Apologies for the unexpected absence, had a bit of an Amy-vs.-Christmas showdown over the last couple of days, pretty sure I'm now bankrupt, but whatever... :-/
Anyhoo, I'm still catching up with reader requests but I found several questions lurking amongst the comments from the last few days so I thought a Q&A post might be just the ticket. Here goes!
Anon asked: "Is there such thing as skatergoth (like skateboarder)?"
As far as I'm aware there's no specific fashion style for Goths who also skate. Excuse me for generalising, but it seems the larger proportion of the Goth scene nowadays is made up of those aged 25+ who, on the whole, would look maybe a little bit ridiculous on a skateboard. Of course there are Goths who skate; it's likely that their clothing would usually be skateboarding-suitable attire in assorted shades of black with appropriate accessories and I have no doubt whatsoever that some these Gothlings may refer to themselves and their style as 'skatergoth'.
I realise that I basically just said "No, but yes," so I do hope you understand what I'm getting at.
InfiltratorN7 asked several questions about Filthy Victorians 2012. Kitty Lovett may have some more to say about this, but it's my blog so I'll have two cents...
Origins? In brief, Filthy Victorians sprang from the brow of Kitty Lovett, who basically said, "I'm going to challenge myself to dress in historically-accurate Victorian ladies' garb for an entire year, who's with me?" So yes, it is for fun, there is no practical purpose. It's just a fun, interesting and unusual self-challenge.
"But if it's for fun, why have so many rules?" Like the Pirate's Code, they be more guidelines than rules (as far as I can fathom, anyway). Kitty's idea triggered a load of interest and a huge reaction, which led to her having to create some sort of cohesive communtiy out of the chaos. To keep us all in line and to make sure that the challenge made sense to everyone, Kitty added some handy basic guidelines.
"Do people have different reasons for taking part?" Undoubtedly. I guess the most common would be an interest for and appreciation of Victorian fashion. I wanted an excuse to shop for more corsets and I liked the idea of looking antique and more bizarre than usual in today's technology-mad world. Also I wanted to look pretty. I expect many bloggers were interested because it's a great way to post interesting and innovative outfit pictures; most of us enjoy themed posts or blog challenges and this is like a bigger version of that.
"What do they think they'll get out of the experience or learn from it?" This is probably a bit too deep for me... I can't speak for anyone else but I was expecting to end up with nothing more than a well-trained itsy-bitsy wasp waist and a new appreciation for tank tops and skinny jeans, and some really fancy hats.
"What set the ball rolling?" Kitty's post, here.
Anon asked, "What is your opinion on fake piercings? I wear fake snakebites sometimes because I like how they look and I'm too squeamish to get real ones."
Hmm. I used to wear a clip-on nose and lip ring when I was about twelve... since I was old enough to get real piercings I didn't really see the point of having fake ones any more. I know some body-modders roll their eyes at fake piercings (despite our penchant for fake falls, wigs, eyelashes etc., the word 'fake' is still used as an insult by many in the Goth scene...) but as a way of experimenting before you are old enough to decide whether or not to get real piercings I don't see anything wrong with it.
However if you are twenty-five and pretending that your fake piercing or tattoo is real, you're probably a bit try-hard and the dreaded word 'poseur' might pop up from time to time. There's absolutely nothing wrong with being Goth and NOT having body mods; for most adult Goths, either being unadorned and proud or going for the real thing are generally better options than faking it.
Personally your reasoning seems fine to me; for you the real thing is not currently an option but you find it aesthetically pleasing, so why shouldn't you wear fake ones? It's not to make you seem 'MOAR GOFFICK' so I can't see why anyone might have a problem with it.
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