The Commercialization of Goth Part II: Social Media and Baby Bats

Let’s have a chat about flawless makeup. Our young batlings are flocking to Instagram and eating up every piece of dark material they see. To contrast and compare (just a bit), it used to be that goth makeup was off-putting. The purpose was indeed to scare or provoke some type of reaction. We are now flooded with online celebrities who have perfected their aesthetic game. Right down from seamless symmetry to deliberate asymmetry, they have made it so that “goth looks good”. There is nothing inherently wrong with that. However, alongside makeup often comes palette promotion, expensive brand clothing and the usual outward projection of a perfect spooky lifestyle.

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10 Gothy Things to do Today

Hey Fab Bats! Been a while hasn’t it? Summer’s creeping up real fast and the heat is rising from the grave. It can be a bit hard for those of you Bats decked out in black, but cheer up (or gloom a little less), because there is still plenty to do in this weary weather! Outside or inside, introvert or extrovert, here is a list I whipped up like cream for your daily goth needs:

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What’s up with Dana?

Hey Fab Bats! It’s been a busy time of year so bear with me. Shouting this out real quick: if you want regular updates about my cartoon life, I’m always active on Twitter and Facebook.

Here is a quick rundown of what is scheduled to be posted:

  • Part II of the commercialization of goth series
  • A look into race and a radical Japanese subculture from the early 2000s
  • More on getting into gothic music!
  • Comics, coffee and bat-shaped cookies

I will see all of you wonderful batlings (and grown ghouls of course) very soon this month!

Stay spooky,

Dana

Budget Bat: Fun Goth DIY for every batling

Hey Fab Bats! Because we missed several Frivolous Fridays (woe, so much woe), I decided to compensate for it with a highly requested article. In a previous post some of you rabid readers mentioned that you tried and tried but just could not DIY. Hopefully this article will help you make easy projects and rid your fear of needle and thread. Grab some scissors and safety pins and let’s go!

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The Commercialization of Goth Part I: Hauls and Materialism

There has been a debate going around the web surrounding the commercialization of goth. I would like to briefly address this idea within the context of lower-class participants in the subculture who feel goth has become an unaffordable lifestyle due to its supposedly expensive aesthetic. Since we each do our part to keep the scene inclusive, I hope the questions posed and topics addressed in this three-part series will launch constructive discourse.

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