Good Goth Revisited
There is Good Goth and Bad Goth. Me and my friend Clint always debate over this. Good goth is done in an artistic, fashion forward avantgarde way. Bad Goth is done by shopping at Spencers head to toe. Think goth via 1998 suburban teen…not a good look.
Ms. Kitching is widely-known for her fabulous pink hair and sense of style. Admittedly, Ms. Kitching is not goth herself, but does claim to appreciate the style. What exactly is Ms.Kitching trying to say? It seems that Ms. Kitching is articulating a similar point to one that Jillian Venters makes in Gothic Charm School: “Friends don’t let friends dress like the Crow.” Wearing a costume from a comic book or movie is not really artistic or fashion forward. However, The Crow is a great graphic novel and cool movie. And, the costume is pretty great. It seems too snarky and scene to label anyone, even someone dressed like The Crow, as Bad Goth. A more polite way of phrasing it would be to say, “There is good goth and there is better.” We should all aim for better.
Anyway, Siouxsie was reminded of Ms. Kitching’s post while at a goth club this past weekend. She spotted a baby bat wearing a bio hazard gas mask and couldn’t help but snicker. Upon reflection though, good for him. At least he’s trying to be a good goth.
Photo Credit: Kid Paparazzi