28 August 2021

Subtypes of Goth - updated

Traditional, Romantic, Cyber, Victorian, Medieval, Vampire, Geek, Gothabilly, Steampunk -- and a dozen more stereotypical variations explained at Blackwaterfall.

Reposted from 2009 because I ran across this video of a Goth rave at a funeral...

 ... which naturally got me wondering about the gas masks.  I found the best information at a Vice article entitled Why Cybergoth Refuses to Die:
Too creepy for the ravers, too neon for the goths, cybergoths occupied a new space entirely. With shaved eyebrows, colored contacts, and cyberlox—synthetic dreadlocks—they listened to industrial music or industrial-dance...

Cybergoth began its decline in the late noughties. Jilly's shut down, as did much of Manchester's thriving clubbing scene, and organized raves became an anomaly...

Their online presence is declining, too: the cybergoth subreddit has barely any updates and 'cybergoth confessions' Tumblr stopped posting two years ago. It's rare to see a flash of neon cyberlox or space goggles on the streets anymore... It's more likely that it's just operating in a different space.

The original cybergoths, meanwhile, have grown up. Sarah is now a mom to a small child and can't go clubbing anymore—"even if I could afford the time or money"—and can't keep up with expensive alternative brands...

"The gas mask thing, people generally laugh at nowadays too. It was very 2004, but not in right now." Goggles, on the other hand, are just about acceptable.  
And I don't mean to mock, but I did have to chuckle when I encountered this Onion-like item:

Best to close with Miranda's exclamation in The Tempest:
O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world
That has such people in't!
Reposted from 2018 to add a new subtype:  Visigoth.  😎


  1. I went from 5 to 14 when I was young. Now, if I weren't supposed to work in an official place, I would propably be a 20.
    Very nice typology!

  2. If you've ever been a goth, you're still young.

  3. I'm a cross between 3, 7, and 21. It's funny, "Gothic" is used as a blanket term understandably for a wide variety of sub genres as shown here. What ultimately began as a literary minded group of people who had an affinity for wearing black, lace, etc.. morphed into a fashion scene with many variations. Metalheads would argue they are not "goth",and Goths would argue "EMO" is misplaced, and so forth.

  4. Emo was never a part of the gothic world... And its NEVER going to happen.

  5. the one that said ,,Emo was never a part of the gothic world... And its NEVER going to happen'' was right

  6. why is emo never going to be apart of the gothic world? im not a goth so i dont really know the difference...:)

    1. Because emo and goth are two different subcultures. If you can't understand the difference, go and do more reasearch.

    2. They both spawned from the punk scene, but at different times and the overall feel is different. If you think of it in evolutionary terms, they share a common ancestor, but have been collecting unique characteristics as they each evolved within their own lineages. If you want to go back to the older versions of each to see early differences, they're both tied to music but the style is different. Alkaline Trio was an early emo band and Siouxsie and the Banshees were an early goth band. The clothing and hair is also different, but would take quite a long time to describe, so I suggest googling pre-existing write-ups on it.

  7. Being a goth myself, I'm glad to say that in Western Europe, the Cybergoth craze seems to be over. Unfortunately, the gothic population also seems to be in decline...


  8. My misanthropic niece once said the difference between goths and emos was that "emos hate themselves, and goths hate everyone else"

    Then there was an acquaintance who used to say his daughter was "so goth that she farts bats"

  9. i wonder if all that head bopping leads to shaken brain syndrome?


  10. They left out the Tim Burton fan goth.

  11. Hard to believe these guys brought down the Roman Empire.


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