Before Gothic and Tribal Fusion bellydance experienced a surge of popularity within the Goth subculture, the term 'tribal Goth' was used to refer to Goths who incorporated an ethnic and/or primitive feel into their fashions - e.g. dreadlocks, wooden or bone jewellery, and extensive body modifications. This style is still the most common form of 'tribal Goth' amongst Gothy gentlemen.
Tribal Goth is in some aspects similar to hippie Goth. For both men and women hair is usually long, often braided or dreaded, and predominantly natural or henna-dyed colours such as red, blonde, dark brown or black. It is often highly decorated with ribbons, beads, flowers, headdresses and other jewellery. For women, clothing is usually loose and flowing on the bottom (e.g. gypsy skirts, ruffled trousers) and tight or cropped on top for the traditional bellydance-esque look. Accessories include bellydance hip belts, slave bracelets and belly chains.
This look is typified perfectly by the fashions created by designers like Dark Fusion Boutique; darkly decadent and highly accessorised tribal-themed fashions that have either a slightly rough-around-the-edges, dystopian feel or the look and feel of ethnic clothing.
Goth gossip: Infamous Goth model and Gothic Beauty contributor Acid PopTart is writing, directing and starring in her own horror movie, Kiss Me Dark, and hosting events such as a Bloody Prom to fundraise. The movie, due to be released November 2011, is described as 'a love story of a haunted serial killer who tries to regain the love he once lost', features songs from Anders Manga, and will have a 'heavy Goth feel' visually. Check out Kiss Me Dark on Facebook for more - I for one can't wait to get my hands on this! <3