Goth subculture is a youth subculture that developed in the 1980s in Britain from the punk-rock movement. Like the punks, goths are seen by society as rebels. Goths have a very distinctive dark look and they often shock people because of their appearance.
Goths define themselves by their dark look. The typical goth will only wear black clothing. They also wear a lot of silver jewellery, especially chains and rings. Some goths, like punks before them, wear huge black boots and have large piercing. Goth fashion aims to shock people and to make them think.
All goths dye their hair either black or blue or both. A true goth won`t leave home without a lot of black make up. They wear black eyeliner and often black lipstick and nail varnish as well.
The music preferred by the goth subculture includes a number of different styles like gothic rock, death rock, post-punk, new wave, dark wave. Goths like dark, heavy music with lyrics about horror, magic and death which create a mysterious atmosphere. Goths listen to bands like The Cure and Nine Inch Nails.
Goth culture is all about attitude. They don`t care about what other people think of them. They see society differently and they make their own minds. Although they look dark and gloomy, a sense of humour is important to most goths. They like to laugh at society and at themselves.