Goth: Going Beyond Black Lipstick

Humanity is fascinated by darkness, despite the constant drive towards purity and cleanliness in all aspects of life

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To Feel: Breaking the Shell of Purity

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To Think: A Darker Side of Ourselves & the Full Spectrum of the Human Experience

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“To become conscious of it [the shadow] involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge, and it therefore,. as a rule, meets with considerable resistance.” (Jung)

“To sleep, perchance to dream — ay, there’s the rub, for in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause. There’s the respect that makes calamity of so long life.” (Hamlet)

“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the ones ends and where the other begins? […] But where, meantime, was the soul?” (Edgar Allan Poe, The Premature Burial)

To Be Perceived: An external medium to explore internal values

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Anjelica Huston as Morticia Addams
Siouxie Sioux in Trad Goth Makeup and Clothing
Darya Goncharova in a modern interpretation of Trad Goth
Sarah Dee wearing NuGoth fashion and Makeup

Conclusion: A Lifestyle of Understanding

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