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A knee peeks through a gaping hole where jean fabric has been torn away Ratty pant-cuffs grind under my filthy shoes as I casually strut my way down the sidewalk The sound of a wallet-chain banging repeatedly against my leg gives rhythm to movement A shirt far too large for a child of nine drapes down sloppily to my sides presenting the name of the music that influenced it all Nirvana As the initiators of the grunge look of the early 90s Nirvana appealed to the masses of bored youth and exploded as a backlash to the 80s superficial me generation It happened to be my time and I utterly embraced the concept The whole point of the grunge look was that I did not care what other people thought about me so I presented myself in a manner that was generally deemed unacceptable The irony of it at that age though was that I actually wanted them to notice my shaggy unkempt style and misinterpret it because I knew better In the beginning I did not really have an understanding of sociology I just knew that my cool older sister was doing it so it must have been worthwhile Eventually though I presented myself as such even without the greater influence of a sister and it grew to be a part of my self-image People would stare gaping at me and think I was some sort of social degenerate but I found satisfaction in knowing that they just acted on ignorance Because of this my grunge phase led to a greater grasp of social interaction for me while growing up and it taught me a valuable lesson about misconceptions As I aged and powerful social cliques began to form with my advancement to high school I started to see how conformity could be beneficial As a football player the coaches constantly preached team mentality to us and it was not long before
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