Can a goth be a goth without a scene?
(Please forgive me for rehashing the age old flame-war that is "defining gothdom")
As was memtioned in my application, I come from St. johns, Newfoundland, a beautiful, culturally facinating, and hystorically rich port town on Canada's extream east. Yes, we live in a perpetual fog bank, and yes, winter last forever, but I wouldn't change good ol' Sin Johns for the world!
That being said, I also mentioned that the predominant scene here was the local punk scene...which is true, but at the same time a bit misleading. The way I said that leads one to believe that there might be any kind of goth scene here whatsoever...and there s not :( The punk scene here has always been large enough and enclusive enough that any distinction between crust punks and deathrockers has been unnecessary at best. However, that's not to say that we don't have people here who fit the bill for certified gothiness....there is just no formal scene. No events. No clubs. No clothing boutiques. Nothing.
Even while I sit here and admit that I've never been to a show or concert that could even remotely be described as an "event", I understand that the gothic subculture involves a fair amount of active participation. But also, I know for a fact that there are alot of people in the same boat as myself...through no fault of their own.
So, can one really claim to be a part of a subculture when they are isolated away from it?
(I should never be alowed to write when i'm this bored....sigh)