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Would you date an eshay? Despised subculture is now taking over TINDER – dressed in their distinct designer sportswear

  • Aussies looking to find love may just find themselves swiping across an eshay 
  • More eshays are signing up to dating sites as the subculture continues to grow 
  • Eshays are a youth subculture known for a uniform which includes Nike TN shoes
  • They can speak their own language using phrases such as ‘eetswa’ and ‘illchay’

Aussies looking to find love online may just find themselves swiping across an eshay as more youths embrace being part of the subculture.  

Eshays are signing up to Tinder looking for dates as the subculture that includes its own mashed-up language and designer sportswear grows across the nation.

The dating site is now awash with pictures of single males seeking a partner showing them with staple eshay items accompanying their profiles.  

They appear featuring favoured eshay looks such as bumbags slung over the one shoulder and sporting a pair of Nike TNs.

Eshays, which have long been around in pockets of Sydney, are now reportedly branching out into other areas across the nation, leaving middle-class parents worried their children want to emulate a dangerous subculture.

Eshays prowl in packs, speaking their own mashed-up language as they strut around town in dark designer clothes with a generally menacing attitude

Where eshays once predominantly came from disadvantaged backgrounds their ethos is now more mainstream and widely promoted on social media.

An eshay is easily identifiable by the aforementioned TN trainers, worn with polo shirts, puffer jackets, tracksuit pants or baggy shorts and baseball caps. 

Favoured labels for the fashionable eshay include Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lacoste, paired with Nautica, Adidas, Under Armour and Ellesse. 

How to spot an eshay 

Eshays wear Nike TN trainers with polo shirts, puffer jackets, tracksuit pants or baggy shorts and baseball caps. 

Favoured labels include Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lacoste, paired with Nautica, Adidas, Under Armour and Ellesse.

Some eshays scramble words and put ‘ay’ on the end in a form of pig Latin. ‘Eetswa’ means ‘sweet’ and ‘chill’ becomes ‘illchay’. 

Hard-core eshays engage in assaults, robberies and threatening behaviour against other youths but many seem to wander the streets aimlessly. 

Some eshays scramble words and put ‘ay’ on the end in a form of pig Latin. ‘Eetswa’ means ‘sweet’ and ‘chill’ becomes ‘illchay’.

The term eshay is similar to the UK phrase ‘chav’ and can be interchangeable with ‘lad’, which in turn sometimes becomes ‘adlay’.

‘Eshay’ may have started as ‘eshay adlay’ – pig Latin for ‘he’s lad’ or be related to ‘sesh’, for a prolonged period of drug consumption.

When an eshay says ‘eshay’ it can mean yes, cool or excellent. 

Something high-risk is ‘red hot’ and an idiot is a ‘gronk’. To ‘staunch’ someone is to intimidate them, often with an intense stare while the challenger’s fists are held between their legs.

Eshays are said to have spread from Sydney’s inner-city graffiti scene in the 1980s through Housing Commission estates and out into the suburbs.

Hard-core eshays engage in assaults, robberies and threatening behaviour against other youths but many seem to wander the streets and hang around train stations aimlessly. 

Dr Terry Goldsworthy, Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University told the Telegraph eshays had become prominent in the past seven or so years.

Whatever the motive for urban teenagers with bad haircuts donning Nike TNs and slinging bumbags over their shoulders, they are apparently overtaking the suburbs

‘Like any subculture there are influencers on social media,’ the onetime detective inspector said. ‘It’s monkey see, monkey do.

‘A few years ago I’d never heard the term eshay, but I think social media has something to do with it.’

Just like punks in the 1970s and 1980s the eshay will one day be replaced by another set of clothes and taste in music, with a new name and similar anti-authoritarian demeanour.   

‘Like any subculture, today’s eshay will be tomorrow’s nerd,’ Dr Goldsworthy said.



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