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!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Custom Made Harness & Belt From Studio 777!

Hey! I'm super excited to show you these new pieces my friend Jez made for me! I've kind of wanted a belt and a harness like this for a good while, but I hesitated cause EVERYONE has one - and if I were to buy one off the rack they would never fit tiny me. I guess I mentioned this on Discord, and Jez offered to make me some! And even though she lives in another country, she still managed to make them fit with her fairy gothmother magic, hahaha. Enough talk, let me show you!

Super badass.

Belt worn at the hips

Had to fiddle a little with the adjustments, once I found the right ones it looks great! I gave her tons of measurements, but it's still hard to make chain droop without the model!

Picked out the specific arrangements for the chains.
I specified the max length so I wouldn't sit on them, in case they would get caught.

Belt on it's smallest setting, 50 cm (less than 20'')

I wanted to be able to wear the belt two places, and she actually managed to fulfill my request! The skirt is a little in the way for the chains here.

How they arrived, super cute!

She even put tags in them, which I found a really cool detail!

Needless to say, I'm super happy with them. They will definitely be used a lot in my outfits! They're perfect for jazzing up a simple outfit like what I am wearing today. I suck at accessorizing, I just never really think about how I can jazz up what I wear. I don't know if it's because my accessories aren't in plain sight, or I just forget cause I'm happy with whatever I throw on. But these pieces will really help! I will probably wear them to death at almost every event this year. I think they will last a long time though! The leather the belt is made out of is hardcore, but the harness is a softer leather (but still feels really stiff, especially around my neck now that it's new). The hardwear feels great! The chains aren't like industrial grade, but I don't think that's necessary here - Especially for the harness, that's pretty heavy already!

Yesterday's outfit with a heavy duty wallet chain I attached to my skirt
Jewelry - Darkling Beloved
Wallet chain - Metal Shop Prague
Vest - Thrifted
Fishnet top, bandeau top and skirt are from EMP.
The latter I got at the Leipzig outlet for only €5!

Anyway, check out Studio777's Etsy, Facebook and Instagram! If you have an idea for something, don't hesitate to contact her and see what she can do for you! Her service is great, and she will go a long way to make sure that you are 100% happy by asking a lot of questions and giving a lot of suggestions and options. I just gave her a couple of inspiration photos, and she took those and made me something similar, and didn't copy them! They might look similar to other pieces like this, but if you look close, they're different, which is pretty important to me! As well as the fact that they actually fit. It's so cool that I can wear the belt in two places, cause it's even rare that I can find a belt that is small enough for my hips. So again, thank you so much, Jez! Can't wait to see you again at WGT! :D 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith Review

I really liked Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, so when I found out about this, I put it on my want-to-read list! My awesome brother-in-law got it for me for Yule.

I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did, since I felt Abraham was the reason I loved the last book. But if you love vampires and history, you'll love this. This book is kind of written like Interview With The Vampire (it's even mentioned); it's Henry telling Seth Grahame-Smith his life story. It changes between regular third person narration, and Henry's own thoughts - They are clearly separated, so you won't get confused. Henry was born in 1583, so there's A LOT to cover in just under 400 pages, which Grahame-Smith somehow manages to do. Of course he skips some parts here and there, and everything that happened before the last book are flashbacks.

The story starts properly shortly after Abraham Lincoln's death. Henry is sent to Europe by the Union to hunt down a murderer called A. Grander VIII. He goes back to his birth city; London - where he meets Henry Irving, Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle.. and Jack The Ripper. Not gonna tell you his identity though!  After the head of the Union is killed, Henry goes back to America, and gets a body guard. While he's out with him, he meets Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain. They become friends too, and later as Henry starts to work for more presidents Tesla goes with him to Russia on a mission. It's hard to recap everything in this book, but we see the world wars, other historical events in America in more recent times AND the time of the first English settlers. Henry was there for all of it! It was really interesting to see how Grahame-Smith again twisted history with vampire fiction.

If you liked the first book, Interview With The Vampire and Anno Dracula, you'll love this! I recommend all of these. I also watched the movie adaption of the first book again while I was reading this. I will always be a SUCKER for vampires ;) Now, off to read Dracula - AGAIN!

Buy the book here! Click here to buy Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Click here to read my review of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, also by Seth Grahame-Smith!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Festivals & concerts I look forward to in 2019

This is looking to be a great year for (goth) concerts already! I might be going to more shows this year, but that will probably be local shows - unless another REALLY good thing pops up. Let's have a look at how the concert year of 2019 (so far) will be for me!

Wave Gotik Treffen - Leipzig, Germany
This one doesn't come off as a surprise to anyone, does it? This year will be my 7th WGT. We have our accommodation (which we'll be sharing with Jossie) and trip booked, so we're pretty much all set! Getting very excited already. The band announcements started even earlier this time. So far my must see bands are Cradle Of Filth, Nitzer Ebb and Sad Lovers & Giants. Can't wait to see all my online friends, there will be a lot of people I will be meeting for the first time this year! :D
If you're new to WGT, check out my WGT guide, which has been updated recently!

The Cure @ Øyafestivalen - Oslo, Norway
I was at my parents' house when my sister found out they were announced for Øyafestivalen, a festival I've never really wanted to go to - No wait! Mayhem played there on my birthday in.. 2014? But I moved to the US in july that year. This time The Cure are headlining august 7th - the day before my 25th birthday. I guess that's a good way to start off the celebration! I HAD to get a ticket right away, I had no idea if it would get sold out quickly or not, but it still isn't! This will apparently be their biggest show in Norway ever, which makes me feel better for missing them in the past.

M'era Luna Festival - Hildesheim, Germany
Right after seeing The Cure in Oslo I'll be flying off to Germany again, to attend my first M'era Luna festival! My friend Attic Ghost is kindly letting us stay at his place, which actually was the main factor for us going, haha. M'era Luna doesn't really seem that appealing to me, but I'm willing to give it a try. Fields Of The Nephilim and VNV Nation are playing, the rest I'm not super excited about or / and seen them before.
But I think it'll be fun to meet people, and celebrate my birthday!

The Sisters Of Mercy @ Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway
In september I'll be flying to Oslo again to see *gasp* The Sisters Of Mercy! I haven't heard many good things (who is even in the band nowadays anyway?), but I want to see them at least once, just to have done it. I love Sisters, despite Eldritch being kind of a joke in the goth community. They're playing a relatively small venue, and I see the facebook event already has more people interested than it can fill - There are still tickets though! But since I saw the interest on facebook I sat in front of my computer waiting for the tickets to launch - and I found out Simen's brother was doing the same, haha! I think it'll be super fun, despite all the things I've heard!
Facebook event - Website (It looks awful, I know)

So those are the ones I'm planning to go to so far this year! Last year I checked out Subkult and Prague Gothic Treffen, but I highly doubt we'll make it there this year. We'd love to go back to both of those, though! But I think these four are pretty good, I'm satisfied with that! BRING ON SUMMER.

What festivals and shows are you going to this year?
If we're going to the same ones, hit me up so we can meet! :D

Thursday, February 7, 2019

ABCs Of Goth

I saw some posts on facebook where people were doing this kind of thing, so I thought I would do one too, it seems like a good challenge! Let's see if I can manage to list a goth band for every letter in the (english) alphabet.

Chameleons Vox @ WGT 2018
Ash Code
Bolshoi (,The)
Chameleons (,The)
Death Cult
Echo & The Bunnymen
Flesh For Lulu
Gene Loves Jezebel
Inkubus Sukkubus
Jesus & Mary Chain (,The)
Kommunity FK
Love & Rockets
Mission (,The)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Psychedelic Furs (,The)
Sad Lovers & Giants
Tones On Tail
Virgin Prunes
XII. Století
Years On Earth
Zero Le Creche

Yay, I did it! Obviously didn't manage to keep it stricly goth rock, but close enough! I had to cheat with ONE - I found Quasimodo through Alex Malkavian's ''Every Goth Band Ever'' list. But I think I did pretty good! I tried not to mention the super big obvious ones, that would have been too easy! Maybe there are some bands on here you didn't know? Feel free to do one of these yourself, and let me know if you do!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Getting A Tattoo

This is a post I've wanted to do for a good while, but never got around to it. I got reminded of it the other day, so I sat down and wrote down everything I could remember that is significant, and it actually ended up being a whole lot!
Getting a tattoo is kind of a big deal, especially if it's your first! If you're reading this and planning on getting your first tattoo, congratulations! I hope I can help you out. For the rest of you, maybe there are some things you didn't know, or just need a refresher if it's been a while since your last (it's been about 2,5 years since my last one, gah!). Either way, I hope you enjoy!

Why do you want a tattoo? In my case, all of mine mean something to me, represent certain times of my life or interests, in addition to decorating myself with beautiful artwork. It can be many reasons, and it doesn't have to be a long sobstory that you see on TV shows. Do whatever you want! I emphasize YOU, cause this will be on YOUR body for the rest of your life. Don't do it because all your friends are doing it or because it's the cool trend now. It's your body, your choice.

Get an idea of what you want. Find inspiration pictures you can bring to the studio, or even draw it yourself if you can.
Make sure that this is something you really want. Maybe put the idea aside for a while - this could be months, or even years. You can hang it up somewhere you would see it every day, or put it as the background photo on your phone or computer. Depending on the placement, it's likely you will see it every day for the rest of your life.
Speaking of placement, get an idea of that too. Consider how visible it will be, and how that might possibly affect your life. Tattoos on the face, neck and hands can for example cost you a job, so think about if it will affect your career. Visible tattoos can also prompt comments from friends, family and even strangers - sometimes they even want to touch them too! Which is especially annoying when they're fresh, so be prepared for that if you get it somewhere visible. Certain placements can also be very annoying during the healing process, so that's also something to keep in mind. If you get a tattoo on your back for example, make sure you have someone to help you take care of it. Some areas are also more prone to fading, especially the hands and feet.

Find the right artist. When you know what you want, find an artist with a style that you like. Check out your local studios - They usually have portfolios for each artist on Facebook or Instagram. If you can't find any locally, keep your eyes peeled for tattoo conventions or guest artists at your local studios. If that doesn't work out either, consider traveling! Or rather, consider getting a tattoo if you're planning a trip. It will be a great memory, and I think it's pretty cool to have ink done in different places in the world! I've been tattooed in Norway, The Philippines and The United States. Two I got in the latter countries are also linked to the meanings of the tattoos.
And please don't copy other people's tattoos. Serious artists will refuse to do it. Tattoos should be specifically designed for you by your artist.

This might go without saying, but I'll include it just in case. Make sure that the studio is a proper one. Now here it's pretty unlikely they would even be in business if they didn't have their shit together, but that might not be the case in other places. Most likely you should be able to ask for certification from a health department (or something like that) - Usually that would be hanging on their wall. They should have portfolios, contracts for customers to sign, single-use equipment and be clean - It should smell like a dentist's office! I hate that smell myself, but I know that it at least means they're clean.

Save up. Tattoos aren't cheap. And they shouldn't be! You're getting quality work that will last for the rest of your life - Maybe even longer if your skin gets preserved very well after you die! You get what you pay for; if it's cheap, it will definitely look cheap. I'm sure everyone has seen photos of really bad tattoos online, and you don't wanna end up on one of those compilations. Or even worse; the cousin of an aquaintance's sister does tattoos from their living room with unsanitary equipment, and you can end up catching a life-threatening disease. So you definitely don't want a bargain price.
If it's a bigger piece, make sure you have money put aside for the tattoo in advance.
Go to the studio, bring your inspiration pictures and talk to the artist you've chosen. They can then let you know how long it will take, an estimate price, and when they are available to do it. A lot of artists have waiting lists, so don't expect to get an appointment straight away. I think it's a good thing anyway, cause when you get an estimate price, you can make sure you have the money set aside - if you estimated too little, you have time to save up some more.
Oh, and I know other countries have tipping culture, but I can't really tell you what's the normal thing there. But keep it in mind!

Before you go in, make sure you've slept well, eaten and showered. If your body is in tiptop shape, you can deal with it better. It's also courteous towards your tattoo artist. And don't drink alcohol the night before! That will just make you bleed more. Try not to drink coffee or energy drinks either, as they make you more sensitive to pain. Also keep in mind being on your period does the same.
Consider the placement of the tattoo when you get dressed that day (and possibly during the healing process). The tattoo artist needs to access that body part, so wear a tank top / short sleeves, shorts or whatever. This could also mean not wearing a bra if that affects the area. I also recommend loose clothing in softer fabrics so it doesn't irritate the fresh tattoo.
Bring some snacks and maybe a blanket if the studio is chilly. If you're doing a bigger piece, you can bring stuff to keep you entertained throughout the day. Remember to bring a form of ID! You will probably be given a contract to read and sign if you haven't already. You also have to wait for your artist to customize the design and create a stencil. When you've figured out the exact placement, then you can begin!

Will it hurt? Some areas hurt more than others, but it also depends on your pain tolerance. I guess it feels like a bee sting or something, but what I find worse is that after a while, your skin will get pretty tender. If you sit there long enough, even the wiping won't feel good anymore. I don't think arms hurt at all, my thigh piece was painful since it took 6 hours, and ribs definitely hurt. Most people will agree that it's worth it (hey, giving birth hurts too), it's only temporary, and it will last for the rest of your life. But some people can't take it, so if you don't deal with pain very well, consider getting it on a different body part or a smaller size. Talk to your tattoo artist, they can definitely help you out. You can often also get a numbing cream, but then you have to come in earlier so it has time to work.

Aftercare: Listen to what your artist tells you. Usually they'll give you a piece of paper with instructions. Go out and buy the products they recommend (some will even give you samples). Take off the plastic and wash it gently at the time your artist has told you, and apply cream. It's important that you don't scratch it or pick at the scabs! It's a fresh wound, and if you don't take care of it, it won't heal properly. If you fuck it up because of bad aftercare, your artist will probably charge to fix it. It's normal for the tattoo to at least look like it's fading, as the scabs are often darker, since there's often excess ink that sheds off. But if you DO lose color, your artist should be able to refill that with no extra cost within a set time. Check with your studio on what policy they have on this.
Don't go into swimming pools (and the like) or the sun for the first period after you get it, to prevent infection and fading. After it's healed it should be fine, but I recommend using sunscreen on your tattoos to keep them looking vibrant for as long as possible. One thing to keep in mind is that if you're planning a summer vacation, or just want to be able to not have it covered up in summer, it would be best to get the tattoo during the other seasons.

What if you regret it? Oh, we've all heard this one, usually from people who don't have them. But it does happen. Even though you were super sure about it before you got it, everyone over time. Tons of laser removal businesses have popped up in recent years because of this, and they're making a lot of money. If you want to go down that route, be prepared that getting a tattoo removed is even more painful and expensive than getting it. It's not certain that they will disappear completely either. So maybe consider a cover-up.

Some of this stuff can also apply to other types of body modification, even though they're not permanent. You're still modifying your body, and spending money doing it. So make sure you really want it and take care of it! But for stuff other than tattoos, it's usually no problem removing it.

That's all I've got! I'm by no means an expert, but I'm passionate about body modifications, and did my research before getting them. This post has also been proofread by a tattoo apprentice friend of mine (Check out her Instagram!), and she added some things too. If you've read this, congratulations! You've made a good choice. Hope you've learned something and that you'll be prepared, and good luck with your new tattoo! If you wanna read the stories behind my tattoos, click here!
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