about gothic lifestyle.

You may stumble upon this blog and think, “This is great, but what is Goth?” Do not fret, many scores of people have found themselves asking the same question over the years. Fortunately, since its humble beginnings in the seventies, Gothic culture and lifestyle has become much more accepted in the twenty-first century. This leaves all of us with more available resources with which to educate the interested non-goths.

So what is it?
Goth is a lifestyle and a culture. As such, it permeates into every part of our lives: philosophy, fashion, style, speech, and thought. It is influenced heavily by the music scene, which is one thing that still connects it to its roots in the Punk movement, as well as fashion, which are part of any lifestyle and culture.
Most Goths enjoy history as well as art, literature, theater, and music. We also tend to have an atypical, morose sense of humor and abstract thought processes, and have an unspoken agreement that creativity and self-expression are always nurtured and encouraged. Goths also are typically very empathic, patient and giving, so we try to assist and identify with the underdogs, scapegoats, and less fortunate in life.
Most importantly, Goths all have a deep love and appreciation for the obscure, mysterious and secret parts of life, death, the universe, and of course, the darkness.

Types of Goths
Though all Goths stand together as one, and we are extremely protective of each other, we recognize (playfully) certain types among us. Here are a few of the largest types.

  • Romantigoths : can be identified by their dress which tends to be of the Victorian or Romantic periods. They love all things Victorian, lace, velvet, flowing clothing and very subtle, somber and classical type musics.
  • Cybergoths (Rivetheads): Usually glow in the dark. They are covered in LEDs, make jewelry from computer parts, and wear futuristic clothing that consists of black rubber, vinyl, pvc, and bright neon colors. Sometimes they wear goggles. They tend to favor dark, machinist sounds.
  • Graveyard Goths:  are easy to spot because they enjoy looking as dead as possible, like zombies. They enjoy looking as if they have just crawled out of the earth. They wear torn clothes,  with trailing wisps of fabric, and are great at creating sunken eyes and bruising with makeup. They love horror movies, especially the old ones.
  • Gothic Lolita: the gothic style from Japan’s Harajuku,  recently becoming rather mainstream in the west. They tend to be extremely androgynous and look like porcelain dolls, with long spiral curls, pigtails, little head kerchiefs and aprons and lacy socks.
  • Glittergoths: Tend to dress with black as well as all colors of the rainbow usually in pastel tones. They are occasionally also called Candygoths. They are covered in bright colored as well as black makeups, loads of glitter, and have astoundingly interesting hairstyles. They always, always smell like flowers or candy. They are also usually the goths you see that look like fairies (complete with wand or wings or both).
  • Eldergoths: Those who have been Goth for at least 20 years. This term also refers to those who are original members and participants of the 70’s and 80’s first Goth movement. You’ll know them when you see them, because they are awe-inspiring. (And not wearing anything from HotTopic.)
  • Babybats: Depending on usage can be derogatory or affectionate, but refers to little Goths that are totally inexperienced and just breaking into the culture. They are usually between 12 and 17 years old, and have difficulty acquiring a unique Gothic style. They are also amusing because they have not yet mastered their makeup application techniques.
  • Corpgoth (Corporate Goth): are dressed to the nines in executive clothing and always look polished. Most of them have jobs where this is mandatory, others just like to look fancy.
  • Patchwork Goth: These Goths take elements that they respect and enjoy from every type of Goth and combine them into their own personal style. On any day they can look like any type of the Goths listed above.  Quite a lot of Goths fit into this category.

Suggested Reading:

Gothic Charm School: An essential Guide for Goths and Those who Love Them by Gillian Venters

The Goth Bible by Nancy Kilpatrick

Goth Chic: A connoisseur’s Guide to Dark Culture by Gavin Baddeley

Goth: Identity, Style, and Subculture by Paul Hodkinson

Suggested Websites:

Academia Gothica

A Brief History of Goth

In Closing:

If you have gone through this reading, explanation, and web browsing, and you have questions, please feel free to visit my contact page. I am happy to assist. Thank you!

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