Not long ago I was strolling through my local mall(regrettably) and a question crossed my mind. What images come to mind when kids these days think about Hot Topic? Do they still think of it as the one store in the mall your parents won’t follow you in? Do they still think of it as the one place of employment for cool guys with facial tatts and dermals? Or are those days long gone? I question this because of it’s obvious renovations(lets face it, the stores been slowly changing for years now). Also, It’s important to mention that it’s not often I go to the mall, (I only go as an excuse to drive 30 minutes for Chipotle) so when I do go, I notice the many changes they try to sneak by me. Anywho, I remembered that when I was in my middle school and junior high days the store was always poorly lit(lol red lighting), full of metal and punk shit, and blasting loud, angry music (so you’re grandma would buy you that “Slipknot/ICP/Greenday/Slayer/NOFX/KoRn” shirt with hopes of getting the hell out of there). Overall, the store had a gothic, punk, and metal vibe.
There’s no need to explain how the store is now, since I’m sure you’ve all been there. I would like to note that I think I saw a hipster working there during my last visit. I really couldn’t tell though. Here, I’ll give you a visual. It was some girl with stretched ears wearing a dress that looked like it came from a garage sale. Is that a hipster? Whatever, I’m not mad anymore about the store sucking now because I’m already wanting to get rid of my crusty metal shirts(It took me too long to learn that if your shirt says, “Dying Fetus”, “Cattle Decapitation”, “Cannibal Corpse”, or “worship the devil” you will never get laid). Regardless of what they used to sell, I don’t like what they sell now. This is a problem because I want new clothes and I don’t know where to go. I have a lot of band shirts, so I’m not looking for anymore of those. I’ve actually been thinking about trying Zumiez, but I haven’t found anything I like there yet. Oh well..
I guess the point of this whole shit was to get you to look back on the old HT and remember dragging your confused and scared grandmother into what she thought was Hell… Or maybe you had other lulzy moments there(like buying tripp pants, at least I never wore tripp pants).
Whatever thoughts/stories you may have about the ‘ol HT, feel free to share ‘em.