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World Goth Day
"We enjoy the night, the darkness, where we can do things that aren't acceptable in the light. Night is when we slake our thirst." -William Hill
To some "goth" is a look, to some it's a belief, to some it's a way of life.
Goth subculture started in the 1980s, an off-shoot that matured and grew up and away from the punk culture of the day, and moved to take its own place in the shadows. While it does embrace a darker outlook, that doesn't mean it's negative. You might be surprised how many people think of themselves as goth who don't stereotypically look it, or how many people might look "goth" to you who abhor the term.
Although Goth has become something that's moved much closer to the mainstream, there are still unfortunate instances in the world where Goths are derided and even attacked just for how they look. With World Goth Day, here is a chance to celebrate and share the beauty of the dark.
Every day IS Halloween
the evolution of Goth
When I first saw girls with pale skin, bold hair and lots of eyeliner in NYC back in the 1980s, they were all just called "punks." And sitting on the sidewalk outside CBGB's waiting for the all-ages shows to start, I used to think about how I was going to look like them. I got a lot of crap and bullying in high school for making it clear I didn't like to think like everyone else and not looking like everyone else just brought more hassles. But I did it anyway.
Then I went to college 3,000 miles away, in Santa Cruz, CA and my first day on campus I saw a girl just a year or two older than I who had a full head of liberty spikes and a black leather trench coat. And no one seemed to think anything was "wrong" with that. I knew I'd made the right decision to get the hell away from New Jersey.
Sometime while I was in college, punk began to morph and tiny segments began to break away on their own, and by the time I graduated in 1989, there was this thing called Goth. The arrival of NIN and "Pretty Hate Machine" sure helped, and all the folks who secretly listened to the Cure let loose with their eyeliner and never looked back.
Now I'm in midlife, and a really strange thing has happened. I see people who look and think like me everywhere. They work in coffeeshops, they appear on television shows and people buy black baby clothes with Misfits logos on them. My favorite part of the whole thing? I can get black lipstick and nail polish year-round now, and don't have to stock up on fake dark-brown-but-not-really-black Wet N Wild crap at Halloween time.
It Doesn't Have To Just Be Black... - a lighter shade of Goth
As much as I've embraced the color black for the last twenty-five years or so, it is possible to lighten up the Gothic spectrum. Purple, red, blue, pink, green and even white can work in a gothic context. You can choose to do a few subtle highlights or you can make the color the base of your look. Here I am from the 2011 Vampire Masquerade Ball in Portland. Purple-blue hair, metallic blue lipstick, dark blue eyeshadow (brush over those brows to get them to match the hair) and a vintage royal blue brocade smoking jacket topping off a black men's Renaissance shirt and leather pants.
Gothic Webs - more resources and commentary
- GOTH.NET - Welcome
A Site For Gothic and Dark Resources - Links, Art, Writings, Local Events pages, Email and Webspace
- A Study of Gothic Subculture - an Inside Look for Outsiders
An extensive information resource for those unfamiliar with Goth, including profiles, interviews, definition, music, analysis and description of related groups and genres.
- Growing-up for goths | Education | The Guardian
Punks grow out of it and ravers stop raving. Why do goths just carry on? Sociologists can explain
Ominous Sounds - a gothic soundtrack
Goth isn't just about how things look, it's also about the sounds of things falling apart. Whether you call it alternative, industrial, ambient or darkwave, that's the sort of sounds you are looking for...
What's Your Take On Goth?
Is being a Goth all the inner beliefs or the outer appearances? Or do you need both?
What makes a Goth?
Get Your Goth On - more Gothic-oriented events
- Welcome to the Official Bats Day in the Fun Park Website
One fantastically-majestic day when the Dark and DIsturbed take over the Happiest Place On Earth. Takes place in late May.
- Vampire Masquerade Ball
Goths come from all over the USA and the world to attend this spectacular evening in Portland, Oregon. Takes place in late March.
- ~ Official Website Wave-Gotik-Treffen Leipzig ~
largest gothic festival on this planet - Wave-Gotik-Treffen, Leipzig Germany
Is this a day of celebration? Or somber observance? Or is everyday just Halloween to you?