Gothtopia

Gothic Council: Like Rappers, We Pick Silly Names

The goth scene and the rap scene actually have a lot in common. We both like skulls on our clothes and jewelry, we both like songs about substance abuse, sex, and death, and we both like to pick absolutely ridiculous nicknames.

Don't worry, if you don't pick one yourself someone will do it for you, as you can tell by my byline. I can't speak for why rappers do it, but goths... actually, I can't explain why goths do it either.

So what's behind all the little monikers that goths choose for themselves? To answer that I summoned the Gothic Council. With us this week is DJ Regen Robinson, author of the Encyclopedia Gothica Liisa Ladouceur, model Scarlett St. Vitus, stylist Carol Simmons, and Toby Rider of the darkwave band Ending the Vicious Cycle.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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