Before “goth” even became a label, the idea of embracing death, mortality, sadness, and other “dark” realities in life was long reserved for creative, tortured geniuses. Artists like Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley were revered for their work, but were ultimately misunderstood. However, along with the age of rock music, that all changed.
With Alice Cooper and Bauhaus at the forefront of the movement in the ’70s, there became musical outlets for the later-described goths, and places for them to convene and share ideas at shows. In the next few decades, the idea of goth began to evolve and different subsets emerged. From the mainstream goths to the Hot Topic goth to the Marilyn Manson enthusiasts and Trent Reznor devotees, there’s no clear meaning of what goth exactly means anymore.
Check the gallery below to see some of the goth subcultures of today, and find out exactly which one you belong to.