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So what exactly is a Graver?

A Graver is a cross between a goth and a raver. It's all the accessories, giant pants and anime that make up a raver, combined with the dark, mysterious gloom of a goth! But it's also so much more than that.

Being a Graver also includes bits of punk and hip hop, metal, industrial, gangsta, hippy, gamer, and yes, even jock!

In fact the only thing that Graver does not include is hipster. The hipster is the natural enemy of the Graver. There is no Graver in Hipster, and no Hipster in Graver. They are polar opposites. If ever the two meet, one appears invisible to the other.

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Are Gravers part Vampire?

Yes! Gravers are very much part Vampire. This includes (but is not limited to) vampire fangs, fake snake eye contacts, long flowing capes, 'Lost Boys' type sunglasses, and blond roots.


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Can a Graver be beautiful?

Rarely, if ever, is a Graver beautiful.

Sometimes, accidentally, an attractive person becomes a Graver. When this happens, the attractive person loses their looks within a matter of weeks, sometimes days.

It's a gradual process, slowly becoming more doughy, an over-accumulation of Graver accessories and bad fashion advise from newly acquired Graver friends.

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Okay, how about inside? Can a Graver be beautiful inside?

No. Not even inside.

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Is there any such thing as a cool Graver?

No. Absolutely not. There will never be and has never been any such thing as a cool Graver.

Not even in its purest form has a Graver had anything that could be mistaken as "cool."
It is an improbable concept. A non-existant being.

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Can Gravers fall in love?

Yes, but only with other Gravers. There is no love that's ever succeeded between a Graver and anyone other than another Graver. And watch out! If you are not a Graver but fall in love with a Graver, you will more than likely become a Graver yourself. Graver is the dominant fashion statement in any mixed relationship.

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What does a Graver do, mostly?

Gravers do all sorts of things. Gravers play fight using fake weapons like shower curtain rods as fighting staffs, paper towel tubes as light-sabers, or num-chucks made out of duct tape and rope.

Gravers also rave dance, draw bad anime characters, play like they're secret agents or Kung Fu experts when they're not, impromptu liquid dancing, and sparring.

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Do Gravers know they're Gravers?

Oddly, no. If you were to ask a Graver if he/she considers him or herself a Graver they would deny all and any affiliation to the name.

Most Gravers will refer to themselves as goth, or hippy, or punk rock, or even say that they don't like to be stereotyped. But of course it doesn't matter what a Graver thinks. Their identity has nothing to do with what they think. Whether or not they are a Graver isn't up to them. Their fate has already been determined.

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What sort of accessories does a Graver wear?

The list of accessories for a Graver is limitless. It can include anything from doo-rags, studded belts, chokers, claw rings and handcuffs, all the way to Phantom of the Opera masks, canes, fanny packs, fake hair extensions, goggles, bandanas, evil stuffed animals and excessive body piercings.

Really it can be anything! The whole point of being a Graver is an excuse for all the accessories!

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What religion are Gravers?

Oddly, most gravers would describe themselves as very spiritual. Many of them still believe in god and even worship Jesus Christ!

To a Graver this is considered to be an intriguing and ironic twist to their clearly "evil" exterior. Another character building accessory.

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Who were the very first Gravers?

The most famous Gravers of them all were the Trenchcoat Mafia. They are also heavily inspired by such things as The Matrix, Insane Clown Posse and The Crow.

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What does a Graver grow up to become?

As everybody knows, when a Graver grows up, or "graduates," they become a junky. Sorry.

Hello bob,
I just want to let you know that even if gravers happen to like Insane Clown Posse, not ALL of the family is like that.  Actually a lot of 'los and 'lettes hate those little graver mother fuckers. Take me as an example, I really dont like them... at all. But I learn to see past the bullshit and love them like family anyways. All familys have the screw-ups and as we can see, they're the screw-ups in the juggalo family.  I'm just trying to let you know that not all of juggalos and juggalettes are...different in that way.

Please forgive them, we're not that bad.
Love always...and you're still my idol
-sara jay

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