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Livewire : Issue 1
Teenagers all belong to their subcultures—but we have our own clubs, gangs and language that bind us together. 14 livewire.org.au By Jess– hen you think of teenagers, you think of boys with their hats on the wrong way, girls missing half their skirt, and high school, hangovers and friends. When you see us, you look at us with the “Oh, look at the wounded puppy” look. Not the sort of wounded puppy that is missing one eye, frothing at the mouth, with a serious underbite. More the “golden retriever puppy with a bandage on its paw” look. But we don’t feel sorry for us. We are sick teenagers, but you see it’s not all that bad. Some of us look completely normal.Take me at the cur- rent time, for example. Okay, perhaps I am unusually tall. But if you ignore that, you’re left with blonde hair and bright lipstick that would give Lady Gaga a run for her money. Some of us don’t look like typical teenagers. Some of us are bald. Some of us have tubes. Some of us have wheelchairs. But you see, this isn’t a bad thing. We can draw eyes on the back of our heads and never need to worry about magpie swoop- ing season again. If we have forgotten our instrument to take to music class, we can simply blow into our nasogastric tube, and have a fresh, cutting edge sound which might feature on the next Ministry of Sound. And worried you’re going to be late to your appointment? All we have to do is get a mate, a run up, clear the path, and we will arrive to our destination faster than Usain Bolt. A lot of us take medication too. There are three types of med groups: the Rattlers, the Sharpies and the Gaggers. The Rattlers are aptly named so, for the tablets we take. Available in every colour, ranging from small, to so large, a jaw the size of a common anaconda is required to swallow it. We sound like maracas as we walk, hence the name rattlers. Then there are the Sharpies. Pumps, syringes, pens and IVs. If it’s sharp we use it. Never again do we need to worry about being mugged. No mugger is a match for the EasyTouch pen needle. LW_014-017_Belonging.indd 14 5/8/10 11:54:46 AM