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Teenage angst has taken a turn for the... perky? Say hello to the Scene Kids, a generation of big-haired, ultra-colorful, sweetly-dispositioned, Hello-Kitty-loving teenagers whose take on life and style are a reaction and outgrowth to the greasy-haired, weepy Emo look of the early 2000s.
Cropping up in neon cliques at a high school near you, Scene Kids eschew darkness, embrace cuteness, and are experts at digital documentation—heaping a healthy rotation of self-portraits on their MySpace pages is a favorite pastime. And why not—after all the time and effort invested in hair and makeup:
The girls usually have a choppy hair cut, and they tease their hair a lot. The guys usually have long bangs which must be tossed out of their face. The girls usually have bright make-up. They love everything in day-glo colors. They like to add extra letters to words, like kid is kidd, rawr is rawwr, et cetera. They use old slang like stellar and rad.When not in school, find Scene Kids at shows—though the hair, makeup, and styling take cues from the Japanese Visual Kei look, music is the glue that holds the, uh, scene together. Scene Kid bands include: The Devil Wears Prada, Underoath, and Brokencyde. Which leads some Emo-watchers to believe that:
Scene kids are on the surface basically just emo kids. But don't say that to their face, they don't like it. The main difference between emos and scene kids is that, scene kids tend to care more about their appearance than their actual emotions; a major faux pas in the emo community. Scene kids are a lot less depressed and a lot more... neon.
Scene Kid slang involves cutesy permutations on monosyllabic words:
Rawwr: To utter a loud, deep, prolonged sound, especially in distress, rage, or excitement
Kayyy: In proper or satisfactory operational or working order
Awshum: Expressing awe
Kiiid: The young of a similar animal, such as an antelope or goat
Bikthx: A female canine animal, especially a dog
Baaaby: A very young child; an infant.