Encyclopedia Gothica by Liisa Ladouceur

By Liisa Ladouceur

A guidebook to the language of the main shadowy of subcultures, this paintings collects and defines greater than 550 Gothic phrases and words. Compiled by means of an acclaimed Goth journalist and poet, this compendium presents perception into the original vernacular of this attention-grabbing group, describing intimately and with black humor the style, track, and way of life in addition to sharing insider slang equivalent to child Bat, Corp Goth, and the Gothic Two-Step. A Goth Band genealogy and crucial Goth listening, analyzing, and viewing concepts also are integrated during this phantasmagorical work.

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Popular Goth mods include facial piercings, genital piercings and scarification. More extreme mods such as tongue splitting, flesh hook suspension, subdermal implants (especially horns) and filing of the teeth into fang-like points are rare but generally considered attractive. See also: Modern primitives BONDAGE BELT Belt used traditionally in sexual play as a restraint tool, which has been adapted as a fashion accessory. Commonly made of leather and affixed with assorted D-RINGS and chains that can either be attached to cuffs or left to make that jingle-jangle sound that signals one’s arrival, not unlike a cowbell.

BOY LONDON British streetwear company founded in 1977 as a punk shop on King’s Road in London peddling bondage wear and T-shirts. Best known for its bold “BOY London” logo and unabashed use of German WWII eagle iconography. Mail-order catalogue also made skull buckle boots, POET SHIRTs and other early Goth apparel available to wannabe death rockers everywhere. Jonny Slut of the BATCAVE band SPECIMEN was a model. BRAN CASTLE A thirteenth-century fortress in Romania associated with VLAD TEPES and marketed as “DRACULA’s Castle” to tourists.

So common a sight is males pinching feminine style that nobody would bat a heavily mascaraed eyelash at boys in black EYELINER, nailpolish or even a CORSET at a Goth bar. Furthermore, few would assume anything about their sexual orientation as a result. Academics muse on how guys in skirts form part of Goth’s overall gender transgressions while those in question simply enjoy the ritual of dressing up with friends of any gender and pissing off most jocks and parents. ANKH Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol for eternal life, displayed as a cross with an oval head.

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