When I was a teenager, the artsy emo kids in school dressed in black and LARPed it up as vampires. But now that werewolves are on the pop culture rise (a movie trend our own Jessica Barnes detailed here) it seems the kids these days are ditching the vampire play in favor of forming their own wolf packs -- as reported by the local news in San Antonio, Texas.

"It's not emo, and it's not Goth," begins the KENS-5 reporter as news cameras capture the teen wolves in their natural habitat: the local mall. Some of them wear yellow color contacts. Some sport clip-on wolf tails. Some have names like Wolfie Blackheart, a local 23-year-old "werewolf" who got internet famous for severing and boiling the head of a stray dog. (She'd never hurt a canine, she's said, because she IS a canine...)

One thing's for sure: Teen Wolf this is not. Nor is it very likely that these kids are huge devotees of the Lon Chaney, Jr. brand of werewolfism. No, these teens seem like sensitive, misunderstood Hot Topic wolves. I'd bet they're all firmly on Team Jacob.

The teen wolves interviewed insist that their lupine self-identification is more for a sense of community and acceptance than to freak everyone out. "We're not to be feared," sighs one member. Another young teen wolf explains further: "We're not a gang at all. Gangs are posers."

I have no idea how far this teen wolf phenomenon has reached across the country, though with the reported SIX whole wolf packs in San Antonio alone, each with "anywhere from 12 to 20 werewolves" apiece, there's no telling how many misunderstood-yet-benevolent werewolf teens are roaming the hallways of our high schools and malls. Now if they'd only go back and watch the classics -- namely, Teen Wolf, or even Teen Wolf, Too -- for notes on how to translate teen werewolfism into high school popularity, life might actually imitate art.




(via Brand X)