“Goth for Life? A View from the Darkside”

Voltaire with an anonymous woman, who is still embracing her darksie.

Siouxsie was getting caught up Comic-Con and reading Voltaire’s interview with LA Weekly superstar-journalist Liz Ohanesian. For whatever reason, this piece brought to mind an article Ms. Ohanesian wrote last year, titled  “Goth for Life? A View from the Darkside.”   It is a great take.  She talks about growing up goth in LA–

The biggest misconception was that all goths were wild, strange looking beasts set on rebelling against societal norms by waging havoc across the land. The reality was that, at least in the world I knew, goths were young geeks with unusual haircuts and studded jewelry, kids who read Victorian literature, played with computers, watched silent films and engaged in art projects. Music and clothing were only a small part of the subculture. In the end, it seemed that people were more interested in sharing ideas and fostering creativity.

She articulates how she has embraced her past while exploring new styles.  The article is well written.  And no matter where you are coming from, or where you are going, the lesson is pretty universal.

Plus she has fantastic taste in music.

Photo Credit:  Fluffy Steve

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~ by siouxsielaw on July 29, 2010.

8 Responses to ““Goth for Life? A View from the Darkside””

  1. Awesome post, S! And thanks for the link to that great article 🙂 Some of us grew INTO goth in later years, although always liking themusic. Not everyone did it as a tennager and then “moved on”.

    (BTW, is that you in the pic? Voltaire is coming here soon, and I’m a gonna go!)

  2. Thanks for the post and the article links. I actually read the “Goth for Life?” article not long after it was printed and it was a good one. Like trashtastika, I’m one of the number who grew into Goth after the teen years. Well maybe “grew into Goth” isn’t the right phrase. Perhaps “acknowledged Goth” is a better one.

  3. Fantastic! While I can’t say that I ever fully embraced the goth look (mostly because I grew up in a small city in the Canadian Prairies, where the goth scene was largely non-existent and completely misunderstood in the late 80’s), the music will always be my first love. I can still remember listening to “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” by the Cure until the cassette was worn out. Luckily, the advent of CDs and MP3s has allowed me to replace all of my lost cassettes. Now, I find myself introducing the classics to my 13 year old, and I’m pleased to say that most of my efforts have met with success (she still doesn’t get Skinny Puppy, but hopefully all things in time…) I’m e-mailing her a link to the article too.

    As an aside, love your website. As a lawyer who still harbours goth tendencies and a love of all things goth, it’s great to see that I’m not the only one out there.

    • Thanks so much for your nice comments. That article by Liz Ohanesian resonated with me too.
      Sounds like you are raising your daughter right! “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” is a favorite of mine also. It is actually the font for this blog’s header. Keep working on the Skinny Puppy.
      xoxo
      Siouxsie

  4. I loved the article! The only thing I think she missed out on is that the goth kids were always the kids who cared deeply about the world; who saw things on the news and wanted to help, to donate time or money to charity, or do something to make a difference. That’s another thing I loved about goth (punk, as well).

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