The perky goth is an insanely happy and bouncy goth who revels in every aspect of life no matter if it's bad or good. They are to be found clubbing, having picnics, avoiding relationships with mopey goths and being sociable amongst others, whilst the mopey goths sit on IRC being mopey, or sit in bars being mopey. Wheeeeeee!
Their dress might incorporate gothic raver gear and cybergoths employ a great range of colors in a distinctive way, including blues and purples (sometimes quite bright) to orange, bright green and white. Lots of illuminous elements or makeup. An immense range of hair extensions, plastic hair, hair in tubes, illuminous hair, hair shaved (frequently shaved sides of varying width). Will wear logos and patterns that look alien in design, or look like electronic circuit boards or wires.. Clothes will frequently be skin tight. Large boots up to knee height (most popular make of boots are New Rocks which have some easily recognizable metal tubes and a circular logo) or big chunky trainers (i.e., Swear make). Piercings and tattoos are popular.
Cybergoths are often perky, bouncy, happy in nature. They can be found clubbing and might listen to trance, hard techno, industrial, ebm. Computers and gadgets. Glow in the dark goths. Dance dance dance, bounce bounce bounce!
Trad goths will wear blacks, grays, dark blues, dark purples. Velvet, crushed velvet, corsets, frilly shirts, large skirts, gothic ballroom clothes, corsets, sometime fishnet. Hair will be varied but will not generally contain any illuminous parts. Makeup will be dark or black, with no illuminous elements. Trad goths won't generally wear any raver gear. Piercings and tattoos are popular.
They might listen to punk and guitar based goth music, 80s music, some punk, some metal. Frilly clothes, big big hair. Frequently these ones complain about all the bleepy bloopy music that the cyber gothes listen to! Medieval re-enactment, educated in the classics (latin, history, art). Trad Goths are diminishing in numbers.
Traditionally punks have ripped clothes, tartan trousers, ankle boots, army surplus boots. Colors are varied but there's not many strong colors, mostly faded colors and gray. A lot of piercings and tattoos. Punks are probably older than many others on this page.
Furries are one of the more discreet subcultures and there is no sure-fire way of identifying furries. Some will wear collars (sometimes with name tags). Some will wear kitty ears or a tail. Some will wear badges that look like a paw print. People wearing full fursuits (like mascots) may be furries.
Furries cross over most with the goth scene (I know plenty of goth furries, but no punk ones or metallers). Most furries look normal. Not many piercings or tattoos. The most dressed up furries will be wearing full fur suits (like mascots) or improvised, imaginative make-up and clothes such as Fish the Cat is, photoed on the right.
Leather jackets, ankle boots (New Rocks are also popular), some chains. Simple hair (no hair extensions or varied colors like the Cybergoths). Generally black or gray clothing. Lots of tattoos and some piercings.
Similar to metallers or goths, but younger. Will wear band t-shirts, loose or baggy trousers (not much leather or PVC). Will have long chains on their pockets. Some New Rock boots, some trainers, ankle boots, etc. Will mostly wear black. Not many piercings or tattoos on account of generally being quite young.
Long flowing dresses, flower patters, pastel colors, long hair (generally undyed). Some piercings and tattoos.
Will wear pure, pastel or bright colors (blue, multicolored clothes). Will wear jeans or trousers; shoes, trainers or ankle boots. T-shirts, shirts or jumpers. Will frequently wear popular brands such as Ralph Lauren, Nike. Lots of sports wear. Some piercing. No hair extensions. Males never dye their hair and rarely have long hair.
Arnold, Johann Christoph
(2014) Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World. Published by Plough Publishing House, New York, USA. This book is "based on Arnold's acclaimed book Endangered: Your Child in a Hostile World (2000)". [Book Review]
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