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Afterdark (Goth Night)
April 1st, 2017


Thank you to all who showed up this month! It was a really fun theme and seeing everyone dress up and participate is the absolute best part! If you spot your friends, please do tag them – look forward to our annual PROM next month!!

any song: features violin, has a beat

me: rose and dave made this song and its beautiful!!!!!!!!!!! give me the au where they wrote this in their janky van and performed it for 18 people in a hipster goth club that night and got paid 50 bucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!! give me the introspective fanfiction where they express their dumb emotions thru music because they cant be sincere in words im alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I was just typing up an email about what kind of work I do, and it occurred to me that I have never posted pictures of my Ridiculous Dragon Hat! This is a hideous oversight on my part that requires immediate correction.

-It’s completely handstitched from black straw braid.
-The horns are thick braids of knit (cut up tshirt, actually) with thick wire through the middle, and then wrapped in black spandex.
-The back is a bunch of braided scrap fabric sewn into an elaborate hairdo, and also beaded. My real hair is under it.
- All the jewelry bits on it came from The Treasure Mart, an absolutely bizarre antique consignment shop in Ann Arbor. It defies description, but if you are in the area, GO. You will not regret it.
-The red glow bracelet was put on there at the very first event that I ever wore this hat to, Chaos in the Red Room’s Funeral for 2015. Totally fun goth club night in Kalamazoo. The DJ will actually be DJing my wedding. I’m so freaking excited.
-Originally, it didn’t have any combs inside, because when I made it, I was just starting to grow out a buzz cut. Now it has two (one at the front, one just under the fancy purple braids. Hilariously, some tourist in Midwestern Mom clothes came up to me at the Ren Faire, yanked one of the horns, and shouted to her husband how cool it was. I shouted something like OW OW OW IT’S PINNED TO MY HEAD PLEASE STOP PULLING IT YOU ARE YANKING MY HAIR OUT. I think sometimes the Mundanes get so excited that they forget to be polite. Whoopsie.

-Yes, almost everyone asks me if I am Maleficent. Well…kind of. That WAS the inspiration. These days, I like to combine it with more dark mori fashions, for that retired evil sorceress look. Gothic Charm School (HI JILLI!) occasionally likes to joke that these fashions might result in her looking like a walking pile of laundry. I find this funny, because I am a slob, my clothes live in piles on the floor, and all my favorite dresses/skirts go really well all layered on top of each other. I am literally a walking pile of laundry. Not just in this outfit. All the time.

(Insert tiny reminder that I do this professionally and I take commissions. cough cough.)

An ex-Christian experience no one really talks about.

Going to a club, concert, etc. for the first time after leaving the religion, and realizing that the “power of the Holy Spirit” you thought you felt when the worship band played is actually just the power of live music. 

Anyway I went to goth night at a local club a few nights ago and it was amazing. Be proud of me y’all, my avoidant ass did a social interaction thing.

So I kinda accidentally came out to my mom (I posted about national coming out day on Facebook and forgot that she actually reads what I post) and although she’s not being unsupportive, she clearly doesn’t understand a lot of it, but like… this happens a lot/happened a lot when I was being diagnosed with things as a teenager, she’ll accept and acknowledge traits of something that have always been apparent, but as soon as there’s a label on it, she kinda shuts down. Like, LITERALLY NOTHING HAS CHANGED, it’s just now there’s a word attached to the experience (for an especially silly/overly simplistic example, I’m not a “goth,” I’m just a person who likes macabre things, dark colors, 80s alternative, teased hair, and attending goth nights at clubs, despite that being a fairly apt/acceptable description of what a goth is).