This is a PERFECT photo of Patricia Morrison. Perfect.
Excellent Nordic Goth compilation to benefit Bat World Sanctuary. Featuring Dr. Arthur Krause, Two Witches, Malaise, The Mist of Avalon, Dawn of Oblivion, and many others. Support The Bats! http://batnight.bandcamp.com/album/bats-of-mercy-2
Gothy eye candy time! I especially like the one of the black dress with the tangle of pearl necklaces.
Lovely eyeshadow, miss! Also, that exact ring is sitting in one of my jewelry boxes.
Time for some elegant gothic eye candy.
Highly decorative gothy types.
My name is Emily Rose. All of my life I was taught that fat was a bad word. Mostly because the word was used to hurt me with more offensive comments. Always being told that I would be more pretty if I just lost 20 more pound. Being put down by those who were suppose to love me the most. Being a goth on top of this has made the journey harder. But staying true to myself has made me so much more proud to be me. I bear the physical and emotional scars of others abuse. But that makes me that much stronger. I am fat, I am beautiful, I am me.
SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Although everyone insists that goth only became a thing in the late seventies and early eighties after punk happened, here are some interesting anecdotes about things that we now consider to be ‘undoubtedly goth’ happening long before goth’s time:
-Vampira eventually began to dress in her characteristic style all the time, not just on television. This was in the age of The Munsters and The Addams Family, when people were suddenly introduced to the idea of more darkly inclined people living amongst normal, white suburbia. She was certainly not the only one picking up on this influence and running with it for the sake of self expression; one thing I find interesting is that many of the Eldergoths fluttering around here on tumblr and other places remember being inspired as children by people in the neighbourhood who also wore black all the time, drove hearses, had unusual pets such as snakes or spiders, and would certainly be welcome at any goth gathering happening nowadays.
-My mother went to school in the late sixties and early seventies, and although this is not as early as the previous example, she tells me that it was popular among the early metalheads-the Black Sabbath fans-to wear all black clothing, black hair, black on their lips, and black everything to the point of everybody thinking they were suicidal satan worshippers. Sound familiar? Metal music is often passed off as an inferior pass time and ‘not really goth’, but it’s influence on the aesthetics and musical content of goth cannot be ignored. It isn’t hard to imagine metal music, and ‘shock rockers’ such as Alice Cooper to be havens for the people who would later become goths.
-Many of the people we recognize as being quintessential goths, regardless of whether or not they identify as such, dressed eccentrically and listened to ‘dark music’ long before goth entered the picture(I’m thinking of Siouxsie Sioux and Tim Burton as I type this). It’s also important to remember that most people who identify as being goth adopted the label after realizing that it matched some of the things that they were already interested in . Finally, it’s important to remember that people’s natures don’t change over the centuries, if there are people forming subcultures now over darker music and clothing, than similar people most definitely existed in earlier time periods as well. They were just quieter about it, perhaps out of necessity. The label goth is still very new, but the people and interests are not.
Why is this suddenly being reblogged again?
It’s being reblogged because it’s well thought-out and articulate? ::nods::
I personally didn’t adopt the goth label until my very early 20s, because I didn’t know there was a subculture and a name for people with my interests until then.
Lovely gothy ladies.
Peeps, if you want to wear those things, do it. Rock on with your fluffy neon selves! Just … there is NO One True Goth Style, okay? Not TradGoth, not Deathrock, not Gothic Victorian, not Cyber, not Pastel Goth … NO ONE TRUE STYLE. There are personal preferences, but none of us under the shadowy cloud of Goth gets to dictate what everyone should and shouldn’t be wearing.
(Waaaiiiit a minute. I just wrote about this on Gothic Charm School.)
For me? The aforementioned neon-colored skull-print tutus and paint-splattered leggings covered in inverted crosses will make me tilt my head in a very quizzical fashion, and they’re (probably) not things I’d ever wear. But I’m not going to tell someone they aren’t a Goth if they want to wear those things.