September 15, 2008
The Legend of the Italian Stallion: The Long Island Guido
An overview of the emergence as well as the spread of the Guido
culture throughout the Tri-State area, along with the characteristics and origins of the
To inform my audience of how the guido has come to be as well as the many
different aspects and characteristics of the guido culture.
Although the term guido is most commonly used as a slang term, its
origins and meanings stretch far beyond those of common understanding.
The physical characteristics of a guido are unmistakable to even the
Long Island, with its growing sense vanity, materialism, and attitude, has
become a hub for those of the guido culture to migrate to, but why exactly
are they coming to The Island?
Guidos, although consistently met with disapproval, have an interesting
culture that is all their own.
The physical and social characteristics they possess are both
unmistakable and many, allowing for a great deal of interpretations of what a guido truly
More over, the idiosyncrasies and original rituals of the guido culture, although
extremely questionable at times, are ones that allow for the continued growth of guidos
on Long Island.
Imagine yourself just getting out of work, and arriving at a local bar in
your home town of Lynbrook, Long Island.
As you start to enjoy your second drink, in
they walk, or should I strut?
A group of 7 or 8 men who actually look a little ridiculous
because every single one of them has a shirt unbuttoned to his belly button, and is fresh-
And did I mention that it is January?
As a bonus, they are
walking in a pack directly towards you.
Your heart is pounding, their fists are pumping,
and you’re wondering three things: Who are these men? Why are they almost sprinting to
the bar? And what is on top of their heads?
These mysterious creatures who have
emerged from the suburban streets of Long Island are the Guidos, and not to worry their
sole purpose for power walking to the bar is to order some rounds of “Yagga-Bombs”.
And that structure on top of their heads is actually their hair.
However, these men,
although seemingly having a predictable and dull history, actually have a very interesting,
and somewhat complex culture all of their own for numerous reasons.
For one, the term