Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Passions ~ Alternative Lifestyle

There's much to be said about the lifestyle we choose to lead. For many years I've chosen to follow an alternative lifestyle, my general aim since I was at primary school was to not fit into a niche as I didn't by natural default, so that wasn't too difficult. Those bullies did me a favour when I was that young.

I chose to follow a varied path of gothic background with a few hippy tendencies.

I did discover that I was probably at my most gothic when I was having my darkest days and when I was emotionally unstable. It's like wrapping yourself in a black cocoon and coming out a beautiful colourful butterfly!


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Calling all bloggers/writers!

pen, pad & keyboard

Calling all writers/bloggers/entrepreneurs...

I'm on the look out for guest posters/editorial writers/advertisers on the following topics:

Harley Davidson
Car Accidents
Causes of Plane Crashes
Gothic/Alternative Lifestyle Choices
Natural Remedies
Quick & Simple Cooking/Recipes
Grammar Nazi
Spelling Nazi
Fans of 60s-90s Advertising

If you can fill any one of these areas of interest, please contact me through my blogger profile, or via comment on this post and I shall get back to you within 48 hours.

If you require further information, you can contact me as above, or check out the other blogs I have via my blogger profile.

Also starting a "Predictions Unravelled" blog and looking for a regular poster and ideas-man to help us get creative.

Thanks for reading!


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Friday, December 7, 2012

Gothic Shopping Madness

I've been absent for some time, but I'm rediscovering my love of gothic again.
I've been trawling various sites & these were my discoveries:

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Small gothic collection

I've been designing for many years now & some of my artwork will take a gothic angle to it. Part of the collection is here for those who have an interest.
All feedback is gladly received.
~ Thanks ~

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Addendum to: Top: Gothic Clothing Sites and Stores


Thank you to the owner of The Black Wardrobe for pointing out that Heavyred.com was missed out on my list of Top Gothic Clothing Sites & Stores. This was due to the fact that I am in the UK and rarely purchase from America due to Tax issues on shipments of goods into the UK.

Also I would like to mention that another good site for anyone of an Alternative nature would be Vampire Freaks a social networking site aimed at the gothic society

Don't they think wierd?

Dragon around a Skull

Ah, but this is the beauty of goths. Most subjects that are taboo in 'normal' society are freely discussed and debated about. Death, religion, magick, mysticism, and many other topics that are only roached carefully outside of the gothic community. Most goths have realised that fear is only a reaction instilled in us by dogmatic propaganda, and once you realise there is nothing to fear from the topic, whats to stop you discussing it?
Goths often revel in the fear given to them by society as a whole. Often the behavior exhibited by society to them based on society's perception of them from stereotypes, rumour, etc are a constant source of entertainment. Of course, most of the rumours are totally unfounded, goths are people like everyone else, however when you already have a reputation, going for the shock factor is often far too tempting to see how much society at large is willing to believe (or deduce) with only a little encouragement.
This does not totally fall away once you get inside the scene unfortunately, and goths are all too often tempted to try for the shock factor within the scene (which turns out more tacky than shocking). Goths when you get down to it can be a rather pretentious bunch, trying for those extra 'goth points' on the gothier than thou scale, but it adds to the enjoyment.

History of Goth

Modern goth (ignoring where the name itself originally comes from) started in the early 80's as part of the punk subculture (which is itself was a rejection of most societal values, and anything considered part of the 'norm').

The phrase was coined by the band manager of Joy Division, Anthony H. Wilson, who described the band as 'Gothic compared with the pop mainstream'. The term stuck, and as punk eventually died, Goth survived and became its own subculture.

The punk clothing and hairstyles mellowed, and the core 'rejection of society' attitude alone lived on in the gothic subculture. Over time this itself has been modified to be more of a 'no more blind acceptance of society's values' as opposed to rejection because it was there to be rejected (and because you could get away with it!).
Movies such as The Crow, and bands such as the Bauhaus helped establish the gothic image as dark, depressing, and even evil. As more and more 'dark' movies came out, numbers in the gothic subculture expanded, and there is now a gothic community in almost every major city around the world, and quite a number of towns have their own representative contingent. Nowdays there are more goth bands around than ever, and it has turned from an 80's phenomenon into a way of life for many people. Unlike the punk subculture that it spawned from, there even exists a class of mature goths, still following the scene around even past their 20's and into their 30's and beyond.

[Source: Goth.Net]