Goth Guide

A how-to guide to being Goth and what it is and isn't. Goth is a subculture that's been around for years. And in this guide shows info of where it originated, and about the types of Goths there are. Goth is more than just fashion, literature, music, movies, and art, it's also a mindset.
How does one become Goth? You can't "become" Goth. You may have been one all along and never knew you were. It's a mindset. If you love all things dark and "spooky", then there's a chance you are.
There are those who share a similar mindset with Goths who may not call themselves Goth. Being Goth is a choice, and it is a lifestyle to some.
Few may believe being a Goth is just a "phase", but there are adults who do live as Goths. But it can be a phase to some people. And I hope you enjoy this guide.


1. What is Goth?


The first question people may ask, what exactly is Goth?

Goth is everything you describe as dark and spooky. Goths are not, in any way, dangerous. And no, they do not think they're "vampires" all because they dress that way. Black is a popular colour to wear in the subculture, but not all do wear black. They might wear black with other colours too, if they wish. The colours can be; white, blue, green, red, purple, and sometimes, even pink!

I know what you're probably thinking, "Goths can wear pink?" Yes! They can if they choose to. Not all Goths are a fan of the colour "pink", and wearing it won't make you less Goth. Say you wear a black and pink corset, that will count as a Goth look. It's pretty much how you wear it.

Dressing the part doesn't make you Goth. You must have the mindset, an interest in the subculture, and the knowledge of what Goth is.

They are open-minded people. And those of any race, colour, and sexual orientation are accepted in the subculture. 

The stereotypical Goth is dressed in all black, with black hair, black nails, black lipstick, dark eye make-up, and pale white skin. I use to think all Goths looked that way to be like vampires. But after looking up on what Goth really is, I was surprised. Not all Goths looked that way. Black hair was common, but Goths could have any hair colour; from natural to unnatural.

Vampires are popular with Goths, but not all Goths are into vampires. Bats, cemeteries, skulls, roses, ect. are also popular. Some Goths wear crosses, pentagrams, or ankhs, depending on their belief. Some people think Goths are devil worshippers; this is untrue. Goth is NOT a cult, in any way. They can be of any religion; even some are atheist.

Goths are also said to be friendly, intelligent, and creative people. Not all are. Some may not be so friendly, and some are not THAT smart. Goths are like everyone else. They are normal people who view the world in a whole different way. It's all about seeing the beauty in dark and unusual places, like; how dark the world is. They have an interest in the wonders of the unknown which is what most people fear.

Some people fear Goths because they don't understand them. And some Goths have been bullied or beaten because of this. It's absolutely NOT ok to do this to someone all because of what they are.

If you fear dressing Goth because of certain people, you can tone it down. Dressing casual in black (and maybe with another colour with it) is ok. I dress casually myself. Sometimes if I feel in the mood to dress more, I would. Some don't have the time to and just throw on a T-shirt and jeans.

Some Goths are also into cute things, like if they were to wear sparkly bats, tiaras, and wings. They don't sit around in the dark and be lonely. There are cheerful types like Perky Goth and Glitter Goth. There are many types of Goth. You don't have to be in a specific type. You can mix it up if you want, and who knows? You might even make up your own.

Few may say it's just a phase. And it can be for some. There is no age limit to become Goth. Most find themselves in their teens years, and still are Goths as adults. There are no rules to being one, really. It's all about being yourself. Not trying to be something you're not. Remember that.

And there is no way someone can just "become" Goth. You either are, or you aren't. And you can't change and decide to be one over night. It's best to just take baby steps, not walking out in front of your family and friends like there's been an explosion in your wardrobe or closet. It will take a lot for some people to accept this new style you've got going.

Parents may be shocked and not accept it, and few friends may leave. But you still got your "real" friends who will stay.

It may take time for your parents to accept this new you, and they might think it's all just a phase. There's some parents who will let you do whatever makes you happy. It depends. Your parents may not allow it thinking, Goth is bad, or they're just trying to protect you from getting hurt because some people won't accept and may pick on you for it.

Goths are aware of catching people's attention by the way they dress, and if you don't want that sort of attention, then tone it down.

And if your parents don't understand and think Goths are evil, and violent, devil worshippers, then explain it to them. And if they still don't listen, show them sites of what Goth really is. Gothic Charm School's a good one, and Jillian Venters has YouTube videos that explain it all as well, you can show them too!

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