30 June 2011
KoRn is one of my all-time favourite band. I've been listening to them since 1995 (maybe 1994..I don't remember exactly..) and since then I never got tired of them and they never disappointed me. I couldn't miss the concert that was held 20 minutes away from my house in front of one of Italy's best villas (Villa Contarini). Couldn't ask for a better location.
And yes. Jonathan Davis is definitely one of the best frontman I've ever seen. Maybe he's not the hottest man on earth but he is definitely one of the most fascinating. His voice is fantastic and particular...and so is his famous mic stand. Designed by Giger. *-*
The new drummer Ray Luzier is amazing. They couldn't choose a better one. And Fieldy (bass player) was right in front of me (yes, I was right at the front) and being a bass player myself, I couldn't choose a better place to be.
I even managed to get, not one but TWO picks thanks to my boyfriend and to a very gentle metalhead that was near me (he saw I was sad because I didn't get one and so he gave me the one he took..what a LUCK xD! Almost got the drummer sticks but missed it.
My camera didn't work well unfortunately, too sensitive in the dark and couldn't focus well -_- but in some way it did some very artistic pics that, of course, I'm going to share with you.
26 June 2011
Here's my personal list of animals I think people associate more with goths.
Let's find out the reason and some facts you might not know about these animals:
Bats are closely associated with vampires, who are said to be able to shapeshift into bats, fog, or wolves. Bats are also a symbol of ghosts, death, and disease. Among some Native Americans, such as the Creek, Cherokee and Apache, the bat is a trickster spirit. The bat is sacred in Tonga and is often considered the physical manifestation of a separable soul.
Chinese lore claims the bat is a symbol of longevity and happiness, and is similarly lucky in Poland and geographical Macedonia and among the Kwakiutl and Arabs.
In Western Culture, the bat is often a symbol of the night and its foreboding nature. The bat is a primary animal associated with fictional characters of the night, both villains like Dracula and heroes like Batman. The association of the fear of the night with the animal was treated as a literary challenge by Kenneth Oppel, who created a best selling series of novels, beginning with Silverwing, which feature bats as the central heroic figures much as anthropomorphized rabbits were the central figures to the classic novel Watership Down.
Bats are the only flying mammals and are part of the order of Chiroptera.
My favourites ^__^ Owls belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g. the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland and some remote islands. Though owls are typically solitary, the literary collective noun for a group of owls is a parliament. Living owls are divided into two families: the typical owls, Strigidae; and the barn-owls, Tytonidae.
Among the Kikuyu of Kenya it was believed that owls were harbingers of death. If one saw an owl or heard its hoot, someone was going to die. In general, owls are viewed as harbingers of bad luck, ill health, or death. The belief is widespread even today.
In Arab mythology, owls are seen as bad omens.
The modern West generally associates owls with wisdom. This link goes back at least as far as Ancient Greece, where Athens, noted for art and scholarship, and Athena, Athens' patron goddess and the goddess of wisdom, had the owl as a symbol. Marija Gimbutas traces veneration of the owl as a goddess, among other birds, to the culture of Old Europe, long pre-dating Indo-European cultures.
Owls were considered funerary birds among the Romans.
Wolves appear prominently in the folklore and mythology of human cultures. In Norse and Japanese mythology, wolves were portrayed as almost god-like. In Japan, grain farmers worshiped wolves at shrines and left food offerings near their dens, beseeching them to protect their crops from wild boars and deer, while the wolf Fenrir of Norse mythology was depicted as the son of Loki. Certain cultures portrayed wolves as part of their foundation myths. In Roman mythology, the Capitoline Wolf nurses the future founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. In the mythology of the Turks, Mongols and Ainu, wolves were believed to be the ancestors of their race, while the Dena’ina believed wolves were once men, and viewed them as brothers. Wolves were linked to the sun in some Eurasian cultures. The Ancient Greeks and Romans associated wolves with the sun god Apollo, while the wolf Sköll in Norse mythology was depicted pursuing the setting sun. Wolves were sometimes associated with witchcraft in both northern European and some Native American cultures. In Norse mythology, the völva (witch) Hyndla and the giantess Hyrrokin are both portrayed as using wolves as mounts. In Navajo culture, wolves were feared as witches in wolf's clothing. Similarly, the Tsilhqot'in believed that contact with wolves could cause mental illness and death. According to the Pawnee creation myth, the wolf was the first animal to experience death. According to the Avesta, wolves are a creation of the evil spirit Ahriman, and are ranked among the most cruel of animals. Wolves are referenced thirteen times in the Bible as symbols of greed and destructiveness.
(Amy Lee of Evanescence in the video of her song Call Me When You are Sober surrounded by wolves)
Well you see then, these animal are associated with darkness, witchery, night...no wonder why people associate it with goths. :P
and..Part 2 coming soon! ^_^ Keep in touch!
(a japanese goth wearing a nazi uniform hat as fashion garment)
Lead singer of industrial Swedish band Deathstars uses a nazi inspired uniform as trademark clothing, but instead of the nazi symbol, he has the one of the band.
As said by Pink Plum Fairy , german gothic band ASP is known for supporting anti-nazism.
Synthetic hair cannot withstand hot temperatures, straightening and curling the hair will not be an option as it will singe. Human hair is available in many different grades and may be advertised by ethnic origin; India, mainland China and other countries in continental Asia are the top suppliers for 'virgin' unprocessed hair.
( yes, Emilie Autumn uses them too! ^^)
Textures of artificial hair vary from very straight to extremely curly or kinky. The exact names of curl patterns vary by brand, and the possibilities of curl patterns with synthetic hair are endless, but some examples of packaged textures include:
Silky Straight - Straight and smooth, East Asian like hair.
Yaki - Straight, usually mimicking the texture of relaxed Afro-Caribbean hair.
European - Straight European hair; less straight than Asian hair. May have a tiny amount of wave.
Deep Wave - While generally not a true 'wave', it can be made to look like spiral curls.
Loose Deep Wave or Romance Wave - Looser version of the deep wave, softer, more romantic curls.
Jheri Curl (sometimes colloquially known as 'nappy tracks') - Usually sold in very short lengths, it is often used to recreate the full 'afro' look.
Wet and Wavy , can be packaged as Spanish Wave or Indian Wave - Usually human hair is used, and is either naturally curly or permanently waved to appear so. Characterized as having soft, natural-looking curls that revert back to a curly state when wet.
FeatherLuxe - Feather hair extensions use long feathers that are attached to hair.
25 June 2011
23 June 2011
Who are they? Creatures who only appear in the dark who can be seen only by people who had a dramatic experience in their life. Their goal? Take you to their world and keep you there forever!
PS. if you are already very scared of the dark, please don't even think of watching this movie...!! :P
Let's change genre..let's get to a famous comic strip turned into a complete movie. I'm talking about THE SPIRIT . You'll love this movie, especially the character of Dr. Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) and his assistan (Scarlett Johannson) ! Very dark and well done graphically, thin sense of humor and a catchy plot..
Fun fact: Dr. Octopus wear New Rock boots !! :P
Last but not least, for the fantasy and owl lovers... THE LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE !
Plot: When a young owl is abducted by an evil Owl army, he must escape with newfound friends to seek out the legendary Guardians to stop the menace.
This is one of my favourite movies ever!! The owls look so real and the graphic is very detailled! If I knew before it was so well-done i would have watched it at the cinema in 3D! *-*
20 June 2011
Anyway let's get back to the topic..
What is a Cammeo?
Cameo is a method of carving an object such as an engraved gem, item of jewellery or vessel made in this manner. It nearly always features a raised (positive) relief image; contrast with intaglio, which has a negative image. Originally, and still in discussing historical work, cameo only referred to works where the relief image was of a contrasting colour to the background; this was achieved by carefully carving a piece of material with a flat plane where two contrasting colours met, removing all the first colour except for the image to leave a contrasting background.
Sometimes dyes are used to enhance these colours.
The most used colors are white on black, white on blue and white on pink/red, but you can also find white on green cammeos..but actually you can make them in any color now! These are just the most common.
Today for gothic fashion you can even find corsets with big kind of cammeo on!! *-*
Some modern revisitation of cammeos:
Lovely aren't they? and you can find them at normal jewel /accessories shops like Bijou Brigitte or Accessorize at very low price!
19 June 2011
First thing to say: Kafka rocks! I mean, really. Okay, he wouldn't win an award for his attractiveness, but his literary works are great.
Some of you may say now: "I've read 'Metamorphosis' in school and it was dull". I won't believe you ;) Books you read in school are nearly always dull. So let me introduce this fascinating character and his great works to you.
Franz Kafka was born in Prague on the third of July 1883. He lived together with his three sisters, his mum and his dad in a house right in the middle of Prague and belonged to an upper class. This upper class were about 10% of people in Czech Republic who had german as their mothertongue (don't ask me why, it's a fact). For me it's a lucky thing, so I can read his literature in the original laguage^^. However.
To skip a little bit of the uninteresting parts and come to the most important thing: His father was extremly strict and didn't really like his son. And why? Because he was different. For example Franz was a vegetarian and often ate fruits and nuts for meal and payed a lot of attention to chew it often enough (I think it was exactly thirty times). Once his father got mad and since then never ate with him again.
Particularly his father doesn't want his son to live his life the way he wants, but the way the father wants. Bad thing it is. He wanted to marry his son to Felice Bauer (an odd woman, I think, she doesn't even look good...) so he can live a "proper" life. Felice and Hermann (his fathers name) tried a lot to convince to the marriage, but it never worked out. Franz only had two other woman after this (and never managed to get married) of which the most sympathetic was Dora Diamant, a kindergarten teacher and about twenty years younger than him. They were a very nice couple and she took care of him while he was sick until his death.
I think the character of Kafka was a very nice one: He loved to take long walks, was vegetarian, writing was his obsession and he couldn't understand people. They were something really strange to him, he sometimes asked himself how they could bear the whole wheight of the world on their shoulders so easily. He was an academic but had a job as an insurance agent. Like his best friend Max Brod, who had a simliar destiny, he learned to live with it.
I don't want to bother you with any further details and if you want more, there is still wikipedia and a bunch of biographies ;) but there's a last thing I have to say about the person before I come to his works: Once, as Kafka took a walk with his girlfriend in a park, he met a little girl that was terribly crying. After asking her what's the matter, she replied she lost her beloved doll. Because Franz couldn't see the girl be sad about her dollie, he explained to her, that her toy just went on a journey and that she promised, she would write to her best friend and owner. The girl cheered up a little and after this Kafka had regular meetings with her in the park, giving her letters from her doll he wrote himself. He writes the girl shouldn't worry, tells about fascinating places and how her doll grows up. After a lot of letters the last one the girl received was about how the doll is a grown up now and she was really satisfied at least, because slowly she got used to the fact, here beloved toy has gone away.
Now a little about Kafkas works of literature. I think his best friend Max Brod did a good job in not following Kafkas last will about destroying all of his non published works (and there were a lot of them, because Kafka was barely known in his lifetime).
Kafka wrote a big bunch of short stories and a few novels. To be honest i did not read every short story, but I'll introduce the most known to you.
It's an unfinished novel about a young boy who was disowned by his familiy because he impregnated their housemaid (even if it wasn't his fault) and went to the "new world" America as a fireman. Just life in the new enviroment doesn't go that well for the guy.
Kurt Tucholsky said to this book: "This is the really rare case someone doesn't understand life and is right".
For me it was a really sad book to read. You can perfectly understand how that guy feels, this is particularly about beeing missunderstood.
Really common short novel. Without knowing it Gregor Samsa converts over night into some kind of insect. After a short time his familiy finds out about this and they and Gregor start dealing with it.
Gosh, this book was really mean. I felt sorry for that poor guy and found it really strange how he blocked out he has been transformed. Also I believe this story is really autobiographical.
A Country Doctor
It's a short story about a country doctor having a tough time getting to his patient in the middle of the night.
If you are interested: There is a really creepy short film about this story. Here is some information, if you're interested. The thing that creeps me most besides of the drawing style: Nobody's speaking.
It's about Josef K. getting arested some morning without knowing why. Anyhow he can still go to work and walk around freely. The court and its employees are some very odd people who don't really seem like they ever had to do anything with law. He tries to find out why he's beeing accused, but somehow everything he does, does not seem to help.
The Castle is an incomplete novel too. It´s about an agrimensor (a strange work) who arrives to a town committed for work, but then discovers that really there´s no work for him there. In the top of the town it´s the Castle, a place you can call in any way the “State” of the town, where nobody without influences there can arrive. Through all the history K the agrimensor tries to reach the Castle or the people of there for see what happens with him.
In many ways you can compare this novel with The Trial and exchange the Castle of the town for the Court of the Trial, and both histories are very similar too in many aspects. Maybe occurs the same with America. Like in most of the Kafka histories, really, in a good sense.. (written by Universal Joke, thanks for the info :))
These were only a few.If you want some further information visit wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Kafka
Another thing: If you speak german, then take a look at this book, a wonderfull biography of Franz Kafka. I nearly cried as he died, even if it was obviously.
Please, tell me your opinion about this literature post.
17 June 2011
Refering to BallerinaDarks post about the goth gloves I'll show you some pulse warmers I made a few weeks ago. Okay, I have to admit they are more sweet lolita style, but imagine them in black ;) (Btw, I haven't found anyone yet who wants them, is anyone interested^^). I simply adore this candy like yarn
However. If you ever learned a little knitting, this won't be this too hard for you.
So ladys, fetch your knitting needles, let's get started!
- about 100g knitting yarn for needle size 3,00 (Black and 100% cotton would be ideal)
- a set of 5 double pointed knitting needles; needle size 3,00
- some satin ribbon or mercerized cotton knitting yarn about 70 cm long
- 4 beads 4mm diameter
- wool needle
swatch (stockinette stitch): 19 stitches / 29 rows= 10cm/10cm
length: 7 cm
breadth: 16 cm/(18cm)
both without ruffles. bigger size in brackets.
Notice: The 16 cm version is for really thin wrists, take the bigger version if you're not sure it'll fit.
How does it work?
We are knitting in the round. Cast on 120 (136) stitches (60 on one needle pair, 60 on the other pair).
1.-4. round: Knit in stockinette stitch.
5. round: *slip one stitch, knit 3 together, pass slipped stitch over* repeat 29 (33) times. At the end of the round you should have 30 (34) stitches on your needles.
6. - 25. round: Knit in stockinette stitch.
26. round: *knit one right, one twisted right, one right, one twisted right stitch out of one stitch* repeat 29 (33) times. Now you should have again 120 (136) stitches. (That's the only tricky part, because the stitches are very tight now)
27. - 30. round: knit in stockinette stitch
cast off loosely.
Now cut the 70 cm long yarn in the middle and thread one half into your wool needle. Look for the middle of the pulse warmer and pierce the needle from the righ side to the wrong side between two stitches. *After two stitches pierce it to the right side again, after three stitches again to the wrong side.* Repeat until there are two stitches between the beginning and the end of the yarn. Thread on bead on each end and make a square knot on each side. Do the same thing with the other pulse warmer.
Now you are finished! You can tie the ends together after putting pulse warmers on, else you can't push your hand through it.
Remember: This instruction is my literary property. Please don't copy it on other sites, don't use it commercial and ask me please, before you link it.
This was my first DIY post. Tell me your opinion about it. Do you want more of them? Was it clear to you? Should I post other knitting instructions or also something with sewing or crocheting? Tell me, I need feedback ;)
Edit: Okidoke, a little update. Here are some knitting for dummies ;) videos on youtube. I'll post only the links, else the post will be too long. Although they are in german, you can understand it very well by only watching them. (I just didn't find proper english ones and it's hard to find good ones to show. Besides the english knitting method confuses me.)
Casting on on a set of 5 double pointed knitting needles
Knit out two left stitches out of one (I did a similiar thing, just do it with right stitches instead of left and not two but four times)
16 June 2011
Whoa today I have much stuff to talk you about! :) But I must write about it before I forget :P
Who doesn't love lingerie?? I L-O-V-E it. And I spend much much money on it. (Yes I'm a shopaholic for shoes and lingerie xD)
Well I found out about this awesome, AWESOME, lingerie French designer called Chantal Thomas (the woman in the picture above!). I have mad respect for this woman and her style!
Her models and her creations are very Gothic inspired in my opinion. Somehow she reminds me of Gothic Charm School's Lady Of Manners :P I fell in love with it at first sight and promised myself that if I ever step into one of her shops I will buy everything!! xD
She also designs wonderful umbrellas, accessories, perfumes and more !! See yourself!
Don't you just want to own everything made by her???? :P