It's been quite a while since I first discovered a website called goth (stereo) types: An Illustrated Guide to Goth (stereo) Types.
The site, which is authored by a lady who calls herself Trelia, contains an interesting page that features nearly three dozen drawings of Goths in most of the subculture's known manifestations; from Trad, Romantic and Cyber Goths to those of the Steampunk, Faerie and Tribal variety. Click on the image of your choosing and you'll find more details about the chosen type.
Since the time that I first discovered Trelia's intriguing site, I wondered just which sub genre I typified the most; after all, I already had a style of my own long before I even knew that Goth existed. Once I discovered and found myself drawn to the subculture, I merely began incorporating a darker aesthetic to my look; at least at first. That's also when I bought my leather trench coat, which I still love and enjoy during the winter months.
Before long though, simply darkening my style wasn't enough, so I started buying new and more appropriate clothing and accessories. At first, my appearance had morphed into something resembling a blend of Fields of the Nephilim's style with a bit of vampire and a healthy dose of metal. As time went by however, I continued looking for dressier items and now, I often frequent a local vintage resale shop in my never-ending quest for more elegant, if I can use that word, clothing.
The truth of the matter is that I'm still not sure just where I'm going with these changes in style. On the one hand, my casual dress remains pretty much the same. I might wear a band shirt and my bat necklace and call it a day. But on the other hand, I find myself striving for a more romantic look for those special occasions, which are finally beginning to happen around here again. Wait a minute! Did I just say romantic? I think I did, and that leads me to a recent realization.
I was thinking about my short stories and how almost all of them have recurring themes such as preternatural romance, darkly erotic dreams that become reality and seductive vampires, to name a few. My God! I thought to myself. Could I actually be a Romantic Goth? Hmm...The thought does seem to ring true even if I do listen to a lot of metal and love my wide-rimmed hats. Of course, I don't believe that anybody can be exclusively of just one type; and more likely than not, a person is going to dress according to what he or she thinks is appropriate for the night's activities. Still, I read something the other day that pretty much convinced me of my leanings.
I found a passage in a novel written by Nancy Kilpatrick entitled Near Death. In one moving scene David, a vampire, does what he must do in order to both save his mortal lover and their desire for an enduring relationship. Just before committing himself to action he quotes Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
"'How do I love thee..."'
"'I love the to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach..."'
That did it for me. The intensity of the situation made my eyes tear up. In a flush of emotion I realized that I must be a romantic! In a way, that's a shocking realization for me; especially, since I've pretty much given up on the notion that it will ever happen for me again in this lifetime. But what about you all? Do any of you feel that you personify one type over the others?
The goth (stereo) type website
Photo source: Gothic Pictures Gallery