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Goth Type 23: The Tribal Goth by Trellia Goth Type 23: The Tribal Goth by Trellia
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!

As I am a member of a bellydance group (Bellyqueen) in Nagasaki, this type is very close to my heart.

I’m really not good at bellydance at all, but I absolutely love the music and the costumes.

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YukoISBadMedicine Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, this is basically what my ATS (American Tribal Style) and Tribal Fusion classes and dancers are like (outside of class and performances, I am more causal, romantic or Victorian goth. I started out as causal Lolita goth while my best friend was Emo and he gotten me into a lot the music and even more into the geek and art culture than I already was. But no regrets, it is how I started designing and sewing which I can develop skills and make a career out of possibly one day. May have started with cosplay and Lolita; but evolved). As for belly dancing, it started one day when I went to Epicot in Disneyworld and wanted to become a belly dancer (also known as raqs sharqi, Oriental or Middle Eastern dance). Other dancers sometimes look down on us; but I don't care. 

To think, I started out a weird loner with a overactive imagination who just happened to meant some people thanks to an neighbor at the time who I went to school with (our mothers were also friends and went to church together, that was all we all meant originally). If she hadn't introduce to her friend and her friend didn't introduce me to her brother, I probably won't be where I am now. He gotten me into bands like The Cure (he also really loved Weezer) and many other things. 
0-Vla-0 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember that the first Tribal Goth examples began to appear in early 90s, with growing popularity of New Age music style. And Bjork.
Ancient-Urban Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...I love Maduro. :) 
KittDarsiiBatts Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ha that's my friend pixie.
Dumuzink Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Pretty cool looking.
feeora Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making this! :) To be honest when i started bellydancing and already where goth i thought that people would think i,m weird, or that i where becomming a hippy ( wich i,m not a fan of) I dance for two years now and i never saw a tribal goth exapt me or the dancers Ariellah and Asarah. And ofcourse the non goth tribal bellydancers. But are they out there? Haha. I do miss the tribe feeling :P
ElysiumSpectre Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you seen Mahafsoun? I don't know what style she belongs to though, she uses so many styles :P 
Tamie-Lee Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, I love all of the descriptions.. and the characters are adorable ^_^ You should do 'Bubblegoth' next :)
saphira946 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
These are amazing!!!! I've been looking for a list of classifications as expansive as this ^w^
Denki-Nasu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
I know that when I belly dance I usually wear all black and my skirt. Topped with an anhk; very simple but elegant. I want to get a scarlet/deep crimson coin belt and eventually make it more 'dark'. Cool description, it works for me because it's a little similar to a hippy-goth mix, if that's even possible.
VincentCross88 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I see a lot of African American male goths going this route as a way to reconnect with their ancestral heritage. Many of them see it as a very spiritual thing.
LiberLibelula Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I can bellydance, but despite my Goth side, I like moving too much to bear with the "terribly-slowy moves" from Tribal Bellydance. But I LOVE the Tribalīs philosophy and look!!!
aurora23boreal Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
haha Wow, you do lots of things!!! Role-play, speak japanese, bellydance, how cool!!! (Y)
Spectrum-X Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student General Artist
alright, so, I really love this whole series you have, and it's so possible to imagine people like this. but one question - please do not take this the wrong way, I really do not mean to be offending - do people actually dress like this? That sounds ignorant, but do people go to clubs so extravagently dressed? I wake up, actually even go to an art school, and throughout the whole 7 hours I'm there everyday 80% of the people just, sort of, look the same, you know? It's hard to imagine how alot of people can dress the same, think the same.

so, yes, are you oftentimes surrounded by people like these? Because, if you do, that's fascinating. I feel like this is a very "hidden" culture.
YukoISBadMedicine Featured By Owner Edited Jul 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this is old and the account is no longer around it seems; but I will still answer as I am actually one of those Belly Dancers and feel I have more experience and say about it in case others see this and want to know more. 

Yes, well some Belly Dancers do (usually only on stage/performances though; but also many belly dance related socials as well ). Look up ATS (American Tribal Style) and Tribal Fusion. You probably won't see us wear these outfits outside of shows or related belly dance events though as we wear other things in day to day life (well minus the hair and makeup as we will even wear those styles in class along with our skirts and belts or hip scarves. We just don't usually wear the choli and bras in class though). The history behind this started with dancers who would preform at Renascence fairs, so the style and dance started to change in order to fit in. It started in the West Coast (California) U.S.A.; but it is spreading now.………
AmyWeaving Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Totally! But in Canada/US it's usually called "neo hippie". Depending what circle you are in the costumes can be brightly colored to dark like the pair showed in the photo. Think burning man and other outdoor raves. This is the kind of outfit you are bound to come across at those kind of things! Hope I helped! :D
Kabetchett Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you look around hard enough, you may see people wear these sorts of things. I've seen quite a few people wear this sort of stuff. (especially the bellydance-type outfits)
Calucifer13 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I canīt read it! :-(
Mniricecakes Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
brillinat! i love all your mini goths. it's also great you don't discriminate them. i live in a boarding school in suffolk- it's a very closed of community- and hardly anyone knows anything about anything, least of all things like goths. they just make fun of them. it sucks.

hm... i wonder if there's a word for people who can't or don't dress like goths but DEFINATELY think like them? i don't really think geek goth suits... maybe scene? no, scene is definately more a fashion thing. oh well. i'll think of a phrase eventually
blackmaraiah Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student General Artist
I can't dress like a goth because my parents won't let me and I don't want to dye my hair. I really love the type of music, humor, clothes, and sense of beauty. I wear a lot of black and I think that way, so I consider myslef a semi-goth. Hope that helps! :D
Mniricecakes Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student General Artist
ah.... that would be it. danke!
Blythe-Zarozinia Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
In all honesty, the mindset and the music are more important than the vsible elements, I wear jeans and t-shirts most of the time but still consider myself whole-heartedly goth :) In Goth-craft Raven Digitalis describes a type of goth called the "intellectual goth" if I remember correctly (been awhile since I read it XD), and they center more around the philosophy and mindset of goth rather than how they dress :) Hope this was at least vaguely helpful XD
Mniricecakes Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Student General Artist
it was extremely helpful ^_^ thankyou very much!
and merry christmas!!!
Blythe-Zarozinia Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
No prob'm, glad it was helpful :) Merry Christmas to you too :D
MyFragility Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I'm growing into this! As weird as it might sound.
very lovely! love your serie
VirgildAvolo Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Wow, this is a new one...great work
xselfyx Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
gothic fusion bellydancer to check out [link] shes amazing. and great fun :P
melslovepotion Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
What about circus goth?
SpellingB Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
I'm waiting for the Lolita goth type.... :)
MidnightsCurfew Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
This is all very cute! Now what would you call a goth (like me) who is like all of them just depending on our mood when we wake up that morning!?!
LaCamilla Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see more of these! :D Gothic tribal is a wonderful kind of bellydance, indeed. There were days when I sat for hours youtubing Sashi for the sheer beauty of it. :)

... Nagasaki, you say? Cool. I was living in Hirakata outside Osaka for a while myself. :D
shadowcat-666 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
what would u call someone who is a combination of bits from cyber, fetish, j, faerie, and tribal goth? cause thats what i am i have bits and pieces from all of those that i like to wear.
PlayboyVampire Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She reminds me of those witchdoctors.

Interesting stuff!
NinjaYuffieDesu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
thank you so much for these goth cheat sheet!! I feel so inspired at the moment!!! May I please refer to your beautiful infomational notes? Thank you so much :)
NuclearWinterAshes Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Have liked this tribal-goth style long and are now looking seriously to throw myself into it with clothes and hair and everything. Some tips on Internet pages, images?
NameNotBeingTaken Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
You use black font with dark background. I really wanna kill you.
PossessedFangirl Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Where the **** is Goth lolita?! I look through this entire thing and there is no goth lolita!
shamu-orka Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Gothic Lolita was covered under J-Goth.
TheBrittsterOfDoom Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
i love them! so unique! but how do you read this one? if you do more in the future, could you try to use light letters for the background?
Psycho-Neko-San Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010   Traditional Artist

I love how you describe and truly explain each and every type :D
kickingchildren Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
great series... read all of them and loved it. i'm impressed at the depth of your knowledge and how you didn't judge any particular group :)
Trellia Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thank you very much for such nice comments!
gothic-dafne Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Very nice, actually im also part of a bellydance group ^o^
gothic-dafne Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Very nice! actually im also part of a bellydance group
Trellia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
knights--dawn Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
I wish not to be so corrective but, the term goth is a mix between the TWO gothic tribes, the Visigoths, who sacked Rome and brought forth the begining of the Dark or Medieval period, and the Ostrogoths, who populated Spain, Germany, and the Balkans during the fall of Rome. The closest Goth type would be the Medieval, as your average Visigoth and Ostrogoth dressed in that style of garb rather than the Turkish.

Sorry, I am a Gothabilly and a European History major so my nitpickyness was going off.
(BTW, don't mind the typos, my keyboard is acting like an idiot)
psychorama Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
I've read all of these and they're amazing! Love them very much! And thank you for including Metal Heads ^.^
Trellia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
LittleGothCat Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TANDARIDEI Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist

Hehe thats sooo true!
Im a Goth and a belly dancer as well hehe
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