Let’s Hear it for the Goths! Our Sisters and Brothers in Black

World Goth Day-Sisters and Brothers in Black

Steampunks owe a lot to Goth culture, much more than just the saying “Steampunks are Goths that discovered brown”. Like their punk cousins, the Goth movement finds its roots in dark counter culture, only with a 19th century fantasy, horror, and literature bent.

And like Gothic folk, Steampunk finds much of its inspiration in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, including new romantic style fashion with nuances of twisted naughtiness. The video for Adam Ant’s “Strip” is a perfect example:

Goth and Steampunk have reached such levels of popularity that each has internationally declared “Days” on the calendar. World Goth Day is May 22nd. International Steampunk Day is June 14th.

It Feels So Good to Be in the Dark

Embracing the darker sides of life, fueled with late 70’s/early 80’s music by Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, the Cure, Joy Division, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, Goths wear black, black, and well, more black. They eschew the sun, while valuing vampire pale skin. Legendary inspiration comes from Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Anne Rice. Many lead unconventional lifestyles; as artists, burlesque performers, and musicians, with minds open to spiritual and sexual differences such as paganism and BDSM.

In my own goth moments, I’ve found an acceptance and a kindness amongst the subculture that’s really refreshing in comparison to the “that’s not steampunk” vibe that makes the rounds of the brown wearing culture every once in a while. Note that I’m always a Steampunk lady at heart, but sometimes, we of the brown coats could be more civil to each other at times.

The Crack Fox Celebrates World Goth Day

The Crack Fox is one of my favorite hole-in-the-wall bars, with a calendar filled with all kinds of alternative events. So this year, to celebrate World Goth Day, the Crack Fox hosted the Goth Garage Sale.

The Sale featured some of the best and most creative artisans, crafters, and talent in the region. There was everything from fetish/retro/goth clothing and accessories, to green soaps to Tarot readings to healthy edibles to a nationally (U.S.) known fang maker.

DJ Skeletal played a fantastic dark barrage of Goth, metal, alternative, and new wave music to an enthusiastic crowd that was happy to support the vendors. You can view highlights of all the vendors (and a complete list at the end) here:

 

It was nice to have a little evening on the dark side. Did you celebrate Goth or Steampunk Day recently? Feel free to comment below.

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Victoria L. Szulc is a multi-media Steampunk artist/writer working her fourth Steampunk novel, “Lafayette to London”. You can follow her works at mysteampunkproject.wordpress.com

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