5. Leather polish

For those of us who could afford Doc Martens, leather polish was a necessity.

6. A new pair of Converse

For those of us who couldn’t afford Doc Martens, these sneakers were pretty much just as good. And that fresh scent when you opened the box? It was the start of a new shoe life.

7. Nail polish

Nail polish and, of course, nail polish remover.

8. Sharpie markers

These were basically the scene kid’s tattoo.

9. Smoke at a show

You know, the fake fog at a concert? That smell might harken back memories for lots of people, but especially scene kids, who probably saw their favorite band play under the misty ambiance.

10. Cigarette smoke

Whether you smoked, had a friend who smoked or just stood around with a bunch of people smoking outside a show, you know this smell well.

(Header image: “Hot Topic 2” by Arto Brick is licensed under CC BY 2.0; “Sharpies” by Windell Oskay is licensed under CC BY 2.0; “These are my fingers and nails” by Kate Brandy is licensed under CC BY 2.0)