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Flash us a grin [Apr. 16th, 2006|12:52 pm]
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As of today, I'm officially old.

I think I like it that way.

Here's the newest fad: grills. More examples are available here.

For a substantial handful of dosh, you can make yourself look like a rot-toothed illiterate. Only shinier.

What the frell?

Call me old-fashioned, but I have never understood the, "let's see how hideous we can make ourselves" line of fashion thought. Is it like some extreme challenge? "How repulsive can I be and still get laid?"

But gee. I wish I'd known, all those years ago when I had a mouth full of metal and endured being called "brace face," that I was in reality fashion forward, that in the future people would go out of their way to shove wire in their pie hole and even add diamonds.

It's gotta be comfy, too. Cuz I remember that lovely feeling of the metal in my mouth rubbing the inside of my lips and cheeks raw and bloody. I can totally see why people would seek out that sensation.

The "people are stupid" file gets thicker every day.

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[User Picture]From: suzieboz
2006-04-16 05:04 pm (UTC)

Here Here!

I agree its so gross its not even funny. Whats even worse is people actually spend money on this out of pocket while people like me have to scrimp and save for that root canal.

I really think that in the youth of America there is some contest that you have to be the stupidest one to win.
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[User Picture]From: dragons_f_wolf
2006-04-16 05:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Here Here!

I so agree with you. I damaged my front teeth in a childhood accident, and despite my mother spending more than I care to know about having them fixed, the dentists all said that I would probably eventually lose them. Well, I did, and now I'm saving up to have implants, because the plate drives me insane.
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[User Picture]From: mycorethoughts
2006-04-16 05:14 pm (UTC)
I wore braces for four years, not including the six months of having to wear the retainer. I can't imagine idiots actually wanting to look like that. No, I take that back. I can, because they're idiots.
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[User Picture]From: mamafrog
2006-04-16 05:18 pm (UTC)
A couple of my coworkers were discussing grills in the lunchroom. I asked them to explain them to me, they did, I still don't understand the alure.

But the one woman, having the conversation, gave her daughter some good advise, when it came to boys who wear grills, "Make sure you see them without the grills in their mouths before you committ to anything, you don't want a mouth full off bad teeth hiding in there."

That's sound, motherly advice. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-16 05:20 pm (UTC)
Better motherly advice?

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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-04-16 05:20 pm (UTC)
I don't know about anybody else, but I wouldn't want to KISS a mouth full of metal like that! Lips are supposed to be soft and inviting, not backed by rocks and wires!

I guess I'm old and sane, too.
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[User Picture]From: leila82
2006-04-16 05:30 pm (UTC)
I only had braces for a year (and only upper teeth at that), but getting those things off was one of the happiest days of my high school years. I can't imagine wanting to wear those things if you don't really need them. And accessorizing with jewels?? Even worse.
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2006-04-16 05:32 pm (UTC)
Used to be that metal teeth indicated rotten teeth. I've heard of young children with metal teeth because their parents always put them to bed with a bottle a the rot was so bad that it got the adult teeth too.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-16 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yup. And that's just the look we wanna emulate.

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[User Picture]From: tygher
2006-04-16 05:36 pm (UTC)
As if these idjits need another method of making themselves sound stupid!
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[User Picture]From: dhimahi
2006-04-16 05:38 pm (UTC)
My main p[roblem with some of the younger folk is the 20 year old fad of wearing their pants so low that they are constantly in peril of falling off...

Said wearers, rather than hiking them up a few inches instead walk with an elongated gait (keeping their stride wide) so that their pants do not fall off.

I get the giggles when I see such young people. At least my generation was only into white lipstick and white vinyl go-go boots.

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[User Picture]From: merle_
2006-04-16 05:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, that explains the bizarre walking style. I did notice that they seemed quite slow. As if you could grab their wallet (if you dared stick your hand in there) and run, and there wouldn't be a snowball's chance that they could catch you...
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[User Picture]From: supremegoddess1
2006-04-16 05:59 pm (UTC)
In the "high quality" (picture that dripping with sarcasm) section of Fayetteville, there are a number of gold teeth emporiums. What is the world coming to?
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[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2006-04-16 06:15 pm (UTC)

huh? no way! Not me!

I'm only going to be 24 in May and I do NOT understand the appeal of such a thing. I never have. I don't understand the appeal of wanting a single gold tooth, either. That was popular when I was in high school. I don't get it, but at least it was more attractive than grills. That doesn't say much.

I don't understand wearing baggy pants. I don't find it anywhere near attractive on guys. I don't understand a lot of the things that became popular in the late 1990s up to now.

Call me old fashioned? Yet, I'm sitting here in a small Nanowrimo 2003 T-shirt and some green exercise shorts. . .

Stein Auf!
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From: i_aldarion
2006-04-16 06:52 pm (UTC)
Well, there is some desire in popular culture today (it seems to me) to emulate ghetto stylz, so to speak. Poor kids don't necessarily get the dentistry they need, esp. in ultra-poor black neighbourhoods like the ones some of these rappers are claiming to have come out of. So, being able to GET that mouth full of metal to replace those rotten stumps, and having the money to do it up with diamonds... maybe it's taking the power away from the shame of having a rotten mouth, and making it 'cool'. Or something like that. Pardon-- having a hard time organizing my thoughts today.
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[User Picture]From: funwithrage
2006-04-16 06:52 pm (UTC)
Youth fashion these days is at an all-time low.

Granted, I think that the last time it was ever good was in the eighties, and before that possibly the forties, but still. The nineties was pretty bad--"grunge" followed by "jams"--but my God, today, between the low-rider jeans and their muffin-top byproducts, the way-too-baggy clothing, the grills, the three-inch-long acrylic nails, and the damn baseball caps...it's no wonder teens are having less sex these days.
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[User Picture]From: dhimahi
2006-04-16 08:14 pm (UTC)
"damn baseball caps" hear hear!! you said it!!

(I was gonna say "you said a mouthful" but I am trying to bahave)
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[User Picture]From: queenof_sarcasm
2006-04-16 07:11 pm (UTC)
A good number of people at my school have grills. To put it nicely, it's not pretty.

I can't wait until next year. The MIT dipshit-to-student ratio can't possibly be as astronomically high as the one at my high school.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-16 07:28 pm (UTC)
Do people actually think they are attractive? I mean, obviously you do not, but do others? Because, wow, I just can't stretch my mind around it.
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From: dogens_zen
2006-04-16 07:20 pm (UTC)

I'm not that traditional myself....

...but I have to agree, there are many times when fashion veers away from what makes the human form attractive. Ultra baggy, saggy jeans that hide the legs and ass? Only if you want to hide those attributes! Grills that make your smile a rictus of decay? Shocking, yes. Attractive? Only in a perverse way.

By that I mean that it shock-fashion can be perversely attractive to certain folks who react to the contrarian nature of it - by flaunting fashion norms, the shocker is posing and some find the pose attractive.

Still uglier than shit though.
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[User Picture]From: ponygirl118
2006-04-16 07:27 pm (UTC)
Well, least I won't be bothered as much about my braces.
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2006-04-16 07:33 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of grills until now. Must be the Bible Belt influence in my area of America.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-16 07:50 pm (UTC)
Honestly, you haven't missed much. On the other hand, you now have the power and the knowledge to bring this new technology to the heartland....
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From: bonerici
2006-04-16 07:57 pm (UTC)
grills arent about old vs young, it's about black vs white

flava flav, 47 years old. I believe he's the man to point to as the original crackhead rapper with a grill, back before it was cool to wear gold in your mouth. Grill on the teeth, hot pink clothes, comic sunglasses and a clock so you know what time it is. I love it.

I can't afford a grill myself though, too expensive. I would love to have all that ganster rap shit, the metal gold teeth, the spinners on the car, flashy clothes, it's totally pimping.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-16 08:06 pm (UTC)
Whatever the black kids do, the white kids will be doin' next.
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I second that. - (Anonymous) Expand
[User Picture]From: dana3
2006-04-16 08:17 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!! Here's a bouquet for you ... :)

By "old" I take it you're now over 30 and can't trust yourself any more? (more grinning at'cha) Happy Birthday!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-17 12:47 am (UTC)

Birthday is not until the 24th; I simply meant that it was a sign of my getting old.

And I'm gonna be 48.
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[User Picture]From: putingtikbalang
2006-04-16 10:48 pm (UTC)

Some tooth ornamentation facts

There are actually some ethnic tribes who have earlier used some similar form of tooth adornment. How? Take a few grains of gold, drill a small indent on the surface of the tooth facing out the mouth, annd install. The more gold grains arranged in an orderly dice-like manner on the surface, the prettier or richer you were.

In the Philippines, the Bagobos found in the southern area made it a habit to dye their teeth black with certain herbs. They believed a row of pearly whites only belonged to dogs.

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[User Picture]From: shugenja
2006-04-16 11:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Some tooth ornamentation facts

Japanese women used to ink their teeth black.
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[User Picture]From: channonyarrow
2006-04-16 10:54 pm (UTC)
There were a couple guys in the area who were arraigned on robbery charges, iirc - something where they financially profited from their ill-gotten gains, ohnoez, anyway - and the police trucked them up from Tacoma to Seattle to have a dentist remove their grills because they might have bought them with money they received from whatever they were charged with. It wasn't until they GOT to the dentist's office that the police got the message that their lawyers had filed injunctions to stop this happening, as the grills were the sort that is not removable without, basically, destroying the rest of their teeth.

The men had tried to tell them that, but apparently the word of criminals is not valid until lawyers put a stop to insanity.

I'm not sure which stupidity hurts more.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-17 08:56 am (UTC)
Okay, but how stupid is it to permanently attach that much crap to your teeth? And if they go to jail, you don't think their fellow inmates aren't gonna jump them and chisel the diamonds out of their mouths?
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[User Picture]From: moropus
2006-04-16 11:57 pm (UTC)
My braces made my lips and the inside of my cheeks hurt. I'm having pain just looking at this.
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2006-04-17 02:16 am (UTC)
I assumed it was just some new way of displaying your bling bling.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-17 08:59 am (UTC)
That's as may be, but it's still ugly.
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[User Picture]From: happydog
2006-04-17 05:26 am (UTC)
see, the pain of the grills against your gums and lips is supposed to distract you from the annoyance of walking funny because you have to hold your pants up and squint because the sun is in your eyes because the bill of your cap is at an angle instead of straight on.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-04-17 09:13 am (UTC)
Interesting. It's good to see some people fighting back against this.
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[User Picture]From: daemonnoire
2006-04-17 03:33 pm (UTC)
It's a display of wealth. If you can afford to have your teeth encrusted with diamonds, then you obviously have more money than your peers. It's like the woman who wear all their rings when they go out. Teeth can't be stolen as easily as a car or a ring. Although, I'm waiting for the day when some punk gets jumped for his grill, and gem encrusted teeth becomes the latest hot black market item.
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