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Long Hair in metal.

Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 16, 2010, 10:49:07 AM
A long-haired grown-ass man is not conducive to success. 

I beg to differ.
I have had long hair several time in my life, as a teen,  in my mid to late twenties and now in my mid to late thirties. I would consider myself relatively successful in my specialised if somewhat small field.
However the ways things are going I will be "rocking a combover" or sporting the shaved look, as I saw how awesome plugs looked on Kirk Hammett!

Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 16, 2010, 04:25:17 PM
I used to think you couldn't be metal with short hair, and mine was around twenty inches long at its peak, but I got it cut a few months ago for job searching reasons. I only really miss it when I'm listening to metal, as headbanging just isn't the same with short hair.

Even with short hair, I still have a "long hair bias." As with Wolfgang, I find myself not taking short-haired bands seriously at first, and if I see a male with long hair I usually assume he at least likes metal. Both tendencies are stupid and without merit, and have only strengthened after my haircut. Perhaps I am having long-hair nostalgia.

Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 16, 2010, 07:13:01 PM
Well all i have to say is when im at a metal show the "metal" bursts out of me, and i show it.  I have seen very few people with long hair at shows really thrash their heads around.  Most of them just sit there and look "cool".

Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 16, 2010, 07:49:31 PM
Medium/short hair. Most here would probably consider it a faggy "core" look but it's a hit with women.

Agree with the burnout stereotype and it’s something I’d rather avoid. Some could argue it makes a statement but realistically outside of a metal show most are just going to assume you’re a computer programmer.

Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 16, 2010, 08:21:28 PM
Medium/short hair. Most here would probably consider it a faggy "core" look but it's a hit with women.

Agree with the burnout stereotype and it’s something I’d rather avoid. Some could argue it makes a statement but realistically outside of a metal show most are just going to assume you’re a computer programmer.


some of the last few guys i have see with long hair are sweaty pricks that work at gamestop, eb games, and gamesworkshop.

Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 16, 2010, 10:34:44 PM
I think it would be a little odd to assume that I, or any of the Hessians or Metalheads that I know, had a job at all, given our standard manner of dress.  I'm pretty sure most people generally assume that we're all the "burnout", school-dropout types, or juvenile delinquents, as far as the younger ones are concerned.  It's always an absolute delight to see the looks on people's faces when they suddenly realise that we're (that is to say, the people I spend time with) far more intelligent and far more well-read than them, with a much greater understanding of both general and specific fields of knowledge.

All of this talk about "not wanting to be grouped with the burnouts" is either a crock of crap or a hideously poorly thought out decision.  Do you not, when you look at entirely "normal" people, think "Hell, look at these fucking simpletons, with their consumerist capitalism, failed educations, willfull mediocrity, people fit only for the pyres"?  Others, when they look at us, think "Hell, look at these outsiders, they don't conform to our accepted norms, thus they must be inferior, and will never amount to anything".  I don't revel in being "different", I revel in being better, and also in being antagonistic.  As far as I'm concerned, I'm engaged in an odd form of war against the "common man", and I'm proud to display my colours, regardless of the opinions of others.

Then again, I'm still a teenager, and can very easily get away with this.

Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 17, 2010, 12:58:34 AM
I have long hair, but there are ways I avoid looking like a burnout.  I keep my face clean shaven (4 day beard and long hair really does make you look like a bum) and if the situation is more on the formal side, I tie my hair up or go with a pony tail.  No tattoos, no piercings, no ridiculous sideburns, either.

Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 17, 2010, 10:43:10 AM
No tattoos, no piercings, no ridiculous sideburns, either.

This.

Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 17, 2010, 02:43:24 PM
All of this talk about "not wanting to be grouped with the burnouts" is either a crock of crap or a hideously poorly thought out decision.  Do you not, when you look at entirely "normal" people, think "Hell, look at these fucking simpletons, with their consumerist capitalism, failed educations, willfull mediocrity, people fit only for the pyres"?  Others, when they look at us, think "Hell, look at these outsiders, they don't conform to our accepted norms, thus they must be inferior, and will never amount to anything".  I don't revel in being "different", I revel in being better, and also in being antagonistic.  As far as I'm concerned, I'm engaged in an odd form of war against the "common man", and I'm proud to display my colours, regardless of the opinions of others.

Then again, I'm still a teenager, and can very easily get away with this.

 I think that final statement informs the previous commentary more than you realize. Being deliberately "antagonistic" towards the world is fine when you essentially don't have to live in it.

Grow your hair, wear a leather jacket, do whatever else if it helps you find like-minded people with whom you can associate. Don't do it out of some "odd form of war" against the world, because honestly, the world doesn't give a shit and you'll lose by default.


Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 17, 2010, 02:51:47 PM
Being deliberately "antagonistic" towards the world is fine when you essentially don't have to live in it.

This sentence suggests that people have no choice but to live in the human world, conforming to the declarations of this modern culture.  Evidence suggests that this is not the case, though.  I'm more inclined to go with the evidence than with some arbitrary decision that everybody "must", one day, cut their hair, put on a suit and tie, and get a "real job".  I've spent far too much time living with (arguably "successful") people who are outside of the modern dichotomies to believe that the only path for me is one enveloped by the global "culture".

NHA

Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 18, 2010, 06:40:03 AM
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Don't do it out of some "odd form of war" against the world, because honestly, the world doesn't give a shit and you'll lose by default.

Same shit goes for flying planes into skyscrapers apparently haha.


In any case, odds are you'll want to shave your head out of boredom at some point anyway. 

Re: Long Hair in metal.
November 18, 2010, 08:34:14 AM
There was a time, a few years back, when I thought it might be cool to shave my head, but I never got round to it, and then thought that it was a stupid idea, for me, at least.

Re: Long Hair in metal.
December 03, 2010, 07:16:11 PM
I would never hire someone with long hair, what with the overwhelming probability of him being an alcoholic metalhead fuckup with an 'attitude'. What is it with the fixation on looking like a burnout moron in metal? You don't need a santa beard to appreciate Brahms.

Re: Long Hair in metal.
December 03, 2010, 07:42:26 PM
I used to have long hair, then I started losing it.  There's no stupider look than a bald(ing) longhair.  Now: short hair, long beard.

Re: Long Hair in metal.
December 03, 2010, 08:43:08 PM
There's no stupider look than a bald(ing) longhair.

Please don't say that ! I still remember this guy who was proud enough to keep his loooong hair and his leather jacket and boots look even if he was starting to be bald. I don't mind if my friends suddenly shave their hair but if they keep them it's definetely better.  Keep your hair long even if you're in your fourties !!!!