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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Some ups and downs of being spooky

The following may or may not be from personal experience.

Source: We Heart It
Being bombarded with questions by small children. "What's that on your hands?" "Gloves." "They're weird gloves." "Well, I like them." "Why are your eyes dark like that? Why have you been drawing on your face?" Etc. Etc. Etc.

'Grudge'-ing yourself. A dark room. A mirror. A pale face framed by long dark hair. The resemblance was quite uncanny! For a second... Jumping in the air and screaming like a girl? Uh, I was going for 'comedy value'. Really.

If you have your parasol hung over the crook of your arm whilst thrifting, look out for daft but well-meaning middle-aged ladies who ask if it was in THIS shop that you found your 'cute little umbrella'. You think: I wish. Actually, it cost me £40 to get it shipped to my country from Etsy. (Plus, a lace umbrella would be about as useful as a chocolate teapot.)

When your dad wants a new Stanley knife for Father's Day and you have to send your mother out to buy it in case the shop assistants clock your black attire and think a) you're going to cut yourself or b) you're going to stab someone.

Your friend the graphics designer has a clear out of samples at work and brings you tinsel with bats on. Then is surprised and mildly alarmed by your sheer glee.

You seriously consider having a box of Count Chocula shipped from the USA.

Despite still being in your teens, you've put in an advance request for a pet bat for your 21st birthday. To give your parents time to come to terms with the idea. And find out where the hell one buys a bat.

Having to go to Tesco's to buy sandwiches for work without having time to draw your eyebrows on.

You teasing your dad because his long eyebrows make him look like Dumbledore, then realise that without your eyebrow pencil you're the spitting image of Voldemort... :-/

Spending £45 on a crate - yes, a crate - of Tru Blood drinks for your upcoming vampire dinner party is a perfectly reasonable expense. Even if you only get 12 small bottles for that £45, and four of those were due to a buy-two-get-third-free offer on four-packs.

When an elderly relative says encouragingly, "At least you'll never get raped looking like that." o.O

When photography students stop you at Waterloo Station to take your picture, you feel like a rock star. When random middle-aged ladies drag you out of your workplace to get you to pose for a picture, you feel more than a little alarmed.

Three people in one day ask if your work clothes wouldn't be better suited as eveningwear. You are mystified by the thought of wearing something as simple as a ripped T-shirt and frilly skirt as eveningwear. And you tried so hard to find such a casual outfit amongst a wardrobe that consists of velvet corsets, top hats and feather capes.

39 comments:

E said...

Not that I can relate or anything *shifty eyes*, but oh, how true and how flat-out hilarious that list is.

GlumPlum said...

So very true Amy. I can't go anywhere without receiving at least one comment on my choice of dress. "OMG I love your face! Did you do it yourself?" and "Are those your real eyes?!"
Of course some of the elder folk just give me the stare down and turn their noses up as if they're better than me somehow. But I'm used to it now so it doesn't bother me as much when I weigh thier reactions against all the positive feedback I've received.
But I do wish that I could go to the grocery store to get my granola bars and nutella without feeling like a fish in a fishtank.
And that part about not being able to go pick up a hunting knife without the store going on red alert is sooooo true. I can't even pick up a knife at a family gathering without people asking to do whatever I was going to cut for me -_- And I have experienced the umbrella-parasol confusion before. I have to perpetually correct my friends and family that I own a parasol not an umbrella.
And little kids are fascinated by me. They all want me to "draw" on their faces like what I have on mine much to their parent's horror and displeasure, I'm sure. I still haven't taken up that offer to do the face-painting stall at my church's carnival. Too many possible adverse reactions to that.
Overall though, I've had mostly amicable interactions with people about my look and style and overall "spooky-ness." It's different and it fascinates people 'casue we're not what you see everyday and not everyone knows how to act around us. For some reason they think we're a different species of human. But I find the various reactions humuorous.
And Amy, if you ever desperately want a box of Count Chocula, let me know and I can get it to you ASAP. I've got it good over here in the US ;)
-Kelli <3

ultimategothguide said...

@ E - thank you! ^^

@ Kelli - oh, you darling! I've found a website that ships Count Chocula to the UK; I wouldn't want to cost you any postage money, but thanks so much for the offer <3

Mary Zawadzki said...

HAHAHA! This is so true! This past weekend I hit Macy's for their big sale -- I needed some work clothes. When I was checking out the sales woman kept saying, "What? No colors? Don't you like colors? Such a pretty girl like you should wear colors." I cooly, but politely, answered, "I like black. I do wear certain colors, but today I'm buying black." She gave me a concerned look and said to my husband (who was wearing an old Vampire the Masquerade t-shirt and black jeans), "Honey, you need to talk to her." UGH!!!! He told her that she needed to do her job, leave me alone, and to mind her business. sigh ...

Tenebris In Lux said...

How many of these things have happened to you? o_0

Awww, does Count Chocula only exist in the USA? That sucks! Then again, my mum won't buy it because it "has too much sugar" -_- Good stuff, that Count Chocula.

Xanthy said...

Once, someone asked me "are those your real eyes". I was wearing neon-green UV-reactive lenses. It's only the most unnatural colour ever...

And most importantly, random little girls love whatever I wear! Especially my black trousers with pink bits, black lace and satin bows. Parents look horrified, kids just look at it with big eyes.

Ashlee said...

That. Mention. Of. Rape.

People. Don't. Rape. Because. Of. Sex. Or. Attraction.

It's. About. Power. Mostly.

Being "unattractive" isn't going to protect you from being raped. Looking like you won't go down without a fight will.

I'm sorry to be so rude, because she's your relative, but stupid old lady needs to shut up.

Yeah, casual talk of rape, victim blaming, and the like makes me very, very angry.

x-akurei said...

Curious young children and strange little old women will forever amuse me; I'm forever having children trying to touch my skirts and recieving the oddest of compliments from old people. I think the most memoriable moment though was when I was wearing my platform boots, and a tiny old lady (I mean, tiny, half my size) came up to me and said that she adored my boots. Strange, strange incidents.

T. Jade said...

hahah, this list completely made my day, because, of course, more than one of those things applies. XP

The one about feeling like a rockstar when someone wants to take your picture totally reminded me of Bat's Day. Went for my first time this May and I had my picture taken all day! Even if they thought I was a freak, it made me feel freaking awesome. X]

Emily Lynn G. said...

"At least you'll never get raped looking like that." ahahahahahahahahahahaaha! XD no other comment

Xanthy said...

2nd comment, hooray!

My grandma loves my high-heeled platform shoes (and my fifties-style dresses too, for obvious reasons).

Plus, my mother gives drawing classes to a bunch of old ladies, and they adore me. I love old ladies!

Anonymous said...

I usually get compliments when I goth it up for work, but mostly from patrons (I work at a library) as my co-workers are used to it after nearly 5 years. I haven't had any negativity there yet.

CNGB said...

I love that Dumbledore/Voldemort one. That was pure genius. It really, really was.

Riskia said...

This post has just made my day... Or rather: made my night, considering the time... But I can very much relate to these things. I have been asked by some 11 year old child why I had put paint on my eyes and food dye on my lips... Wow -.-

Rose said...

Great list! I have a few to add from personal experience:

Walking at night and having a bunch of girls in tiny tight dresses and heels get within 2 meters of you before they see you, at which point they all scream and clutch onto each other, then give me death stares like I snuck up on them.

Finding out that your god-daughter has found your set of eye liner pencils, thought they were real pencils for colouring in, and drawn you about 20 pictures with them (she's adorable, but those pencils weren't cheap!)

Having to explain to my teacher that yes, there is a point to a dress that is long in the back and short in the front. The point is that it is gorgeous and my shadow looks awesome (what, no one else chooses outfits based on their silhouette?)

Of course, there are the good things as well. I love it people (mostly children or, strangely enough, older women) come up and say how much they love what you're wearing. I wear what I wear for myself, but it's still nice when other people appreciate it.

Teresa said...

I will send you some Count Chocula for Halloween. (What? No one else gives (or attempts to give) Halloween gifts? Spread the undead love, people!)

Nemo said...

You look so beautiful in this photo! And I get asked odd questions by little kids (and adults!) the main and most annoying one being 'are you going to a fancy dress party?' I mean what the hell... obviously not at ten o'clock in the morning outside a coffee shop!
Nemo
http://decemberwings.blogspot.com

BallerinaDark said...

Let's make a petition to have Count Chocula in Europe too !! :P

But this might be an easier way to get it..if you have an American Army base in your city or near, you could simply ask one of the people who work or live in there if they can buy you a few boxes of Count Chocula from the shops they have in there..!! :)I'm sure you will find at least one person that will do it!

Anyway the Voldemort thing was hilarious! :)

♥Ballerinadark of Gothic Divine Magazine♥

Photographer Leia said...

The parasol one is the very reason I do not take my parasol in to thrift shops with me. It just makes life easier for everyone all around.

SiouxsieL said...

Hahah! This post is awesome.

Recently I wore a dress with bats on it during the day. And an eight-year-old wanted to know why I would wear bats when it isn't Halloween. I told her it was because my dress with skulls was dirty.

quaizr said...

The 'atleast you won't get raped' comment made me laugh really hard. Where did they get that idea?

LovleAnjel said...

Add...having your jewelry get caught in your shirt, then in your skirt, then in your stockings because you had to layer up on fishnet & lace.

I'd prefer to be told that I wouldn't get raped, I've been told that I would get raped because of my clothing.

I wonder how much it would cost to send some Count Chocula 'cross the pond. Perhaps we could work out a deal.

Anonymous said...

Duh, of course we won't get raped, what with all the spikes we wear. xP On a serious note, that is a LAME thing for someone to say.

UGH, I hate it when people ask you why you wear certain things. If I had a dollar for every time I had to say, "Because I like them..." I would be stinkin' rich.
But yeah, usually the nicest comments I get are from elderly people. It's funny because the ladies at my church seem to think I'm a model for what all young people are wearing these days. Heehee, if only.
That comment about the Count Chocula made me laugh. I've considered buying a box just to see the cashier's face. *le sigh* I'm enough of a stereotype as it is, though...

Kitty said...

Hey! Hey! I recognize myself in here!

I was that twee little girl-thing watching all the goths with the big eyes! Mostly because I wished I could dress/look like them.. ^^;

well, still working on that. :)

The suggestion about trying to get a service member on an american base to buy you count chocula isnt a bad one. it especially helps if you pay them back for it. The best thing is, they don't have to pay duty tax on what they get from the Commisary or the PX!!

Fae said...

Funny story I went and saw Harry Potter part 2. (sadest thing ever!)And this women watched me take my seat and told my parents "what a cute girl" I did not expect that form her.

And another girl there was sitting behinde me and she sadi this just load enogh for me to hear "what a freak" "was her makeup like that when she came in?" just funny you can find a good person and a bad person in one day :P

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Anna said...

At uni, whenever I've been wearing my spiked collar I've had several other student come up to me, asking if they could feel the spikes "to see how sharp they are".

I've had the "are those your real eyes?" question too when wearing purple lenses. Someone asked if I'd had my irises tattooed that colour.

Sadly I had to miss the Halloween party this year due to coursework. While making my excuses to the others: "Besides, I haven't had time to change into my costume." "You can come as you are!"

I've alarmed friends by getting excited at presents... but that blood-bag shower gel was awesome.

Kitty Lovett; The Unadulterated Cat said...

I have now got "MUMMY MUMMY THAT GIRL'S GOT PINK HAIR" from approximately every child ever, and far too many Lady GaGa comments. All of my what?

I also got, yesterday, "Now that's a classy lady". There we have it, Amy, I'm classy.

...apparently..?

stilettowhore said...

LOL. Except for the rape comment, that's a bit OTT for anyone to say. Except the dotty old grandmother in the corner, who can't see anything wrong with it :)

Anonymous said...

Hahaha this even made my totally fashion obbsessed sister laugh :)

I was wondering, what do you think is the appropriate age to get a nose piercing and/or a tattoo. Because I really want at least a nose piercing but obviously 12 is a bit to young.

ultimategothguide said...

@ Anonymous - a lot of body piercers won't pierce under-14s even with parental consent. I started getting my piercings when I was 14, which I think is a sensible age. Tattoos of course the legal age is 18, which might feel like a long time but is pretty sensible, it gives you time to be sure that you know what you want.

@ Nemo - sadly, the pic isn't of me!

Phoenix said...

Haha, awesome post :D Definitely have a few of my own to add to this... :P
Gotta agree with Ashlee about the rape comment though, that sort of behaviour is horrible. If that was me my relative would have got a punch in the face, elderly or not!

akumaxkami said...

I can relate to a good chunk of this, yup.

If you really want a box of Count Chocula....lol.

MistressOfTheDecay said...

I love this! I can relate to so many... I just got the glove comment the other day...
And I cannot eat Count Chocula, dispite the fact that I indeed (sadly, though I am getting the hell out of here as soon as possible), as I am wheat intolerant...
I want a pet bat as well!

MistressOfTheDecay said...

I love this! I can relate to so many... I just got the glove comment the other day...
And I cannot eat Count Chocula, dispite the fact that I indeed (sadly, though I am getting the hell out of here as soon as possible) live in America, as I am wheat intolerant...
I want a pet bat as well!

Katelynn said...

@Kitty Lovett: I get the same thing with my hair because its purple. When kids see me they seem to love the idea of purple hair. Just a couple days ago there was a kid following me and i kept hearing them say "Mommy look at the pretty hair".


Most compliments I recvieve seem to be from old ladies aswell.

Anonymous said...

I know this is a bit late, but I felt like adding my story :3

I went to visit my grandfather in hospital a few days ago, wearing a Victorian goth blouse, skirt and a top hat and one of the nurses came up to me and told me how much she loved my outfit. After that I heard her telling all of the other nurses about me. ^_^

ggdawnofthedead said...

Haha so funny! I was once wearing my holey tights {more holes than tights!} and this women came up to me and said 'You must have very large moths in your house!' My dad thought she was talking aboout his jacket and went 'What? Where!" I laughed. Hadnt heard that one before!

Anonymous said...

Before holiday break, I went to visit my middle school (since I am a high school sophomore and babybat). My physical science teacher saw my fang ring and said "Are those teeth? Oh, fangs?" I was thinking, "oh, she thinks I'm weird now." She then said 'are you into the goth culture now. I noticed your gloves and the skirt. You look very nice," and then remarked on how grown up we both looked." It gave me such a happy feeling, especially since only my sister really knew that I was a goth. Alot of the teachers that day were telling us how nice and grown up we looked (my sis was in a festive outfit. She's not at all a goth). i was just so happy that day.

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