Musings from the Underground

The 'Alt Survey': Counterculture is Quietly Taking the World By Storm

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The 'Alt Survey': Counterculture is Quietly Taking the World By Storm

      Punk. Manga. Goth. Hippie. Emo. Lolita. Adventure Time. Fritz the Cat. What do all of these words have in common? At one time or another (for some, currently), they've all been collected together under the slippery and difficult-to-define label of counterculture. Of course, we probably didn't need to tell you that. If you're part of counterculture/alt culture, you already know it (and probably hate the lables, none of which really encompasses the "you" that is you), and if you're not, anything that doesn't walk the white bread path is counterculture. But just for fun, we decided to craft an...

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50 Goth Names to Choose For Your Pet

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50 Goth Names to Choose For Your Pet

Is your pet too dark for a name one of those pesky Normals would choose? On the other hand, is he chunky, lazy, apt to roll over for intruders breaking in wearing trenchcoats to have his belly rubbed...but you still want a Goth name for him? Then reach for our fabulous Top 50 list of great Goth pet names below...but be careful what you wish for. (Name meanings and explanations are included to help you with your choice of phabulously phreaky pet moniker.) Image: blog.gothicangelclothing.co.uk   Alice: In the infamous book, Alice was (supposedly...I mean read it, folks...it's like, a tad weird)...

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Why Not Fitting In Is GOOD For You - And For Everyone Else

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Why Not Fitting In Is GOOD For You - And For Everyone Else

The following is a guest article from our own Ophelia P. Enjoy! * Does that hair really go with that top? We hope not and probably, so does she. Image: pinterest.com When I grew up, I immersed myself in my odd hobbies with gusto, wore what I wanted (within school and parental limitations - who likes being grounded and phone-less, really?) and spoke up when something was REALLY important to me. When my mother grew up, it was a different story. Whereas I fought valiantly to change minds and change the world, my mother carefully hiked her skirt up just...

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Grab Your Gear - the Steampunk World's Fair is Coming

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Grab Your Gear - the Steampunk World's Fair is Coming

Grab an electric lightbulb-powered pen and a lambskin parchment- the Steampunk World's Fair has announced its dates and agenda for 2018. Following on the success of the 2017 incarnation, next year's Steampunk World's Fair will take place May 4-6 at the Radisson and Embassy Suites, Piscataway, NJ. Tickets start at $70 for adult general admission, with other options available for individual events. Youth general admission tickets are $40. VIP ticket options are also available. The Fair was conceived in 2010 and since then has blossomed into a highly attended event. Panel discussions on a variety of steampunk topics, shopping, live-action and game...

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A ~ Very Goth ~ HALLOWEEN (With BONUS Makeup Tutorial Vids)

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A ~ Very Goth ~ HALLOWEEN (With BONUS Makeup Tutorial Vids)

When "just spooky" is NOT enough...you're in luck: there's goth Halloween! Here are our favorite alt ways to celebrate the season of individuality.   If you're part of the alt community (or if you simply have your own off-the-grid style), you may get tired of being asked, "It's not Halloween for a while yet, is it?" while receiving the side-eye. We know we do. What ever happened to individuality, self-expression and personal style? Luckily for those of us who don't quite walk the beaten path, there's Halloween. It's the ONE day when we don't get 20 Questions based on our boots...

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