Music Emo is first and foremost a music genre so you need to be involved in the music scene to avoid being called a poser. Learn to play an instrument! Or at least buy one! If you can't play you can always claim to, and you will gain instant credibility by merely owning it. Just take lots of picture of yourself holding it at creative angles to post on the internet. Can't afford a guitar? Write lyrics! Emo poetry can cover a wide range of emotions but focus on the bad ones. Sunshine and lollypops isn't very emo, so be sure to only write when angry or sad. Use poetry as a way of venting your problems. Don't have any problems? Make them up! Complain about how your comfortable suburban life is making you feel disconnected from the real world and disillusioned with life. Keep a bleak outlook on life and soon you will be writing tonnes of emo poetry! The type of bands you listen to strongly reflect on you as an emo. Bands like My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy are a good bet, but it's more credibly to listen to obscure unsigned bands with names like Reservoir Death. If the music is loud and the lyrics are miserable; its emo. Hair Colour Natural hair colour isn't very emo. In order to be a real emo you will need to dye your hair. Jet black and bleach blonde are very good bases, you can then add in strikes of different neon colour to really showcase your originality. Emo is all about standing out so don't be afraid to try more than one colour...but don't go too mad! Or else you'll be more Nu Rave than emo! Hair StyleUsually around chin length in a reverse mullet (i.e. longer at the front) but can be long with lots of choppy layers. The trademark of an emo haircut is the bangs/fringe which covers ? of the face at an angle. You must cover at least one eye, this shows that you do not want to see the world or have it see you. Experiment with your hair, spike it up and give it lots of volume; You can even back comb or tease it. Finish it off by wearing lots of cute bows and Alice bands...this looks extra emo if you're a guy! Dress Emo You need to dress to reflect your mood. Emo style is a combination of punk and goth so much like your hair your clothes should be black with the occasional neon stripes or polka dots. Band logos are very emo and converse are practically mandatory. Nothing should fit you properly: tee-shirts a size too small, hoodies a couple of sizes too big, and most importantly jeans in a size your eight-year-sister would have trouble getting into. For accessories studded belts, fingerless gloves, band pins or badges and enough bracelets and bangles to cover your wrist; to give the illusion that you self harm. Make upEYELINER! It doesn't really matter what else you do to your face as long as you have lots of eyeliner on its emo. Put plenty all over the eyelids, under too. If you look like you've been punched; you're there. Apart from that just go as pale as your natural skin colour will allow and wear black nail polish. AttitudeAttitude is everything. Typically you will be expected to be depressed and insecure. But it's more important to be sensitive and quiet. Avoid confrontation; you have to be introverted and too wrapped up in your own emotions to care about the opinions of others. But you can defend your opinions viva the internet provided you get very emotional about doing so.
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Short Emo Hair Shorter Emo hair styles are all about shape and a good guideline to a basic cut is short and snappy at the back, and longer and sharply razored-in at the front. A simple style to create is to rub a little styling wax into your hair with your fingers and then mist over with hairspray. Then use straightening irons all over to finish off with a smooth, glossy look. The fringe and front sections of the hair are normally left to fall sleekly across the face, or you might want to clip them back with some funky hair grips. Short emo hair is also excellent for recreating spiky styles, and to get those really well groomed, sleek spikes straighten the hair first, and then use a little hair wax to sculpt the spikes upwards.
Mid-length emo hairMid length emo hair is great for showing off those really choppy sharp styles, so get your layers razor cut and use straightening irons and hair serum to make the finish really modern and sleek. You can also have fun with colours, such as streaks or even clip-in extensions, which come in a range of funky bright dyes. Experiment with accessorises as well, but remember that Emo styles are rarely 'up dos', and the shape of the hair comes from the cut and textures, rather than styling the hair into standard pony tails, plaits, French twists etc.
Long emo hair Long hair needs to be really well cut, with lots of sharp, funky layers to create definition and stop the hair from looking out of condition and lank. It can be too damaging for long hair to keep dying it different colours, so it might be a good idea just to dye it the basic black, and then use temporary clip-in hair extensions for splashes of colour. Also if you have very thick hair then layers can help smooth out the overall shape and stop it from looking too bushy. If you want to create more volume in a longer style, you can spray the top back layers of your cut with a good holding hairspray, and then gently backcomb with a brush. Keep the longer bottom layers and the fringe straight to maintain that look of well groomed sleekness.
Female with emo characteristic features, long fringe (bangs) brushed to one side. Today emo is commonly tied to both music and fashion as well as an inspiration toward the emo subculture, and the term "emo" is sometimes stereotyped with tight jeans on males and females alike, long fringe (bangs) brushed to one side of the face or over one or both eyes, dyed black, straight hair, tight t-shirts (usually short-sleeved) which often bear the names of emo bands (or other designer shirts), studded belts, belt buckles, canvas sneakers or skate shoes or other black shoes and thick, black horn-rimmed glasses. This fashion has at times been characterized as a fad.
The emo culture celebrates personal expression, so technically there are no real rules as such for what makes an 'emo tattoo'. Emo tattoos are not usually graphically sexual, or following common cultural symbols (pop icons, roses, Celtic bands etc). They are more personal statements, and tend to vary widely from person to person, but there are a few common motifs such as stars, hearts and skulls. Emo tattoos also tend to be on certain areas of skin, particularly over the heart, wrists and shoulders. A lot of emo tattoos are very personal to the individual who has had them done, and often they will draw their own designs. Coloured tattoos are also popular, in tones of blue, yellow, red and grey, as well as just simple black writing done in gothic styles that spell out meaningful statements, quotes and poems.
Tattoos have long been associated with rites of passage, pledges of love and fidelity, and symbols of belonging and identification, and this resonates strongly with the deeper, emotional side of the emo culture. The symbolism and psychological impact of tattoos appeals to those people who are interested in delving into the human psyche and this combined with the cosmetic, fashionable aspects of tattoos makes them very popular in the emo scene.
Tattooing methods vary across the world and traditionally tribal cultures would cut the design into the skin, and then rub the dye into the wound. Hand tapping was also used, by dipping sharpened sticks or animal bones into ink and then inserting them into the skin. Both these methods were very painful, and were an integral part of many rites of passage ceremonies. The most common method of tattooing in contemporary culture is using an electric machine, which inserts ink via a series of oscillating needles into the skin. These needles are punched rapidly in and out of the skin, up to 150 times a second and this makes it possible to carry out highly coloured, accurate and intricate designs in a short space of time. Disposable gloves are worn by the tattooist, and each needle is disposed of after use and the equipment sanitised, which greatly reduces the risks of infections and the spread of disease.
Dyes and pigments that are used for tattoos come in almost unlimited shades these days, and tattooist often mix their own colours to produce 'signature' dyes, which they incorporated into all of their designs. Pigments can be sourced from nature (such as ash, coal dust, powdered jet) or from a vast range of organic and inorganic materials such as titanium dioxide, iron oxides and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS plastic). There are some concerns over various red pigments used for tattooing, as these are commonly made from certain iron oxides and cinnabar, which can cause allergic reactions and scarring in many cases. Magenta is a safer red dye, but is not considered as lasting as the other red pigments.
About my feellings on emo
"It's fun to play with guns and knives, And be there just to risk my life, To put just myself in danger, With a lethal unfamiliar stranger. I couldn't care less, With the way I dress, Or the way I look, But I do with my life that you took. You say my head is wrong, And that my heart is badly torn, You don't know how wrong you are, I just want to go so far. Just so far away from them, And always be able to defend, Myself so that I don't get beated, So badly and so differently treated." - Guns and Knives