|Photograph by Sarah Walrus|
Date a Goth. Date a Goth that treasures aesthetics; who will fight you for the perfect eyeliner, and collects limited edition Cult Vinyls. Date a Goth that scoffs at all the “mall-goth” clothes wearing, and those asking for the DJ to play Bela Legosi’s Dead for the third time. Date a Goth because they come from a different world than you do.
You might find them in a coffee shop, a post-punk club, or a library – reading occult fiction or “how to’s” on mummification. Although, they’ll exclaim that they plan to ritualistically kill their cat and mummify her, you’ll know that she’s their best friend.
Ask what music they listen to. Maybe ask about the band shirt they’re wearing under that ankh. They’ll love it if you ask. They might scoff and tell you it’s obscure, although on Google it has a million hits. But just listen. Appreciate the music for what it isn’t, and bask in their sarcastic thought and well hidden jokes. Appreciate it for yourself.
Learn from this Goth. Try out their make up; open your eyes and look at yourself differently. They’ll teach you that people are fluid, or maybe just how many fluids people are filled with. Let them talk to you about how much they hate Pastel Goth and repeatedly exclaim that music was better in the eighties. Laugh together about it. They will make you feel alive again; undead.
Find a Goth because you deserve a life of surrealism. Because you deserve to be adorned with the elegance of Victoriana. You deserve to look at life with laughter filled sarcasm. Because that’s what will bring you joy. Better yet, find this joy together. And if you can’t find a Goth, date a vampire instead. They’re pretty much the same.