I think the son's extreme form of dress (what was with that chain across his shins??? I've never seen anything like that, and I've got a son!) was a response to how repressive his parents were with him.
I don't know if you have a son, but when they rebel, they usually go to the polar opposite of what you have worked to instill in them. Anything to "gig" the parents, so you really should choose your battles carefully!