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World Goth Day

While most folks would assume that World Goth Day would be right in the middle of spooky season later in the year, it’s actually much earlier in the calendar than you might think! We’re here to give you the lowdown on everything to do with World Goth Day so you can celebrate in style…

What Is World Goth Day?

World Goth Day is one of the most important dates in our calendars! If you’re wondering what it is, well it’s pretty self-explanatory – it’s a day when fans of all things gothic, from music to fashion and more, come together to celebrate the goth scene as a whole and make themselves known to the rest of the world!

When Is World Goth Day?

Originating in the UK in 2009, World Goth Day falls on May 22nd every year and is now celebrated internationally. It began as ‘Goth Day’ – a day when BBC Radio 6 gave some much-needed airtime to music from different subcultures, including some of the best goth musicians out there. Goth DJs Cruel Britannia and Martin OldGoth loved the idea so much, they decided to keep the tradition going every year since.

Who Celebrates World Goth Day?

The goth scene is made up of tons of different forms of gothic expression that deserve to be seen and heard, so it’s not just music that’s celebrated on World Goth Day. All aspects of the goth subculture are celebrated, from gothic fashion to music and art, with members of the goth community hosting gothic fashion shows (featuring some of our favourite brands at Attitude Clothing, might we add), art exhibitions featuring work from some of the best gothic artists around, and of course some rockin’ gigs that showcase gothic musicians from big-time bands to newbies making their mark on the goth scene.

How To Celebrate World Goth Day

So how do you get involved? Well, first of all, there are some great events going on around the UK that you can take part in, from London to Newcastle – check out the World Goth Day site for more info. If you can’t get down to join in one of those events – why not start your own! Take over the local radio, shout about World Goth Day from the rooftops, and of course show off your gothic style on the streets – that’s where we can help.

Many of the event hosts in the UK and Australia have taken on a big-hearted approach to World Goth Day by raising money for charities close to the community, including the Sophie Lancaster Foundation – a charity that aims to stop prejudice against subcultures. A highly worthy cause, in our opinion.

While World Goth Day 2020 might be a little different, we’re sure that the gothic brains behind the operation are going to bring World Goth Day online for a global celebration right from the comfort of your living rooms!

What To Wear For World Goth Day

We’re sure you already have a wardrobe packed full of your favourite gothic clothing – but why not treat yourself to something new just for World Goth Day? All of our favourite gothic clothing picks are waiting for you in our very own Gothic Clothing Collection, perfect for flaunting your gothic style to the world on the 22nd! 

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How To Dress Pin-Up Style

If you think vintage fashion, you’re sure to think about pin-up style. Known for its classic cuts and sweet but sexy appeal, the image of the pin-up girl has rarely fallen out of fashion throughout the decades. We’re going to take a look at how you can adapt pin-up style into your wardrobe, and how the image of the pin-up girl plays into the rockabilly style here at Attitude Clothing!

What Is Pin-Up Fashion?

Let’s start off with what pin-up fashion actually is. Back in the 1940s, the image of the pin-up model was hugely popular – whether you were an admirer of pin-up girls or simply aspired to be one, the pin-up style dictated a lot of the mainstream fashion that decade. Burlesque performers in particular adopted the style, and even today burlesque troupes use the classic 1940s pin-up style both on and off stage!

How Is Pin-Up Fashion Linked to Rockabilly?

Pin-up fashion is a blend of styles made popular in the 1940s and 50s. This means that Rockabilly style lends itself to pin-up style, along with unique offshoots from Burlesque style and that good old cinematic Hollywood glamour. While many see pin-up style as taking its cues from a more salacious lifestyle, the truth is that pin-up models aspire to be elegant and classy while maintaining a flirtatious appeal that doesn’t stray too far into being overtly sexy.

How To Assemble a Pin-Up Wardrobe

If you’re wanting to create a pin-up wardrobe with plenty of outfit options to choose from, there are a few key pieces that you’ll want in your collection! Since the two styles are so closely linked, you can find most of these items in our Rockabilly collection.

1. A Wiggle Dress

A quintessential pin-up style, the wiggle dress is a close fitting style that’s ruched across the middle. The shape is designed to flatter your natural figure, which is why pin-up style is so popular with the plus-size community – the wiggle dress will enhance all of your curves and swerves to maximum effect while playing down any areas you’re less comfortable with. Also known as pencil dresses, you’ll be able to find wiggle dresses in our collection of Rockabilly dresses at Attitude Clothing.

2. A Pencil Skirt

If you love the silhouette of a wiggle dress but prefer separates to give your wardrobe a little more versatility, we recommend that you make room for a pencil skirt in your collection. Pencil skirts are great because you can centre so many pin-up looks around them from day-to-day wear suitable for the office (Mad Men chic!) to stunning pin-up looks that’ll turn heads wherever you go. Choose a pencil skirt in a bright colour for a traditional pin-up look, or take things into Gothabilly territory with a black pencil skirt.

3. A Circle Skirt

Not everyone is comfortable with a close fit. In the 1950s, circle skirts became a staple of the pin-up style. They’re called circle skirts due to their simple design! All you need to do to make one is cut out a circle of fabric with a smaller circle in the middle; the smaller circle is your waist and the larger circle is your hem! Circle skirts are the basis for circle dresses too, which you can find in our Rockabilly dresses collection – perfect for instant Grease vibes.

4. Cigarette Trousers

If you’re not a skirt and dress type of gal, we’ve got you covered. Cigarette trousers still give you that quintessential pin-up silhouette while also elongating the legs for a taller appearance! These trousers cinch your figure in at the waist and hug your hips to give an hourglass shape, then cut off just above the ankle for a chic finish. 

5. High-Waisted Shorts

In the warmer months, high-waisted shorts are sure to become a daily staple of any pin-up wardrobe. The high-waist of these shorts draws the attention back to the waist through accentuating the hips, and even flatters the stomach area so you can go ahead and pair with a close-fitting top. Wear your high-waisted shorts either on their own or with a pair of stockings for that flirtatious pin-up appeal.

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6. A Cardigan

Whether you’re wearing separates or a pin-up dress, a cardigan is the perfect accompaniment for any pin-up outfit. We take so many of our pin-up cues from celebrities such as Dita Von Tees, and everyone knows just how much she loves cardigans as they pair so well with pin-up chic! Whether you wear them over your look, on their own as a top, or tucked into the hem of your skirt, a cardigan is sure to be the cherry on top of your outfit. Plus, a cardigan is the perfect place to pin a rockabilly brooch!

7. Stockings

One simple way to add that touch of glamour and flirtatious personality to a pin-up look is with a pair of stockings. Pin-up style accentuates your legs, so wearing a pair of stockings that draws the eye to your pins is a must! For an authentic 1940s look, we recommend choosing seamed stockings that have the line running up the back of the leg, but a pair of tights or stockings featuring suspenders is sure to have an updated effect on your outfit. 

When it comes to styling a pin-up look, there’s much more to it than simply wearing the right clothing. From hairstyles to makeup choices, our ultimate rockabilly guide can help you get the pin-up look from your vanity table as well as your wardrobe.So there you have it! All the pieces you’ll need to have in your wardrobe to get that classic pin-up style.

If you love pin-up fashion, we’re sure you’ll love our rockabilly collection at Attitude Clothing packed full of 1940s and 1950s inspired vintage clothing!

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How To Be A Pastel Goth

One of our favourite alternative trends of the moment is Pastel Goth. If you keep up with the goth community on Instagram, you’ll have definitely seen this style growing a big following for a long while now – if you’re looking to take your alternative style in a new direction, it’s the perfect time to get on the alt trend everyone’s talking about!

What Is Pastel Goth?

Pastel goth is all about mixing softer, prettier colours on the spectrum with the darker side of alternative fashion to get a pretty unique style combination! Very closely related to kawaii style, but with that extra sprinkle of gothic horror, you need to think pastel hair dyes and eyeshadow palettes mixed with black lipsticks, skeletal hair accessories, and unicorn spattered combat boots.

Where Did Pastel Goth Come From?

For diehard goths, the whole concept of a pastel goth can be a point of contention. Pastel goths weren’t accepted as part of the goth community at first with many claiming that pastel goths had no claim over the ‘gothic’ element of the look. The gothic subculture rose from the music scene as a development from punk and post-punk, while pastel goth actually originated from Japanese culture and the rise of Kawaii fashion. 

Kawaii, however, tends to focus almost exclusively on the cute and sugary sweet, whereas pastel goth delves a little deeper into the realms of gothic fashion. It’s a relatively new trend that found its feet on a little corner of the internet known as pastel goth Tumblr. Pastel goth Tumblr is full of pastel goth inspo from makeup looks to outfits and even pastel goth art. We’ve seen the pastel goth trend migrate from Tumblr to platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram, growing its community as more and more alternative fashionistas turn to the dreamy but dark style.

How To Dress Pastel Goth

There are two ways you can go when it comes to pastel goth fashion; super dark, or super pastel. Pastel goth outfits should provide a contrast between traditional gothic style and a brighter, Kawaii influence. If you can use pastel goth clothing to produce a creepy but cute vibe, all the better! When it comes to dressing like a pastel goth, we think the look comes down to two key elements: a pastel goth dress, and a pair of pastel goth shoes. 

When you’re choosing a pastel goth dress, look for styles such as collared dresses, skater dresses, pinafores, smocks, or any style that could be classed as typically ‘cutesy’ – if you’ve got a cute style, this means you can go really dark with the design. Whether you want to go for plain black or mix things up with alternative patterns and design features, the style will make sure that your look lands in pastel goth territory rather than classic goth!

Pastel goth shoes are where you can really go all-out with the pastel goth vibes. Brands like Demonia are super well known for designing footwear in pastel and iridescent colours that complement the pastel goth look, but if you’re not into mega high platforms, there are other options when it comes to choosing pastel goth shoes. Mary Jane shoes are a great alternative if platforms aren’t your bag, or if you love a platform but you’re not interested in a pair of boots, creepers are another style that can fit perfectly into the pastel goth aesthetic. 

Pastel Goth Makeup

Pastel goth makeup is all about creating a stark contrast between dark, gothic blacks and bright pastels. Traditionally gothic elements usually include dark lipstick and a near-white foundation, while the pastel elements usually come into play with bright pastel eyeshadow. Another popular pastel goth makeup look is to go full rainbow – brightly coloured lipstick, eyeshadow and even eyebrows are all standout features of a pastel goth makeup look!

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If you’re not sure where to start with your pastel goth makeup, we recommend choosing a pastel goth palette to work with. Depending on how you want to style your hair and outfit, you’ll want to pick either contrasting or complementary pastel colours for your makeup. If you’re not feeling super confident with your pastel goth makeup skills, we recommend sticking to a pastel goth palette of one or two colours to blend into your usual gothic makeup routine. If you’re wanting to get a bit more experimental, try a pastel goth palette with a rainbow of colours to choose from! 

Check out our pastel goth makeup options to work out what you might be most comfortable with!

Pastel Goth Hair

Dyed hair is one of the hallmarks of a pastel goth, with pastel pink and pastel blue being particular favourites! Whether you go for a block colour or a blend of more than one colour, the important thing is to keep the colours distinctly pastel. If you’re not into changing the colour of your hair, some even invest in pastel wigs to keep things fresh and interchangeable without damaging their hair!

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If hair dye and playing with wigs isn’t for you, hair accessories can be a great way to bring a pastel goth vibe to your look with minimal effort. You’re ideally looking for hair accessories that walk the line between cute and scary, so sugar skull clips, gothic flowers and oversized pastel bows are perfect for a pastel goth hairstyle. 

Pastel Goth Music

As with most alternative subcultures, pastel goth music plays a huge part in the scene. Pastel goth music covers a lot of gothic bands as you might expect, but there are some artists in particular that are closely affiliated with the pastel goth vibe. Back in 2017, a Pastel Goth compilation album was released which really helped to define the pastel goth sound. Pastel Goth featured artists such as Lorde, Billie Eilish, Tove Lo and Imagine Dragons – all of whom have an ethereal yet alternative vibe that resonates with the pastel goth vibe.

Pastel Goth Brands We Love

We’ve got a huge selection of pastel goth threads to choose from in our Pastel Goth Collection – but to help you get a head start on your pastel goth look, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 pastel goth brands we love at Attitude Clothing…

1. Punk Rave
Punk Rave are rooted in the visual kei inspiration that pastel goth developed from. Their ability to marry punk and gothic vibes with kawaii and lolita influences position them as a favourite among pastel goth fashionistas! 

2. Punky Pins
One of the best parts of the pastel goth scene is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously – a sense of humour and quirky accessories are more than encouraged, and what better way to let your personality shine through your outfit than adding some sassy accessories from Punky Pins into the mix?

3. Demonia
Champions of footwear that stands out from the crowd, Demonia footwear demands attention with their unusual designs and colours – including plenty of pastel options for pastel goths! 

4. Restyle
The lolita style that Restyle are known for has long been a staple style for lovers of gothic fashion and kawaii culture – so naturally the brand’s style is perfectly adapted for pastel goths! 

5. Kreepsville 666
Purveyors of all things creepy and kooky, Kreepsville 666 are a scare wear brand that love all things horror punk – perfect for adding that kitschy-horror element to your pastel goth look!

Check out our full pastel goth collection at Attitude Clothing for more inspiration!

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The Ultimate Biker Fashion Guide

Biker Fashion

Biker fashion has an unmistakable connection to the alternative scene. From the rebellious spirit of the biker lifestyle to the inspiration from biker gear that’s seeped into alternative fashion staples, biker fashion is forever intertwined with punk and rock style.

But where did biker fashion come from? Which alternative symbols came from biker culture? How do you get the biker look for your wardrobe? We’ll answer all these questions and more in our ultimate biker fashion guide!

The History of Biker Fashion

A Gentleman’s Activity

Biker fashion was quite a dapper look when it started out. This was because owning a motorcycle was quite the expense! Only men of means could afford such a luxurious mode of transportation, and dressed to impress while they were out on the country roads.

Biker fashion was therefore pretty heavily tweed based, since that was the most popular menswear style at the time! But motorcycles were getting faster, and soon it was clear that additional protection was needed. 

By the early 20th century, motorcycles had been adopted by the police and the military as their main mode of transport. As part of their uniform, riders would wear full length boots, a flat cap and gauntlet gloves that protected them from harsh winds – many of which are still staples of the gentrified country wardrobe! But where did the biker look we know and love on the alternative scene come from?

A Need For Speed (And Protective Gear!)

Well, the faster motorcycles got, the more the need for protection grew! Military overcoats made from horsehide in the World War I era were adopted by bikers, but these coats were cumbersome and made maneuvering while on the road difficult.

A jacket maker from New York City changed all this in 1928 when he created the first ever leather jacket specifically designed for motorcycles! Irving Schott named his design after his favourite cigar, the Perfecto, and the leather jacket synonymous with motorcycles and biker culture was born. The first iteration of the Perfecto was a fitted leather jacket that could zip up high, featured lapels, snaps and pockets – all the iconic features of the leather jackets we know and love today.

For the English, the toughness of leather jackets wasn’t enough protection on its own. English weather meant that keeping out the rain was essential, so in 1935 the brand we now know simply as Barbour created a wad-cotton jacket for motorcyclists guaranteed to keep out rainwater. Famously worn by motorcyclists including Ewan McGregor and Steve McQueen, the wad-cotton featured four pockets, one of which was angled to the upper left to hold a map and is now as an iconic part of biker fashion as the leather jacket! 

A Boot Engineered For Protection

So what about footwear? Around the 30s, a style called the engineer boot emerged. The engineer boot took the classic shape of the English riding boot and fitted it with a stovepipe leg. The style was designed primarily for engineers working on America’s railroads during the infamous Depression era, but in the 40s it was adopted by motorcyclists looking for a tough pair of protective boots to take out on their ride.

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The 1950s Rebel Biker 

While biker fashion had previously been all about practicality, the tides turned in the 1950s when Marlon Brando starred as the leader of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club in the film ‘The Wild One’. Sporting a black leather Perfecto jacket, a pair of blue jeans and engineer boots, Brando’s biker uniform inspired generations of rebels, musicians and outlaws for years to come! The popular look was even adopted by the British “ton-up” boys, an important part of British motorcycling culture.

Hells Angels Fashion

Among the rebels inspired by Brando’s look were bikers that would go on to form clubs like the Hells Angels MC in the 1960s. The Hells Angels modified the leather jacket by removing the arms and creating a motorcycle vest (also known as Cuts) from either leather or denim. 

With the sleeves removed, bikers gained increased arm mobility and better ventilation in the warmer USA climate! As the popularity of Cuts grew, outlaw bikers and MCs alike embellished their motorcycle vests with their MC name and symbols. Aside from being a quick way for MC members to identify each other out on the road, owning a motorcycle vest with your MC name showed your commitment to the biker lifestyle and, depending on what was on your cut, your experience as a rider.

Perfecto Goes Punk

The popularity of the Schott Perfecto leather jacket only grew throughout the 70s, and soon enough it’s reputation for being a symbol of the outlaw lifestyle was adopted by the Punk scene. Bands such as the The Ramones and The Sex Pistols were among the first punk rockers to make the Perfecto jacket a staple part of their look and soon the black leather jacket was synonymous with the punk scene. 

While many punk rockers wore their leather jackets as is, many loved the DIY element of punk culture and customised their jackets with spikes, patches and studs to exaggerate their look and take it to a new, anti-establishment vibe! 

Racing Through the 80s

The popularity of motorcycle racing and the rise of sports bikes saw biker fashion take a detour through the 80s. The bomber jacket style was adopted for leather jackets in a deviation from the classic Perfecto style. However, the Schott Perfecto design won out in the end and with the popularity of vintage style in the 2000s, the classic leather jacket once again became the alternative scene staple it once was!

The Symbolism of Biker Fashion

Biker history focuses mostly on the leather jacket, but what about the patches stitched onto those jackets? Motorcycle gangs are notorious for the detailing on their motorcycle vests – from the MC name to the symbols and patches, there’s meaning behind every detail that can denote all kinds of things from MC rank to experience and more.

While themes vary, the skull is present in most biker symbolism – in wider culture, the skull represents death and mortality, and can even be a sign of danger or death. For bikers, the symbol unifies them and serves as an unspoken commitment to biker life and the thrill of the open road. 

The idea is that once a biker, always a biker. While the skull absolutely represents the rebellious spirit and tough attitude of the wearer, it’s also used as a reminder to not with harm or death to others and to respect and accept one’s own mortality. Pretty deep stuff!

Is The Biker Look Fashion or Function?

Function! Bikers don’t care about fashion trends, they just want the best gear for the job. However, what is functional to a motorcycle gang has heavily influenced alternative fashion for many years.

The biker fashion trend blends traditional rock and roll style with modern biker gear. Think denim jeans with a skull emblazoned t-shirt, leather jacket featuring studs and spikes and accessories to match and a solid pair of ankle boots.. Soon you’ll have a tough biker fashion look that’ll make sure no-one’s messing with you!

How To Style Biker Fashion

If you’re looking to put together a biker fashion look, let’s take a closer look at the main elements you’ll need…

The Leather Biker Jacket

The most iconic part of the biker look, if you’re wanting to invite biker fashion into your wardrobe you’ll need to invest in a leather jacket. Our leather jackets at Attitude clothing are designed in the Perfecto style and come either unembellished or packed with studs and skulls to increase the punk biker vibe.

The Biker Jeans

Blue jeans were a classic part of the Marlon Brando era biker look – but as with all alternative fashion, there’s room for customisation here. In our collection of jeans, you’ll find a huge range of styles from plain black to punk tartan and more so you can style your biker look your way!

The Biker Boots

Your biker boots should be made from tougher stuff and should ideally be flat boots if you’re going for an authentic biker fashion look. If you’re just wanting to take the biker influence and dress it up for a night out, feel free to indulge in a pair of heeled boots or platform boots for an alternative edge! 


Biker fashion is a close relation of punk style, so if you’re looking to perfect your look make sure to check out our full punk collection here at Attitude Clothing!!

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What Is A Health Goth?

Every year, new alternative subcultures are created. Whether you’re new to the term health goth or you’re totally into everything that health goth stands for, there’s still much to learn about this fashion and lifestyle trend! 

Where Did Health Goth Begin?

The concept of the Health Goth hit the runways as far back as 2014, but you’d be forgiven for missing it. Slated as the latest trend you’ve never heard of by critics, Health Goth didn’t take off in the mainstream until it became something else entirely.

Before it was picked up by the fashion world, Health Goth had much more humble beginnings. Started by underground Portland pop punk duo Magic Fades, the Health Goth aesthetic aimed to transcend the social commentary of the popular-at-the-time ‘normcore’ fashion trend, moving into a clinical and sterile area of anti-nostalgia style. If that sounds complicated to you, you wouldn’t be the first to question what all of that means.

What Is Health Goth About?

Essentially, the Health Goth aesthetic aims to alienate itself (as much alternative fashion does) from the mainstream nostalgia for 90s sportswear by stripping itself of identifiable brand logos and adopting a minimalist, black and white palette. It’s a cold and cynical look to the future of alternative fashion, combining the impersonal, technological present with an uncanny throwback to the sportswear fashion boom of the recent past.

How Has Health Goth Changed?

If you’ve heard of Health Goth at all, you’ve almost certainly never heard of it in the form it was originally intended to be – a unique aesthetic that had more to do with art than mainstream fashion.

As with anything avant-garde and underground, the mainstream couldn’t wait to get their hands on it – soon Health Goth had been transformed from a niche and heavily art and fashion influenced specialist style to something simple and easily digestible – Health Goth was now being pitched as a lifestyle look for goths that loved hitting the gym.

Health Goth purists and style gurus alike were horrified that this intangible aesthetic had been boiled down to something so rudimentary, missing the point of Health Goth entirely. While it was certainly a dark moment in alternative fashion, the outrage did spark one of our favourite alternative fashion quotes from The Fader: “It seems to me that saying that Health Goth is gymming for goths is like saying that cyberpunk is Johnny Rotten doing spreadsheets on a Dell.”

And yet that’s what Health Goth had and has become – a simplified version of a much deeper and more meaningful fashion trend.

How Did Health Goth Become A Fitness Lifestyle?

This part is mostly down to one health goth in particular; Deathface. Back in 2014, Deathface (aka Johnny Love) tweeted his dibs that he invented health goth. While the tweet was a source of controversy from Health Goth purists, his contribution to the new face of Health Goth is undeniable. 

One of the biggest names in dark electronic music, Deathface found himself eating tons of fast-food on the road while he toured the USA. According to VICE, a conversation with Gibby Miller (of alt dating site Makeout Club fame) got him thinking about how to get fit; the advice he got was to “quit eating carbs unless I wanted people to call me Fatface instead of Deathface.”

The harsh advice drove Deathface straight to the gym where he could be found working out to vintage techno and old school goth alike. This commitment to fitness also bled into his wardrobe, sparking a trend for wearing Under Armor gear to his goth club night Soft Leather in Chicago.

Not long after, HealthGoth.com was created which offers personal training from Deathface himself, exclusive must-have Health Goth merch and most importantly, the (quite intense) Health Goth fitness bible.

What Does Health Goth Look Like?

So, what does Health Goth actually look like? At first, you might think you’ve sussed it from the name alone – surely it’s just someone who’s wearing all black sportswear? Well, not quite. There’s a bit more finesse to the Health Goth look, despite it being all but divorced from its original intended purpose.

Health Goth draws primarily from sci-fi and cyberpunk influences, so ultimately you’ll be looking to combine sportswear with futuristic and minimalist elements. Here, get some inspo from those already rocking the Health Goth look…

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How To Get The Health Goth Look

Despite a bumpy start, the Health Goth trend doesn’t look as though it’s set to fade away just yet – so if you’re wanting to jump on this unusual and futuristic branch of the alternative fashion spectrum, we’ve got some great tips to help you get involved.

In the absence of sportswear-esque clothing, you’ll need to look for longline garments, preferably with mesh inserts. Urban Classics have some great mesh options available, but there are plenty of different kinds of mesh based garments across the Attitude Clothing site!

Wet look fabrics such as patent are great for creating that sci-fi feel – patent footwear from killer alternative brands such as Demonia make the perfect choice.

Make sure that black is at the centre of your palette, but accessorise with monochrome pieces in white or silver.

Use metallics in your makeup look wherever possible, opting for shimmering eyeshadows or chrome effect nail polish – again, try to keep it neutral or monochromatic!

When done properly, Health Goth can be a really bold and daring alternative look. For the full effect, make sure that you look for ways to work futuristic elements into each part of your look. 

If you’re just wanting to dabble in the Health Goth trend, feel free to just pair a couple of Health Goth elements into your everyday alternative look. We think that alternative streetwear works well with the Health Goth aesthetic if you’re not sure where to start!

What Does Health Goth Sound Like?

The kind of playlist you want to put together for some serious Health Goth vibes varies depending on who you talk to. We’re sure that Deathface would recommend a ton of dark electronic artists, Magic Fades have always been reluctant to associate themselves with any specific music genre, and if you search for Health Goth on Spotify you get a selection of playlists that vary from death metal to EBM to digital hardcore and even to classic goth tracks. Probably best to find a mix that motivates you if you’re following the Deathface Health Goth lifestyle – after all, it’s all about the look and the workout!

Who Can I Follow For Health Goth Inspo?

Still need some inspiration for the Health Goth lifestyle? Check out these hot Health Goth pioneers:

Love the Health Goth trend or think it’ll never last? Let us know your thoughts!

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Glossary of Piercings

Ah, piercings – one of the great body modifiers. Not as permanent as a tattoo but a little more permanent than dyeing your hair a crazy colour! While we all know about common piercings such as ear piercings or nose piercings, we might not know the full spectrum of piercings there are to choose from…

If you’re feeling like investing in a new look and wondering ‘what piercing should I get?’, browse our glossary of piercings for inspiration.

Ashley Piercing

The Ashley piercing consists of a single puncture through the very centre of the lower lip. The piercing exits through the back of the lip and can take around two to four months to fully heal.

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Auricle Piercing

The auricle is an area of the ear that lies on the outer edge between the helix and the earlobe. An auricle piercing perforates this area – due to it being on the outside of the ear, it’s a great piercing for small, decorative rings.

Belly Button Piercing

Otherwise known as a navel piercing, the belly button piercing saw a huge boom in popularity in the 90s – while it’s not as popular in the mainstream now, it’s an easy piercing to heal and maintain just like standard earlobe piercings if you’re looking for an ‘entry-level’ piercing to experiment with!

Bridge Piercing

Maybe not one for those with glasses, the bridge piercing goes directly through the bridge of the nose that sits just between the eyes leaving a ball or decoration on either side of the nose with the bar going through the bridge area.

Cartilage Piercing

Rather than referring to a particular area, a cartilage piercing simply relates to any piercing that goes through cartilage on the body or face. The most common cartilage piercings are found on the ears and on the nose!

Cheek Piercing

Sometimes known as a dimple piercing, the cheek piercing is placed to imitate where dimples would naturally appear. They go straight through the outer cheek and through into the inside of the mouth.

Conch Piercing

There are two kinds of conch piercing; the inner conch piercing, and the outer conch piercing. The inner conch is the shell-shaped cartilage in the center of the ear that sits across from the ear canal. The outer conch is the flat cartilage between the helix and the antihelix.

Corset Piercing

Rather than just a single piercing, a corset piercing is a series of piercings along the two sides of the back that can then be laced together to give the appearance of a corset being laced up on the body.

Daith Piercing

The daith piercing is one of the most popular piercings of the moment, but what is the daith piercing? The daith is the innermost fold of cartilage in the ear which appears at the very beginning of the helix. The daith is also known as the migraine piercing. Ear piercing for migraines is recommended for those looking for long term relief from chronic migraines. Even if you’re not looking for a piercing for migraines, the daith piercing is an on-trend choice.

Dermal Piercing

Dermal piercings are a versatile choice as they can sit anywhere that’s a flat surface on your skin. Also known as a micro dermal piercing, or even a single-point piercing, the dermal piercing goes flat under the skin to look like small beads on the surface of the skin.

Eyebrow Piercing

A classic piercing style, the eyebrow piercing is vertical and goes through the bottom through to the top of the eyebrow – it’s up to you how many you have!

Helix Piercing

The helix piercing perforates the upper-ear helix and is often worn with a ring, but there are actually many different kinds of helix piercings.

Double Helix Piercing

This sits in the upper-ear helix, but instead of just one piercing, you have two next to each other!

Forward Helix Piercing

Instead of sitting in the upper-ear helix, the forward helix is done at the front of the ear on the outer rim – this means it will sit against your hairline.

Triple Helix Piercing

The triple helix means that instead of just getting one forward helix piercing, you get three in close succession.

Industrial Piercing

An industrial piercing perforates the ear cartilage in two places at the top of the ear so that a bar can be placed through. This is often referred to as a bar piercing or a scaffold piercing.

Labret Piercing

The labret piercing is situated below the bottom lip and above the chin – because of its location, it’s sometimes known as the soul patch piercing! There is a variation, however…

Vertical Labret Piercing

The vertical labret piercing is quite rare and super unique – instead of the back of the piercing going straight through to the inside of the mouth, it curves back up and through the centre of the lip (where the Ashley piercing would be placed) so that both ends of the piercing can be seen. This is done with a curved barbell.

Lip Piercing

A lip piercing is a broad term that refers to any style of piercing that goes through or around the upper, lower or middle lip.

Madonna Piercing

The Madonna piercing emulates Madonna’s beauty spot above the upper lip on the right-hand side.

Medusa Piercing

While often called the medusa piercing, this piercing is actually the philtrum piercing and sits on the upper lip between the lip and the septum. The medusa piercing uses the same stud as the labret piercing.

Monroe Piercing

The Monroe piercing emulates Marilyn Monroe’s beauty spot above the upper lip on the left-hand side (though in reality, Monroe’s beauty spot was much higher on her cheek!)

Nipple Piercing

While the nipple can be pierced at any angle, a nipple piercing is usually centred horizontally at the base of the nipple.

Nose Piercing

This is a broad term that refers to any piercing that perforates the skin or cartilage around the nose. The nostril piercing is the most common, but the septum and bridge piercings are also popular. With it being such a visible piercing, many want to know ‘how long does a nose piercing take to heal?’ – this totally depends on what you have done, but typically a nostril piercing will take 4 to 6 months to heal.

Double Nose Piercing

Simply put, a double nose piercing means a combination of two piercings in the nose – whether this is a nostril and a septum piercing, a double nostril piercing or a bridge and septum piercing, any combination counts!

Orbital Piercing

The orbital piercing is when two ear piercings are connected by one piece of jewellery. While the helix is the most popular area for the orbital piercing, we’ve seen them appear anywhere on the ear.

Rook Piercing

A cartilage piercing in the upper ear, the rook piercing is above the tragus right in the anti-helix. It’s the part of the ear that’s just between the inner conch and the outer ear.

Septum Piercing

The septum piercing goes through the nasal septum which is the bit of cartilage that separates your nostrils. The piercing avoids the cartilage by going through the skin just beyond the cartilage at the end of your nose.

Smiley Piercing

The smiley piercing is nicknamed this because it appears when you smile! It perforates the lip frenulum that sits between your gum and your upper lip and is often a curved bar that shows two balls above your front teeth. If you pierce the lip frenulum between your lower lip and your gum, this can sometimes be referred to as a frowny!

Snake Bite Piercing

The snake bite piercing is made up of two piercings that appear evenly spaced on either side of the lip. Piercing just underneath the lip, the space between them emulates the puncture marks of a snake bite.

Snug Piercing

Also known as the anti-helix piercing, the snug piercing passes through the lateral and medial surfaces of the anti-helix portion of the ear.

Sternum Piercing

A surface piercing that sits anywhere along the breastbone, sternum piercings are more often than not pierced between the breasts on a vertical angle, though it is possible to create a horizontal sternum piercing in this area.

Surface Piercing

Similar to a dermal piercing, expect visible on the outer skin, surface piercings can be done on any flat surface of the body. This differs from a standard piercing as these are pierced through the skin, while surface piercings follow the plane of the skin instead.

Tongue Piercing

Tongue piercings go through waves of popularity with men and women; after reaching its peak popularity around 2011, women in 2019 are once again taking to the tongue piercing. The piercing is usually done through the centre of the tongue and can take around 6-8 weeks to fully heal.

Tragus Piercing

The tragus piercing perforates the area of the ear that sticks out just outside of the ear canal. Just as many believe the daith piercing is a good cure for migraines, many swear by the tragus piercing as a source of migraine relief.

Anti Tragus Piercing

The anti-tragus perforates the outer-ear cartilage just opposite the tragus.

We hope that our glossary of piercings has inspired you to get creative with body modification! If you’re looking for body jewellery for your new piercings, check out our collection of body jewellery and more alternative jewellery here at Attitude Clothing!

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The Definitive Guide to Alternative Christmas Songs

We love a good Christmas playlist here at Attitude Clothing, but of course we like to put our alternative twist on the occasion! Alternative Christmas Songs are one of the best ways to kick off the season. There are so many to choose from, but we’ve put together an easy to browse list of our favourites to get you started this Christmas! From pop punk heroes Blink-182 to the legend himself Corey Taylor, there’s something for every alternative music fan right here at Attitude Clothing. Turn up the volume and get into the festive spirit!

1. The Darkness: Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)

Released: December 2003

Festive Fact: This song was tipped to reach number one in the official UK singles chart, but was beaten at the last minute by a cover of “Mad World”. Their battle for Christmas number one is considered one of the closest in recent years.

Our Favourite Lyric: “Don’t let the bells end Christmas time, just let them ring in peace.”

2. Corey Taylor – X-M@$

Released: December 2010

Festive Fact: Corey recorded this single for The Teenage Cancer Trust. Though the song makes it sound as though Corey isn’t a fan of Christmas, he took to YouTube to clarify that he enjoys Christmas as it means he gets to see his extended family. He actually just finds the frustration of people who don’t like Christmas hilarious.

Our Favourite Lyric: “Fa la la la la go fuck yourself!”

3. Reuben – Christmas Is Awesome

Released: December 2007

Festive Fact: This single was written as a semi-serious attempt at the Christmas number one spot. While the video was a huge success on YouTube with over 100,000 hits on the first day, an error in the VPL registration of the track led to its tragic disqualification from entry into the UK charts.

Our Favourite Lyric: “We’re sorry about all of that “Nailed to a cross” business”

4. Blink 182 – Won’t Be Home For Christmas

Released: 2001

Festive Fact: Despite its widespread popularity, the single was only charted number one in Canada and stayed there for 5 weeks. No other Blink-182 song ever made it to number one in Canada.

Our Favourite Lyric: “Oh god I hate these Satan’s helpers”

5. My Chemical Romance – All I Want for Christmas Is You

Released: 2004

Festive Fact: The Mariah Carey classic was covered by Gerard Way and the members of My Chemical Romance for the LA based alternative radio show Kevin & Bean on KROQ-FM.

6. The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)

Released: 1989

Festive Fact: This single was featured in the film soundtrack for Christmas With The Kranks and was covered by Joey Ramone on his second posthumous album Ya Know?

Our Favourite Lyric: “Snowball fighting, it’s so exciting baby”

7. August Burns Red – Carol of the Bells

Released: 2008

Festive Fact: An openly Christian band, this single was recorded for an album from The X Series, a collection of compilation albums by BEC Recordings which choose artists exclusively signed to Christian rock labels.

8. Twisted Sister – Heavy Metal Christmas

Released: 2007

Festive Fact: This song featured on the album A Twisted Christmas, which was the seventh and final studio album by Twisted Sister. The entire album takes classic rock riffs  from bands such as AC/DC, Thin Lizzy & Black Sabbath, and gives them a festive twist.

Our Favourite Lyric: “Twelve silver crosses, Eleven black mascaras, Ten pairs of platforms, Nine tattered t-shirts, Eight pentagrams, Seven leather jackets, Six cans of hairspray, Five skull earrings, Four quarts of Jack, Three studded belts, Two pairs of spandex pants, And a tattoo of Ozzy…”

9. Small Town Titans – You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch

Released: 2017

Festive Fact: Small Town Titans decided to do something different for the holidays, so arranged this dark, bluesy, sinister version of “You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch”

Our Favourite Lyric: ALL OF THEM

10. Weezer: We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Released: 2008

Festive Fact: Originally recorded for an Apple iOS mobile game, Weezer’s pop-punk version of a holiday favourite is a short and sweet punked-up alternative that’s a must for any punks Christmas playlist.

11. The Smashing Pumpkins: Christmastime

Released: 1997

Festive Fact: Christmastime was released on the alt scene’s premier seasonal charity compilation, A Very Special Christmas 3 and recorded at the same time as The Smashing Pumpkins’ fourth album, Adore

Our Favourite Lyric: And secretly, the gifts you hide, the fun awaits for you inside”

12. No Doubt: Oi To The World

Released: 1997

Festive Fact: Ska might be lost to the alternative scene of days gone by, but what better time of year for a throwback than Christmas? Oi To The World was created as the skinhead’s solution to a Christmas Carol and appeared on the B-side to ‘Happy Now?’ from the Tragic Kingdom album.

Our Favourite Lyric: If God came down on Christmas Day, I know exactly what He’d say, He’d say Oi to the punks and Oi to the skins, and Oi to the world and everybody wins!”

13. Def Leppard: We All Need Christmas

Released: 2018

Festive Fact: It’s easy to think that Def Leppard tracks already have some miles behind them, but this festive track was released only in 2018! Good to know they still have it in them.

Our Favourite Lyric: ‘Follow your heart, and let love lead, this Christmas’

14. Chris Cornell With Eleven: Ave Maria

Released: 1997

Festive Fact: Featured on the very same compilation album as The Smashing Pumpkins’ Christmastime, Chris Cornell’s cover of the classic carol Ave Maria is a bittersweet reminder of this late alt legend’s enduring talent.

15. Eels: Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas

Released: 1998

Festive Fact: B-sides really do hold some seasonal treasures, with this holiday gem being found on the B side to ‘Cancer For The Cure’ on Eels’ Electro-Shock Blues album.

Our Favourite Lyric: There’s a yuletide groove waitin’ for you to move’ 

16. Amy Winehouse: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Released: 2004

Festive Fact: An incredible live recording of one of our favourite seasonal pop songs for the BBC Radio 2 Christmas special, The Gospel According To Christmas

17. The Killers: Don’t Shoot Me Santa

Released: 2011

Festive Fact: One of the edgier titles for one of the six annual Christmas songs The Killers’ produced between 2006-2011, this one was a charity release raising money to help in the fight against AIDS.

Our Favourite Lyric: Oh, Santa, I’ve been killing just for fun Well, the party is over kid Because I, because I got a bullet in my gun’

18. Queen: A Winter’s Tale

Released: 1995

Festive Fact: The psychedelic vibe in this Queen Christmas song is made all the more beautiful when you realise that the record was released posthumously after Freddie Mercury’s death.

19. David Bowie & Bing Crosby: Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy

Released: 1982

Festive Fact: While many mistake this hugely successful festive duet as an original, it’s actually a cover of a track first performed by the Trapp Family Singers in 1951.

20. Beck: The Little Drum Machine Boy

Released: 1997

Festive Fact: Appearing on the Just Say Noel album, this seven-minute dive into robotic funk was released just a few months after the hugely successful Odelay album.

Our Favourite Lyric: ‘That’s the Beeyatch Holiday robot funk’ 

21. Tom Petty: Christmas All Over Again

Released: 1992

Festive Fact: This Tom Petty festive track appeared on the predecessor to A Very Special Christmas 3, the double-platinum compilation A Very Special Christmas 2

Our Favourite Lyric:Now let’s see, I want a new Rickenbacker guitar Two Fender bassmans Chuck Berry songbooks, xylophone’

22. Bon Jovi: Please Come Home For Christmas

Released: 1992

Festive Fact: A cover of the original Charles Brown version, this A Very Special Christmas 2 release actually made it into the top 10 in the UK and Ireland.

23. Grateful Dead: Run Rudolph Run

Released: 1971

Festive Fact: One of many covers of Chuck Berry’s original rock n roll Christmas classic, this version was sung live at Madison Square Garden in New York while the youngest original member of the group ‘Pigpen’ was still alive.

24. The Kinks: Father Christmas

Released: 1977

Festive Fact: Part festive tune, part social commentary, this holiday contribution from The Kinks packs a punch.

Our Favourite Lyric: Father Christmas, give us some money We got no time for your silly toys Father Christmas, please hand it over We’ll beat you up so don’t make us annoyed’

25. Pearl Jam: Let Me Sleep (Christmas Time)

Released: 1991

Festive Fact: This very early track from Pearl Jam ended up being rerecorded live for their compilation album Pearl Jam 20 in 2011.

26. The Pogues (feat. Kirsty MacColl): Fairytale Of New York

Released: 1987

Festive Fact: At this point it’s basically mainstream, but its alternative roots absolutely earn Fairytale of New York a place on any alternative Christmas playlist – even if it was recorded in the height of summer!

Our Favourite Lyric: Happy Christmas your arse I pray God it’s our last’

27. Low: Just Like Christmas

Released: 1999

Festive Fact: In a break from their usual slow alt-pop vibe, Low recorded a Christmas EP that crammed in a ton of Christmas spirit as a special gift to their fans.

28. The Fall: Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Released: 1995

Festive Fact: Mark E Smith might be the last person you’d expect to release a Christmas album, and yet The Fall released more than one in their time! 

29. Cheap Trick: I Wish It Was Christmas Today

Released: 2017

Festive Fact: Originally performed by The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, this modern festival classic was performed on Saturday Night Live by Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Horatio Sanz and Chris Kattan.

Our Favourite Lyric: All I know is that Santa Claus Don’t care about breaking or applying laws’

30. Poly Styrene: Black Christmas 

Released: 2010

Festive Fact: A truly dark Christmas release, Black Christmas was inspired by the killing spree of a man dressed as Santa Claus in LA. On a more festive note, Poly Styrene wrote the song  in collaboration with her daughter, Celeste.

Our Favourite Lyric: I’m dreaming of a black black Christmas Black smoke glows against a midnight sky’

31. Phoenix: Alone On Christmas Day

Released: 2015

Festive Fact: Phoenix requested that they be allowed to cover Beach Boys’ Mike Love’s song for Bill Murray’s A Very Murray Christmas and actually features Bill Murray on the track.

32. AC/DC Mistress For Christmas

Released: 1990

Festive Fact: Angus Young explained that the song was written about Donald Trump and thinks it’s the funniest song on the album The Razors Edge

33. Run-D.M.C: Christmas In Hollis

Released: 1987

Festive Fact: Christmas In Hollis is a track from the very first A Very Special Christmas album – the band actually refused the song when first offered to them!

Our Favourite Lyric: My name’s d.m.c. with the mic in my hand And I’m chilling and coolin just like a snowman’

34. Jimmy Eat World: 12.23.95

Released: 1999

Festive Fact: This Christmas tune featured on the album Clarity which is often hailed as one of the best emo records of all time.

35. Loose Tapestries: Can’t Wait For Christmas

Released: 2016

Festive Fact: Hold out through Noel Fielding’s Christmas themed nonsense for a brilliant rap from the one and only Idris Elba halfway through the track

Our Favourite Lyric: ‘And my wife is a walnut, She’s a Christmas walnut’ 

Whatever you’re listening to this Christmas, you can find all of your must-have gothic Christmas decorations and gothic Christmas gifts here at Attitude Clothing.

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The Most Famous Vampires From Film & TV

One of the most popular monsters on the menu, pop culture has been obsessed with vampires long before they hit the silver screen. Once a creature simply read about, vampires were soon committed to film and tv in terrifying visual brilliance. 

We decided to celebrate these iconic undead performances in a timeline of the most famous vampires from film and television – from 1922 to the present day.

Count Orlock – 1922

Portrayed by Max Schrek in Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror 

The oldest and most iconic image of the vampire was committed to screen in 1922 – the character of Nosferatu has since become a symbol of vampires in film and would go on to inspire generations of vampires in the years to come…

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Bela Lugosi’s Dracula – 1931

Portrayed by Bela Lugosi in Dracula 

One of the most enduring depictions of the Bram Stoker character Dracula, Bela Lugosi has inspired the way that classic Dracula is portrayed and even inspired gothic rock band Bauhaus to create the song Bela Lugosi’s Dead in his honour many years after his death. 

Christopher Lee’s Dracula – 1958

Portrayed by Christopher Lee in Horror of Dracula 

Originally titled simply ‘Dracula’, the film was later renamed ‘Horror of Dracula’ to avoid any confusion with Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of the very same vampiric character. Whatever the title, Christopher Lee’s Dracula struck fear into the hearts of many and would stand out as a true horror version of the famous vampire.

Barnabas Collins – 1967

Portrayed by Jonathan Frid (TV Series) and Johnny Depp (2012) in Dark Shadows

Not originally intended to be part of the series, Barnabas Collins was introduced in an attempt to revive the once-popular gothic horror soap opera Dark Shadows. The character was so popular that Barnabas became the star of the show and inspired a 2012 film adaptation in which the character of Barnabas was played by Johnny Depp.

Count von Count – 1972

Portrayed by Jerry Nelson (1972 – 2012) and Matt Vogel (2013 – Present) in Sesame Street

A Jim Henson parody of Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, Count Von Count is the friendly, number loving vampire on the enduringly popular kid’s TV show Sesame Street – tasked with teaching children to count, The Count does just that in his segments! Performed by puppeteer Jerry Nelson until his death in 2012, Count Von Count lives on through puppeteer Matt Vogel. 

Kurt Barlow – 1979

Portrayed by Reggie Nalder in Salem’s Lot 

The main antagonist in Stephen King’s horror novel Salem’s Lot, Reggie Nalder brought the master vampire that terrorises a small town in Maine to life…or death.

Jerry Dandrige – 1985

Portrayed by Colin Farrell (2011) and Chris Sarandon (1985) in Fright Night

Your not-so-friendly vampire next door, Jerry Dandrige torments his next-door neighbour Charley Brewster in pursuit of his girlfriend Amy in two iconic performances from both Chris Sarandon in 1985 and Colin Farrell in 2011.

David – 1987

Portrayed by Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys

Mistaken as the head vampire in The Lost Boys, David is certainly the most enigmatic and memorable antagonist in the film. The bad boy punk style and bleach blonde hair would go on to inspire future portrayals of vampires, but David is often credited with being the first bad boy vampire villain audiences loved to hate.

Count Duckula – 1988

Portrayed by David Jason in Count Duckula 

Not all famous vampires are tough stuff – just like Count Von Count, other comedic vampires like Count Duckula deserve a mention on our list of famous vampires too! Count Duckula was actually a spinoff of another famous British cartoon, Danger Mouse. The silly vegetarian Count Duckula won over the heads of Nickelodeon in no time.

Gary Oldman’s Dracula – 1992

Portrayed by Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula 

From the ridiculous back to thrilling performances, the film Bram Stoker’s Dracula sees Gary Oldman take on Dracula himself in another completely different way to Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee. Beloved for the unique charm that Gary Oldman brings to the character, Gary Oldman’s Dracula brought chaos and evil and looked good doing it.

Lestat de Lioncourt – 1994

Portrayed by Tom Cruise in Interview With The Vampire 

Anne Rice’s character Lestat is one of three iconic vampires from her novels, the most memorable portrayal of which is Tom Cruise’s Lestat in Interview With The Vampire. Vain and something of a virtuoso, Lestat has questionable morals in Interview With The Vampire making him the perfect anti-hero.

Louis de Pointe du Lac – 1994

Portrayed by Brad Pitt in Interview With The Vampire 

The protagonist of Interview With The Vampire, Louis is turned into a vampire by Lestat who becomes his immortal companion. Louis is conflicted about his vampiric condition and feeds from animals rather than humans – something that would inspire softer and more human-considerate versions of vampires in later pop culture. 

Claudia – 1994

Portrayed by Kirsten Dunst in Interview With The Vampire 

Victim to a starving Louis, Claudia is a five-year-old girl when he feeds from her. Lestat decides to turn Claudia into a vampire in an attempt to raise her as their daughter and keep Louis by his side, but Claudia finds it unbearable that while her mind matures her body never will, eventually turning on Lestat.

Santanico Pandemonium – 1996

Portrayed by Salma Hayek in From Dusk Till Dawn

The Queen Vampire that played a huge part in making From Dusk Till Dawn the cult success it is today, Santanico Pandemonium is one of the first truly empowered portrayals of a female vampire on screen. Seducing her victims with her human form before transforming into a reptilian looking vampire, Santanico is technically a Dhampir (born of a human and vampire union) but more than earns her spot in any list of famous vampires.

Angel – 1997  

Portrayed by David Boreanaz in Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

One of the first modern vampire heartthrobs, Buffy’s doomed relationship with Angel was a key theme throughout Joss Whedon’s enormously successful TV series. Teenagers all over fell in love with this romantic vampire and were horrified by his dark side, Angelus.

Spike – 1997

Portrayed by James Marsters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

Playing Angel’s complete opposite, Spike was surely inspired by David in The Lost Boys. Evil, punk rock and bleach blonde, Spike was the straight-talking anti-hero and rival for Buffy’s heart that would provide peril and comic relief in equal measure. The dynamic between Angel and Spike would inspire many vampire love-rivals to come in later years…

Blade – 1998

Portrayed by Wesley Snipes in Blade 

Another Dhampir that’s earned a spot on our famous vampires timeline, Blade first made his appearance in comic books before the 1998 Marvel Studios film. Blade turns the vampire trope on its head by making him a protector of humans from vampires rather than conspiring to live amongst and feed off humans. 

Selene – 2003

Portrayed by Kate Beckinsdale in Underworld 

Another Marvel comics-inspired character, Selene is the central character of the Underworld franchise. Selene dedicated her life to avenging the death of her family at the hands of the Lycans but finds herself conflicted when human Michael is bitten by the Lycan leader, Lucian. Selene is one of the first vampires to create a vampire versus werewolves dynamic on screen.

Marlow – 2007

Portrayed by Danny Huston in 30 Days Of Night

Power-hungry Marlow sought to turn the whole town of Barrow, Alaska into vampires and was very nearly successful. Whereas previously vampires had simply sought to feed off humans, Marlow took on an almost political standpoint which would later influence vampire supremacy tropes in the portrayal of vampires.

Bill Compton – 2008

Portrayed by Stephen Moyer in True Blood 

Playing an Angel archetype, Bill Compton is the main love interest of Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood. Portrayed as a romantic vampire character, Bill Compton also takes on elements of Interview WIth A Vampire’s Louis as he will only feed off synthetic blood rather than humans. However, in the later seasons, Bill Compton becomes just as power-hungry and bloodthirsty as his vampiric predecessors.

Eric Northman – 2008

Portrayed by Alexander Skarsgard in True Blood 

If Bill Compton is an Angel or Louis archetype, then Eric Northman is his Spike or Lestat. Vying for Sookie’s affections throughout the series, Eric plays the bleach blonde bad boy that you can’t help but love despite his truly evil agenda and questionable moral compass. The pair both compete with werewolf Alcide Herveaux for Sookie’s affection, raising the vampire versus werewolf stakes to the romantic arena.

Edward Cullen – 2008

Portrayed by Robert Pattinson in Twilight 

The highly controversial Edward Cullen was a complete departure from the classic vampire in more ways than one. Ridiculed for his sparkly skin and moody attitude, Edward Cullen is by no means anyone’s favourite vampire, but the storm of hatred that his image whipped up is more than enough to make him one of the more famous vampires on this list! It’s worth mentioning that apart from sparkling around the place, Edward Cullen keeps the vampire versus werewolf flame burning throughout the series.

Eli – 2008

Portrayed by Lina Leandersson in Let The Right One In 

Adapted from the Swedish vampire fiction novel Let The Right One In, the character of Eli appears in the 2008 film of the same name. An uncomfortable portrayal of the child vampire concept, Eli is able to show both the human side of vampires through her friendship with Oskar alongside her savage nature.

Stefan Salvatore – 2009

Portrayed by Paul Wesley in The Vampire Diaries 

Angel and Spike, Bill and Eric, and now Stefan and Damon. Stefan Salvatore plays the romantic vampire trope as he tries his very hardest to stave off his addiction to human blood and live a normal, human life.

Damon Salvatore – 2009

Portrayed by Ian Somerhalder in The Vampire Diaries 

Stefan’s darker-sided brother that competes with him for the love of Elena, Damon Salvatore plays the bad boy main antagonist in the first series of The Vampire Diaries before softening as a character much in the same way that Spike and Eric Northman do throughout their respective series’.

Mitchell – 2009

Portrayed by Aidan Turner in Being Human 

As with many modern vampires, Mitchell has a backstory as a war hero wanting to assimilate with human society yet struggling to control his bloodlust. He soon becomes a vampire king hoping to lead the way forward for vampires abstaining from drinking blood but soon runs foul of werewolf vampire hunters (there’s those vampire versus werewolf tensions again!)

Viago – 2014

Portrayed by Taika Waititi in What We Do In The Shadows 

Heavily parodying the most famous tropes of vampires past, What We Do In The Shadows is a mockumentary horror that follows the lives (or deaths) of Viago and his friends as they go about their vampire business. Rather than trying to fit in with human society, Viago, Vladislav and Deacon happily feed on humans, socialise with other vampires, and fight with werewolves in this killer black comedy.

The Countess – 2015

Portrayed by Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Hotel 

Suffering from a mysterious blood virus passed to her by former lover Rudolph Valentino, The Countess is a vampiric creature that owns and lives in the Hotel Cortez. Occasionally turning her lovers into vampires and feeding off kidnapped children who she captures and hypnotizes. The Countess is a move back towards a disturbed and depraved picture of a vampire but still remains a sympathetic character known for her glamour and loving (if twisted) nature.

Cassidy – 2016

Portrayed by Joe Gilgun in Preacher 

One of our favourites from the punk rock antihero vampire trope, Cassidy is an Irish vampire that befriends preacher Jesse Custer and his girlfriend Tulip and joins them in their quest to find God. Cassidy walks the line between humanity, keeping his thirst under control and showing real compassion for his friends, and a reckless nature that shows he has little regard for human life – providing that the human in question is evil. 

Nadja and Laszlo – 2019

Portrayed by Natasia Demetriou and Matt Berry in What We Do In The Shadows

We’re finishing our list with not one but TWO vampires! Nadja and Laszlo are a vampiric couple from the TV adaptation of What We Do In The Shadows. Separately, the characters take on some of the best vampiric tropes out there but together they’re a comedic force to be reckoned with and certainly two of the most memorable famous vampires to hit our screens this year!

So, from famous vampires with a history in classic horror to romantic vampires fighting over their one true love to vampires designed to turn vampiric lore on its heads and give us a good laugh while doing so, we can see how famous vampires have changed over the years! 

The good news is that whether they’re seriously scary or seriously funny, vampires in film and tv endure. While their popularity may come in waves, vampires are sure to come back and back again onto our screens – we can’t wait to see what kind of vampires are headed our way next!

If you want to get the vampire look – whether that’s the gothic lace and frills of Lestat and Louis or the punk rock vibes of David and Spike, you’re sure to be able to find your unique vampiric style inspired by famous vampires here at Attitude Clothing.

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Our Top Halloween Playlist Picks

Spooky season has arrived! Whether you’re the type that celebrates Halloween all autumn, the whole month of October, or even just on October 31st, we know that having a good Halloween playlist is half the fun. 

We’ve put together our top 35 Halloween playlist picks perfect for getting yourself in the Halloween spirit or creating that spooky Halloween party atmosphere. If you’re planning a Halloween party playlist or simply don’t have the time to trawl through Halloween playlist YouTube yourself, check out our ultimate Halloween playlist here at Attitude Clothing.

1. Thriller – Michael Jackson

Regardless of what kind of music you’re into, you can’t have a Halloween playlist without Michael Jackson’s Thriller. It’s the OG Halloween tune that comes with its very own spine-chilling dance that makes it perfect for parties – plus it features horror legend Vincent Price if it wasn’t already iconic enough.

2. Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett

A holiday favourite since the 60s, the graveyard smash Monster Mash is one of several novelty Halloween songs in this list that just can’t be missed off your Halloween playlist.

3. The Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast

Performed hundreds of times on film and stage, the Rocky Horror Picture Show has a cult following for fans of the alternative and out of this world. The Time Warp is one of the most famous songs from the musical, and is a party favourite for all seasons! Combine the iconic dance with the weird and almost supernatural horror vibe of Rocky Horror makes The Time Warp a must-have for your Halloween party playlist.

4. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads

Written from the point of view of a serial killer and with character such as Alice Cooper and Hannibal Lecter in mind, Psycho Killer has appeared on slasher TV and film soundtracks ever since!

5. I Was A Teenage Werewolf – The Cramps

Inspired by the 50s movie of the same name, I Was A Teenage Werewolf is one of many songs by The Cramps that references classic horror movie titles. The perfect Halloween playlist pick for fans of punk and classic horror movies!

6. Feed My Frankenstein – Alice Cooper

The Alice Cooper song Feed my Frankenstein is famed for its appearance in 1992’s Wayne’s World where Alice is seen performing the track live on stage. Featuring guest appearances from Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Nikki Sixx, and Elvira, Feed My Frankenstein is a star-studded Halloween themed affair.

7. Dragula – Rob Zombie

One of Rob Zombie’s most recognisable songs. Opening with a line from Horror Hotel spoken by Christopher Lee, Dragula’s horror roots run deep by drawing inspiration from the drag racer from The Munsters, “DRAG-U-LA” and even features the Munster Koach in the music video!

8. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

Sympathy for the Devil is a legend of rock that has a history cemented in alternative pop culture and spooky incidents. When The Rolling Stones first released the track, there was a tremendous backlash from people who thought they were black magicians worshipping the devil, but audiences actually celebrated this flirtation with the dark side to Mick Jagger’s surprise. 

At the Altamont Speedway Free Festival in the 60s, it was rumoured that concert-goer Meredith Hunter was killed while the Stones played Sympathy for the Devil, and at the studio where the band were recording the song for the 1968 film of the same name a huge fire started as they played which caused huge amounts of damage to the studio and their equipment. 

Guns N’ Roses bravely took the song on in 1994 to be featured in the closing credits for Interview With A Vampire – but this too was ill fated as it caused an incident that would see Slash leave the band; he’s since said that Sympathy for the Devil is “the sound of the band breaking up.” – play either version at your Halloween party at your own peril!

9. People Are Strange – The Doors

Famously covered by the band Echo & The Bunnymen for the soundtrack of The Lost Boys – while it’s been covered plenty of times since, it’s often the Echo & The Bunnymen and version and The Doors original that stand the test of time. An anthem for outsiders, People Are Strange is a great Halloween hit for your playlist.

10. Bark At The Moon – Ozzy Osbourne

While Bark at the Moon may seem like a werewolf song on the surface, the music video has many more supernatural delights. The Bark at the Moon music video depicts Ozzy Osbourne as a Jekyll & Hyde character, appearing as a mad scientist who takes a potion that transforms him into the werewolf seen on the album cover before he’s committed to a mental asylum at the end of the video. Spooky stuff!

11. Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie

Another Rob Zombie track packed full of horror movie references and appearing on many horror and thriller films since, Living Dead Girl has more than earned its right to appear on any Halloween playlist. Samples from films on the track include Lady Frankenstein Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left and Daughters of Darkness, while Rob Zombie also references Vincent Price’s villain in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and the 1974 film Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS. Living Dead Girl appears in Bride of Chucky and the remake of Psycho as well as The Crow: Salvation Soundtrack in 2000.

12. Ghost Town – The Specials

Offering a bleak but realistic view of Britain in the 80s, The Specials’ Ghost Town transforms Britain into a ghost town worthy of the spookiest and most haunting settings. Although not strictly Halloween themed, the title and ghostly sound effects are enough to tip in into Halloween playlist territory!

13. Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf

The 9:52 epic Bat Out of Hell has inspired a TV series and a musical in its name and has been honoured with the official “Classic Song” title for its enduring appeal. Inspired by Hitchcock’s Psycho and following the tragic journey of a biker in love which ends in a fatal crash, Bat Out of Hell may only have a tenuous link to Halloween with its title and imagery, but it’s sure to be a people pleaser at any Halloween party.

14. Welcome To My Nightmare – Alice Cooper

The title track to one of Alice Cooper’s most successful albums, Welcome To My Nightmare is a staple of many a Halloween playlist. The shock rock legend even performed this spooky song on The Muppet Show

15. The Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden

Another devil-centric song to cause outrage amongst religious groups, The Number of the Beast quickly became one of Iron Maiden’s most popular songs thanks to the controversy stirred up through protests and organised burning of the album. Inspired by a nightmare band-founder and bassist Steve Harris had after watching the sequel to The Omen, The Number of the Beast opens with a reading from The Book of Revelations by actor Barry Clayton for extra spook-factor.

16. Highway To Hell – AC/DC

A great party tune which would be one of the last lead singer Bon Scott wrote before his death, Highway To Hell fits in with the Halloween theme while just being a good song to get everyone in the party mood.

17. Voodoo Child – Jimi Hendrix

Packed full of voodoo symbolism, Jimi Henrdix’s Voodoo Child (Slight Return) is hailed as one of the greatest pieces of guitar work ever recorded.

18. Fear of the Dark – Iron Maiden

Halloween is a time of facing your fears and phobias – according to lead singer Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris wrote Fear of the Dark about his own literal fear of the dark! 

19. Ghostbusters – Theme Song

Written by Ray Parker Jr as the theme for the 1984 film, Ghostbusters swiftly became much more than a theme tune. Covered by artists such as Run-D.M.C, The Rasmus and Fall Out Boy over the years, Ghostbusters has become a staple of Halloween parties and pop culture at large.

20. This Is Halloween – Marylin Manson Cover

Written by Danny Elfman for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, This Is Halloween is a classic Disney song that celebrations all things Halloween. Still featured in Disney parades today, This Is Halloween is great for Halloween lovers of all ages, but if you’re looking for a slightly darker take on the original, we can’t recommend the Marylin Manson cover enough. Recorded for a special edition of the film’s soundtrack called Nightmare Revisited, Manson appears along a huge range of alternative artists to cover the soundtrack in full.

21. Kidnap The Sandy Claws – Korn Cover

Another track from the Nightmare Revisited that we just couldn’t miss is Korn’s cover of Kidnap The Sandy Claws. It might live in that uncertain place between being a Halloween song and being a Christmas song, but we’ll take any excuse to listen to this killer cover.

22. I Put A Spell On You – Hocus Pocus Cast

Many will argue that no-one can do I Put A Spell On You better than Nina Simone, not even Marilyn Manson himself, but those people haven’t seen Hocus Pocus. Fans of the film will understand just how brilliant this cover of I Put A Spell On You is and why it’s a must for any Halloween playlist.

23. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

Though a seemingly innocent song about eternal love according to songwriter Buck Dharma, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper has some spooky undertones. Many believe that the song is actually about a murder-suicide pact, and the cover art certainly points to a strong connection with mysticism. Whether it was intended to have a creepy undertone or not, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper has appeared in spooky settings such as the movie Halloween and in the intro of Stephen King’s novel The Stand

24. Zombie – The Cranberries

A protest song written about IRA bombings, the title and metaphor of a zombie throughout the song mean that The Cranberries’ Zombie has appeared on many a Halloween playlist throughout the years – and rightly so! Regardless of the real meaning, it’s a great song that’s stood the test of time all year round, but especially at Halloween. 

If the sound of the Cranberries isn’t up your street, why not take on this heavy metal cover of Zombie from Bad Wolves performed in Dolores’ honour instead?

25. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bad Moon Rising is a song about the impending apocalypse (though often interpreted as a song about a werewolf) that has appeared on a huge range of horror movies and TV shows from An American Werewolf in London to Twilight Zone: The Movie, Supernatural, Teen Wolf and The Walking Dead.  

26. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The music video for Heads Will Roll is what gives the song a true Halloween edge. Directed by Richard Ayoade, the music video sees the band perform for a dancing werewolf who then transforms before killing the band and audience – in the gory conclusion,  Karen O continues to sing despite her head being severed from her body. 

27. Disturbia – Rhianna

Okay most of us wouldn’t describe Rhianna as alternative, but the killer music video to Disturbia has given the song a reputation for being a Halloween favourite among the mainstream, so we thought we’d give it a mention. Beginning in a surreal, circus-like torture chamer, Rhianna appears in a prison, a gas chamber and covered in tarantulas. A departure from the norm for pop stars, Disturbia is worth adding to your Halloween playlist for the creepy video alone.

28. The Addams Family – Theme Song

Everyone’s favourite spooky family The Addams Family have become as iconic as their theme tune. Played on harpsichord and featuring the famous finger-snaps, The Addams Family theme song has appeared across pop culture from The Simpsons to Elvira over the years making it an instantly recognisable Halloween tune.

29. Hells Bells – AC/DC

The first track on the Back In Black album following the death of Bon Scott, Hells Bells begins with a haunting bell slowly tolling before the band kicks in with another Halloween party favourite.

30. Red Right Hand – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

A signature song from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the title is heavily influenced by John Milton’s Paradise Lost in which the red right hand is referred to as the vengeful hand of God. While the song may reflect on power from above rather than below, the threat in the song is palpable scoring in an appearance in the first three films of the Scream franchise and films such as Hellboy and Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant long before the Peaky Blinders picked it up as their theme song.

31. Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus

Often considered the first gothic rock record, who can resist the disturbing sounds of Bauhaus’ Bela Lugosi’s Dead? Though horror movie star Bela Lugosi died 23 years before Bauhaus would write the song in his name, it mourns the death of this horror film star who did so much to establish the image of the modern vampire in his 1931 appearance in Dracula. Hugely influential on goth culture, Bela Lugosi’s Dead has appeared in numerous films and tv shows from The Hunter to Supernatural and American Horror Story: Hotel to name a few. 

32. Tear You Apart – She Wants Revenge

Speaking of American Horror Story: Hotel – this scene featuring the song Tear You Apart has become one of the most iconic from the American Horror Story series. Introducing Lady Gaga’s character The Countess and her lover Donovan played by Matt Bomer, the song has become synonymous with the sexy vampire vibe ever since.

33. Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne

Inspired by the infamous Aleister Crowley and a deck of tarot cards, the song Mr. Crowley is packed full of occultist symbolism. Starting with a haunting keyboard solo and featuring one of the best known heavy metal guitar solos. A classic heavy metal song with a seriously occult influence, you can’t miss it off you Halloween playlist. 

34. Tainted Love – Marilyn Manson

We all love the Soft Cell original, but Marilyn Manson’s version of Tainted Love is an unmissable alternative take on the 80s pop hit. Manson’s version became a top 5 hit in tons of countries across the world and even won a number of Kerrang! Awards for the single and accompanying music video. If the original didn’t have enough scary stalker vibes for you, Manson’s version certainly will.

35. Blood – My Chemical Romance

Released as a hidden track on the special edition of The Black Parade, Blood is a short but sweet track about vampiric bloodlust that starts at 1:30 on the 14th track of the album. It’s a hidden gem that’s more than worthy of a spot on your Halloween playlist!

Honestly, this list could go on forever – but if you’re making a must-have Halloween mix with an alternative music twist, we think that these tracks are a great place to start! 

Anything we’ve missed off that you think we should add to our Halloween playlist? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to pick up your perfect Halloween wardrobe here at Attitude Clothing.

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The Meaning Behind The 19 Most Popular Gothic Tattoos

For many years, the general public was pretty prejudiced against tattoos – they had to be covered up to work and for the most part, people thought that having a tattoo meant that you were a real shady character. As with most alternative styles and trends, once they became popular with the alt scene, the mainstream soon caught up and now tattoos are seen as a symbol of expression and artistry.

The alternative and gothic scene were some of the earliest adopters of tattoo culture (after sailors and bikers!), so it stands to reason that some of the most popular tattoo styles are, in fact, gothic tattoos. You can probably think of a few gothic tattoos off the top of your head, but what are the meanings behind some of these iconic gothic tattoo designs?

Whether you’re thinking about getting your first gothic tattoo or just have a thirst for all things tattoo knowledge, read on to discover the meaning behind the 19 most popular gothic tattoos!

1. Day of the Dead Tattoo

In South America, the Dia de Los Muertos celebration is a huge annual tradition during which they celebrate the lives of relatives who have passed away. They often keep the skulls of the dead in their homes as a reminder that death is inevitable, but in countries such as Mexico, day of the dead tattoos serve as a more permanent reminder. 

Large, colourful and intricately detailed, day of the dead tattoos are designed to capture the spirit of Dia de Los Muertos and are often coloured in the following shades that have a personal meaning to the individual:

  • Pink – joy and celebration at the passing of the deceased, usually an enemy
  • Purple – grief at the pain of losing a loved one
  • White – the hope and purity of the spirit, usually a relative, that has passed on
  • Orange – to represent the rising sun and life after grief

 

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2. Sugar Skull Tattoo

Similar to the day of the dead tattoo, a sugar skull tattoo has deep roots in Mexican culture; the key difference is that instead of depicting the head and shoulders of a person painted to simply look like skeletal versions of themselves, sugar skulls are simply the skull that’s then embellished with the same decorations. 

The stripped-down version of the skull symbolises acceptance of death and its finality, but this doesn’t mean that they have to be as plain or grey as standard skull tattoos! One of the key symbols for the Dia de Los Muertos celebrations, the sugar skull tattoo comes from the tradition of making candy skulls and decorating them with flowers and bright colours. Candy skull tattoos show not only an acceptance of death but that the dead are happy in the afterlife.

 

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3. Crow Tattoo

Crows strike an intimidating figure – considered a bad omen in many countries, crows are pretty symbolic of the dark side making them a popular choice of gothic tattoo. From portending death to warning of ill-fortune and delivering all-round bad news, crows have a bad reputation in most cultures which wouldn’t make them the first choice of tattoo for many. 

However, crows can also symbolise wisdom and knowledge and can be viewed as spirit guides that can help you through periods of change. Whether you’re interested in a crow tattoo for the dark connotations or the positive symbolism, you’ll also need to consider how many crows you choose as the number can have a huge impact on the meaning:

  • One crow – ill fortune
  • Two crows – good luck
  • Three crows – health
  • Four crows – wealth
  • Five crows – sickness
  • Six crows – death

 

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4. Kraken Tattoo

The mighty Kraken is a mythical sea creature with a notorious reputation for sinking the most enormous ships on the high seas. While it has origins in Norse mythology, the Kraken has appeared in hundreds of stories throughout the years among sailors, pirates and fishermen alike. An octopus of unimaginable size, those with a love of mythology have long had a fascination with the Kraken. Representing the power of the creature and its regenerative traits, Kraken tattoos are most popular with those who have shown inner strength and overcome personal traumas in order to grow back stronger. 

 

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5. Black Rose Tattoo

One of the most gothic tattoos that’s made it into the mainstream, black rose tattoos can look pretty, sure, but did you know that a black rose tattoo symbolises super goth stuff like death, grief and sorrow? If those gothic connotations don’t do it for you, maybe the history of the black rose symbolising rebellion will ignite a spark in those with a punk spirit instead!

 

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6. Yggdrasil Tattoo

In Norse mythology, the Yggdrasil was known as the Great Tree. Holding nine worlds and connecting everything in the universe, the Yggdrasil was an ash tree that held great meaning for Vikings. Not to be taken lightly – an Yggdrasil tattoo isn’t just a neat Norse symbol, it represents incredible power, wisdom and mysticism. 

 

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7. Steampunk Tattoo

Rather than having any particular meaning, getting a Steampunk tattoo shows your dedication to the sci-fi subculture that’s won the hearts of many on the alternative scene. Inspired by the industrial aesthetic of the Victorian era, Steampunk combines futuristic industrial machinery with macabre Victorian style for a completely unique look. Fans of Steampunk culture are most likely to invest in a Steampunk tattoo, but we’ve seen them on sci-fi fans and engineers alike!

 

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8. Ouroboros Tattoo

The ancient symbol of the ouroboros depicts either a snake or a dragon eating its own tail. The idea behind it is that it represents infinity – a constant ability to recreate oneself and the cycle of life. A symbol that dates back thousands of years, the ouroboros has been adopted by all kinds of groups from alchemists to philosophers, and appears in mythologies around the world from ancient Greek magical tradition to ancient Egyptian iconography. Wherever it appears, the meaning is the same; infinity and wholeness.

 

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9. Bat Tattoo

Depending on where you are in the world, a bat tattoo can take on a different meaning. In the Western world, bat tattoos represent mystery and the occult and have an overall negative connotation, whereas in the Eastern world the symbol of the bat can mean good fortune and longevity. The bat is almost always associated with vampires or Dracula in pop culture, making bat tattoos a popular choice with fans of alternative and gothic culture as well as those looking for a meaningful tattoo!

 

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10. Sun and Moon Tattoo

They say opposites attract, and nothing symbolises that sentiment quite like a sun and moon tattoo. Holding a multitude of meanings, the union of two conflicting personalities is the key meaning behind a sun and moon tattoo and is often thought of as a development of the classic yin and yang symbolism. Framed by a circle that represents the circle of life, the sun symbolises strength and power while the moon symbolises feminine power.

 

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11. Magpie Tattoo

If crows are a little too dark for you, the magpie might be a lighthearted alternative. In the Eastern tradition, magpies represent good luck and good fortune – magpies are known for collecting shiny objects so it’s thought that they may influence wealth! Native Americans believed that the magpie was one of the most cunning of the birds, representing a cleverness and quick wit. Like crows, the number of magpies can influence the meaning of your magpie tattoo – the nursery rhyme One for Sorrow can help you decide how many magpies is the right amount for the meaning you want to convey!

One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret,
Never to be told.
Eight for a wish,
Nine for a kiss,
Ten for a bird,
You must not miss.

 

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12. Supernatural Tattoo

Search for supernatural tattoos and you’ll probably be met with a bunch of results about symbols from the popular TV series Supernatural. Unfortunately, that’s not what we’re looking into here. By a supernatural tattoo, we mean anything that evokes the spooky, not so natural side of life by depicting supernatural creatures and symbolism. While we talk about a lot of specific supernatural tattoo ideas in this post, it’s also worth noting that there are broader supernatural tattoos featuring all kinds of these symbols in a combination that can create a completely unique meaning.

 

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13. Fallen Angel Tattoo

Whether you’re depicting satan himself or a more generic fallen angel, the image of the fallen angel represents a disconnect with a higher power. As legend has it, fallen angels are those who have been thrown out of heaven for their evil deeds. The ultimate symbol of suffering, pain and sadness, those that feel disillusioned with a previously religious lifestyle are most likely to feel an affinity with a fallen angel tattoo. 

 

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14. Odin Tattoo

The Norse god Odin holds a huge amount of meaning for those with Norse ancestry, an interest in Norse mythology and even a love of Viking pop culture. Odin represents everything from a battlefield commander to an honourable leader, but many choose an Odin tattoo for his values of honour, wisdom and strength rather than simply his role in Norse legend. 

As the allfather and the most powerful god in Asgard, the image of Odin is associated with prestige, nobility and royalty – this image contrasts with his warrior side which takes on the Viking berserker qualities of being raw, aggressive and frenzied. As the master of beasts, it’s common to find Odin depicted with animals such as wolves or bears which reflect this imposing warrior status. 

 

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15. Guitar Tattoo

Guitar tattoos tend to have a pretty straightforward meaning – those who are talented guitarists and musicians are more likely to invest in a guitar tattoo to celebrate their love of music. You’ll get clues as to what kind of music they’re into depending on the type of guitar depicted – acoustic guitar tattoos probably reveal a gentler taste in music than electric guitars! Electric guitar tattoos are closely associated with the rebellious spirit of alternative music which can change the meaning of a guitar tattoo from a simple celebration of music to a rejection of mainstream society.

 

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16. Rock n Roll Tattoo

The remit of a rock n roll tattoo is pretty broad – in the same way that supernatural tattoos combine individual gothic tattoo elements in order to create a unique meaning, rock n roll tattoos are likely to take imagery and iconography from the Rockabilly scene. Featuring old school microphones, classic electric guitars and more, a rock n roll tattoo draws upon favourite images from the golden age of Rockabilly and classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to create a raucous rock n roll tattoo.

 

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17. Pentagram Tattoo

Used by Wiccan and Celtic religions, the pentagram is a five pointed figure that forms a star, surrounded by a circle. Each point of the star represents one of the five elements; earth, water, spirit, air and fire. Associated with femininity and knowledge, the pentagram is often mistakenly associated with Satanism. Satanists actually use an inverted pentagram as a symbol for their religion, so the placement of your pentagram tattoo has to be carefully considered depending on which meaning you want it to represent! 

 

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18. Skull Hand Tattoo

Skull hand tattoos are a pretty cool party trick and completely instagrammable – they’re also an extension of standard skull tattoos and ultimately they show that you have understood and accepted your mortality. A reminder that everyone must die that doubles up as a neat visual trick, the skull hand tattoo is the perfect balance of morbid and tongue in cheek.

 

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19. Cthulhu Tattoo

One of H.P.Lovecraft’s finest creations, the Cthulhu is a beloved supernatural creature is the stuff of nightmares. A hybrid of human, octopus and dragon features, getting the Cthulhu tattooed on your body is a reminder of how small and insignificant one human is in the grand scope of the universe, which may contain fearsome creatures such as this. Symbolic of mysticism and wonder, a Cthulhu tattoo can also take on symbols of cults that worship the Cthulhu such as the Black Brotherhood to give it a deeper layer of Lovecraftian meaning.

 

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Whichever gothic tattoo you choose, make sure that you invest in women’s alternative clothing or men’s alternative clothing that helps to showcase your tattoos to their best advantage!

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