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Inside Out as we take a trip on the darker side of life with Newcastle's
many of us a Goth is a strange-looking creature that resembles a
cross between a vampire and a zombie.
reality, Goths are ordinary people who like dressing up and enjoy
being part of a lifestyle that is just a little bit unusual.
of them have normal jobs just like you and me. We found Goths who
were legal secretaries, office workers and shop assistants.
darker shade of pale
where did the Goth community start out, and what does its lifestyle
Goth scene grew out of the post-punk period in the late 1970s and
was partly a rebellious reaction to the colourful disco scene of
was the inspiration for the Goth scene|
was where the Goth scene began with bands like Siouxsie and the
Banshees, Joy Division and Bauhaus fuelling an interest in all things
dark, morbid, and angst-ridden.
Newcastle's Goth scene is small but vibrant, and boasts booming
club nights and gothic gatherings.
everybody is a fan, however, and many Goths find themselves taunted,
harassed and abused by the Newcastle public.
why do Goths elicit such negative reactions from the rest of the
religious leaders believe that the Goth lifestyle is delivering
young people into the hands of satanism, witchcraft and devil worship.
just can't understand the Goth lifestyle, and dislike anybody who
to be different.
style - ebony is the new black|
has a reputation for being 'monocultural' with beer
and football being the average younster's obsessions.
who doesn't fit in with the norm is frowned upon and often misunderstood.
Goths are generally peace-loving, articulate and non-violent, they're
often persecuted and made fun of.
are often portrayed as satanists, sado-masochists, depressive, violent
Many stereotypes of Goths exist but practitioners say that these
are often misleading.
reality, there are many types of Goth ranging from the traditional
style to the more frivolous 'Glitter-Goth' and the technologically
the other end of the spectrum, there are Goths with sado-masochistic
and an interest in the occult.
- Cyber Goth
style. Keen on technology. Indulges in careful use of colour
- Glitter Goth
on body sparkle and glitzy make-up. Wears brighter colours
original .. Think Joy Division, and Siouxsie. Doomy and nihilistic
- Perky Goth
Goth. More upbeat and cheeky in style
romantic' tendencies. More elaborate in style and dress. White
and black abound
- Vampy Goth
Vampira, bats and black cats. Black lace, white make-up. 19th
century gothic horror
- Crusty Goth
tendencies. Matted hair. Tendency to be over 40 years old
the Goth look in an hour
basic Goth wardrobe consists mainly of black but it can include
splashes of other colours including white, red, burgundy, purple
and cobalt blue.
our guide to creating the Goth look. First of all, you'll need to
go on a shopping spree to assemble the following essentials...
jeans, black coat, leather or vinyl jacket or trenchcoat, long
black skirt, laced-up trousers, pointy-toed boots with buckles
and Doc Martens, black t-shirt, and dark shades
white shirt, oversized dress shirt, lace-up shirt or ruffle blouse
fabrics like velvet, silk, wool, vinyl, and leather.
and thrift shops are a good starting point.
Vampira, Nine Inch Nails and Hammer horror with a touch of Siouxsie
and the Banshees.
love jewellery with crucifixes, skulls, and bats. Also look out
for studded necklaces, anklets and lavish costume jewellery.
dye is a must for the committed Goth. Black and bleached blond dyed
hair are most popular but scarlet red, dark burgundy, white and
silver are becoming more commonplace.
is another essential even for boys. Some Goths go for white foundation
and powder. Others favour using foundation a shade lighter than
their normal skin tone.
for the rest of the look, go for dramatic black, red and purple
eyeliners, charcoal eye powder and smokey dark lipsticks.
don't forget to use your imagination on your nails and body jewellery.
your style and your look, and you're now ready to join the Goth
crowd for a night out on the dark side of the toon.