"Musicians/Bands to avoid are Sonic Youth, The Cure, Radiohead, Nick Drake and The Smiths (unless referencing the aforementioned Morrissey), as these artists generally have passionate, obsessive and sometimes dangerous fans who actually care about music.”
There’s a part of me that believes that all of these are fake, but they’re so hilarious I honestly don’t care.
Hot Topic is nothing more then a store. The first thing is to just walk in. You can take a friend or family member.
Look at the website. The clothes on there are the same stuff as in the store. Get familiar with the clothes!
Remember! Hot Topic is just a store that uses red and black interior and very loud music. It is very normal. If you still feel uncomfortable, start easing up to it by going to darker stores. Keep getting darker until you’ve made it to Hot Topic level.
Look for bands or shows that you know; some more mainstream items I’ve seen are Paramore, Flyleaf, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Batman, Linkin Park, and My Chemical Romance. You don’t have to be a total indie/scene kid to buy or wear Hot Topic.
Remember you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.
Seriously, it’s actually better lit than Abercrombie, and the all the salespeople I’ve met are quite friendly and interested in helping you find what you need.
For your first time going, see if you can go with friends who have been there before as opposed to your parents, it’ll make you feel more comfortable. Bringing a friend or two also helps you make good choices, clothes-wise.
Tripp has some nice jeans for guys and girls and skirts if you don’t feel like you want band merch, plus sometimes it’s easier to find your size jeans then looking up and down the walls for a band shirt.
The goths/punks/ravers/ect are normal just like you and most likely will be nice if you return the favor. People are people, regardless of appearance.
Always remember, if you are too scared to shop in the store, shop online. The online store has a wider selection than a normal store.
Try not to walk in wearing all Abercrombie, or a polo and khakies. It makes it very obvious you’re a newbie. And while most shoppers and all the salespeople won’t care, you will occasionally meet the ignorant poser who thinks it’s cool to trash somebody else’s style.
If you have the misfortune to run into an idiot like that, just ignore them and keep browsing, or if it gets serious go talk to a salesperson, or if you MUST, leave the store, but once you leave it’ll be harder to work up the nerve to go back in.
Don’t go in and expect to find 50 Cent or Fergie shirts, Hot Topic focuses on rock/alternative/metal type stuff, so be reasonable.
Remember: because of their hair, scene kids can only see out of one eye. If you find yourself in a knife fight inside a Hot Topic, always circle to your opponent’s blind side
I just made this for my surrogate big sister. It’s an audio clip of the song Liz Lemon and that pregnant girl Becca sing in the season 3 episode of 30 Rock “Goodbye my Friend” that has been unofficially dubbed “Cobweb of Rainbows”. She asked me if I could find a clip of it and I couldn’t so I made this.
Yup, these are the things I do for the people I care about.
Go work at the gallery tomorrow night. The local band, Ladderlegs, is playing a show and I’m gonna help out. As per usual I’ll most likely only do a half hour’s worth of work and spend the rest of the time hanging out and maybe drinking.
Get tickets to go see Los Campesinos! and Stars in April and June respectively.
Possibly get a bicycle (total adult purchase) so I get to bookstore in New Hampshire (FUCK YEAH NO SALES TAX) on my own accord.
Work on my short story for Creative Writing. I have it all planned out, I just need to stop procrastinating and write it so I don’t fail.
Next Friday go fight (not really “fight” more “calmly discuss”) with my student advisor about transferring schools later this year. I want to know what my options are, seeing as I’m not set on where I wanna go (as long as it’s not in Lowell the hole I’m fine with it)