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Question by ?
Submitted on 8/26/2003
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If straight-edge is all about "keeping your body pure", then why do you inject ink into your skin to make straight-edge tattoos? It's really easy to get infected, so shouldn't that also get banned in the "straight-edge doctrine"?

Answer by Steve
Submitted on 9/8/2003
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Getting a tat is a way to show that something is important to you and that you're willing to make a commitment to it. As long as you take care of your body, and wash the area correctly, it shouldn't get infected.


Answer by sxe_4_life
Submitted on 9/28/2003
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Hardline kids wont get tats, they think that it s poison. Most edgers see it as a significant conviction in life and will immortalize it in a tat


Answer by Sondy
Submitted on 10/13/2003
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It's not poisoning your body, it's immortalizing your commitment to yourself and your body. Hey, if I have a sXe tattoo... I'm sure as hell not going ot break my commitment to being straight edge, removing the tattoo sure would be a pain in the ass. Tattoos are not poison and they only get infected if you go to some cheap tattooist that doesn't clean their freaking needles or if you don't take care of the tattoo properly once it's on. So, if you really care for your body, it's not about not getting tattoos, it's about getting them responsibly.


Answer by xbringonthebreakdownx
Submitted on 10/23/2003
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it's not a poison but a show of commitment and dedication to the way of life we've chosen.


Answer by xmeg_is_tufferx
Submitted on 11/17/2003
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i think sxe tattoos are great. it shows that your dedicated and willing to stand up for your beliefs. but then again it does contradict your beliefs. i mean we talk about purity and keeping our body pure...then when you get tattoos...your body isnt pure anymore, you've entered a foreign substance in your body...so then your body wouldnt be considered pure would it? dont get me wrong i think all the sxe tattoos out there are effin awesome but still it does sorta contradict what you say.


Answer by xDrJoshx
Submitted on 11/20/2003
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Ink is forever, so should be straight edge.  I think that getting a tattoo just weeds out the kids who are in it untill they are 21.  Granted you don't have to get one to prove your edge, but it seems to reinforce your choice.


Answer by xelvisx
Submitted on 11/21/2003
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every straight edge cat or kitten that i know who got a straight edge tat (except one) has broken the edge, getting a tattoo is not the way to reinforce something for life, constantly it results in regret and shame.  i am straight edge, i do have tattoos
(not edge tattoos, however) and i feel this is a stupid argument.  it is impossible to be 100% pure.  why try.  i'mnot straight edge to keep my body pure.  i eat a hell of a lot of red meat - sorry vegans - and i don't care.  i'venever once read the ingredients on anything.  not everyone who is straight edge is in it to keep their body like a temple.  some of us just think things like drugs, drinking and promiscous (spelling?) sex are dumb.  speaking of rampant sex, isn't that a tenant ignored by most SXE kids today?  i love the people that tell me i'mnot real straight edge becuase i eat meat and meanwhile they are with a different girl every week.  last i checked a steak couldn't give you VD.


Answer by XCarnifexX
Submitted on 11/22/2003
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hey, I'ma straight edge guy from Belgium, i don't have tattoo's, yet ... i'ddlove them verry much, sow i'mgoing to place some that's, but just for a while... i'malso too young to put real one ... and my parents hate it... but they also think i should eat meat and stuff... but i try to minimalise it... so it's a start... isn't it ?
I would like a big X on my chest ... (like the nazi in American history X ... but with other meaning off course ;-) )
tell me what you think of it ...


Answer by sXe_chic
Submitted on 11/23/2003
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A tattoo most likely isn't going to kill you or impare your judgement in anyway. Drugs and drinking will. I'm hardcore against smoking,drinking,drugs,and promiscuous sex. I want to adventually get a tattoo because its a life time commitment just as staying sxe is.


Answer by dumpsterattack
Submitted on 12/18/2003
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Being straight edge is ALL about not poisoning your mind.  It is about finding productive fun ways to spend your time instead of piddling it away killing brain cells.  Now, I am definitely committed to the edge, not only to keep my mind at it's top operating quality, but also for ethical reasons.  Alcohol and drugs are demobolizers, that make us less likely to improve our social, ecological, and governmental environments.  I abstain from all animal products as well.  I, however, do not understand this contempt for promiscuity.  I definitely am against the objectification of women or any being on the earth for that matter, but I can't really find anything wrong with sex.  I am certainly opposed to sex for the wrong reasons, but I don't see anything else wrong with it as long as you are not hurting anyone.  It seems that those who do practice that kind of abstinence, and are very contemptuous of those who don't, are generally of the Christian faith, which seems to me to demobilize as well.  Straight edge and christianity are two very separate things.

Just some thoughts.


Xthis ain't no cross on my handX


Answer by x scott x
Submitted on 1/8/2004
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tattoos are a great way of showing your pride in your sXe beliefs, and you may get questions from people and then lead them into a drug free lifestyle.. but i hate hardline kids... sXe is a PERSONAL CHOICE dont go putting everyone that isnt sXe down because they dont believe in what you do.. its a complete hipocracy


Answer by David
Submitted on 1/18/2004
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Edgers who wants tats are obviously aware of this. They check their artists carefully before they make a decision, as to make sure that they can do a good job. If you've got any ability in your trade what-so-ever, you're not going to let your customer walk away infected.

I'm not going to go into the meaning of my tattoos, since that wasn't what you asked.


Answer by XHateForTheWeakX
Submitted on 2/12/2004
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I along with most everyone else, think tats are a sign of a serious commitment. I agree with the statement about weeding out the tru till 21's and i cant wait to get a sXe tattoo.


Answer by xnothing to do with hatex
Submitted on 2/22/2004
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in reply to dumpsterattack - I, however, do not understand this contempt for promiscuity -

its about not sleeping with random people.. its keeping yourself free from the risk of unwanted pregnancys, STDs.. true, some edgers abstain till marriage.. i am going to wait for the right person to come along.. some people think it ups them on the social scale.. but i believe it downs your self worth


Answer by xStevenx
Submitted on 3/10/2004
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Hey everyone, i've been straight edge all my life now (i'm 18). But I'm having like a serious problem keeping it up, anyone been trough this period, anyone feel like helping me out? Btw, i do eat meet, and i have sex with my girlfriend...
ow, about the tattoo's, i'm not against it at all, i don't see tats as poison. Still I think straight edge is something for oneself and all my friends drink and smoke and whatso ever, if i would tell them it sucks if they drink and stuff... i don't think they'd appreciate it much

But anyway,  i'm having a difficult time being straight edge, i'ts been my 5th year , and  i'm kinda curious what its like to be 'high' or drunk. What do you think i should do,

mail me  to info@krackboem.be


Answer by xIRVANx
Submitted on 3/15/2004
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nek menurutku, tattoo kuwi dudu racun ning nunjukke nggo awakedhewe ttg komitmene dhewe karo awak. angger natone ati2 lan nganggo dom steril tak kiro rapopo.orarane ono racune,wong isine mung tinta.aku yo sxe tattoan.dadi ojo ragu2,ok ?


Answer by Xmy_SwEEt_dreamX
Submitted on 3/16/2004
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I think that tats are so great...a lot of ppl have taken this sxe thing too far...It just started out as a commitment to yourself and those you love not to do drugs, drink alcohol, or have sex with everyone in the universe...Why make it complicated with all these different things...be true to yourself and do what you feel is right...that's all that matters in this world anyway, right?


Answer by Jamie
Submitted on 3/21/2004
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I have just started to be sXe and I got a tattoo right away. To tell every one that I am committed to it and that what I stand for is the best way to go.


Answer by Curved Edge 4 LIFE )( )( )(
Submitted on 3/22/2004
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i think that tats are really cool and i have about 5 SXE tats and all i do now is smoke bud and pound beers and i think that intoxication is the way to go and just be careful what you get tatted if u don't have a strong will to stay true and all i have to say is DIE YOUNG STAY PRETTY!


Answer by bar
Submitted on 3/25/2004
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any radical group no matter what the cause, is still a radical group.  i am committed to my god and my religion but i didn't find it necessary to prove it with a tatoo. and the ink IS toxic.  


Answer by mr p
Submitted on 4/12/2004
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well some tats are pretty stupid like the "Drug Free" one, i mean that just sounds gay... also if u get a XXX tattoo most people think your a porn star

..if i ever got a tattoo i would get one that sez sXe


Answer by KikiWezl
Submitted on 4/21/2004
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I've only been straight edge for almost a year, but have been off of hard drugs a year and a half, I want to get a straight edge tattoo, but I wouldn't suggest someone getting one until they have been in the commitment long enough which is a personal choice.  as for the tattoo being toxic, that depends on your body and your tattooist, but a tattoo doesn't MAKE you sXe, you do.  


Answer by XxnarnixX
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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ok what if im everything a hardcore sXe person is but i smoke cigarettes???could that be? i have no tats? doable?


Answer by K
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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Well what can I say about you all... straight edge is something that you have to believe in to be devoted to it and if you arent really devoted and do things that do harm your body then okay... its your body... people can be who they want and there is no way that you should make them feel like they shouldnt... thats all for now...


Answer by duecehead
Submitted on 5/6/2004
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hey, frick, everyone, i feel stupid asking this, but what is hardline?


Answer by duecehead
Submitted on 5/6/2004
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and as for the tatts, it's about commitment, and it shouldn't get infected or you won't get hurt, if you're commited


Answer by xWithTheWindx
Submitted on 5/23/2004
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hardline is the belief of straight edge, veganism, mormanism, and prolifeism. (im vegan and edge...but not hardline). about this sxe tattoo thing....is it true that ALL tattoo ink has alcohol? ive been considering getting some ink but i heard that it has alcohol in it.


Answer by xkiwix
Submitted on 5/31/2004
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ps i'm pretty sure only some ink has alcohol in it. you can get "natural" stuff.


Answer by bogey
Submitted on 6/7/2004
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fuk dah strate edj ok


Answer by MXC SXE
Submitted on 6/9/2004
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Answer by =HANG(dA)===hehe/negros
Submitted on 6/10/2004
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man yall are gay.


Answer by Scotty
Submitted on 6/20/2004
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Answer by Lindsey
Submitted on 6/27/2004
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Answer by xlaurax
Submitted on 7/13/2004
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Iíve called myself sXe for a little under five years now; Iíve only made brief contact with one other Xíer at a show, Iíve received a lot of grief for believing in the principles that I do. The one thing that I wish people would realize, is that our decisions can only directly affect ourselves. My decisions are made for me and me alone; though I hope that others will eventually come to the same beliefs that I do, I know most of them wonít. Preaching my beliefs to others is only going to make them bitter towards the viewpoints Iím selling (kind of like that one guy that stands outside of malls and tries to tell everyone that ďgod hates fagsĒ. Some people listen, but most roll their eyes in disgust and walk on). So all in all, I think Iím trying to say: Iím me, not you; youíre you, and not me.  Although we may believe in the same core concept, our faith within it may differ. And in my eyes, that makes us no better or worse than any one else.
Peace and Love - laura


Answer by what?
Submitted on 8/6/2004
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im straight edge but not hardline.i dont believe in drinking or taking drugs or promiscuous sex. the problem i have is that most other edgers are a$$holes who think that they are better than everyone else. i have a lot of oi friends and most of the other edgers think im a trader because i hang with my oi friends but i see it as the best way to set the example, right? anyway i like the straight edge tattoos. its not poisoning ur body cuz in no way r u chemically altering ur self to make urself feel better. the ink doesnt go into ur blood stream so i say its ok. have fun responsibly kids!


Answer by Desdemona
Submitted on 8/11/2004
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It's about keeping not only your body clean, but your mind and spirit as well. I precieve it as no adictions (gambling included), but it depends on the person I guess.


Answer by xwadex
Submitted on 10/25/2004
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so most of the comments are good, some bad.  sXe originated as a  group of guys standing out being different staying away from drugs.  the true def. is no sex, drugs, alcohol, meat, or anything that could harm the body.  but, now days there are neccesities, like for me, meat.  i am heavy into powerlifting and sports and i need meat.  as time progresses more things are needed. although tats arent a necessity, they are a way to make yourself stay true, anyone can waver from their beleifes, i was sxe for a good 2 years and then i caved and started smoking and drinking.  recently im getting out of it.  tattoos are basicly a reminder to yourself, and when you have one, everytime you pick up a joint or a beer, you can look at it or think about it and be like "nope cant do it"

thats my point of view, take it how you want.  oh and, anyone wanna draw me up a sXe tat?! :-D


Answer by Xheadwalk_MandaX
Submitted on 10/25/2004
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Straight edge is more about commitment to stay poison free and not have addictions... or anything that could be considered a crutch or something you need.... personally, in my opinion ink in a form of self expression and way of showing its here to stay. And... thats beside the fact that most people dont know the true meaning of being edge. It goes beyond making a commitment to stay poison free. Its a self respect, integrity, and self worth issue more than anything...


Answer by Gabe
Submitted on 10/29/2004
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tats don't harm your internal organs or your immune system in any way therefor they donot go against sxe in any way


Answer by xBreakItDownx
Submitted on 11/19/2004
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Sxe tattoos are definitely great... as long as u are true to what you stand for, and understand that this is not a weakly or year long thing... and as for it poisoning you.. em ink in my skin doesn't seem to be anywhere near mind altering to me... so i think its perfectly fine to represent your pride and what you stand for. xxx


Answer by XshadowX
Submitted on 12/9/2004
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sometimes, devotion to a certain way of life can be more harmful than helpful, even if it's a pure way of life.  For instance, I'm an edger who has a deep history of drug abuse, and i know how all that affects all those who come into contact with you.  Laura, however, doesn't seem to think so.  While i was using i was making of my life a garbage pit filled with nothing but filth. Now, I'm living a positive choice, the positive alternative, if you will, and i only hope that my decision will inspire others to stop killing themselves on the time payment plan. i use my edge tats as a way to stand up proudly and say to the world that i live by a code of conduct that most others refuse to live by. I'm going against the grain, the way any good punk should.


Answer by jen
Submitted on 1/17/2005
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This is the first time i've been on this sight yet i am well aware of sXe and have been interested in it for years and i realise i now am only just old enough to understand what it is all about in order to be true to it.I think ppl are forgetting the most important thing when it comes to sXe and that is what made them become "true to themselves" in the first place THE MUSIC ppl are forgetting the music I think if you are true to yourself and true to sXe you have to be true to the music first.


Answer by phoenixXx
Submitted on 1/17/2005
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Im STRAIGHT EDGE 4 me. I have 2 BIG black Xs tattooed on my hands, my back is covered in sxe tattoos, and Im gettin ready to get sleeved in sxe tattoos, Im in it 4 LIFE!!!I really don't care what other people do.However I do support anyone who feels they have enough guts to live outside of society's conventions.Think 4 yourself!!!!Become what you are!!!The difference between sxe and not is we use the real stuff from within uncut adrenalin,endorphins,success,and reality.Warning;SXE is not for the feint of heart or weak minded and life may be fatal if mixed with alcohol,drugs,tobacco,or religion.So get hella sxe tattoos if u want,but do it 4 u!!!


Answer by enditallinoneshot
Submitted on 1/20/2005
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you dont need to be vegan to be egde


Answer by Keslo
Submitted on 1/28/2005
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Hey, I live in just south of SLC and I was just wondering what other edgers thought of the growing debate of "gang or not gang"?  I know there are quite a few sXe bands that don't even like doing shows here because the kids can get overwhelming at times. Thanks everyone for your time. Kes


Answer by Keslo
Submitted on 1/28/2005
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I would also like to say that I'm not Hardline, I support people who believe in Veganism but it's just not right for me. I am Mormon and I do believe in Prolifism though.


Answer by VeganReich
Submitted on 1/28/2005
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Tattoos are stupid. There is no need to alter your body in that way. I am hardline so I guess that explains my thoughts on the subject. As for the sex issue, ya do sleep around but you can be edge or hardline and still have sex with a loving partner or two (non-monogomous relationships are totally natural and as long as all participants are down and know whats up then its fine) but for gods sake use a condom until you and your partner(s) can get tested and then use some form of birth control. The last thing the earth needs is more humans. And last of all go vegan, stay vegan!


Answer by Ryan
Submitted on 2/12/2005
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Straight Edge has gone way out of control. Im edge, i have tattoos. Being Edge is about being being true to yourself, your friends, your family, and for some, your God. Has anyone heard of someone dying from a tattoo? getting a tattoo is more of a personal choice. It has no effect on your judgement that alcohol and drugs would do. ink is ink. you tattoo your beliefs to your skin, so whoever sees them will know. they dont mean you'll stay edge. but they do mean you tried, which is more than most could say.
being a vegan is not an edge decision, who cares if you eat meat. God made the cows so we have food, so man kill cow. man eat cow. man still go to heaven.

tattoos have been accepted by many people as art, maybe you should too... but have you gone to a Church, and seen the stained glass, or the paintings? I guess Michelangelo's paintings at the Sistine Chapel were just tagging on a temple huh? Wake up, you ornament your body with your beliefs through tattoos, piercings, clothes, just like how Churches (which are temples) are decorated with their beliefs with stained glass, paintings, etc.

everybody's gotta just chill out. You're Edge your way, I am my way. Get over it.


Answer by Johnny Juicebox
Submitted on 3/2/2005
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I think you should kill yourself. If you take it that seriously, you should die.XXX


Answer by Kim
Submitted on 3/10/2005
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My body IS a temple, free of smoking, drugs, alcohol, and dirty people with VD ;D
but i agree, getting a tattoo is a way to immortalize something you love or a lifestyle that you choose.
People of all religious backgrounds have drawn on their temple walls since the first temple was built! why not write on ours?


Answer by peaceful death
Submitted on 3/21/2005
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just keep clean and always stay hardcore moshing punks and stay pure as you can.


Answer by Maco
Submitted on 3/23/2005
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I'm not really sure I fit under Edge....I suppose I do and probably always will, but I don't know.  Anyway, I know only one X'er  I just call him Edge-Kid since that's how I met him--from going "Oh!  Cool tattoo!" when I saw it (and I knew what it was, unlike other kids going "porn tat!  awesome!")  Anyway, for the vegans in the house, tattoo ink often contains glycerine which *might* be from an animal or might be from plants


Answer by Edge
Submitted on 4/5/2005
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There is more than one degree of Straight Edge. Different people take what it means to different extents. As you can tell from some of the comments here we can't all agree on what it is and isn't. Straight Edge to me is not doing something( whether it be one or a million things) to keep your body more pure than it would be if you didn't do it. So some people may say they are straight edge because they are keeping themselves free of STDs by avoiding promiscuity, and others may say they are straight edge because they are free of drugs and alcohol... or both. So really it doesn't matter as long as someones making an attempt to keep themselves clean. As for tattoos...some people may say it isn't   a way to show commitment..but people that do get them and don't stay committed are just people who aren't that serious about it and are doing it just for the fact that it's become a trend, and with those intentions they are not straight edge material.


Answer by Lewis
Submitted on 4/18/2005
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I've been a straight edge now for 25 years (my whole life). Its something I knew was right for me since I was a little kid. Its something I hold proudly in my heart. Im getting my first sXe tat this week and im not doing it to be cool, or for pleasure. Im getting it for myself. Now to me sXe is no drinking, no drugs, and no casual sex. Thats true sXe to me, not this no meat vegan stuff. There are only 3 true x's in straight edge, not 4 or 5 or 6 and so on.


Answer by goob
Submitted on 6/4/2005
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yeah but if u inject drugs into your system and use a clean needle right then nothing should go wrong right???


Answer by XTiburonX
Submitted on 6/24/2005
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if you are "straight edge" you dont.......drink smoke have sex or eat meat. so basically your just nothing. straight edge is by far the single most pathetic social group in the history of this planet. you aren't unique or different, your just boring pathetic and NORMAL. thats right die hard kids, your going to grow up to wash my car. oh and guess what, ill be drunk in my car, and ill ash my joint on your arm and some girl will be servicing me and ill be eating a still living baby lamb. who needs a click for people who don't do anything. lets get a group of people who are the opposite of you. thanks for nothing you washed up dregs of society. marijuana is a plant, I'm buzzed right now, i love hot chicks, cows only exist so we can eat them, oh and when you die, there no heaven or hell you just rot in the ground. the end


Answer by kasper
Submitted on 9/13/2005
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my lil bro is bout to get a sXe tatt on his wrist (thus the reason im here)i am not really sure if he understands the whole scope of sXe if some one could explain in detail so that i could relay it to him that way he makes a more informed choice on his tatt


Answer by X chris v. X
Submitted on 9/20/2005
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its just a way to show that u are edge for life!


Answer by XrueckertX
Submitted on 10/31/2005
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it a life style that you live i was reading one of these comment and someone said that there is alcohal in the ink. you can find ink that does not have any. for you vegan that want tattoos you can buy or find vegan ink witch works out just for you.


Answer by magen
Submitted on 11/22/2005
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sXe for life baby and im getting a tat to!!! <3 meat is gross anyway!!!


Answer by Archangel
Submitted on 12/5/2005
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My thoughts:
I am, for lack of a better term, straight-edge.  I think that what makes me feel akin to straight-edgers is the pride in self-respect and motivated action.  I relate to this term, but don't claim it as an identity.  I made my own decisions and I fight my daily battles to be the person I want to be regardless of whatever everyone else is doing.  
  I don't drink, smoke, or do any drugs and I never have-- and have never thought of doing otherwise.  I don't mean to step on toes, but I don't feel that you should try to be part of the "straight-edge group" because you are clean now.  Though purity is a dangerous word and should be used with care, it can indicate a difference in mentality on these things.  If you ever have done drugs or drunk alcohol, you don't really think like the people who have always rejected these things.  You are not a bad person, but you are not the same.  It is best if you do not try to identify with people who will not understand your changing whims.  
  I don't have piercings or tattoos because I don't believe in the maintenance or unnecessary external factors.  I do sometimes consider my thinking "body temple", but I am not religious at all, so I say it with a grin and a shrug.  
  I also think-- this may be the atheist in me-- that any decisions I make about what I do or do not do are mine to make.  I did some soul-searching a long time ago and decided that caffeine is too naturally occurring to reject and would diminish my quality of life by making me reject chocolate-- an innocent concoction.  So, I modify my behavior by never taking caffeine for the purpose of its stimulating effects.  I also eat meat and have no objections to physical relationships.  These are natural things and it seems silly to reject them; it is like rejecting yourself.  
  Of course, if you Google Search for "Does alcohol cook out" you will see that not much is safe if you are worried about maintaining your "purity"-- and trust me, I raise a ruckus over alcohol content in restaurants and quietly bring my own snacks to friends' dinner parties.  
  The point is: get a tattoo if it fits what makes sense to you.  If it seems to clash with your ideals, why do it?  Straight-edge is best left as a vague description and not as a group label.  Those of you who agree with me are my brothers in mind.  Those of you who scoff at me don't bother me at all.  Everyone else is just everyone else.  
  Be strong.  Be pure.  Be you.


Answer by xIronSoulx
Submitted on 12/13/2005
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Okay check this out, I guess I missed how tattoos were immoral or I'm pure. Edgerís are about being pure and staying true. So letís reflect a moment. In the early Egyptian days they kept their temples holy unto the Gods by marking the walls telling the great stories of sacrifice and the pains and joys there people had gone through in honor of themselves and their gods. as the age's went by if you reflect on every different type of race/origin/people you see that through the lifestyles and cultures all of them marked there temples, and there bodies in honor of something they believe in. did this make them impure, did this make them worse off? No! They were people that would die for what they believe in that would stand with there fist in there air. Same thing implies with straight edge. We are what we believe in. this is our temple why not give honor to it, by giving it marking that stand for everything we believe in.


Answer by Ignorance is NOT bliss.
Submitted on 12/17/2005
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im straight edge and veagn, and i already have one tattoo (not a sXe one tho, and of corse i checkd with the ink to make sure it was vegan friendly) but i shall be gettin a sXe and vegan tattoo soon, i can see how people think that ink is contradicting sXe, but not every1 does to have a pure body etc, i am havin mine to show that i am proud of my desisions and to show my commitment to both bein vegan and straight edge. my first tattoo was a personal heart design (on my inner left wrist) which has a great meanin to me from a time in my life which was a big struggle, but i got thru it with the love of my friends. which also became a big turnin point in my life. bein straight edge and vegan changed my world, and i want to show how much it means to me.


Answer by Thomas
Submitted on 1/12/2006
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Straight Edge is pretty damn gay.


Answer by xxxarizona
Submitted on 2/19/2006
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body is a temple? that's a christian religious belief, not one of straightedge. straight edge has simple rules don't do drugs, and don't have permiscuse sex. that's it nothing about tattoos, keeping youself healthy has nothing to do with whats on the outside of your skin.


Answer by Justin
Submitted on 2/24/2006
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I've been edge since I was 13 years old.  That's when I truly started thinking about the impact drugs and drinking will put on your life..  I don't think tattoos poisoning your body, they are representing a commitment that we've ("edgers") have made with our lives.  I am going to get my sXe tattoo in less than a month.  I've put a lot of research as to what I'm getting and where I'm getting it.  Also I've met the artist, (he is training me to be a tattoo artist as well). Therefore I know that he cleans the needles and does a great job at keeping his costumers happy and healthy.  I suppose the point I'm trying to get across is do some research about the tattoo you are getting, and the artist you are getting it from.


Answer by +_-
Submitted on 2/26/2006
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well. tattoo's getting them, they symbolizes something or means something important. if you take care of yourself nothing will go wrong. if it means a lot to you and you are willing to do it then get a tat


Answer by Brandy Marie
Submitted on 2/27/2006
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Well I am straight edge but under 18 so my mom wont let me get a tattoo so i carry around a big black sharpie and every day i make a big X on the front of my hand and write xsXex on my wrist. so if you think that tattooing yourself is like poisening yourself or just dont want the pain of a tatt then go buy some sharpies and color them on...


Answer by XneverXweakX
Submitted on 3/3/2006
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Tattoos, if taken care of properly, are nothing harmful.   Even the members of The Teen Idols, Fugazi, and Minor threat had tattoos.  Straight edge has changed so much over time. Sex is still part of straight edge...there is 3 X's, not 2

I felt this needed to be addressed -
"hardline is the belief of straight edge, veganism, Mormonism, and prolife. (I'm vegan and edge...but not hardline). about this sxe tattoo thing....is it true that ALL tattoo ink has alcohol? I've been considering getting some ink but i heard that it has alcohol in it."

Hardline is militant vegan. It really doesn't even have anything to do with straightedge. But most, if not all hardline kids are straightedge too...So they were naturally tied together over time.  It has nothing to do with Mormonism.  I am from the Salt Lake City Area. Most edge kids I know are Mormon. None of which are hardline.  Ink does not have alcohol. It is made from natural colorants and water. to keep it "non-toxic".

If You feel I am wrong on anything I said...Let me know about it.


Answer by Sydojiro
Submitted on 3/8/2006
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Well said, Laura.


Answer by XangelaX
Submitted on 3/16/2006
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I personaly have been sXe for almost 2 years and the day i turn 18 (like 7 months) im getting a sXe tattoo cause i think that its a good way of keeping up your edge life and if you feel tempted to do wrong things you can just look at your tat and you will be reminded why you got it in the first place. and its not poisoin at all..it can be if you go somewhere thats not clean...


Answer by adam
Submitted on 4/6/2006
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"Among the safest and most common ingredients used to make the liquid are:

ethyl alcohol (ethanol)
purified water
witch hazel
propylene glycol
glycerine (glycerol)"

So seems there is alcohol in tattoo ink.  Anyone able to completely confirm this?


Answer by sxe
Submitted on 7/11/2006
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straight edge is the best decision ive ever made


Answer by xkidcapx
Submitted on 7/30/2006
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why do people need to ask these kinds of questions??? keep straight edge strong, dont let these little things water it down. yes, you could call me a young'n in the game only being edge for 7 monthes now but at least i know that i am commited for life and will NEVER, i repeat NEVER SELL OUT. all the true edge people whether they're vegan, vegetarian, religious, god free or not know what im talking about.


Answer by reterer
Submitted on 8/16/2006
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WELL STRAIGHT EDGE IS GAY, your gonna die anyway might as well have fun


Answer by xCKLx
Submitted on 8/20/2006
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I think what Laura said and I quote: "Iím me, not you; youíre you, and not me." Would be a hawt saying to get inked.


Answer by texasmade
Submitted on 9/4/2006
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promiscuous sex, including pornography, poisons your mind. sex becomes an addiction instead of it being an expression of love.
sXe tats are cool to look at, but i wouldn't get one. no "real" reason other than i don't want one.


Answer by xdaytonxcorex
Submitted on 9/19/2006
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tattoos aren't a bad thing. they make your commitment more permanent. and then also edge is your own definition as long as your keeping your body pure (your mind not just your body) you should be fine


Answer by XJon1986
Submitted on 12/23/2006
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I've been thinking about getting ink for a while. I want something to show my commitment in myself and what i believe. Its not about health its about thinking for yourself and being positive


Answer by KiddX
Submitted on 2/24/2007
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The kind of toxins you are talking about are those than can impare and alter our judgement. These kinds of things include drugs and alcool. Tattoos are not a dangerous posion, but a way to celebrate the descisions we have made, or plan to make, in life.

The basic rules of Straight Edge are simple,

No drinking.
No drugs.
No casual sex.

"Casual sex" implying anyone that you are not comitted to. Someone you love and trust with your heart and soul before your body. This sense playing into Straigh Edge as another celebration of our body.

You don't have to be religious or vegan to be Straight Edge. These are seperate things that are often associated with sXe because of the imposed purity of them.


Answer by Gaeyrif
Submitted on 2/28/2007
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Hey. I had never even heard of sXe until a few weeks ago, but when I looked it up I realized it fits me fairly well. I have never drank, smoked, or done drugs of any type, and have no intention of doing so. I think sXe is a matter of personal choice, defined as you see it, whatever makes you happy. If you want a tat to commemorate your lifestyle, then I say go for it!


Answer by Nick
Submitted on 3/21/2007
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Tattoos do not violate any aspect of the Straight Edge lifestyle; end of story. Straight Edge does not mean you regard your body as a "temple" it merely means you have set certain values for yourself which you have decided to live by forever. It is not a label - it is just a name for the act of abstaining from such things as alcohol, drugs, smoking, and promiscuous sex. The latter being quite debatable I, personally, disagree with the aspect of "NO casual sex", that reasoning is flawed in many aspects - casual oral sex is perfectly fine, but sexual intercourse is prohibited? Other than the obvious reasoning that they are two different severities; they are no different. Sometimes it is taken too extreme, to the person whom mentioned that he is unsure about getting a tattoo because some ink contains alcohol - that's ridiculous. You're not intoxicating yourself, do you not use rubbing alcohol to sanitize your wounds? Another issue I would like to comment on is the fact of people abstaining from medicinal drugs; you chose the Straight Edge lifestyle so that you can live a life without harming yourself but yet when you have an injury or illness which requires medicine you refuse? That is severely flawed logic. That illness/injury will cause you much more harm than the medicine which is used to help you.


Answer by ean
Submitted on 5/12/2007
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sXe: It's about having a rational clear mind, no hallucinating ,alternative realm or sorts.


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