A Study of Gothic Subculture

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CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE. Here's Mary striking a pose at the Coffee Bar.

City of residence: Salt Lake City, UT

Age: 18

Length of time "in the scene": 5 ½ years

Occupation: Student

Education: Olympus High School

Musical Taste: "Classical, Jazz, early Goth, Industrial, early punk. The Legendary Pink Dots, Tear Garden, Tom Waits, The Damned, Sex Gang Children, Frank Zappa, Front 242, The Adolescents, Madness."

Distinctions in appearance: "My constantly ever-changing and adapting hair. Obscure dress sense." She said that really, she wears some typical things, with occasionally odd attire now and again like wearing a suit. He hair is two tones and two different lengths, she changes the colors often and has had it many different colors.

Hobbies, activities, interests: "Music, tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet. Abstract painting, watching movies, sitting at coffee shops, sewing." She's played the tenor sax for eight years, the clarinet for three years and the bass clarinet for one year. She has always loved music. She also likes Woody Allen movies, and some cheesy sci fi movies. Her tastes vary, she likes 1984, the Godfather, Apocalypse Now. In movies she likes ones that explore psychological and mental states. Coffee shops appeal to her because you can get more into a conversation and find out what people are really thinking. It's a chance to talk and learn, to socialize on an intellectual level.

Spiritual, philosophical, religious affiliation: "Agnostic -- I'm more of a skeptic. Philosophical -- I cannot condemn myself to one idea."

Goals, dreams: "Musician, seamstress. I plan to go to college, fashion school and possibly a trade school of some sort." She can't imagine working a desk job. She wants to do creative work, to fix or make things, to be able to see what she's made. She plans on changing professions many times, to go with whatever sounds good. She doesn't want to lose interest in her work and needs to constantly change and adapt to be doing something challenging. She's interested in fashion designing and would like to know how to work on a car because she likes to be able to do things herself.

Do you consider yourself gothic?: "Yes and no. Yes if you follow the stereotype that Goths have a great respect for life and express their acceptance of death through life. If you are following the media stereotype that Goths worship death and have little regard for themselves and others -- no." She views Gothic as "an appreciation of life through darkness, yet not complete darkness."

"There are some kids who do it (the gothic thing) to rebel, and because of their stupidity, they give the rest of us a bad name. I don't think they should judge everyone on something one person says or does. I think we as people should learn to find out more than what we are told."

4/28/97 last updated 11/18/99