Buying Goth

posted June 17th, 2013, 2:01 am


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April 26th, 2013, 9:32 pm

GreenKrog

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New chapter! Wee!

Seeing a goth without goth makeup is kinda bracing the first time.

Oh, right, so, about me and goths. I have basically no experience with goths, the goth subculture, or really know much about it. So much of what I will be putting out there is based on speculation, pop culture, and the contact I have with some friends who were goth (and one who is still sorta goth sometimes). So if I get it wrong, it is not a slight against you!
Frankly, all the goth people I've met have been unbelievably nice. If there are 10 people at a bus stop, I would ask the goth for directions, because any time I've talked to one, they have the most beautiful souls.
And lastly, I am pretty aware that there is a difference between goth and emo, but where the line lies, I have no idea. So if I use the two somewhat interchangably, I once again apologize.

This vast an hopefully unnecessary apology brought to you by Canadians.
Canadians: apologizing for stuff they probably have no reason to apologize for.

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June 17th, 2013, 1:07 pm

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I actually had an encounter like this very early into transitioning! I had just gotten back to school after christmas break with the 'rents, and I had 100 dollars in cash (score!). So I went over the the drug mart closest, and started looking at makeup, I had no idea where to even start.

One of the people in the make up department noticed me, asked if I needed anything. I had no idea where to begin, so I said I was getting it as a gift to my "sister" (I have no such sister :P) told her that I had to get her a present. I said she was getting into make up for the first time and that she was similar in eyes and hair colour :P

I bought a LOT of make up that day, but had no idea how to use it XD I still have it all, though it's kind of low grade stuff, so it doesn't stay on as much or look as good as the expensive stuff. Just figured I'd share XD

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June 17th, 2013, 1:12 pm

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@Noodlez: Something fairly similar happened to me, too. I was feeling really bad about myself because of my skin and stubble (pre-laser and pre-electrolysis). I was looking for some coverup and was absolutely bewildered by the selection. A nice lady working there helped me pick the right one for my skin tone, the right sponges to apply it, and showed me how to do it without making it unnatural. There is no question, at all, that she knew I was trans*, and yet, she helped me out.
Sometimes people are just plain good people.

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June 17th, 2013, 3:03 pm

AliceAcid

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I consider myself a non-exclusive-goth. I like the culture but I also like stuff outside of it and I would never do anything just to be goth if I don't feel like it but for example I feel unwell if I don't wear at least one black item^^ I also met more nice goths than nice people in any other sub- or mainstream culture. The best example would be the 40-something couple I car-shared with to get home from a goth festival. 1) They took quite a detour to bring me right to my doorstep 2) They pampered me with chocolate and 3) Where just overall incredible nice people...also I think goth is a pretty open subculture when it comes to trans*, intersex, crossdressing etc. because it's more common and even cis hetero goth-guys are open to wear makeup (got some great tips about applying mascara once)

And lastly: I'm a cis girl and make up confuses the hell out of me too! And don't get me started on hair products!!! There are just too many things with hardly any difference between them...I always try to buy only one item of every kind and to keep my makeup overall simple...still I somehow ended up with four different face creams :)

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June 17th, 2013, 7:17 pm

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I am much more into Japanese Gothic / Lolita, or L.G. ( Adult Little Girl ) than having anything to do with American Goth. The only information and exposure to American Goth I have had is watching the TV program " NCIS ". The character called Abby or Abbs is an American Goth. I always want to watch the program to see what kind of outfit Abby is wearing. In one episode, and only one time, Abby wore Gothic / Lolita, instead of Goth. I wish I had that episode on videotape !

BTW---I use and wear light make-up every day now. Nothing flashy or Goth, just eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick. Even though a lot of women and girls don't wear make-up these days, I really like to, now that I can apply it with some degree of skill and consistency.

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June 16th, 2014, 2:59 am

mittfh

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@GreenKrog: "Canadians: apologizing for stuff they probably have no reason to apologize for."

A reputation shared with Brits - we'll even apologise if it's the other person's fault or mistake! Queuing is also supposedly stereotypically British (really?!), as are drinking tea and moaning about the weather (which is generally quite mild compared to most of the world - to the extent that a couple of inches of snow is enough to cause travel chaos!)

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