So this blog has been a really great experience for me and this isn’t goodbye or anything. I’m just letting you guys know that I’m kind of changing the direction of this blog but I’m not sure when or how yet. I’ve decided to go back to school and study Art History. Although, film is my main focus. I slowly lost interest in sitting here posting photos of people. I don’t mind it….it’s just I want to do more than that. I want to represent my ideas through film. I wanna get back into the art world. There’s not better way to represent black people in alternative cultures than through film. I want to start creating and performing again. I want to start writing again. I was going through a lot these past years and felt a little defeated as an artist which is why stopped I stopped doing the things I love. Now I’m better and motivated and I know what I want to do with film now. If I get into the school that I want to get into I’ll let you guys know…..but I’m applying for Fall 2014 so it’ll be a while. : )
Oh I love this! Similar to my style. : )
Happy Halloween everyone! May your night be filled with beautiful darkness….
Anonymous asked: Thanks soo much for featuring a lot of my photos on here I know without your blog/tumblr a lot of my work would not have been seen so thank you thank you! Much love to you and all that you do -Amanda
Aww I send the love right back at ya! Thank you for inspiring people with your wonderful photos and I hope to see more wonderful stuff from you. Thank you for this kind message. : )
Anonymous asked: I just wanted to let you know how beautiful your work is and how, as a "white" goth who often complains that all the art our subculture makes features white women how happy your blog makes me. I complained once in an art gallery that all the pinups looked like the same white girl with different hair... and then I looked at my own paintings and they weren't much more diverse. DUH. Privilege blindness is a helluva drug. Trying to gradually retrain my brain to avoid it. Your beautiful blog helps!
Well this isn’t necessarily “my work” but I’m guessing you mean my work in creating this blog and for that I say thank you. It’s nice to see people expanding their perception of beauty…..they make the best artists. : )
Three African American women at the state fair, ph. Frances Benjamin Johnston, ca. 1903
I am so goth I was born black
I’m not sure if you guys (coilhouse) know this but your blog is actually my homepage so it was a nice surprise to open my internet browser and this being the first thing that I see. I was extremely surprised! I’ve been so wrapped up in my life that I yelled out “WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!”This was a lovely article and it makes me happy to know and see that people of color are fully embracing themselves!
Thank you so much! This made my day!! : )
Asha Beta, a sculptor, jewelry designer and musician currently living in Prescott, Arizona, comments on her invisibility within a community that borrows aesthetics from her cultural heritage:
The “traditional” ideal of the scene as the pale-faced, black-clad individual definitely never applied to me, but because of my instant and deep connection and attraction to the music and atmosphere of the scene I had to set that aside. I always felt that I was not perceived to be as attractive, as beautiful or even as “goth” as girls who were paler than me. I never attracted many suitors and I reconciled myself to never being able to approach the “gothic ideal of beauty” very early on, although I felt within myself that my personal way of being “goth” was very sincere and creative and very much true to what “goth” was all about. The one part of the scene that obviously made me uncomfortable was the military/Nazi/Aryan faction of it, although I understand that for many of those people it was a fetish or history obsession type of thing, and not necessarily based in racism.
Many of the aesthetics of goth culture are taken from my cultural heritage (Asian/East Indian/Middle Eastern, African/Egyptian/Voodoo/Haitian-Caribbean) so I still felt and feel strongly that my connection to it is natural and instinctive and powerful. It was achingly difficult to be a minority within the subculture I deeply loved because it’s within these that we find acceptance and understanding where the larger society rejects us. I was a loner within the scene just as I was in society. I found a personal solace and creative outlet, but I never found the community I was searching for. I am overjoyed to finally see our subcultures mirroring the multicultural quality of our world, and so glad to see the younger generations of subcultures finding and creating communities to connect with and support one another.