Saturday, May 25, 2019

World Goth Day

On may 1st I hosted my first café meetup in my city. People wanted another one, and it was suggested that we could do it on World Goth Day, which was a great idea! I didn't want it to be super close to WGT, so that was perfect. Over 40 people clicked going or interested on the facebook event, which was crazy! I think we ended up with 18 attendants, which I still think is a good turnup (we were 13 at the first one)! We forgot to take pictures last time, so when the table filled up, I asked Simen to take some photos of us!

So many lovely girls! I noticed we were ALL girls except for Simen - 3 more women showed up, and two more men showed up much later. Usually you see a lot of goth girls online, cause girls are usually the ones who are the most active on social media - especially when it comes to photos. But in real life it's more or less 50/50. Not in this city, apparently! There were a bunch of men interested in the event, but most of them didn't show up.
But we were more than enough really, cause I didn't manage to talk to everyone, it's a little hard to talk across that big table! But since people came and went during, some moved closer so we could talk. The entire thing lasted from 15:00 to a little past 20:30! That's longer than last time, and if this continues to grow, it'll probably last even longer too!

So this was definitely a success. People were really happy and grateful for that I took initiative to start this. Not everyone can make it to the goth night for different reasons, so it's nice to do something during the day in a relaxed and more quiet environment.

My event even made it to the official website!
My facebook memories showed me that I have been ''celebrating'' World Goth Day for 7 years now. But most of the times I've been all alone. My only connection to the goth scene was Wave Gotik Treffen, which is only once a year, and in another country. It wasn't until recent years I started looking for goth communities online, and I found stuff like the Cemetery Confessions podcast that made me feel connected to the scene. Last year really changed things for me. In addition to WGT, I went to Subkult and Prague Gothic Treffen, as well as other events. Late last year I found out that a goth night had popped up, and couldn't believe it! I didn't care that there were almost nobody there, I got to dress up, go out and hear music I love, as well as discover new music! Then through the norwegian facebook group I helped start the Goth Norway project, where we share events happening all over the country. Suddenly I had ''collected'' enough people from my city through various ways, and I took inspiration from my friend in Oslo who does café meetups, and asked if that was something people were interested in, and they were! And here we are now, and it's so amazing.

So to everyone who says there aren't any goths or a scene in their area; get online and look! There might be events in your area, they just might not be labeled as goth nights. Check out events and places that might attract goths, and see if you find any! But the best way is definitely to look for them online. We are SO good at sitting at home hiding, but we are most likely on social media. I found a few from here through social media, and some have even found me through my blog! See if there's a group or a page for your city / larger area / country - there usually is one! If not, start your own! When you have gathered a bunch, arrange an event! The easiest to do are daytime meetups in public, but if there's interest and either you or someone you know have the skills / experience, do a club event! It could be a one-off thing, or as often as you can do it. If you want something, the best way is to do it yourself! It will probably pay off. It's been incredibly rewarding for me! So get out there, people!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Ayame Designs Jewelry!

Today I'm excited to show you a little haul from Ayame Designs! It's actually my friend Jossie, who I will be meeting for the first time in 2 weeks after knowing each other for almost 3 years! We're staying at an AirBnB together for WGT, I'm so excited! She was super kind and sent me some of her stuff. I've really become jewelry obsessed lately, so picking what to wear for WGT is gonna be hard!

Jossie made custom stamps with her face on it, how cool is that?!
I've kept it, cause how many people do you know who has their face on a stamp? Hahaha.

A personal note and the tissue paper was sealed with wax, with the wolf from the logo!
I very carefully opened it, and managed to save the seal too.

Inside the tissue paper they came in this little bag! Very handy to have.

And here they are, plus a sticker!

Click here or here for the earrings!

Click here or here for the necklace!

Click here or here for the nose chain!

Zomg, a photo of me without make-up?! I didn't wear it yesterday since I felt it would be a little too much with all at once! But then I forgot to take a photo with it before I removed my make-up, so you'll just have to deal with the ''morning after'' look, hahah.

Anyway, I'm totally in love with this stuff! So they will most likely be coming with me for WGT (I haven't really started with outfit details yet)! One thing I found really unique is that for most products, you have different options for color, fastenings, etc. She can also make earrings to work for people with stretched ears! She is also willing to do completely custom stuff, I've seen she's made some amazing things in the past, so don't limit yourself to whatever's on her website or Etsy! Check her social media for her past work. She ships free within Europe, and for 7€ worldwide (tracking included). And her jewelry is pretty cheap too for what you get! This is why I love independent designers, they're the complete opposite of bigger brands where you get overpriced cheap shit. Plus the care and love small businesses put into their customers is so amazing! I've probably said all of this before, but I will never stop saying it!

Festival season is coming up, so if you want something new and shiny to wear, check out Ayame Designs! It took a week to get to me (Belgium to Norway), so even if you need something for WGT, you can still order and get it before you go!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Norway's national day 2019

I don't usually post a lot of stuff from my life, mostly because I don't think it's interesting, but let's give it a go with how I spent this year's norwegian national day! Last year we were in Germany for WGT, but I did blog about the celebration in 2017. This was actually my first national day in my bunad (our national costume)! It was kinda scary to walk around on the most crowded day of the year, but it made it fine, without any stains or losing anything!

We woke up a little late, and I managed to put myself together before Simen was even ready. We headed into town and met Simen's parents and their friends. They had managed to grab the best spot at 9 AM, so we stayed there for a while! My city (Bergen) is famous for this place, it's called Bryggen.

Simen's mom managed to grab a selfie where Simen doesn't look angry or awkward LOL
It was pretty hot, 24 Celsius! The hottest national day my city has had in 20 years. So us walking around in wool outfits were extra hot! As an adult I think one of the best things about this day is to look at all the beautiful bunads people are wearing. It usually represents where you and your family are from, so in bigger cities you see more of a variety, as well as more of specific types from the area. After a while we gave our table away and sat inside the lobby of the hotel they were staying at. Later me and Simen went home to change. A bunad is a wonderful costume, but it's an ordeal to put on and wear! So taking it off feels really nice. I decided to change into my cheap children's version for the evening (you can see a full photo of it in the 2017 post I linked at the top).

Gah, the top of my hair had fallen down (it's too long, gonna go get it cut tomorrow) and I picked the wrong shade of blue lipstick, but oh well. We went to a restaurant called Marg Og Bein (marrow and bone), and I tried the braised ox cheek, and it was seriously the most tender meat I have ever eaten - you could eat it with a spoon! Finished off with a chocolate parfait. Afterwards we split up; Simen went to work, the others went to their hotel and I went home, cause I didn't feel like partying.

The day after Simen's parents met my parents for the first time! It was about time. My parents got home from vacation in The Philippines the day before, so I haven't seen them for a while. We ate a lot of food, and it went really well! Now they don't have to meet at the wedding, hahaha.
Today has been your typical sunday, we got food delivered, washed some clothes, I did some skincare, I've worked out, and pulled out some potential clothes for WGT.
It's coming up soon, I'm so excited! I have my World Goth Day café meetup on wednesday, that's the last goth-related event before it's full-force focus on WGT!

Monday, May 13, 2019

WGT Schedule Panic

I fell asleep early yesterday evening, so I woke up to messages about the WGT schedule being up at like 5 this morning! I jolted awake, haha. Usually the schedule comes out one MAYBE two weeks before, so this is highly unusual. Not everything is up yet, but you can click every band to see when and where they are playing. Which is a little weird, since not all the bands are announced yet - we ''only'' have 160 so far! So I hope there won't be too many more amazing bands announced, cause I think I've pretty much decided now. Let me take you on my little panic decision journey!

So first I went through my entire list of bands I wanted to see, which was about 40 bands. I knew there was no way that would be possible. But I wrote down where they all played each day, and sorted them by venue. Here's what that looked like!

I already knew that especially the sunday would be heartbreaking for me, but there were a few surprises. I decided to plan logistically, meaning choose the venues with the most bands I wanted to see, and then add on any more I could get to close by afterwards. That way I wouldn't have to move around the city too much, and I'd see as many bands as possible. Here's what I ended up with!

I've already found some friends with the same plans, so this is going to be great.
I found out that Void Vision and Automelodi are also playing Stadtbad on friday, and I definitely don't mind seeing those! And I'm pretty sure Hante. will be done in time for us to head to Agra to catch White Lies.
Saturday I need to get ready for Obsession Bizarr and be there until past midnight, so no bands for me that day. I'm pretty sad that I won't be able to see Light Asylum and Sally Dige, they were two of my must-see bands, but alas.
So sunday I decided to go with Volkspalast, as there were three bands I wanted to see there. Pretty heartbreaking, but oh well. I added Vowws and Kælan Mikla, since they will be playing there too, even though I'm not very excited about those. Then I think I'll be able to head over to Agra to catch London After Midnight! I've already seen Christian Death, so they lost.
Monday worked out perfectly for me! Sure there were three bands I wanted to see at Agra, but I don't like them THAT much - those are just bands I like to dance to. So like last year we will be spending monday there - and last year that was THE BEST, so I'm hoping this will be too!

How did you think I did? Which bands here would you like to see? If you are coming to WGT, and you'll be where I'll be, hit me up so we can meet! There's SO many people I know going this year, so it'll definitely be hard to meet everyone. But I will try my best! Even though me and my friends might have the same taste in music, our priorities are often different. There's always clubbing too! I don't plan any of those, I just see where we end up. Now the next thing to do is to plan outfits! So weird that it's the other way around this year. I don't think I will share that on here, so you'll just have to wait and see until after I come back! I am also doing a post on WGT bands for Obscura Undead, so that'll be up soon! We'll see what I post next on here, I've got the norwegian national day on the 17th, and my café meetup on world goth day (the 22nd), so if I get pictures, I'll post about that!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Surprise visit from Sweden!

On friday I woke up by being poked in the shoulder - I turned around, and in my bed was Qugoria, one of my best friends from Sweden! I couldn't fucking believe it, haha. I had talked to her the night before, and wondered why she was up so late, but she was really getting ready to drive all the way here. She and Simen had planned this in secret for a while! Simen had bought in some extra good food and been cleaning more last week, but I had NO idea. This is stuff that happens in movies!

That day we just chilled at home, since she was obviously pretty tired from driving across Norway plus half of Sweden. Saturday we got ready to go out, but it was raining, so we decided to stay in instead. We watched The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1973) with the Gothy Discord, and then went out to Hulen for a couple of drinks. I was really surprised to hear a Drab Majesty song there! Then we went home and ended up staying up talking until 6 AM, haha.

Our patchouli bottles - Mine is the small one, obviously lol
She makes me look so tan, hahah - This is me at my palest!
Atmospheric photo at Hulen - Love her DIY backpack!

Sunday the weather was pretty okay, so I took her sightseeing in my city. We started with my favorite cemetery, since we're so stereotypically goth, haha. As we're walking in the city centre, suddenly a woman comes VERY close to Qugoria's face and says something that can be translated to ''You look fucking stupid''. She walks on, but Qugoria turned around and said ''You should try being nice instead!'' The woman stopped and just started yelling swearwords. This came as a COMPLETE shock to us, cause we have NEVER experienced something like it before. And what's weird is that she was only talking to her, not me. Neither of us had make-up on, she was dressed pretty simply (see photo below), and I was wearing a patched blazer, a crop top, red plaid skirt, red fishnets with huge holes and docs. Our theory is that she must have been a junkie or something like that, cause this is definitely not normal behavior in Scandinavia! You just don't talk to strangers (at least in sober condition).

Anyway, we continued on walking through the city, and I showed her Torgallmenningen, Bryggen, Bergenhus Fortress, and some other stuff. I also bought her a proper Bergen cinnamon bun, which she thought had too little cinnamon, haha. She also thought other foods tasted weird / wrong the day before - Fucking swede, coming here judging our food, hahaha. She IS right in Sweden having the best meatballs though. After walking a lot, we went home and ate dinner. Later we played Gother Than Thou for the first time! I got it on ebay for only £0.99 a while back, but haven't played it, cause at least then I barely knew any goths here (you have to be 3-5 players). Now I do though! I'm actually arranging a goth café meetup tomorrow! So hopefully there will be a proper scene here soon.

Anyway, we had to play a round first to familiarize ourselves with the rules, cause there are goth points, sickness points and money / debt to keep track of - which does affect the game. To win you need to have 20 goth points at the end of your turn. Honestly the game was a little underwhelming, I feel like it's been hyped up a lot by the few people on the internet who know about it. The cards are funny, but you get over it quickly. It's a little annoying to keep track of everything, and playing a round doesn't take very long. But I guess it's just one of those collector's items!

On monday morning she drove home. A little sad, but still so amazed that she bothered to come all this way just for me. I was also pretty tired, from being social so much (#introvert) and the lack of sleep. She's probably gonna read this, so: THANK YOU SO MUCH, I LOVE YOU! <3 I hope we get to see each other again soon. We've only met once before, at Subkult last year. She hasn't been to WGT yet, so she definitely needs to get her ass there! There's also my wedding - but we don't have a date for that yet.

If I can snap some pics tomorrow (and get permission to post them) at the café meetup, I'll write a post about it! I'm also working on a post about Frankenstein for Obscura Undead. See you soon!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Project Goth Playlist Tag

This is a new tag started by The House Of Wyvern and other people I know through the Gothy Discord. If you wanna join, feel free! Let's spread the love of goth music!

The Mission

Also known as The Mission UK, is a goth rock band that was formed in 1986 by Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams after they left The Sisters Of Mercy. They recruited Simon Hinkler and Mick Brown. Originally they called themselves The Sisterhood, but Andrew Eldritch put a stop to that. They have also performed under the name Blood Brothers, and even done glam rock covers under the name The Metal Gurus.

While the current line-up is 75% of the original members, the members have switched out quite a bit over the years, with Hussey being the only consistent member. The band has also been on hiatus a couple of times. Actually, they kind of are on one right now, since besides supporting Alice Cooper in november 2017, they haven't played a show since I saw them at Wave Gotik Treffen 2017. Wayne Hussey has been very active since then though, doing a lot of solo shows and work - including an autobiography, which I am very excited about!


  • God's Own Medicine (1986)
  • Children (1988)
  • Carved In Sand (1990)
  • Grains Of Sand (1990)
  • Masque (1992)
  • Neverland (1995)
  • Blue (1996)
  • Aura (2001)
  • God Is A Bullet (2007)
  • The Brightest Light (2013)
  • Another Fall From Grace (2016)

As much as I love facts and lists, let's go over to some talk about my experiences with the band! I most likely found them through a compilation album, which is how I discovered a lot of goth bands outside the big obvious ones. So I definitely recommend getting those if you're new to goth and want to discover more bands!

The first song I heard by them was obviously Wasteland - a specific version though, not the album version - I don't think it's the extended one either. Then I probably listened to them a lot on Spotify, cause I didn't get any of their CDs until WGT 2017. They quickly became one of my favorite (goth) bands - I actually like them more than Sisters Of Mercy! I also like Love & Rockets and Tones On Tail better than Bauhaus, and Southern Death Cult and Death Cult better than The Cult, so there. The Mission is truly a goth ROCK band, it's not as dancy as a lot of goth / post-punk / wave bands are - not that that's a bad thing, I love that too! Wayne Hussey also has a great and unique voice as far as goth goes, and his guitarwork is amazing!

I got to see them live on the first row at Wave Gotik Treffen in 2017. I consider it the greatest concert I've ever been to, as no other band has made me weep tears of joy. I KNEW I would cry when I heard Butterfly On A Wheel, and I did! Then they hit me in the face with Marian, and I continued crying until the next / last song Deliverance. It was AMAZING! SO glad I got to see them.

Before I get into sharing some songs, if you want some further reading, I have reviewed God's Own Medicine and Another Fall From Grace here on my blog, so check those out for my thoughts on those!

Hope you enjoyed that! While technically The Mission is a pretty well-known classic goth band, I don't see people talking about them much. I might be biased though, haha! This was really fun, I could do more posts like this! I want to post more about music, but nowadays I really want my posts to be of good quality, and sadly people aren't very interested. So let me know what kind of music posts you'd like to see! 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Squaw by Bram Stoker Review

A couple is on honeymoon in Germany, and they meet an american. They visit castle Nuremberg, and on the way there they see a cat playing with its kitten at the bottom of the wall they're on. The american throws a stone, aiming for it to land next to them, but he hits the kitten and kills it. The mother is furious, but can't get to them. The american says the cat reminds him of an Apache woman he used to know, whose child was killed by a soldier - she tracked him for years and eventually killed him before the american could save him. She looked very happy, and he killed her.
The cat continues to follow them towards the castle, but the american just laughs. They go to see the torture instruments in the castle, the most famous of them the iron maiden. For some reason the american wants to be tied up and go inside, and bribes the custodian to let him do it. The custodian hold a rope so that the door slowly closes, and that's when they notice the cat has followed them. The american laughs. The cat attacks the custodian so he lets go of the rope, and the american is killed instantly. The husband opens the door, and his body falls out. The wife faints, and he carries her to a bench outside. When he comes back, the cat is sitting on the american's head licking his blood. He then takes an executioner's sword and kills it.

Ehhh... wtf just happened? Haha. First off, I find it a little weird that this newlywed couple wants another guy to join them on their honeymoon. Second, he's really annoying and obnoxious! Reading of the kitten's death is heartbreaking, and the guy just laughs about it! So I'm really glad the story he told foreshadowed his own death. The iron maiden wasn't a real medieval torture instrument though, I don't know if Bram Stoker knew that. But it doesn't matter, the american got what he deserved. Shame that the cat was killed though. The wife in this story is just completely useless, I don't even know why she was included in the story. But I have a suspicion Bram Stoker was pretty sexist - he was racist as well, so...

Anyway, it's a pretty decent story! If you want to read something else by Bram Stoker, I say give it a go. You can find it for free online, or usually in a physical copy that includes Dracula's Guest And Other Stories.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Addams Family 2019 Trailer

Just saw this! I knew this was coming, and it's finally coming on october 11 this year (in the US, at least). I have to say I'm a little skeptic. Now, I DID grow up with the 90's movies, but as an adult I haven't even watched them, I prefer the 60's TV series. This movie seems to be based on the original comic though, but it still looks a little weird translated into a ''3D'' movie. I will definitely watch it, though! So what do you think? What are your expectations for this movie?

In other movie / TV news, What We Do In The Shadows the series has just started airing. I haven't watched it myself yet, but it looks promising! They seem to be re-using some of the gags from the movie, probably because they're aiming for a larger audience with the series. There's also Wellington Paranormal, which also is a TV spinoff. I haven't seen or heard much about it, but I also want to check that out. But we'll see when they will be available to stream for me here in Norway. Even the movie isn't, so I have to go buy a DVD of it! If you've seen the shows so far, let me know what you think in the comments!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

I proposed to my boyfriend using Star Wars

Spoiler alert: He said yes

I guess a lot of people know already that Simen and I are now engaged! I proposed on our anniversary, so I thought I'd share the story of how I did it.

Originally we had agreed that he would propose since I ''made all the moves'' at the start of our relationship. But on new year's eve while we were at separate parties we kinda joked about it, and then I thought; Hey, why shouldn't I do it? It IS very me / us, after all. We're not really romantic people though - especially not me!

So after freaking out a bit (AM I REALLY DOING THIS? HOW DOES ONE DO THIS?!) and talking to people, I went on Etsy, and I found a Star Wars fidget spinner ring. He likes Star Wars (though I had never watched any of it), and he fidgets a lot, so I thought it was pretty good! I asked my friend Benedikt JOKINGLY if there was a romantic moment in Star Wars. He showed me this:

I thought it was hilarious and ridiculous. Then I thought; OMG, that might actually work! And I didn't come up with anything better, so I went with it. I decided to do it on our anniversary (march 21st), since any other day might make him suspicious.

I ordered a ring size kit and measured him in his sleep, then ordered the ring. I also borrowed Empire Strikes Back on DVD, but didn't tell him that until a few days before our anniversary. In advance I had said we didn't need to do anything special, we could just stay at home and watch a movie. But to distract him, I offered to make dinner, since he usually makes the food, cause I absolutely hate cooking. It worked! No suspicions at all, not even when I brought home the DVD, just ''You wanna start in the middle?'' - I just said I heard this one was the best and where ''all the good stuff happens''.

Here's how it actually went down! I made dinner, and after we ate we put on the movie. The whole movie he was trying to tell me backstory and stuff, and I barely understood anything, hahah. I had watched the scenes leading up to THE scene shortly before, so I knew when it was coming. He said ''Coming up is a really famous scene, and the line wasn't in the script'' - Me: ''Oh really?''. When we actually got there, I paused the movie, and I said ''I love you'' - we laughed when he refused to say ''I know''. I said ''Seriously though'' - and my mind went blank. I hadn't prepared anything to say, cause I KNEW I would get so nervous that I couldn't stick to it. So when I realized I wasn't going to be able to say anything lovey-dovey, and he was confused cause the movie was still paused, I said ''I guess what I'm trying to say is...'', knelt down and pulled the ring box out of my purse, ''...will you marry me?'' -''Is this real?'' - ''YES.'', and there was a lot of laughing, and he said yes. I was SO relieved! There wasn't really any doubt he would say no, but I'm just not good at being romantic. But I'm still proud of myself for coming up with this plan.

So there you have it! Thought it would be fun to share not your typical proposal story. I read that only 5% of women propose, which is WAY too low. Plus proposing with help from Star Wars is SO not normal! Also I want to thank Infinite Jewelry CA for their impeccable and quick service! Their shipping was super fast (even to Norway), and when we discovered the ring was half a size too small, they shipped out a new one the next day! They are super nice, so I definitely recommend them for unique, masculine and geeky rings.

Lastly I also want to thank everyone who might be reading this who has been bearing with me in the time before the proposal. I am SO impatient, and it was SO hard to hide things and even lie to Simen. I also didn't tell my mom, cause she would probably have spoiled it, hahaha. Her reaction to the news when we called was priceless! We've gotten to much love from people, and it's really nice to know that people are excited for us. Don't know how much of the planning I'll post about here though. I think I'll be too busy hanging out on Offbeat Bride, haha! I definitely recommend that site for inspiration and advice for weddings for us who aren't... ''normal''. Also sorry for not having blogged for a month, but as you probably can tell, I've had other stuff on my mind! Hopefully I'll be back on here soon, if not on Obscura Undead! But I'm mainly active on Instagram nowadays. I've also been posting more on my Facebook page, so follow me there for updates and other fun stuff I share!

Recent-ish photo, cause we never take photos LOL

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


So me and other people from the Gothy Discord have been using this hashtag Aytakk came up with (he also came up with #toiletgoth), and it seems to have been causing some ruckus on the internet. I didn't think that I would need to explain the meaning of the hashtag in detail, but here we go.

There are a lot of problems with Killstar and Dollskill, but I'm not gonna bother to go into those. Cause the main problem is the marketing, and that brands like this have completely taken over goth on the internet. This makes people think that goth is about overpriced clothing, and nothing else. I've personally seen and talked to SO many people who say they ''can't afford to be goth'' because they think the expensive brand clothes are a requirement for being goth. THIS IS WRONG.

If you are ONLY wearing goff brand clothing and not participating in the scene in any way (and by that I mainly mean listening to the music), you are literally a poseur. Yup, I said it. That word comes from when some people would pose for photos when random people asked them to. Now I wasn't there, so I don't know if they were ONLY in it for the fashion, but this nevertheless left a bad taste in the mouth of the other people in the scene, probably because it leaves the impression that it's just a fashion thing. Killstar (or any other brand) doesn't make you a goth, like putting on a chef's uniform doesn't make you a chef, or a full outfit of Adidas doesn't make you an athlete.

THAT is what the hashtag means. But, I apparently also have to explain what it DOESN'T mean! Yes, you CAN wear goth brands if you want to. You can spend your money however you want, and wear whatever you want. That's not what we're saying here. Goth doesn't have a uniform. We celebrate creativity, and goths have been thrifting and DIY-ing since before it was even called goth. Remember our roots! It came out of punk, those kids didn't have a lot of money, but they still formed the look we associate with goth today. And sidenote, goth doesn't ''own'' black clothes, eyeliner, fishnets, bondage gear, big hair, leather, pointy shoes, boots or anything else. Goth has borrowed a lot from trends and other subcultures. Anyone can wear those things, but that doesn't mean they're a goth. I've seen several ''normal'' people wear shoes that look a lot like winklepickers around lately. Pretty much everyone has black clothes - and every person who wears make-up probably owns black eyeliner. So no article of clothing (or amount of it) can make you a goth.

Aytakk made one specifically for this!
And he's the one who made it up, listen to him!
This isn't shitting on babybats and newcomers to the scene - in fact, quite the opposite. We're trying to help them out by informing them that goth isn't about expensive clothes and an extravagant look. You can be goth without even looking like it. If you want to, awesome, but if you can't, that doesn't mean you're not good enough (I've literally seen people say they think they aren't because of that). When I was younger, I definitely bought from alternative brands, cause I didn't know any other way to look cool. I still have and wear those things, but in recent years I've learned to DIY and I've pretty much only bought stuff at thrift stores and sales - mostly at H&M, but goth brands too.

I'm not sure why people have been shouting elitist gatekeeper at this. Nobody is saying you CAN'T wear Killstar or any other brand. It doesn't make you ''less of a goth'' either (nothing does - unless you're not a fan of goth music of course). We're not telling people what to do with their lives. The hashtag is just meant to be what it literally says; ''Goth is not Killstar'' - cause it isn't. Not ''Killstar makes you ungoth'' or anything else.

If you have any questions, concerns or anything, comment below!
For further reading, check out Aytakk's newest article on The Belfry!
Also check out Kelly's video on the topic!

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