As you can see this is an IM conversation between myself and this child named Kevin. Kevin is an interesting child. He steals car batteries and sells them. And apparently he is a “hardcore” kid.
So…he’s probably a combination of the following :
Because I mean if I was ever to fall into the hardcore label i’d want to look like all of them. In one person. Because that’s how I roll.
Now, you’re probably wondering why I’m going off about this. It’s because I’ve never understood why anyone has liked a label. I joke about hipsters all the time. But I’ve been called a scene kid, and I don’t understand it. People have thought I was this “scene” kid covered in neon, or take it back a few years when it was “Omfg Mandie is so0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o” emo she probably goes home and cuts herself to Fall Out Boy.” And that hurt. And being called a “scene kid” lumps me into this obsessive group of neon drinking fad following kids that drives me insane. And I’ve never known one person to like being called something no matter what it is.
And what drives me nuts is that this kid is wanting to be called this. I don’t like the “hardcore” attitude that the masses try to emulate. It’s one thing if you like to dress one way and listen to one type of music, but these stereotypes are formed by the media and the internet and the fact that people want to copy it sort of
“I don’t live up to it. I consider the ‘label’ hardcore kid the lack there of, if you’re a real hardcore kid. I wear what I want, listen to what I want, hang out with who I want, and don’t take shit. I have no piercings or tattoos, but that doesn’t make me any less of a hardcore kid. I don’t care what people label me as, but if i had to pick a label, it’d be hardcore, and I don’t care who says what about it.”
This is the entire mentality behind being this hardcore bullshit, because that’s what these other “hardcore” kids want you to believe because, fuck the norm fuck the mainstream do what you want and don’t take shit about it” isn’t an exclusively hardcore mentality. It’s the mentality that people should learn, that you don’t need a front for anything. This mentality isn’t exclusive to hardcore kids, because damn Africa,then we would all be hardcore kids jamming out to BMTH.
What I’m trying to say here is that labels and living up to stereotypes isn’t something that people should aspire to do. It’s not something to be proud if you’re just spewing up rehearsed lines about what its like to be (insert sterotype here).
And shit like this sort of throws me off the deep end because I spent the entirety of seventh grade living day to day to convince people in my classes that I wasn’t suicidal just because I like HIM, Kill Hannah and From First To Last and often wore more band shirts then the latest from Abercombie & Fitch and Hollister racks. But of course that is going to make me a hardcore kid one of these days.