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May

tura23:

theblacklacedandy:

AHHH CUTIE DAVE VANIAN

 I’ve never seen Patricia in the sunlight before - and I’ve certainly never seen her wearing pastels! What a lovely couple they are.

LOOK AT THEM. LOOK AT HOW ADORABLE THEY ARE.

tura23:

theblacklacedandy:

AHHH CUTIE DAVE VANIAN

 I’ve never seen Patricia in the sunlight before - and I’ve certainly never seen her wearing pastels! What a lovely couple they are.

LOOK AT THEM. LOOK AT HOW ADORABLE THEY ARE.

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Asylum Hair Dye

dreamsankh69:

I am always on the hunt for new and better hair color and I’m excited for this as it’s made for Goths and Alts, BY Goths and Alts.

Maybe you are not a VampireFreaks fan but they did have a good idea on this.

VEGAN AND NO ANIMAL TESTING.

Oh hey, this looks very interesting. 

inkbats:

Life on the Murder Scene (2006)

Considering how my day was, I’m really tempted to put this DVD in and just spend the evening watching my rock star crush objects being adorable dorks. 

(Source: inkbats)

pinupgirlreject:

So 1905 era Eric is perfect?

1905 era Eric is perfect.

The best scene of the entire series. Or, as the RealHusband said when we first saw it, “oh, now the writers are doing fan-service JUST FOR YOU?”

frightfulelegance:

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

This movie was DELIGHTFUL. Also, I want every one of her hats. 

Anonymous said: what do you mean by 'problematic' music?

calantheandthenightingale:

gothiccharmschool:

IMO, music that glorifies sexism, misogyny, racism, abuse and rape culture, or anything else along those lines. Soooo, pretty much everything ever by Motley Crue or Guns n’ Roses, actually. But damn, they wrote catchy hooks. 

It is absolutely possible to be fond of of problematic media. It means acknowledging that there are issues with whatever the media is (the treatment of women in a lot of the horror genre, anyone?), but that you still enjoy it. Problematic media is often the stuff people will call their “guilty pleasure”, because they KNOW there are problems with whatever it is, but they still like it. 

So, basically all good hard rock and heavy metal is “problematic” then >O>

The thing about metal (and old-school bands like Crue and GnR) is that metal is supposed to be “problematic.”  Metal is all about rebellion for the sake of rebellion; it’s a genre that goes out of its way to be aggressive, offensive, and confrontational, etc., and for many of us who like this type of music, the “problematic” aspects are what make it appealing.  Because metal often confronts and indulges in themes that make society uncomfortable, it actually becomes a safe outlet for releasing one’s aggression and fulfilling one’s dark fantasies.  So, in a weird way, the “problematic” elements allow for a very healthy and very necessary catharsis.  Of sorts.

But I find the comparison to the horror genre interesting because metal and horror pretty much deal with exactly the same themes.  Which is probably why I love both so much <3

You’re absolutely right, those “problematic” elements CAN allow for a healthy and necessary catharsis. I’m a long-time fan of metal and of the horror genre, I appreciate what both of those art forms can do, and I absolutely think that media that helps people express and explore unacceptable thoughts is very important.

However, you get people who unthinkingly go along with those themes, who don’t stop and think “Hey, this song is referencing some really messed up things, let’s look at the bigger societal implications of that”. In other words, the bad dudebro stereotypes of the metal and horror fans.

For example: in “Saints of Los Angeles” by Crue, there’s a line about a girl passed out in the back lounge of a club; “everyone’s gonna score”. That’s incredibly wrong and unsettling, and I wince every time at that lyric (even tho’ I think the song is catchy as hell). Do I think Nikki Sixx and the rest of them said “if we include a line suggesting gang rape, that will be really thought-provoking”? No. But I also believe that not acknowledging that horrible, fucked-up part of of that culture sadly exists isn’t the solution, either.

Hence “problematic” - I don’t trust that all other people who enjoy those genres will think about the disturbing or uncomfortable themes, but I’m not setting myself up as part of the thought police to dictate how people interact with the media.

This is a subject I could talk/write about for a very long time, because the fuzzy boundaries between social commentary and liking something because it’s so shocking are fascinating to me.

apolonisaphrodisia:

"Into The Abyss"

Photographer: E-Jane

Model: Tatyana Tkachenko

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thedarklordkeisha:

Calvin is the most relatable protagonist in the history of anything.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

(Source: idkcake)

Speaking of guilty pleasures: a babyfaced Nixxi Sixx, reading The Vampire Lestat. I love this picture with giddy delight.

Speaking of guilty pleasures: a babyfaced Nixxi Sixx, reading The Vampire Lestat. I love this picture with giddy delight.

recortable said: How do goths deal with cat's fur?

Lint rollers. Many, many lint rollers. And eventually coming to a Zen state of acceptance that cat hair happens.

Anonymous said: what do you mean by 'problematic' music?

IMO, music that glorifies sexism, misogyny, racism, abuse and rape culture, or anything else along those lines. Soooo, pretty much everything ever by Motley Crue or Guns n’ Roses, actually. But damn, they wrote catchy hooks. 

It is absolutely possible to be fond of of problematic media. It means acknowledging that there are issues with whatever the media is (the treatment of women in a lot of the horror genre, anyone?), but that you still enjoy it. Problematic media is often the stuff people will call their “guilty pleasure”, because they KNOW there are problems with whatever it is, but they still like it. 

anima-discordia said: What songs make up your Eyeliner and Aquanet playlist, if I might ask?

A selection of songs from problematic hair metal bands from the 80s - early 90s (Van Halen, Motley Crue, Faster Pussycat, L.A. Guns, Guns n’ Roses), Queensryche, HIM, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and the Misfits, with a smattering of Christian Death. In times of stress I find loud guitars very soothing.

I thought about putting the Bandom playlist on (MCR, FOB, P!atD), but I realized that if Renfield the iPod played “27” by FOB or “I’m Not Okay” by MCR, I would start laughing and possibly not stop. 

gothtriggers:

retrowunderland:

Vintage Biba Make Up

Goth trigger: great-grandmother’s vamp look.

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Well today took a turn for the awful. Don’t worry, no one is dead, sick, or injured, but things are decidedly Not Great.

"There’s nothing left for him."
"His daughter… she loves him."

One, this is a beautiful and emotionally-affecting movie.

Two, the little girl, Catinca Untaruis PERFECT.

Three, G-d DAMN, Lee Pace. 

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