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Goth Type 1: The Trad Goth

By Trellia
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Of course, the majority of Goths are unique in their style and music preferences. However, within the subculture there are certain "types" of Goth with particular characteristics. And it can be fun to classify them. Naturally, classifications for each "type" vary from person to person, so you may disagree with what I say here!

I've heard people refer to the velvety Victorian-esque Goths as TradGoths, being the modern archetype, but I prefer to call that style Romantic as the style I consider TradGoth is the one closest to what the oldest bands, and their fans, used to wear.

As with all my work, please DON'T steal this! If you want to use it for whatever purposes, email me and ask me first.

EDIT: Corrected a spelling error - thanks !
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DemonicWolf52's avatar

💀Are going to make more like thi?💀

BluuMaskedBandette10's avatar
This is perfect! They're really cute! ^w^
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ruamsa144's avatar
OMG, you have now made me love Southpark more! <3
space-paranoids's avatar
I find it annoying whenever trad goths shun all type of...goth music that isn't what it started as (80s goth rock and all that). Goth, just like any other subculture out there, will always evolve, and what is considered goth back then perhaps isn't considered goth today, or there have been many new meanings added onto it. While many trad goths out there shun music genres such as Gothic Metal, Industrial, EBM, futurepop, etc. I personally consider them to be goth, or at least "neo-goth". I mean, the fanbase for these music genres is still 80% of the goth [stereo] types you described here (cybergoths, steamgoths, metalhead goths, gothabillies, etc.).

I have to admit, I don't listen to trad goth music that often, but I have respect for it because without it, there would be no goth at all. I just hate the elitist attitude I come across when it comes to peeps who shun anything post-80s music and fashion, though.
Gothchick1995's avatar
I totally agree with you. When something starts, it's always going to evolve into something new. I believe if it is Gothic related, it should be celebrated. Now Goths shunning emo and scene for being mixed up in the bunch, then that's a whole different story. But overall, I abide by this.
GalerieLeNeko's avatar
Yes, I guess there should be something for everyone. I mean, among all the people who like coffee, there are some people who like it decaffeinated, some others prefer arabica and some are fans of cappuccino! Same should be for goth in my humble opinion. :)
space-paranoids's avatar
Ah, Emo....totally different story, but you'd be surprised that it evolved from Punk as well. In fac, 'true Emo' is pretty much just hardcore punk with artsy lyrics. Search for bands like Rites of Spring, Embrace, or Jawbreaker on YouTube and you'll see.

Emo itself has broken quite a ways away from its original Punk roots, much like how Goth has.
neurotoxine's avatar
EBM?
I suppose that's not for Electronic Body Music NOT?
ILoveRussianBoys's avatar
i don't like this type...
Aneirasilvermoon's avatar
Then you pretty much don't like the core of the Gothic subculture.
bloodkandi13's avatar
ever done anything on the new romantics from the 8o's or horrorpunks???
then again... as soon as i saw the siouxie and the banshees mentioned, i was like... HMMM INTERESTED!
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Michelangeline's avatar
i don't listen to goth music but i can relate to a lot of what's written here
Emi-chanIshVixen's avatar
I suddenly have Ziggy Stardust stuck in my head.
TinyFurrTails's avatar
Bela Lugosi's Dead ^^ those bands bring back some really good memories....like when my mom tried to teach me to pronounce Siouxie correctly.
Calucifer13's avatar
I enjoy all of your works about the Goths, it is an interesting probe into this kind of a society. I love it, it is entertaining, well-drawn and funny (in a good way).
AleksandraWadas's avatar
this is really really cute and entertaining. It could be sold in form of a book for people doing costume design and need some reference. I love it! The drawings are awesome and so is the write up. Great job
TheCrimsonVampire's avatar
I can tell this is gonna be a fun read... *goes to the next*
I myself am a weird breed of goth... I'm a mix of styles, anyone who tries to label me's head would explode XD
grimfairyreaper's avatar
This made me laugh! Awesome fun!
itachixsakurafreak's avatar
Can I use your goth types for my journal? I want to show my friends the types so they can get it through there heads that not all goths are the same
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