E-boys have been the subject of heated debates since their debut. Social media’s popularity and subsequent development of entirely new ways to express oneself have naturally led to new fashion trends and digital identities. People can express themselves online much easier and have less fear of what other people might think. Some people are not happy with the rapid fashion changes on social media. This has led to more recognition and attracted opposition. Different subcultures have always clashed.
This article examines the e-boy phenomenon and its progress through time. Reddit’s discourse about the common issues surrounding them is also examined. Finally, I discuss why they have such a bad image on social media.
Who are the eboys?
The E-boys were a large group that gained recognition and traction in February 2019. Their unusual appearance was what made them famous. Many popular influencers uploaded reaction videos and memes mocking their behavior. E-boys are still a vibrant and growing community, even though they are no longer in the ascendant. Urban Dictionary defines e-boys.
The letter is electronic or emotional. In most cases, the opening sentence is a boy that probably skis’ may not be true. Although eboy fashion and clothes did indeed draw inspiration from the skateboarding community and its rapid growth, their style lost its relevancy. E-boys began to upset “real” skaters when they saw them adopting Thrasher merchandise, a brand that promotes skateboarding.
E-boys have a lot to choose from when it comes to clothing. They wear sweatshirts and t-shirts, with pants that are either cropped or cut and black or white shoes (preferably Converse or Vans).
They also love to use many accessories, such as silver chains, necklaces, and rings, when dressing up like an e-boy. They often have their hair dyed and combed down the middle. Popular band t-shirts are also very popular. (See Figure 5.
They share a unique look and a particular musical taste. E-boys listen to either emo or underground artists like Lil Peep and $uicideboy$. E-boys almost have to have an Instagram and TikTok account. They wouldn’t be able to share photos or other content without these apps. The social media platform is also a place where boys fans and critics can voice their opinions on the content being posted on the Internet.
“Group relations and identities are primarily in the mind. However, they are shared by many even though they don’t take the exact same form in every individual mind within any given ‘community.’
E-boys, like every community that values shared style, don’t have to wear black and white. “Group relationships and identities are primarily in the mind. However, they are shared by many even if they take different shapes in each mind within a given community” (Blommaert & Verschueren 1998). Even if there is a slight variation, everyone dresses differently and styles change with the seasons. ‘Generic’ E-boys are less prominent today than people who have adopted and adapted the style of the group. The style’s survival is dependent on its evolution. Individuality is the key to its success.
Many styling options have contributed to the idea of an “e-boy”, but also helped reduce the number of labels that surround them. Because of the increased variety in style, people have become more accepting and open-minded. This phenomenon has taken many forms, blending into society more and less. Because the meaning of e-boy has changed and spread to other areas, the stereotypical emancipated e-boy is no longer common.
The Internet is where the community began. It’s their main source of inspiration and information. The trend has been spread by YouTubers as well as Instagram and TikTok. BuzzFeed, influential but controversial news and entertainment website, produced a video on the subject. This Internet phenomenon is illustrated by the sheer number of videos about “How to dress like an E-boy”, and their views.
E-boys against haters
Every social media trend is scrutinized for its style and motivations. E-boys are especially vulnerable because they have no visible origin or background. Skateboarding is partly responsible for the e-boys’ style (wide, cropped trousers, skateboarding merchandise), but this discourse shows a disconnect between the two groups. The discussion also includes emo music lovers and their concerns about e-boys sporting T-shirts from emo groups.
This Reddit post that I am focusing on was posted to r/teenagers on May 19, 2019, and received 18 upvotes, 29 comments, and is now archived (so no one can comment or rate). Despite not receiving much attention on the subreddit it still managed to reach an audience that shared their views and emotions. This poster is a representation of emo music lovers who weren’t brave enough to create such a rant. Although this post is primarily about music, it attracted skaters who were not happy to see e-boys in Thrasher t-shirts.
Other communities were also affected by the rise of the “e-boy” identity. Skaters and emo-fans were the main groups to express their dissatisfaction with eboys. They were not hostile out of nowhere. They felt hurt by “outsiders” who adopted elements of their style and made it their own. These groups tried to ‘gatekeep’ and ‘not permit others to wear clothing that was associated with their interests and history.
This case only represents a fraction of the larger communities. “Groups and relations” are often the result of a broad consensus among these groups. They are considered natural (Blommaert & Verschueren 1998).
Gatekeeping can create artifice hostility among different groups and communities. This is an extremely common problem in underground rap. When a rapper gains popularity quickly, people often hate on them. In this case, both skaters and emo lovers are the gatekeepers. They don’t want “outsiders” to wear anything they don’t like. This issue is also represented by 8 upvotes to the last reply.
A t-shirt, even though it may be printed with a message, is still a garment.
This thread is specifically for e-boys who wear clothes that are associated with skaters and emo cultures. Although it may seem strange to the public, disliking someone who wears a band tee shirt might not be surprising. Although this negative approach is not common outside of certain subcultures it has been practiced for decades. “It’s also important to consider how online spaces might create new and different ways for consumers goods and symbols to build community” (Greer & McLaughlin 2010, 2010). A t-shirt, even though it contains a message, is still a garment.
Stereotypes and jealousy
Stereotypes are created when people make assumptions about others. E-boys have a lot of them. Their style often includes painting their nails. Although it might seem like a feminine activity at first, this is usually just a part of their style. E-boys are often called “not masculine enough” by ‘haters, drawing from gender stereotypes. E-boys are a popular target for both the fashion and older subcultures on the Internet.
It’s interesting to see that nobody comes up for the defense of eboys. This post is from r/teenagers. It’s a subreddit that has over 2.3 million users. These allegations should have plenty of e-boys responding.
The discussion is somewhat unified between skaters and Emo fans. They came together to criticize people for stealing the culture. Emo fans were frustrated that emo boys wore their t-shirts and weren’t made fun of. This is even though “real” punk rock fans used to treat emo people the same way. Many people didn’t like emo music in the early 2000s. However, the last few years have seen a revival of pop-punk and emo music. Should e-boys be treated as an emo fans?
It can be difficult to find one’s style. Each person has their interests and often they are related to a specific subculture or trend. Emerging styles often spark intense cultural competition, especially among young people. This discussion shows that a single piece of clothing can become a whole new topic in the digital age. Rules for social groups are constantly changing.