Accompanied by music composed by Michael Mahalchick, the world of breathing stop-motion ceramics by Professor Rattlesnake (aka Trixy Sweetvittles, aka Shelly Wattenbarger) introduces an otherworldly hallucinatory metamorphosis to your monitor.
Today marks the new moon. Breathe in, breathe out, and follow the mud, and see where it takes you. It is said that some mud monsters are over 200 years old. Some mud monsters like to dirty dance their way through the moonlight, some are accountants, others are sitting real still to form sedimentary rock, as is customary when those ecological deposits start to accumulate. Mud monsters (not to be confused with muck monsters, slurry monsters or clay/adobe monsters) are an adventurous lot and today’s Gothtober piece reinforces that fact. This gritty (with sand, clay and water) individual’s adventure into the cave of madness will deliver you to parts unknown, enjoy your trip!
There’s nothing like a red-robed goddess riding on the back of a lion to brighten your day! Told in a mode reminiscent of the Cherial Scrolls used in storytelling traditions of India, Stephanie Abler returns to Gothtober with a beautifully illustrated tale from one of the world’s oldest religions. This six-minute sequence that combines 29 gouache paintings with sound and music tells an ancient story in which a goddess battles a demon in the form of a buffalo.
Watch Durga the goddess get to work with her sword, a trident, a bow and arrow, her rope, and other weapons (she has a lot of arms)! Watch her fight lions, warriors, an elephant and many other demon forms! Get some popcorn and enjoy this captivating whirlwind Hindu story of creation and destruction where the cosmos show that even gods and goddesses spiral through an unending cycle of birth, death or dissolution, and reincarnation.
And if you like Steph’s work as much as we do, check out Stephanie Abler’s blog!
What happens when a teenage goth grows up? Gets a job, takes on a mortgage, has a couple of kids…? Can you combine elaborate Frankenstein make-up and a lace-up bustier with getting a toddler ready for nursery and yourself to work on time?
Dr Paul Hodkinson, deputy head of Surrey University’s sociology department and an expert in youth music subcultures, has been re-interviewing a group of goths he first studied in the late 1990s to find out. “They were teenagers and in their early 20s then, and I thought it would be interesting to go back because a number of people do stay involved in the goth scene,” he explains.
Though many people who belong to youth subcultures such as punk and rave tend to drift away in their 20s, Hodkinson says it’s more likely that older goths will want to remain involved in the scene, even though it may become harder to combine with the responsibilities that come with age.
To outsiders, it’s the visual markers of being a goth – long, dyed-black hair, black clothes, pale faces contrasted with dark, dramatic eye make-up –that stand out. Taken on their own, these characteristics might be reasonably easy to cast off. However, Hodkinson says that although the aesthetic and clothing are important, the primary tenets of involvement in this subculture mean being “thoroughly passionate about goth music and style, and some goths would tell you they have an interest in the dark side of life, and a natural tendency towards a degree of angst”.
This means a level of commitment to the goth scene, and friendship groups and identity that develop around being a goth, which result in social lives that “are so intertwined that it would feel very odd to leave it,” he says.
Continuing with education and getting a decent job while staying involved isn’t as hard for goths as it may be for those involved in other youth subcultures, some of which promote disengagement with school to the point that academic failure is all but inevitable.
“It’s a relatively middle-class subculture, so despite … all the going out and being into the music, goths have always had a fairly positive view of people who are also achieving academically.”
It means goths may have better career options than an outsider might expect. Succeeding in their chosen career had, Hodkinson observes, become increasingly important to those he interviewed as they moved into their late 20s and 30s, and he was surprised by how much participants in his study were willing to adapt their look to fit in at work. “I even gave people scenarios where they couldn’t wear certain things. I expected them to say that they’d have to leave [their job], but they said they’d have to seriously consider it.”
Most of his sample said they still were recognised as goths at work, but had toned down their look. “They retained a residual element of the appearance, but felt, for example, that colourful dyed hair wasn’t going to work, and they’d stopped painting their nails black.”
Several of Hodkinson’s interviewees now had children, and he says that another sign of the importance of remaining involved despite this enormous life change is the recent appearance of websites discussing the issues facing goth families.
More parents are bringing their babies to goth festivals, too, Hodkinson says, “so organisers have started to think about policies and whether to provide facilities”. For what Hodkinson calls “a fairly hedonistic youth subculture” to consider offering kids’ clubs and on-site childminding means that demand from more mature goths is definitely on the increase.
Hodkinson says these individuals have found a way of “growing up together and taking on various elements of adulthood later perhaps than others might, but doing it as a cohort of people who are passionate about the same thing, and who support each other.”
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Starring in a debut cartoon appearance today is one of the world’s most favorite cats “Children of the Corn” in this feline’s first Halloween cartoon special! Populated by multicolored houses and apartments with curly cue smoke stacks, Yellow Bird and Children of the Corn live a mostly peaceful existence. It’s only a matter of time, however, before some rough neighborhood dolphins start to cause some trouble. Can yellow bird (who has a really unkempt lawn) do what’s right to save the town? Put on your Pan Am cap and watch this pilot episode of Mind Playin Tweets on Me by Kristin (KP) Pepe for Gothtober Day 22.
Roman-era couple held hands for 1,500 years.
Stories within stories, vignettes of the unknown, traces of movement, shadows of ambiguity and the sinister shades of this captivating preview await you, dear viewer. There is a rumor that the movie to be released will be shorter than the trailer. Who is Hertie Gertie? What’s to be gained from having bright aqua bluey greeny hair? How does The Laundress fit into all of this? What will happen to the lovers, and what’s up with the kid in the cape with the watering can? Is that timer on the window ever going to go off, or will it simply keep ticking… and ticking… and ticking? Best you take a gander at DAY 19 as we get closer and closer to Halloweeeeeeennnnnn!
On a well-drawn blustery night, some costumed individuals go a haunting! Do you remember trick-or-treating? Do you still go trick-or-treating? The weirdest thing I ever got was a handful of cough drops in Atwater Village. And the saddest thing I ever got was back in the day when I was a wee rabble rouser in my hometown of Forestville. It was probably the BEST TASTING POPCORN BALL EVER that came from a REAL cauldron from a well-meaning couple all dressed up on their well-decorated porch. The candied popcorn was ladled into tinfoil and wrapped just for me right in front of my captivated eyeballs. But you see, the paranoia had already set in, and even though we knew where these people lived, my parents wouldn’t let me have the popcorn ball. They were absolutely convinced that it was packed with hallucinogens or razor blades or.. I dunno… asbestos.
Anyway, the joy of this piece is not just in its care of hand-drawn craft, but the hint of inklings not unlike the residual impressions of a certain Great Pumpkin that will visit us all on October 31st. Not sure if you’re feelin’ it, but if I were to show up with a plate of Dolly Madison frosted Zingers, would you turn me away?
As a brain traveling a foreign country, the last thing you want to do is stand out like a sore thumb. No brain wants to be sucked into tourist traps or be an obvious target for geting mugged or even kidnapped! That’s why these brains learned the languages of earth and aren’t carrying maps (a sure sign of being an outsider) and are only ordering what the locals order at restaurants. The fair City of Los Angeles has a lot to offer, and you can see that the brains are having the time of their lives as they visit each iconic location. They have even made three postcards of their adventures available to you, so click on day 20 on Gothtober.com to get your FREE printable BRAIN TOURISM POSTCARDS from Oonstein!