I'm not sure how long I had been involved with Goth culture before I realised that, actually, more than a few of us - pretty much all of us, in fact - have some definite geeky tendencies. No wonder, then, that a proud few have formed the subset 'geek Goth' or 'nerd Goth'. I adore being part of a counterculture where so-called geekiness is embraced and celebrated rather than shunned!
Those qualities and interests which label one a 'nerd' in the eyes of the mainstream include: a love of sci-fi (a large proportion of Goths enjoy Doctor Who, for example), reading a lot, watching anime, actually knowing the location of one's local library, playing RPGs (role-playing games - no, not that kind!) or MMORPGS (massive multi-player online RPGs), LARP-ing (live action role playing), attending Ren Faires or historical re-enactments, having an interest in folklore, philosophy, fantasy (a lot of Goths enjoy fantasy novels and movies such as Lord of the Rings) etc, reading comic books or graphic novels.
And additionally, Goth's subcultural relatives such as steampunk have huge potential for geekery (especially this whole octupus/tentacle trend, what's up with that? Some sort of Cthulhu derivative? Am I more geeky because I can spell 'Cthulhu' without looking it up?). So yes, by these standards, a lot of us are huge geeks.
The geek Goth, however, has refined their geekery into an art form. They may not place as much of an emphasis on fashion as other Goth subsets; a pair of black jeans and a black T-shirt featuring a) a band logo, b) a fantasy or Gothy reference e.g. a dragon or flaming skull, or c) a witty slogan or internet meme e.g. Three Wolf Moon are the general uniform for geeky Goth guys, probably paired with long hair, a Celtic pendant and some basic black boots. Geek Goth girls may dress in a similar fashion, except substitute a black skirt for the jeans and sprinkle on a little eyeliner and extra jewellery.
Conversely, geek Goth may be a fashion style created from the combination of Goth fashion and geek chic, having some similarities with emo fashion such as argyle prints, multicoloured, layered haircuts, faux specs (y'know, the ones with clear glass or plastic lenses), baseball boots and accessories such as studded belts, braces (aka suspenders), jelly bracelets and bow ties.
|Perky? Geeky? Both!|
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When not playing Dungeons and Dragons, you can find the geek Goth at the local Ren Faire, comic store or at several of the bigger comic book or science-fiction conventions. These cons tend to be enormously Goth-friendly and boast a high Goth turnout due to the amount of interest Goths often have in sci-fi, fantasy etc. Comic*Con and Dragon*Con are probably the most famous of these.
Bands popular amongst geek Goths may include the darkly humourous, such as Voltaire and Uninvited Guest, those with 'geek-friendly' lyrics such as The Gothsicles, trad Goth bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees - and otherwise, pretty much anything that takes their fancy.