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19 February 2005 @ 05:40 pm
1)Have you ever gone/still go by a cheesy goth nickname, if so what is it, fess up!:
Okay, Okay. When I was younger I went through the typical phase of not liking my own name. For almost two years, everyone outside my family and people who otherwise knew me before thought my real name was "Marrionette". My real name is Laura. Sometimes I get caught off guard when someone who hasn't seen me in a long time calls me by that name.

I am 19.

3)Why you want to be here and what in your opinion makes you "gothic royalty"?:
I just want to be here because this looks like a fun and very active community. I think I could be considered "Goth royalty" because I have an appreciation for a lot of the things that were here in the scene before I was in some cases even born. Before Hot Topic came to town, there was me and probably only a handful of other people in this entire town who knew anything about it.

4)What area of the world do you live in?:
Central California, close to Santa Cruz.

5)What will you bring to the community:
I like to participate! No joining just for the stamp to display on my userinfo here!

6)Favorite Gothic Aesthetic:
I love dark velvets and long flowy dresses. Edwardian corsets make me weak in the knees. Although I love upbeat music, there will always be a big place in my heart for the ethereal. To be quite honest I never memorized any of those "what type of Goth are you?" lists floating around, so I can't think of an appropriate label for it.

7)How long have you been in the scene:
Just shy of five years since I first put a name to it.

8)What made you want to be spooky/gothic (always this way, did an event happen to make you so, did something appeal to you specifically, etc)?
Ever since I was young I was obsessed with castles, medieval type dresses, ethereal music, and the like. At some point I started writing stories, drawing pictures, and writing poetry. My clothing choices became really dark and people started teasing me. I was learning how to use the Internet and came across some websites. My initial reaction was "Wow...people can wear such beautiful things on more than just one day a year?!"

9)And what's made you stay in the spooky scene or living the spooky lifestyle?:
Even though I was young and at times very naive, there were just so many wonderful people who were really supportive of me. I had always been an outcast, and I felt like I had found one really big family of people who were at least in some parts similar. I found out that a girl was running a gothic music show one night a week on a local college radio station. For a couple of years I would stay up till two in the morning making cassette tapes of all this new music I had never heard before and loved so much. The lady who ran that show and I are still friends till this day. :)

10)How do you feel about the bastard stepchildren of Goth, ie: cyber, lolita, rivet head, graver etc...:
Well, everything evolves over time. I just very strongly feel that people who are coming into the scene should at least show an appreciation for the older music, fashion, and the like. My husband has kind of been assimilated, probably due to hanging around me for so many years. We both like Voltaire, and a lot of the newer music...but we recently picked up some CD's by the Bauhaus, and the Cure so he could listen to that too. I told him that I think that's important, it makes me feel sad that people try to by this culture from the mall and miss it by such a huge mark.

11)Is your entire house spooky or just your closet?:
My husband and I just go crazy at Halloween time. Whenever we are picking up tidbits at the store to do a little sprucing up for whatever holiday is nearby we joke that "at least we have one of them fully taken care of!". There are lots of black iron candelabra's, weaponry, black lace, and my personal favorite: a spooky kitty snowglobe with little bats instead of snow.

12)Please give your opinion on the following:
a)black lipstick
I have worn this before, and I have seen it worn in such a way to look nice. However, I think its extremely hard to wear and look good. I shudder when I think of two girls I knew who wore this once because they wanted to look "Goth". Whenever they were speaking it looked like they had a black birds beak. Ick! I personally do not wear much lipstick lately, its all in the eyes!

b)pony falls/extensions
I really do like these, I just think that people depend on them too much for "insta-goth-hair". I am hoping to learn how to do vintage style hair once mine grows out.

c)normal colored hair
I love black hair, and I have loved having black hair, although I am slowly trying to get my natural light blonde back. I think any color hair can be made to look good with a Goth outfit, I think that many people just don't realize that every color type doesn't always look good with every outfit or style of make-up. That tends to lead to many people having mismatched hair. For example: Black lipstick will never match with brown or red hair to me -- it just looks odd. A dark red would.

d)baggy pants
I do not like baggy pants, but I can tolerate a flare in the leg as long as the top portion of the pants is fitted.

13)Have you ever (answer however you want, this is not a get goth points contest, nor does anyone think the below questions makes one "goth", but we do find answering them rather amusing):

a) smoked a clove (or enjoyed the scent of one if you don't smoke)
Cloves are my favorite to smoke. I just adore the scent and taste in comparison to my usual menthols.

b) burned incense
Almost on a daily basis!

c) hung out in a graveyard/cemetery
I was married in one. My husband and I picnic there regularly, I tend to take many photographs of people there, and we even have an outing planned for tomorrow. I will try to include some of the wedding pictures below.

d) spent too much money on buckle boots, hairspray, corsets, etc
I have done that, but the days of expendable income are long gone. I miss when I first started dressing this way: the best advice I ever got was to learn how to make things yourself and haunt your local thrift shop. I am trying to do much more of both. My first fishnet shirt did not come from the store, I cut off the feet and a hole into the crotch and pulled my old stocking over my head! I just got a sewing machine, if only I could get it to work! >_<

e) wrote gothic poetry
Well, it was the typical teenage angst affair. I still write a little from time to time, but it isn't really "gothic".

f) been taunted by the locals for your eccentric style (extra points if you couldn't have cared less)
At first endlessly. It was around the time that Columbine happened so everyone was constantly asking if I was going to kill them, or if I was in some kind of cult. I didn't really care, but I did try to inform them a little.

g) painted your nails black
I used to, but now not so much. I am looking for a black nailpolish without all the creepy chemicals.

14)In your opinion what is an unforgivable gothic faux pas:
I really do not like safety pins stuck everywhere. I fail to see the point.

15)Your day job:
I am currently getting a job at Macy's. I have worked for Sears, a Coffee House, and in Web Design previously. I had my own business at the age of 17. I do miss going to work in green and purple dreads.

16)Have you ever done anything to contribute to/help out the gothic scene?:
I would very much like to. I have so many things going on right now, but once things settle down I am hoping to start a print magazine that is focused on Goth DIY. I think that we need to support members of our community when we purchase clothes, and even more so we need to encourage making our own things instead of picking it up at a major-retailer.

17)Tell us an interesting story about your uber goober days:
Whenever I wrote a letter saying "thank you for your work" to bands, or whatnot getting nothing back was expected. When I wrote letters to gothic bands, or personalities with comments or questions within a few days time I have generally always gotten a personal letter back. That is just too neat. I once left a guestbook message on a fetish model's website who I adored. She sent me back an e-mail the next day saying she was from my area originally, and we were pen-pals for a few weeks time. I was in such shock!

18)Something you find that fits your criteria for being gothic that may not be generally considered traditional Goth (ie: a style, a book, a place, a event, a person, a band etc) then tell us WHY:
I really like going to my local renaissance faire. Its not a gothic themed event per say, but there are many cute long haired boys in kilts, or black leather. Belly dancers, weaponry, and other frolicking fun. What's not to love about getting together and pretending its an age of chivalry once more?

19)Website: (if you have one)
It's under construction, but there is stuff to look at.

20)Favorite bands:
The Cure, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Voltaire, Lycia, Audra, Human Drama, Depeche Mode, Chriss Angel, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Switchblade Symphony, Abney Park, Collide, Scarling, Mesh, Portishead, Covenant, Love Spirals Downwards, and others.

21)Most memorable concert/gig/event etc and why:
I would have to say the most memorable gothically themed event has to be my wedding! I wore a black dress, a viel, and had autumn themed flowers. We were married in the cemetary on halloween. There are some pictures of that event here:

22)Favorite movies:
I have to admit that I like the Nightmare Before Christmas, and the Crow. However, my favorite movie to date is "Boondock Saints".

23)Favorite books/authors:
My favorite book was titled "In a dark wood wandering". I do not know the author's name, but it was translated from French. It was a story of several generations of French nobility, namely the Orleans family.

24)Favorite gothy article of clothing:
My favorite item at this point is my red/black reversible velvet cape. This thing is *not* flimsy or halloweenish as it was a very expensive article of clothing that was given to me as a gift.

25)Do you have a trademark style:
Not really, I work so much I don't get to dress as much as I used to...so people are more likely to see me in comfortable black clothing than anything all that wild. I used to be known for my black boots, my modified leather skirt, and funky makeup.

26)Have you ever started a "gothy" fashion trend because of your trademark style (this could be locally or globally):
I would like to believe so, but I know that the only reason that people dress like this around here now is because Hot Topic moved into town and it got trendy.

27)Give your personal answer to the old dreaded question "What is goth?":
My way of explaining it to people has always been, " Its a subculture with its own music and fashion style."

28)If you could give any "words to the wise" to people wanting to learn about the gothic subculture/living a darker lifestyle what would they be?:
Sample lots of music, and thrift stores are your friends. I would also add that without all the help and friendship of the people I have met in this scene I wouldn't be the person I am today. So listening to the people who have been around a lot longer than you is always a good idea.

29)What have you done for us lately? (post a place you promoted us.....your personal lj is fine, yes you MUST do this):
A link on my links page here:

Now give us at least 4 pics of you showing diff aspects of your style behind a LJ cut.
(if you are too dumb to know how to use one please go away) YOU MUST HAVE PICS TO APPLY.

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Wicked Young Ladytrapecia on February 19th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
A well-written, thoughtful application, and nice photos.
anilineaniline on February 19th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
You're adorable and I like the way you phrase things.
petpetzilla on February 19th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed your app and loved the photos you've chosen to share, yep...I think you would be a perfect fit with our lil group!
Battybatty on February 19th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)
Good app, great photos, you seem an old soul, or at least someone that knows your history, so being 19 isn't an issue in this case.
femaledictions on February 19th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
Patron Saint of Lost Causes: pirate modepandorasfox on February 19th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
it's really refreshing to see someone your age that isn't trying too hard to prove how uber they are. normally i'd say you don't have enough experience, but somehow you do get it.....a lot more than several other new members lately. not to mention i'm all for getting more members that want to participate and have something interesting to say.

*smiles* it didn't get you any goth points, but boondock saints is my fav flick too!
DJ FACT.50dj_fact50 on February 22nd, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
Re: yes
That movie is so freakin great.. and totally quotable!
Hyacinthe L. Ravenhyacintheraven on February 19th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
I think you're gorgeous and your app was polite and well-written, but I'm not feeling royalty yet. Maybe I'm being age-ist. But I also base my decisions very highly on contributions to the scene, and I think you need a few more years before I can say yes.
Cheerfully nihilistic :)!ladylucretia on February 19th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
"My husband has kind of been assimilated, probably due to hanging around me for so many years. We both like Voltaire, and a lot of the newer music...but we recently picked up some CD's by the Bauhaus, and the Cure so he could listen to that too."

So you listed the Cure as one of your favorite bands, and you just got around to picking up their CDs?

And safety pins as a unforgivable gothic faux pas? You know goth grew out of the punk scene, right? Unless you're talking about highschoolers covering themselves in them...in which case yes, it's a faux pas, but it's not goth.

Other than that you seem well on the way to getting it, but you don't seem to have really broken into the scene in any meaningful way. Sorry.
melusina_shadow on February 19th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
Re: No
I own thier music, we picked up a CD for him...since we drive seperate cars to work and we dont generally spend much time together at home because of work. I would rather buy more CD's for him than make copys.
Susan Edwardsmiss_spooky on February 19th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
Your answers were very mature.Yay for supporting local artists and designers.Without them this scene would never exsist and we'd all look like a bunch of Hot Topic Clones.You have great fashion sense and taste in music.Congrats on getting married.
*side note-I work for Macy's also.So does bratfink.What department do you work in?I work in cosmetics.
melusina_shadow on February 19th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Yep
I wish I could work in cosmetics >_<, but I have no experience and I am afraid to apply because I am still battling acne. Im moving into the celler, so toasters are my thing. :)
Michael / Atratusmbarrick on February 19th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
I quite liked this application.
Joel Awesome!kafkadreams on February 19th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
I didn't want to like this app since your young, but I did. Have a begrudging yes from me.
SkyPirate AllyKatt: kitkaallykatt on February 22nd, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)
Re: yes.

that is SOOOOO exactly what i was thinking!
Weyakin Windweyakin on February 19th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Excellent application and you know what you are talking about in many aspects. Lovely photos as well. :-) And Hooray for Etherial!!! I'm a sucker for etherial too.
Me and my +1 at the afterlife: ponderingcupcake_goth on February 19th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
An excellent application.
Gothic Ballerina Dollcuregrrlie on February 19th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
Very well rounded application, and I love the wedding photos...
you married so young...you're just a tad bit older than I am! I bet it's awesome to find your "match" so early in life.
Morgan Saint-Llyonesseobsidianinchain on February 20th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
Ryandoofybatz on February 20th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
Regretfully, no.
For some reason, I can't overlook the fact that you called them "The Bauhaus"... especially after you had just finished saying how a knowledge of older music was important.

It was a hard choice, and I admit I feel bad about it... but that was just a bit too much for me.
melusina_shadow on February 20th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: Regretfully, no.
Thats okay...I went over my application quite a few times to make sure that my spelling was okay and such, so it was quite stupid that I missed that. >_
elysabeth_grantelysabeth_grant on February 20th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
Vanity_Assassinming_the_twat on February 20th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
14)In your opinion what is an unforgivable gothic faux pas:
I really do not like safety pins stuck everywhere. I fail to see the point.

hehehehe that made me chuckle... did anyone else get it?
robertorobertom on February 20th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
Re: yes
very punny indeed.
robertorobertom on February 20th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
when i first read your app, i thought, no, go to heirs to the throne, then i read it again and this stuck out...

f) been taunted by the locals for your eccentric style (extra points if you couldn't have cared less)
At first endlessly. It was around the time that Columbine happened so everyone was constantly asking if I was going to kill them, or if I was in some kind of cult. I didn't really care, but I did try to inform them a little.

you take some time to educate people who think goth is about columbine and what-naught. that said something, so yes.
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on February 20th, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)
perhaps it's the age...
Amandaheartsease on February 20th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
It takes time to do a lot of the things some of us have. I think you have started out rather well.
She wore blue velvetthescaryfaery on February 20th, 2005 07:29 am (UTC)
I say yes.
math_impmath_imp on February 20th, 2005 07:42 am (UTC)
Our heroine: Evilgekkouchan on February 20th, 2005 07:45 am (UTC)
Your app has stood out more than any have in a long time for me. :D
ladyligeialadyligeia on February 20th, 2005 08:31 am (UTC)
good answers. although "the bauhaus" irritated me as well, i think it was probably an honest mistake.
matt_the_momatt_the_mo on February 20th, 2005 09:01 am (UTC)
And not only because you have eyebrows that even the lead singer of the Horatii would be proud of :)Good app.
kizaninja_kiza on February 20th, 2005 09:06 am (UTC)
kitsunegorey_ballerina on February 20th, 2005 09:22 am (UTC)
also a regretful NO.
I just can't get over the "safety pins as faux pas" thing. But I'm sure my No isn't going to count for much amidst all the yes votes! ;)
Foul Mouthed Trollopvisioninblack on February 20th, 2005 09:23 am (UTC)
vISIONvision_black on February 20th, 2005 09:29 am (UTC)
velvetdahlia: goth goddess blythevelvetdahlia on February 20th, 2005 09:31 am (UTC)
I like your emphasis on DIY, but don't know if your application strikes me as "royal" per se. Maybe it's because you couldn't remember the name of the author of your favorite book. To me, that's like not remembering the band that plays your favorite song.
rayna_sabinerayna_sabine on February 20th, 2005 09:34 am (UTC)
Kitty: steelboneorchard on February 20th, 2005 09:39 am (UTC)
Lots that I liked, but not feeling royal yet. I think you have a bit more to go before that point.

I honestly did not notice The Bauhaus, but now that it's been pointed out...egads! That wasn't my basis for my choice, however.

Heirs to the Throne for sure!
Victoriamahariel on February 20th, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
Beautiful style, and a good application!

eva clear #190: uberabsinthea on February 20th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
You are young, but hell...with the rest of your app in consideration I shall not be holding age against you. I think you have alot to offer the group.
Battybatty on February 20th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
melusina_shadow on February 20th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
Re: welcome
*does a little dance*

Thank you!
Love Will Tear Us Apart...  Again...forgotenlove on February 21st, 2005 07:34 am (UTC)
I know... I know...
You have already been approved, but I am going to throw out a yes for you anyway.

Welcome welcome.
br0kendawlbr0kendawl on February 21st, 2005 10:56 pm (UTC)
A late yes....
Welcome...I think you'll learn a lot in here! I get so much from all these people and I've been in my goth scene for over 11 years...you can never learn it all...JUST LOOK GOOD while you're doing it, I always say!
DJ FACT.50dj_fact50 on February 22nd, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
Jeez this is late...

But the fact that you seperated the questions from the answers, by using the "enter" key, and Bolding the questions, earned you a ton of points right off the bat from me. =P
Samantha Seryn Riospoesdaughter on February 22nd, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
I know I am late, but I wanted to say YES anyway. Glad you were voted in in my work-induced absence. By the by, I think your age, the fact that you don't own every CD of every artist you like or that you dropped a "the" where it didn't belong are, in this case, all non-points. You're obviously royalty.
Andirivetdoll on February 23rd, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
After the fact, but I would've said yes as well :) Welcome.