This is a cursory and not too serious illustrated overview of the types that make up the Gothic subculture. Yes, that’s right: in the framework of this movement there are a lot of subtypes. Gothic is not, and has never been, a complete subculture, either in terms of fashion or music. There are Goths who love historical costumes and slow, atmospheric music, and on the other side of the coin are those who wear fancy, fantastic outfits and dance to fast electronic music all night long. And between them-a huge variety of styles. Naturally, each goth is unique, each has its own style of clothing, musical taste and sense of beauty. This is why these illustrations are called “[stereo]types”: they describe standardized images that can be distinguished from the entire diversity of Gothic society.
The eternal question: what is Gothic?
Despite the fact that there are many varieties of ready, they can be combined according to the following principles:
1. Predominance of black color.
This is probably the only thing that all the Goths have in common. Despite the exceptions, the vast majority wear black clothing, dye their hair black, make up their eyes black, and generally prefer things black. Even those who wear very bright colors, like cyber-ready, combine them with black.
2. Fascination with “darkness”.
In other words, the peculiarity of Gothic aesthetics is that they consider dark things beautiful or interesting. This can manifest itself in a love of Gothic literature, horror, old frightening houses, churches and cemeteries, books and art that paint the future in a dark light, and, of course, an interest in death.
3. Love of Gothic music.
This is a very slippery topic: what kind of music can be called Gothic? There is usually no doubt about post-punk bands of the 80’s like Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, but if you dig deeper, it becomes clear that nothing is clear. Certain musical genres such as darkwave, ethereal, Gothic rock, industrial, and EBM are considered Gothic, but some purists refuse to recognize them. But over time, there are more and more bands (especially metal) whose “Gothic” is questioned.
Complicating matters is the fact that various Gothic genres even sound different: Death Rock and EBM are heaven and earth. However, they have one thing in common: gloom. Almost all Gothic music can be described as “dark”, whether it concerns the music or the lyrics.
4. “Alternative” lifestyle
“Alternative” refers to things that people don’t usually do. Goths, in General, go to socialize in other bars or clubs, are fond of other things, wear different clothes, and even their professions are often unusual.
This, of course, applies to all subcultures, particularly those related to music, such as punks or hippies. But Gothic tends to mix with other subcultures to such an extent that it often becomes impossible to draw a clear line, which is why there is such a variety of Goths.
These four points describe in General terms a spherical goth in a vacuum: if a person wears strange black clothes, likes everything dark, including music, and leads an unusual lifestyle, he will sooner or later be considered a goth.
Actually the Goths. Regardless of whether they found the eighties or not, they prefer Gothic in its earliest understanding: when it just began to branch off from punk.
Traditional Goths pray to the first Gothic bands: Bauhaus, Siouxie and the Banshees, the Sisters of Mercy – all that played in the famous Batcave club; as minor deities are honored by other influential groups, such as the Velvet Underground.
Their style, of course, is based on the same period of punk influence: mesh, leather jackets, piercings-complete with lavish makeup, hairstyles and bondage elements. And, of course, a lot of black. If a traditional goth is not busy listening to his extensive music collection, he is most likely enjoying a black snake Bite cocktail and a clove cigarette in a local Gothic pub or club.
Unfortunately, traditional Goths tend to think that Gothic is dead, and find little comfort in the modern scene. What most of them can’t stand is new genres like EBM.
While traditional Goths are drawn from the style of the 80’s, romantic Goths prefer the dark, sensual and mysterious world of Gothic, created by Victorian literature and films with a similar atmosphere. In other words, their image can be called “Gothic” rather than”Gothic”. They are characterized by velvet and lace clothing (often in the spirit of the middle Ages or the Victorian era) and a special love of poetry and literature.
Thus, it is not too surprising to see the emotionality, creativity and dreaminess of the romantic ready. Examples of exquisite beauty for these creatures are dead roses, abandoned cemeteries and old skulls. The music they prefer creates a brooding rather than frightening atmosphere, and includes elements of ethereal, downtempo (Love Spirals Downwards) and folk (All About Eve, Faith and the Muse). The Sisters of Mercy and the Cure are very popular, as well as atmospheric classical music, especially Bach and Wagner.
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