Saturday, October 22, 2011

How to Be Emo?

How to Be Emo

the freedom to be you, be unique, be different. It's who you are.
the freedom to be you, be unique, be different. It's who you are.
Have you recently felt depressed? Alone? Isolated? Lost? Abandoned? by your family and friends? Misunderstood by the world? If you have, and like to express your feelings and emotions through poetry and music, chances are you're what today's society considers "emo".


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    Understand what Emo is. Emo has many meanings. The correct definition is that emo is a music genre (short for emotive hardcore), a sub genre of hardcore punk. Still, others consider it's only a brief way to call someone emotional, although they are not correct. Also 'emo' is fashion, a way of dressing and expressing yourself through clothes and make up. Being emo is about being you. If you copy other emos, it's not the real you. It makes you look like a fake or a 'poser'. You have to understand that you don't have to do anything in particular to be emo. Still, there are those who believe emo is a lifestyle and choose to live their lives the emo way. Some emo's believe there are rules to being emo. The correct term for what is generally regarded as "emo" is scene (despite the darker colors and the common lack of extreme cheerfulness). For the sake of simplicity, however, we will use the term "emo".
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    Appreciate Emo music. Emo is a rock music genre. In recent times, many pop-punk bands have been incorrectly classified as emo or emotive hardcore. Listen to a lot of emo bands, and maybe even consider picking up an instrument, such as a bass or guitar. You could also try to play the violin, and if you invest enough time into it, emo songs on the violin sound incredibly amazing. The drums can also be a very good instrument. You can even write poetry and turn them into songs.
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    Test yourself. Try listening to emo music. If you end up liking this type of music, and come out wanting to download the songs after you’re done with the album, you’re probably a true emo. Getting inner emo is all a matter of finding out if you have it or not. Examples of emo include Yage, Amanda Woodward, Rites of Spring, Embrace, I Hate Myself, Indian Summer, Belle Epoque, Antioch Arrow, and Twelve Hour Turn. Emo is not mainstream; you will not hear any emo bands on the radio or at Warped Tour. Bands that have devoted their sound to hand-muted guitars and emotional lyrics are bands like Silverstein, Hawthorne Heights, Funeral for a Friend, Alesana, Escape the Fate and When Sparks Fly.
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    Dress Emo.
     Dress Emo.
    Dress Emo. After you have discovered your inner emo, try shopping for a new wardrobe. Emo fashion has roots in both punk and goth. Wear tight jeans, tight shirts with emo band logos on them, studded belts, and an old, black and worn down pair of sneakers. Girls can wear black or red skirts with striped socks or leggings. Plaid skirts with chains are also a staple in the emo fashion. Leg warmers are acceptable as well. For accessories, buy black rubber bracelets or studded bracelets and any emo-looking necklaces, such as ones with grenades or broken hearts on them. Thick, black-rimmed glasses are not uncommon for emo guys or girls. Also, stripes and checkers are big in the emo culture. Take an example from others emo's you see around as inspiration, but do not copy, just do your own thing. There's always more emo points in thrift shop buys, also.
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    Get an Emo hairstyle.
     Get an Emo hairstyle.
    Get an Emo hairstyle. Dye it black or brown with perhaps some blonde or unnatural color streaks, especially in the bangs. If you are a girl, you may possibly want to cut your hair to a very short bob-like hairstyle but keep your bangs long, swept drastically to one side and covering your eye. Or, for those who like long hair, get many choppy layers and highlights. For a guy, you may want to spike up the back side, and pat down the front side. You could also get your bangs/fringe dyed a lighter color than the rest of your hair. Remember, you should always straighten your hair with a flat iron and use lots of hairspray.
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    Get the attitude. A lot of times, emo is associated with being bitter, depressed, insecure and resentful. But at it's core, you can be emo because you're sensitive, introspective,thoughtful, and quiet. Don't ever be loud or in anyone's face; focus on your own emotional life.
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    Remember Emo's are people too! Don't be all glum if everyone makes fun of you! Remember you are still a person.

  • Read blog sites like MLIA and FML.
  • You can paint your nails black, even if you're a guy.
  • When applying eyeliner, do not be afraid to apply to the inside of the lids and under the bottom lashline.
  • When shopping for emo clothing, be sure to check stores like Hot Topic, Vans, and Spencers (for accessories). You will be able to find most of what you're looking for there.
  • Remember, that you can wear other colors than black. Though black is a very popular color among emos, you don't want to wear too much or people might mistake you for "gothic". Red and purple are other good choices.
  • Do not try too hard to be emo, or others will see you as a poser.
  • If someone asks you if you are emo, simply shrug your shoulders or deny it. If they asked you, chances are, their opinions are already made and then your approval isn't going to change it much.
  • Remember, if you are going to wear a band t-shirt, it should be an EMO band. Bands like Green Day, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, etc. will make you look like a poser. They are not emo bands.
  • Look up My Chemical Romance (pre-killjoy), Skillet, Evanescence, and Flyleaf on to learn some "Emo" music
  • Don't try too hard - let it come naturally.
  • You can get your ears pierced more than once. This gives you an emo look. You can even go for a facial piercing.
  • Become emo slowly. Gradually build on the makeup. Start soft and then get heavier. Same with the clothes.


  • Emo is absolutely NOT cutting yourself. To be emo you do not have to, and shouldn't cut yourself. It will not make you emo. It will hurt you and make you hide yourself, and that isn't a good way to live. If you feel you need to hurt yourself to stop hurting inside, talk to someone you trust, and know will not judge you.
  • You may be subjected to negative criticisms by your non-emo friends and possibly the majority of society, so just ignore them.
  • Don't cut yourself or harm yourself in any other way. Self-injury is very serious and not something to be played around with.
  • Don't become emo unless it's your true self. Being emo is a way of life, and should not be done to prove to your friends that you can be hardcore.
  • When you are emo in middle school or high school, it is very, very hard to live through it because you get picked on all the time, but if you are truly emo, you should be able to handle it.

Things You'll Need

  • Dark colored skinny jeans (black, dark blue, and red are acceptable)
  • Band/graphic tee shirts
  • Black hoodie
  • Converse/Vans sneakers
  • Studded belts (preferably black and white)
  • Black tote bag/messenger bag (with or without pins)
  • Accessories (facial piercings included)
  • Eyeliner (boys and girls)
  • Wrist bands
  • Emo music on your iPod/MP3 player
  • Lots of black with neon clothing
  • Black Nail Polish
  • Really cool hair

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