Look, I’m just going to come out and say this: more than one member of our staff was way into screamo music 15 years ago. We all go through embarrassing phases when we are younger, and, sometimes, the tattoo choice of a youthful mind can leave a haunting impression. Be it Pokemon nerd, band geek, or teen goth, we all have chapters from our lives we’d like to not revisit. But you know what, fuck it, we are not at all ashamed of our screamo days.
I’m sure to the layperson, screamo conjures up so many pictures of Hot Topic t-shirts, white belts, swoop haircuts, and bad tunes. But our screamo love at Tattoodo is old school and hearkens back to the days of bands that inspired the more terrible second wave of screamo.
Back in the early 2000s, the best way to express your young feelings was by screaming out terrible poetry over haunting, mathy riffs. Bands like Saetia, Orchid, and Jerome’s Dream laid the groundwork for an entire genre. And for a little while it was great.
Then the same sad story played out as it had in other nascent genres of music. Imitators came and made screamo worse, and at the same time more marketable. My entire late high school soundtrack was turned into a joke by this new wave of skramz* bands.
I have a lot of things in my life to thank screamo for. For one, I wouldn’t have a job here at Tattoodo if it weren’t for a screamo record-trading message board. No shit. I’ve also made thousands of dollars slowly selling off all my screamo records. And I met some of my best lifelong friends through our mutual love of screamo. And while a lot of the tunes may not hold up, the fond memories do.
So kick back, open VLV in another tab, and enjoy these pictures of tattoos that forever glorify the salad days of screamo.
*A note on the etymology of “skramz.” One day my friend Alex Bigman (of Seeing Means More fame) posted on the world’s premier screamo message board, VivaLaVinyl, and announced he was going to try to replace the word “screamo” with “skramz,” which he had coined, and see if it would catch on. The fact that a Google search returns over 75,000 results for “skramz” is a testament to the power of the internet that I am forever in awe of.