A Study of Gothic Subculture

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I managed to snap this picture of Tony while we were all in Vegas.

City of Residence: Salt Lake City, UT

Age: 25

Length of time "in the scene": 10 years

Occupation: Holiday Inn Worldwide Guest Relations

Education: Graduated Cottonwood High School in 1993.

Musical taste: "Corpus Delecti, Rosetta Stone, The Cure"

Distinctions in appearance: "I wear a lot of black and wear make up." He has a tattoo of a pterodactyl on his left ankle and has three piercings in his ears.

Hobbies, activities, interests: "I am a classically trained bass guitarist (10 years). I collect Star Wars and X-Men toys." He took bass guitar lessons for seven years and can play Bach on his bass. He was also the bass player for a local gothic band called Midnight Dreary in the early 90's. He said that it was an artistic outlet for him to express feeling in music. Eventually, the band members went in different directions.

Spiritual, philosophical, religious affiliation: "I have my own beliefs and views. It's hard to explain." He thinks that what goes around comes around. He believes that there's always a way, life goes on, and you have to take it as it comes. He also thinks that there is a certain energy to people or places that you can draw from. He follows his individual beliefs and morals. He doesn't disagree with religion, he just has a difference of opinion.

Goals, dreams: "Keep my job, fly a helicopter, start a new band, tour Europe." He'd like to go back to school and is interested in paleontology and anthropology. He considers himself as taking a long break from school until he has enough money and motivation to go back. He'd also like to teach music theory, including chord structures, modes and differences in music.

Do you consider yourself gothic?: "Yes, it's who I am." He explained that he is interested in the darker facets of life. Yet he finds happiness in the darkness; he doesn't want to die and is not constantly depressed, he just has a different point of view. It may sound strange to normal people, for example, much like playing chords on a bass guitar. He said that if people actually listen, without ripping it apart, that it may sound okay, even if it doesn't appeal to them.

4/23/97 last updated 11/18/99