Oh, thank you, thank you, Juliet's Lace, for giving me questions to answer on my very favourite topic (hint: see blog title) for a whole month! This is The Goth Challenge, and I hope you will all go and join in forthwith! <3
Day One: How did you come across the subculture?
I 'discovered' Goth as a very young girl; I was captivated by a group of black-clad types at Waterloo Station when I was travelling with my parents (this was pre-divorce which means I was probably about six or seven. Nice to know I was practising my Goth-spotting early). One of the girls had very pale pink hair and pinstriped bondage trousers, which to Young Me was possibly the most awesome thing EVER.
We also had a Goth shop at the bottom of our high street (it's now a hippie/ethnic store selling body jewellery and lots of incense). I used to stop by often, despite being scared of the multi-pierced shop girls, and check out the amazing lacy Raven and Sinister dresses, the display of BEGoths dolls in the window (I saved up to buy one aged ten) and I can remember vividly that there was a mannequin dressed in a pleated plaid mini, a T-shirt bearing the legend 'Made In Hell' and a spiked collar hanging from the ceiling. I didn't know until I bought that BEGoth doll that this aesthetic was called 'Goth', I just knew that I liked it.
As I have previously mentioned, I dabbled in Goth fashion on and off from age eight upwards, although I had less than no clue what the subculture was actually about - I thought it was probably about not smiling and learning witchcraft, which was probably why the style didn't 'stick' until I got older.
When I was fourteen and my babybat/mallgoth phase had begun in earnest, after my fair share of mallgoth mistakes I discovered the forum Gothic.net, which was how I learned that no, listening to rock and metal doesn't make one 'Goth', and went on to look up 'real' Goth bands. At first I didn't like a lot of what I was hearing but I was immediately bewitched by Siouxsie, The Cruxshadows and Switchblade Symphony - I had wondered if I was 'weird' for not enjoying the majority of popular music but amongst the thousands of varied Goth genres and subgenres I was finally finding music that really spoke to me.
And the rest is history!
|Me as a young Gothling, on Christmas Eve|