A stripped down, 21st century version of Goth.
- First Found: 1980s
Originally a style that grew out of punk music, Emo often has expressive or confessional lyrics with vague "punk music" aesthetics. Emo is short for the word "emotional," so the music usually has the theme of "deep" feelings put into it. "Emo" largely existed as the proto-hipster before it became mainstream culture in the early 2000's with bands like My Chemical Romance, Dashboard Confessional, and Panic! at the Disco. It has since devolved into a new genre called Screamo. Screamo follows the aforementioned formula, but adds screaming and "HARDCORE" music.
Emo also doubles as a fashion style and a mentality. Clothing such as skinny jeans, tight band t-shirts, studded belts and black wristbands are all part of this fashion. Though it's the Emo haircut that stands out the most. The haircut consists of long swept and black dyed (may be dyed more than one color if one is feeling squirrelly) hair that obscures either half of the face, or just the eyes. This hair cut is soppoust to have some deep correlation of seeing the world differently, but it falls past most everyone who does wear the style. Strangely enough, a lot of eyeliner is a part of Emo makeup despite the fact of most an Emo's face being obscured. The generic nature of the style makes Emo for easy identification.
The mentality behind Emo is angst, depression, introversion, and shyness. Two very important things have resulted from this:
- Emo is often associated with self-injury and suicide.
- Emo is very popular with teenagers.
Number 2 is especially important in this aspect as it caused Myspace and LiveJournal to be flooded with Emo profiles. Large archives of terrible poetry, terrible art, whiny Facebook statuses/some kind of journal, and terrible Photoshop pictures haunted any and all of the social networking websites of the internet. This is where much of the stereotypes came from as countless people complained about suburban problems, such as not being able to go out at night and swearing to god they are cutting themselves. The whole sub-culture became a parody of itself and suffered even more from it.
The band Rites of Spring is generally considered to have created "Emo". "Emo" then remained an underground culture until about the late 90's when Blink-182 appeared and popularized "pop punk". Though Blink-182 isn't considered "Emo", they laid the foundation for future popular Emo bands such as Fall Out Boy and the whole Fueled by Ramen Records company. Along with Panic! At The Disco and My Chemical Romance, the three bands each popularized the style and created the culture to everyone's misfortune.
Emo has largely died out as the members finally got over their "problems" and matured into hipsters, while have regressed to the Scene style. Though one does still see Emos (Emoes?) populating one's local mall.DeviantART and any dead social networking websites such as Bebo and Myspace tends to shelter Emos here and there, but again, the entire subculture seems to finally be in its death throes.
- Largly a teen subculture
- A subgenre of Emo music is Screamo.
- Originally, it wasn't suppose to relate to melancholy things such as suicide and cutting, but later it became such.
- It usually gets confused with Scene subculture.
- The most troll-worthy subculture that ever existed on the internet. But some people has argued that it has tied with Scene.
Mexico has its share of emos