Guess Who You'll See at Big 4? The Anatomy of a Metalhead

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Tomorrow, the largest congregation of metal fans this side of North America will descend upon the Empire Polo Field in Indio to watch Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax play ear-bleeding guitar riffs for seven freakin hours.
Will there be a riot? We don't know. Will they tear up the field and start throwing around the grass? We don't know. Will they start eating the grass? No one knows for sure. One thing we do know is what they'll look like--here's our handy dandy guide to spotting the average Big 4 fan.
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Amanda Barteck
Amanda Barteck

ok, some of this is true, I'll admit, BUT usually real metalheads keep their hair looking good.  And those without their hands curled into the Horns permanently are the musicians, who have their own bands.

Kill 'em All
Kill 'em All

Another stereotype, Amanda? I'm no fucking musician and work at a refinery so my hands aren't permanently deformated in a devil's horns curl, otherwise my terminal would cause hell here. Get real, people!

Kill 'em All
Kill 'em All

And if Rapture happens, LA Weekly's Music dept will probably be the first to burn. 

METALCHICK
METALCHICK

author just jealous, cos this is the kind of guy his GF is fucking behind his back.

67GTO
67GTO

That's less than 1% of the festgoers there

Metal in my blood
Metal in my blood

You guys are all crazy! I went to the Big 4 and most of the people were like this. A bit more clean mind you but still rough looking and fucking awesome to be around.

jelly-rollo
jelly-rollo

As a matter of fact the pictures here of the Big 4 Fest shows no person looking like this. Most all are short haired, some with black shirts. "Metal in my blood" did you REALLY go there or are you a staff writer? .... or Lilledeshan's pseudonym just for this article? ...since this is your only comment.

ooo did they hit a nerve?
ooo did they hit a nerve?

Racist? Really? Because you think it's not PC to draw a "rapper" version? How about a "hipster" caricature, that's probably racist too, yeah? Please. Maybe you should draw a rapper Jelly -- what would you put in there?

jelly-rollo
jelly-rollo

I wouldn't draw nor display a black person caricature with racist embellishments or undertones since I see that being racist. And as a white person I'd lose my job as Editor or Writer. Just being realistic here.

jelly-rollo
jelly-rollo

I was there too and there were a lot more shorthaired people there. This is just a stereotype drawing brought on to make fools of a genre of music listerners that aren't rap or hip-hop

jelly-rollo
jelly-rollo

The stereotype and racist undertone here are way off. You never see any of these of rappers, do you? Racism prevails here at OC Weekly

jelly-rollo
jelly-rollo

There is too much hate towards the white man at OC Weekly. And what race is Lilledeshan Bose, the "artist" who drew that hateful, juvenile drawing of a white man metalhead? Just pure journalistic terrorism.

lille bose
lille bose

I didn't actually draw that, a white girl did.

smartestonehere
smartestonehere

I thought it was clever every genera of music has their own fans and stereotyping can be fun, entertaining and lends itself nicely to satire. It looked like it struck a nerve with embalm and that makes it more funny. Bravo OCWeekly Bravo!

Embalmingsquad
Embalmingsquad

There is satire and there is stereotyping. It can be a fine line. I wonder how this would go over if it had been done about any other genre of music fan. I went to the big 4 and can say the show went off without incident, at least none that I noticed. I like to leave unintelligent stereotypes to the register.

zhenglishu
zhenglishu

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Druemitchell
Druemitchell

Slayer vs. Arcade Fire, ready set,......oh wait, that is right Slayer outsold them before 3 members were out of diapers.

Dmannis
Dmannis

Take your metal stereotype back to the 80's where it belogns.

Embalmingsquad
Embalmingsquad

I like satire as much as the next person but this is utter bullshit. Im sorry I dont wear skinny jeans and a scarf year round. Maybe I should start riding a fixie and listening to some horrid uber cool "indie" music. Assholes.

oooo did they hit a nerve?
oooo did they hit a nerve?

Don't cry.

Embalmingsquad
Embalmingsquad

Sounds like i hit more of a nerve that you felt compelled to respond. Go pop in a Florence and the machine cd put a plastic bag over your head and breathe deeply.

dan81
dan81

Poor metalheads never get a break from you guys.

67GTO
67GTO

That's how we fucking look??? Bullshit!!!

jelly-rollo
jelly-rollo

Too much hate towards the white man at OC Weekly. And what race is Lilledeshan Bose, the "artist" who drew that hateful, juvenile drawing of a white man?

lille bose
lille bose

I find it hilarious that you think a two-tone pen drawing of a man in a t-shirt is "hateful"--also, what on earth made you think that he was white?

SabreT
SabreT

And he looks too similar to Corey Feldman. Metalheads took too much skullbashing from the media with TV shows, movies and in print.

jelly-rollo
jelly-rollo

The face appears either white or Latino but the Big River Shoes = Redneck wear. The baggy jeans or pants of sorts are worn by most every male today so we're not so different. Why don't you pick on a rapper? Too much slant journalism, too

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