The Eminem Epidemic

The style rotation continues


Have you ever walked down the hall or around town and had to double take because you thought you saw Eminem? Nowadays, it’s like you’re walking back into the 90s and 2000s, with dozens of teenage boys rushing to copy the so-called Eminem aesthetic. 

This isn’t only happening at Summit—this phenomenon is trending all around Bend at various high schools and middle schools. Shaved heads were a huge trend in the late 90s and early 2000s, but it has been a reemerging popular style since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Recently, many people have picked up the 90s style again.

”I’m copying Eminem, and so is everyone else, to be honest,” said incoming Summit freshman Parker Piehl.

Certainly not everyone with shaved heads has bleached them—it’s common to have dyed designs that bring more personality to their hair.

What’s really causing the shaved head to come back is the constant fashion cycle that has been bringing hairstyles in and out of popularity for the last 30 years. Trends are frequently coming in and out of style, constantly switching from the 50s, 70s, 80, 90 and early 2000s as we see from any old social media posts. One of the most recent re-emergences is 90s fashion, with the baggy jeans and t-shirts that never fit properly.

“My fashion is mostly based on turn-of-the-century European old money mixed with 90s wham, and some fast fashion,” said Summit sophomore Axel Hagg. Meaning it’s practical for both skating and business occasions!

This style of baggy clothing has gone back and forth between being popular and out of fashion. For many, this style is just to stand out.

”I think it looks cool and it’s different, at least when I did it,” said Piehl.

It’s not an uncommon occurrence for people to be picking up this trend again. Buzzed hair can bring people out of their comfort zone and encourage them to be more expressive with their styles. However, now that you have to do a double take to see if it’s the real Eminem, you may actually miss your chance of seeing him, because you think it’s a teenager.

“I think it’s great that most people are taking up the style. I do feel like it’s a crowd thing now,” said Hagg. 

The only question left: is this style here to stay, or is the nostalgia of 90s style just another in and out fashion trend that’s on rotation?