the skin tone!!! i like the other game where you can cut their hair, but i can't work it out!!!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Oh wow, this is amusing! Never been one to really be scene or emo although about 7 yrs ago was most def a part of the "scene" here in Boston-although never felt the need to express myself by piercing my face or anything along those lines. But to each their own, I think most of us grow out of it with the appreciate of the music but leaving behind those bad fashion and err beauty trends we picked up.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Give me yet another time waster.
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
Very insightful, Bella.
ladyv ladyv 8 years
I never thought I'd see a Rites of Spring reference on ANY Sugar blog, let alone this one! Good on you! And I wish someone had told me 10 years ago about the plugs... my poor ears are now contemplating a plastic surgeon after taking my 00's out :/
Evalicious Evalicious 8 years
I would not want my daughter thinking it's cool to have ear gauges, multiple piercings and tattoos.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I don't know, I think a lot of kids know the origins of these styles. I mean, when I was 16, the Clash and the Jam were long gone, but I still developed a mean crush on Paul Weller. And even though I didn't love the Dead Kennedys, their music helped me understand the culture of California back in the day. So I think teenagers are definitely able to connect the dots if they're curious and smart. I do think the politics are largely absent from modern-day mall emo, and that confuses me. I'll see scene kids throwing around language that we never would have used — some racist, sexist, homophobic stuff — and it blows my mind. So on that level, I'm... not exactly jaded, but there's definitely a generation gap and an attempt to understand how offshoots of punk became so apolitical. (I could go on and on about this, obviously. :))
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
Emo, scene, punk, hipster; it's all pretty flavourless to me. Most kids these days don't even know the origins of these styles, or understand how connected they were to certain social movements and statements of their time. Now if some teen's mom asks her to clean her room, it's a cause for shredding her hair and wearing too much eyeliner so as to reflect mom's parental repression. There is rarely any originality in these "I'm an individual" looks now-a-days. I feel so jaded.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
My brother (he's a few decades older than me) has a teenage daughter. He said something about emo kids, and she — summoning all the disdain of her 17-year-old self — sighed and said, "Dad, that boy isn't emo. He's SCENE. God." I didn't know whether to laugh or tell her to treat her dad with more respect.
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