current day me
Hey there! so i tweeted out the other day that i was struggling for blog post ideas and my lovely spooky blogging sister Amy from Asphodel Moon suggested the goth tag. Now if you havent noticed, i do tend to lean pretty heavily on the goth side of things, so this sounded right up my street!
1. How long have you been Goth?
Oh boy! i was around 11/12 when i kept leaning towards things that were more gothic in style, i remember for a while my go-out outfit was always a very long black skirt, a black gyspy top and a red sweat band on my wrist that said “flippin mental”. around 14 was when my “emo phase” fully hit, and then i began to lean more goth again when i was around 17 or so and its continued that way ever since! until i was 16 i kept my naturally bright red hair, but when i was 16 i ditched the awful emo side fringe and dyed my hair dark brown, i think it was 3 months before it was black! and i havent looked back.
2. How were you introduced to Goth?
Honestly it seemed to be something i naturally fell into as i grew up, i cant think of any one thing or person that really got me i just always felt the happiest and the most like me when surrounded in black and lace.
3. What Gothic sub genre would you put yourself in?
Ohh honestly i think i fit in a few! Glam goth/girlie goth for sure, with a heavy side of victorian goth, I think i just tend to go with what i like, and i end up having a bit of everything really!
4. What do you believe to be the basis of the Gothic subculture?
Oh the punk movement for sure! The punk movement was huge, and lined the path so goth could be what it is now for sure. Of course, gothic subculture takes inspiration from a lot of things, like the victorian era.
5. What do you dislike about being Goth?
The judgement really, i mean if your even slightly in the gothic subculture (and even if your not) you know the story of Sophie Lancaster, who was murdered purely because she was goth! In the 11 years since her death the judgement has gotten much better than it used to be, but its no were near what it should be. In an ideal world we should be able to be who we want and it shouldnt mean anything, but it sadly does at the minute.
6. What do your parents think of it?
These days, they just let me get on with it! Now that im 26, they dont really get a say in how i look. When i was a teen there was a lot of talk about my goth “phase”, and when would i stop wearing black and get out of my “phase”. I think for the most part they have learnt that its way more than a phase these days, even if my mum does wonder out loud sometimes if i will wear colour one day! and they both hope i will go back to my natural hair colour one day, which i can understand because it is a rather beautiful rare colour! Though honestly, my extended family tend to be louder than my parents about my style choices!
7. Eyebrows or no eyebrows?
Eyebrows for me, though i wish it wasnt! i dont really have much to start with, and what i do have is very blonde so it would be much easier if i just didnt have eyebrows but at the same time i dont know if im brave enough for that! i have a pretty full heavy fringe and that tends to cover them most of the time.
8. What is your favourite band?
Honestly, likely disturbed! I dont tend to listen to super heavy stuff its just never really been me, but a couple of years ago i got very into disturbed thanks to a few friends and i have been obsessed ever since.
9. How do you feel about Marilyn Manson?
I dont really have an opinion on him, i know hes done some not good things and his music really doesnt interest me so i dont really think about him!
14/15 year old me, complete with myspace pose.
16 year old me, webcam picture oh wow.
10. What were your baby bat days like?
ooh boy, they were varied! as i mentioned above the first of the goth days were a long black skirt, a black gypsy top and a red sweat band that said “flippin mental” on! i also remember loving a black long skirt that had a load of different hem lengths paired with a black vest top, black boots and a red hoodie! this would of been around 2005/2006. When i hit my full emo phase, we are talking black leggings, a denim skirt, a black t-shirt with a skull or betty boop!, black arm warmer, enough black liner to re-stock boots, a side fringe straight over my glasses that looked awful and chipped black polish! or another personal favourite, black leggings, black ra-ra short skirt with a star print, black vest top with a black waist coat, black arm warmers, loads of liner, chipped polish and you guessed it, the stupid fringe!
feel free to do this, and please show me if you do!