“We’re hard-core romantics, dreamy realists and cynical idealists. We find beauty in the macabre, while seeking fairness and tenderness in our daily lives. We love all things ancient, while being modern and liberal in our social outlook. We’re intelligent and creative without being cutthroat and competitive. We’re angry yet peaceful. We’re sure of ourselves but wary of strangers. We’re funny but bitter … but mostly very shy.”-Rebecca Schraffenberger from the book Goth: Undead Subculture http://tinyurl.com/ncx63l8
So what is Goth actually? General opinion is that Goth is something that was born out of the Punk movement in the late 70’s and that most Goths wear black... The thing is that Goth isn't about how one dresses but what one likes or finds beauty in. Even though it can be individual, Goths all have one thing in common - that they find beauty in what others consider dark. I always loved dark music, night, vampire movies and books, black color. It is something that I find calming and suitable for my being and soul.
It is something that you either are or aren't. I don't get people who say "Oh, I used to be Goth." Maybe they used to play the part to fit in for a while - but it isn't something you grow out of! One doesn't just change their likes and dislikes over night. I certainly have never changed who I am.
In general Goth people love mythology, the mysterious, the supernatural, culture, tradition, romanticism and basically hold on to things in society that they feel are important and dying out. Once in the long, long ago people used to really make an effort and take pride in everything, their clothing, make-up, objects. Everything was beautifully crafted and done with pride and care. Today most things are made the cheapest way possible and they generally hold no value and fall apart if you look at them funny. Goth people think this is disgraceful and sad. They therefore hold on to bygone eras where pride and beauty still existed. They are influenced by fashion, music and mythology from the pre-Medieval eras to the Edwardian eras and also by various cultures around the world. Goth people are generally creative and of high intellect… some might go so far as to say they were a bit geeky.
And the finial thought:
"The particular way in which the Goth subculture dresses itself and uses make-up to give the appearance of death is a physical representation of the belief that modern society has sucked the life out of humanity. By appearing in such a way the members of the Goth subculture are making a general declaration to the rest of society and in particular to the dominant culture that they are to blame for creating these monsters, these walking dead."- Andrew Fereday