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The Individual Goth Style

Perhaps unusually for a social subculture, there's no real fixed ideal of being a Goth. No checklist that you can use to measure your Gothness. Every Goth has a different opinion of what being a Goth is. Common elements do include a sense of individuality and freedom. A fine senses of the ridiculous is essential. As for things being gothic or not: there's no list. But there are limits.
Mickey Mouse is not. Comics may be.
Physical exercise is a non- starter. Sitting in front of the telly? Probably not.
Beackstreet Boys? A loud no. Beethoven might qualify.
Gold jewellery is out. Silver, or similar jewellery, is in.
Wearing gear because it's a certain brand - Gap, Benneton, Adidas - is definitively not Goth.
Beer, mead and blood-red wine tend to be the drinks of choice. Drugs are not over-popular - you could fall over and mess-up your hair.
Driving an undertaker's car could be described as the epitome of being Goth..

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