A Study of Gothic Subculture

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Updated 3-12-2009
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CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE. This is a shot of Heather at the coffee bar.

City of Residence: Salt Lake City, UT

Age: 18

Length of time "in the scene": 5 years

Occupation: Works at the ticket counter for Delta Airlines

Education: Graduates from Murray High in 1997. She took courses from Salt Lake Community College and BYU home study classes as concurrent enrollment during high school.

Musical taste: "Skinny Puppy, Human Drama, Bel Canto, Depeche Mode, Love Spirals Downwards.

Distinctions in appearance: "I used to have pierced nose and purple hair, but I had to change my appearance for my job." She also used to have multicolored rainbow hair before working for Delta, but school officials pressured her to change it or get kicked out. Now she has short black hair, and she plans to get a tattoo of an angel.

Hobbies, activities, interests: "I love photography and art in general. I play the violin and piano and I love to read." She has played piano for 12 years and likes to read H.P. Lovecraft and fantasy books.

Spiritual, philosophical, religious affiliation: "I believe in a spiritual being, but not in a specific religion." She says she's the type of person you have to prove something to her before she believes it. But she thinks it's too scary to think an afterlife doesn't exist.

Goals, dreams: "I want to continue working for Delta, and I would like to continue my photography." She'd also like to take airplane mechanic classes, and perhaps do computer work. She'd like to do her own type of photography and computer artwork something like Dave McKean (Sandman comics artist) to sell privately or commercially.

Do you consider yourself gothic?: "I suppose I do, although I don't strictly listen to 'gothic' music. I love industrial, eighties and raver music as well." She listens to whatever appeals to her. Goths happen to be a group that have similar interests. She considers herself gothic because she wears mostly all black. She thinks the dress and style are pretty and creative.