Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Unique Gothic Girl Collection 1 (Ten pictures)

It seems we are all accustomed to Goth Girls generally having the same look. With this collection, I gathered a consistent but diverse set of tasteful, beautiful, and yet unique pics. 

This is just me, but I do rather enjoy beautiful girls, that are a bit strange (crazy works), and  that they are different from the norm. Enjoy!

30 Post-Punk Bands than influenced Goth - Gothic Homework

Here is a list of over 30 post-punk bands that directly shaped and have influenced Gothic music and culture. Your cursed mission (you must accept under direct threat of internal explosive possession) is to review at least "one song by each band". If you are more than just an average student, read their history and get cultured. There is more to Gothic culture and music than meets the bloody eye-ball, or, decapitated ear for that matter.

Now, I know that some of you will say, "What about so and so, or this that and the other???" I say, that is fine, this is mainly about having a new experience and broadening your vast and unquestioned knowledge of music history, and from whence Goth hath cometh! Listen to these hallowed tracks at ye own risk!

Who knows!?! You might like them so much that, you call all your pasty-white-uber-so-dark friends and have an unholy communion black-mass party, filled with enough debauchery and cheap drinks that you will never, ever, ever (did I say ever?!?) want to stop listening to these masterful compositions!

1) 10,000 Maniacs
2) Alien Sex Fiend
3)Butthole Surfers
4)Billy Idol
5)The Cure
6)Dead Can Dance
8)The Dream Syndicate
10)The Flaming Lips
11)Husker Du
12)Killing Joke
14)Midnight Oil
16)My Bloody Valentine
17)Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
18)The Police
20)Siouxsie and the Banshees
21)Skinny Puppy
22)Soft Cell
23)Talking Heads
24)Tears For Fears
25)Throbbing Gristle
27)The Nightingales
28)Front 242
30)Cabaret Voltaire

Ten Gothic Architecture Designs

Goth - Defining Goth. What is Goth?

Goth. What is Goth? This is one of those questions that will be debated night-in and night-out, until the proverbial Goths come home to all the tombs, crypts, and dark-dives in which they reside. "Will the real Goth please stand up?" In my ever-so-humble-gothic-opinion, the only logical way to tackle the issue at hand was to take a cursory glance at the etymology and definition of the word(s)(related). Oh Be-Jesubkus! I can hear the moans and droans, and strange sounds of sharp objects a rapping, tap, tapping at my chamber doors. Egad! 

Etymonline.com defines "Goth" in the following(other related definitions as well):

Goth (n.) Old English Gota (plural Gotan) "a Goth" (see Gothic). In 19c., in reference to living persons, it meant "a Gothicist" (1812), "an admirer of the Gothic style, especially in architecture." Modern use as an adjective in reference to a subculture style is from 1986, short for Gothic. By 1982, when the legendary Batcave club opened in London, the music press had begun to use the term gothic rock to describe the music and fandom around which a new postpunk subculture was forming. [Lauren M.E. Goodlad & Michael Bibby, "Goth: Undead Subculture," 2007]

Etymonline.com defines "Gothic" as such:

Gothic (adj.) "of the Goths," Germanic people who lived in Eastern Europe c.100 C.E., "pertaining to the Goths or their language," 1610s, from Late Latin Gothicus, from Gothi, Greek Gothoi, all from Gothic gutþiuda "Gothic people," the first element cognate with Old Norse gotar "men." "The sense 'men' is usually taken to be the secondary one, but as the etymology of the word is unknown, this is uncertain" [Gordon]. The unhistorical -th- in English is from Late Latin. Used in sense of "savage despoiler" (1660s) in reference to their fifth-century sacking of Roman cities (cf. vandal, and French gothique, still with a sense of "barbarous, rude, cruel"). Gothic also was used by scholars to mean "Germanic, Teutonic" (1640s), hence its evolution as a 17c. term for the art style that emerged in northern Europe in the Middle Ages, and the early 19c. literary style that used northern European medieval settings to suggest horror and mystery. The word was revived 1983 as the name for a style of music and the associated youth culture; abbreviated form goth is attested from 1986. Gothic revival in reference to architecture and decorating first recorded 1869 in writing of C.L. Eastlake.

The thefreedictionary.com defines "Gothic" as such:

Goth·ic (gthk) adj. 1. a. Of or relating to the Goths or their language. b. Germanic; Teutonic. 2. Of or relating to the Middle Ages; medieval. 3. a. Of or relating to an architectural style prevalent in western Europe from the 12th through the 15th century and characterized by pointed arches, rib vaulting, and a developing emphasis on verticality and the impression of height. b. Of or relating to an architectural style derived from medieval Gothic. 4. Of or relating to painting, sculpture, or other art forms prevalent in northern Europe from the 12th through the 15th century. 5. often gothic Of or relating to a style of fiction that emphasizes the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate. 6. gothic Barbarous; crude. n. 1. The extinct East Germanic language of the Goths. 2. Gothic art or architecture. 3. often gothic Printing a. See black letter. b. See sans serif. 4. A novel in a style emphasizing the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate. Gothi·cal·ly adv. Word History: The combination Gothic romance represents a union of two of the major influences in the development of European culture, the Roman Empire and the Germanic tribes that invaded it. The Roman origins of romance must be sought in the etymology of that word, but we can see clearly that Gothic is related to the name Goth used for one of those invading Germanic tribes. The word Gothic, first recorded in 1611 in a reference to the language of the Goths, was extended in sense in several ways, meaning "Germanic," "medieval, not classical," "barbarous," and also an architectural style that was not Greek or Roman. Horace Walpole applied the word Gothic to his novel The Castle of Otranto, a Gothic Story (1765) in the sense "medieval, not classical." From this novel filled with scenes of terror and gloom in a medieval setting descended a literary genre still popular today; from its subtitle descended the name for it. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Wikipedia.org definies "Goth Subculture" as:

The Goth subculture is a contemporary subculture found in many countries. It began in England during the early 1980s in the Gothic rock scene, an offshoot of the post-punk genre. The Goth subculture has survived much longer than others of the same era, and has continued to diversify. Its imagery and cultural proclivities indicate influences from the 19th century Gothic literature along with horror films and to a lesser extent the BDSM culture.[1][2][3] The Goth subculture has associated tastes in music, aesthetics, and fashion. The music of the Goth subculture encompasses a number of different styles, including Gothic rock, deathrock, post-punk, darkwave, ethereal, industrial music, and neoclassical. Styles of dress within the subculture range from deathrock, punk, and Victorian styles, or combinations of the above, most often with dark attire, makeup, and hair.

As you can tell by reading above, the definitions of all that embraces "Goth or Gothic-subculture" are as diverse as those who lay claim to the title(s).

 During the present climate (2013), Goth has somehow transmuted itself in to other further refined existent amalgamations: Cyber Goths, Romantic Goths, and what some Elder Goths call the "Bastard goth-children of the modern apocalyptic-data-cultural era - the EMO collective." 

In this area, I must respectfully digress, and leave the parchment to it's dust in that arena. Also, in light of the current economic-world, three main areas effect, control, and direct this culture. These three areas area: music, fashion, and online social networks. 

Of course there are movies, literature, and life-style -but, by statistical analysis, historical communication trends, and the prevalence of the ever-growing data-culture, the "future-face" of Goth and Subculture will in no-way resemble it's present form. This last statement may be obvious, but the wisdom here-in can be tested by comparison of historical record from decade-to-decade, century-to-century. The only precedent that may be set is by those who have prescribed unto themselves some form of "social media economic networth". 

   There has always been issues in Goth, Subculture, and even Counterculture, but, these issues are no more or less different than those that exist in either tribes or well-fabricated modern cultures.

If we are going to define "Goth", we might as well take a moment to define "Subculture, Fringe (synonym of counter culture), and a crude definition of counter- culture (underground synonym)." In modern language, these various terms are quite often used in a manner that is exceedingly interchangeable.

merriam-webster.com defines "Subculture" as:

1)a : a culture (as of bacteria) derived from another cultureb : an act or instance of producing a subculture2): an ethnic, regional, economic, or social group exhibiting characteristic patterns of behavior sufficient to distinguish it from others within an embracing culture or society <a criminal subculture>

http://www.urbandictionary.com defines "Subculture" as (first given def.):

A branch off from mainstream culture embracing it's own unique style. Often times, as more and more people do it, pieces of various subcultures become mainstream.

Wikipedia.org defines "Subculture" as:

As early as 1950, David Riesman distinguished between a majority, "which passively accepted commercially provided styles and meanings, and a 'subculture' which actively sought a minority style ... and interpreted it in accordance withsubversive values".[4] In his 1979 book Subculture: The Meaning of Style, Dick Hebdige argued that a subculture is a subversion to normalcy. He wrote that subcultures can be perceived as negative due to their nature of criticism to the dominant societal standard. Hebdige argued that subcultures bring together like-minded individuals who feel neglected by societal standards and allow them to develop a sense of identity.In 1995, Sarah Thornton, drawing on Pierre Bourdieu, described "subcultural capital" as the cultural knowledge and commodities acquired by members of a subculture, raising their status and helping differentiate themselves from members of other groups.[5] In 2007, Ken Gelder proposed to distinguish subcultures from countercultures based on the level of immersion in society.[6] Gelder further proposed six key ways in which subcultures can be identified through their:often negative relations to work (as 'idle', 'parasitic', at play or at leisure, etc.);negative or ambivalent relation to class (since subcultures are not 'class-conscious' and don't conform to traditional class definitions); association with territory (the 'street', the 'hood', the club, etc.), rather than property; movement out of the home and into non-domestic forms of belonging (i.e. social groups other than the family);stylistic ties to excess and exaggeration (with some exceptions);refusal of the banalities of ordinary life and massification.[6]

oxforddictionaries.com defines "Subculture" as:

nouna cultural group within a larger culture, often having beliefs or interests at variance with those of the larger culture:in what ways does the social environment predispose certain individuals to join delinquent subcultures?

businessdictionary.com defines "Subculture" as:

Pockets or segments of culture which (while reflecting the dominant aspects of the main culture) show different customs, norms, and values, due to differences in geographical areas or (within an organization) departmental goals and job requirements
     thefreedictionary.com  defines "Fringe" as:

          1. A decorative border or edging of hanging threads, cords, or strips, often attached to a separate band.2. Something that resembles such a border or edging.3. A marginal, peripheral, or secondary part: "They like to hang out on the geographical fringes, the seedy outposts" (James Atlas).4. Those members of a group or political party holding extreme views: the lunatic fringe.5. Any of the light or dark bands produced by the diffraction or interference of light.6. A fringe benefit.tr.v. fringed, fring·ing, fring·es1. To decorate with or as if with a fringe: The weaver fringed the edge of the scarf.2. To serve as a fringe to: Ferns fringed the pool.[Middle English frenge, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *frimbia, alteration of Late Latin fimbria; see fimbria.]fringy adj.
     macmillandictionary.com  defines "Fringe" as:

2 people or activities that are considered strange or extremeTheir views belong to the wilder fringes of European politics.on the fringe/fringes: He has been forced to live on the fringes of society.Thesaurus entry for this meaning of fringea.activities that are connected with a major public event but are not an official part of itthe Edinburgh Festival FringeHe made a speech on the fringe of the conference.Thesaurus entry for this meaning of fringeb.[ONLY BEFORE NOUN] belonging to the fringe of a society, organization, or eventa small right-wing fringe group
For whatever reasons, these various definitions resound of over-whelming tones of negativity, anti-social behavior, and down-right malevolent natures and habits. In my humble opinion, anything that deviates from whatever "societal norms, statutes, or codes" are already established, is always going to be considered evil, wrong, or different by those who have failed to look deeper and explore the riches of the so-called "taboo-cultures". In a sense, you might even consider those who might have issues with the aforementioned, as "cultural life-style racists". 

The term counterculture is attributed to Theodore Roszak,[3][4][5] author of The Making of a Counter Culture.[6] It became prominent in the news media amid the social revolution that swept North and South America, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand during the 1960s and early 1970s.[1][3][5]Scholars differ in the characteristics and specificity they attribute to "counterculture". "Mainstream" culture is of course also difficult to define, and in some ways becomes identified and understood through contrast with counterculture. Counterculture might oppose mass culture (or "media culture"),[7] or middle-class culture and values,.[8] Counterculture is sometimes conceptualized in terms of generational conflict and rejection of older or adult values.[9]Counterculture may or may not be explicitly political. It typically involves criticism or rejection of currently powerful institutions, with accompanying hope for a better life or a new society.[10] It does not look favorably on party politics or authoritarianism.[11]Typically, a "fringe culture" expands and grew into a counterculture by defining its own values in opposition to mainstream norms.[citation needed] Countercultures tend to peak, then go into decline, leaving a lasting impact on mainstream cultural values. Their life cycles include phases of rejection, growth, partial acceptance and absorption into the mainstream.[citation needed] During the late 1960s, hippies became the largest and most visible countercultural group in the United States.[12] The "cultural shadows" left by the Romantics, Bohemians, Beats and Hippies remain visible in contemporary Western culture.[citation needed]According to Sheila Whiteley, "recent developments in sociological theory complicate and problematize theories developed in the 1960s, with digital technology, for example, providing an impetus for new understandings of counterculture".[13] Andy Bennett writes that "despite the theoretical arguments that can be raised against the sociological value of counterculture as a meaningful term for categorising social action, like subculture, the term lives on as a concept in social and cultural theory… [to] become part of a received, mediated memory". However, "this involved not simply the utopian but also the dystopian and that while festivals such as those held at Monterey and Woodstock might appear to embrace the former, the deaths of such iconic figures as Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, the nihilistic mayhem at Altamont, and the shadowy figure of Charlie Manson cast a darker light on its underlying agenda, one that reminds us that ‘pathological issues [are] still very much at large in today’s world".[14]

     Let us define one more term, "Counterculture".

 oxforddictionaries.com defines "Counterculture" as:

a way of life and set of attitudes opposed to or at variance with the prevailing social norm:the idealists of the 60s counterculture
 merriam-webster.com defines "Counterculture" as:

: a culture with values and mores that run counter to those of established societythe counterculture of the hippiesHe was part of the antiwar counterculture.First Known Use of COUNTERCULTURE 1968

thefreedictionary.com defines "Counterculture" as:

n.A culture, especially of young people, with values or lifestyles in opposition to those of the established culture.counter·cultur·al adj.counter·cultur·ist n.

So, it rather seems like the "rabbit-hole" is much deeper than what the average, stereotypical Goth, Sub, or Counter-cultural person might be aware of. Personally, I think it is more than ok to be different. I do feel that "we who are different" either pay the price for our life-styles, or, we learn to change and adapt. But, from the vantage point of wisdom, the proverb of, "the more things change, the more they stay the same" couldn't be far from the truth.

For the earnest and genuine seeker, I hope this allows you to have a greater understanding of  where you have come from, or, what you may become. Always remember that with any life-style or knowledge, comes a exceedingly great responsibility. Be wise in your choices and decisions and enjoy your life, no matter what life-style path you walk.