Goths, I love 'em! I even used to be one for a bit (well, I was a Didi-Goth for at least 6 months). But there's one thing that troubles me about our cheery friends: what to do they do in summer? All that makeup, long black leather and rubber must get very sticky. I think we should show our respect for these poor unfortunates, struggling to stand out from the vanilla crowd despite blazing temperatures and sunshine that puts the rest of us in shorts and vest tops. Join me in celebrating the majesty of the Goth, who, eschewing any practicality whatever, still has the commitment to don a full length leather trenchcoat, stupid New Rock boots, and half a Superdrug counter of makeup. All hail the Hot Goth!


Leather Lord

Thanks to Seth Reber

Gothiness: 9 Sweatiness: Off the scale


Seth writes; "Ever hear of Mandy Lion? Of course not but I thought I'd ask. Anyways this guy is infamous for walking around LA in 95 degree heat in full leather everything. Mandy claims he can control his sweat glands.." If you hadn't heard of Mandy Lion before, bow to his awesomeness. Then laugh and point behind his back when he goes back to the bar. Mandy, I salute you!

P.S. Mandy? But that's a girl's name?

23 comments:

kate said...

ever heard of mandy patinkin? innigo montoya!

mandy's one of those names that used to be for boys but then somehow, over time, switched over to girls. see also: tracy, ashley, shannon, hilary, ariel, paris, courtney, darcy, leslie, shelby... the list goes on

rennypie said...

on top of being a girl's name, mandy lion also rhymes with "dandelion" haha

The Stool Pigeon said...

That just somehow blurs the line between gothness and douchbaggery.

claude le monde said...

there's a cheery little weed-flower in america (not sure if you've got it) called the dandelion, so presumably his name is a play on that, rather than a shortened "amanda"....

Anonymous said...

Look at that face! I swear it's not organic.

Are you sure this isn't a piece from Madame Tussauds?

SagaciousHillbilly said...

Esteban, where is your guitar.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

I love feeling not so high maintenance...

Excellent stuff you've got here :D

Anonymous said...

Good god! I was sweating in a lace skirt and cotton tank top! I deserve
to have my Goth card revoked! All hail the awesome Mandy lion!

GothsInHotWeather said...

@Kate - true, I fear the sword of Inigo Montoya. Fortunately I don't have 6 fingers on one hand, and am therefore able to take the piss out of boys with girl's names with impunity. Shirley Crabtree anyone?

Sakara said...

wow, maybe he discovered that botox can kill sweat glands...

John B said...

Mandy Lion is NO Girrl! Know this man good person and a sincere "dark Rocker" of some fame !! Know he is real!! John B Rainbow Bar and Grill

Miranda said...

whoa! I thought I was looking at Ian Astbury for a minute there.

GothsInHotWeather said...

I went to see the Cult before they were famous. Most memorable moment: Billy Duffy flicked his cigarette over his head, backheeled it with one well worn RockGod boot, and caught it in his mouth to take another drag.

Anonymous said...

Oh Come on! 11 Comments and no one mentions Mandy Patinkin who was Inigo Montoya in the Princess Bride and as Rube on Dead Like Me? How can you call yourselves goth without the coolest of the Mandy's?

Jester said...

The dude in the photo doesn't look like a little guy. How is it possible for him to squeeze into leather pants at all, let alone during the summer in LA? Isn't that against several laws of physics? I'd go there just to follow him around in the heat and wait to see what happens when the sweat meets the pants and they lock up on him. GOTH DOWN! GOTH DOWN!

The Impressive Clergyman said...

Mandy Patinkin's real name is Mandel Bruce Patinkin and I remain a bit unconvinced that a fictional Spanish swordsman qualifies as a Goth in Hot Weather. Inigo's undeniably cool though. As a side note, my login name comes from The Princess Bride.

Anonymous said...

LOL "Marrraige.... the blessed event.... a dreammmm with in a Dreammmmmm"

Anonymous said...

His... skin... is so pale... it blinds against that much black.

Good... gracious. *can't see*

Anonymous said...

He reminds me of Alucard ( Dracula backwards) from anime Hellsing, but in black leather version instead of red. Is there anyone who can see this resemblance besides me?

Paula Hardy Kangelos said...

This reminds me of a kid I hung around with in my teenage years (I was never a goth, I was a grebo but in my small town we needed to form alliances to protect ourselves from the Kevs).

Anyway, this kid, I'll call him "Muriel" was determined to wear his rubber trousers to the local indie disco, despite it being a hot summers night and him being completely out of talcum powder. Gothy ingeniuty led him to the kitchen and his mother's self raising flour.

Rubber trousers + flour + 3 hours sweaty, gothy dancing to the Sisters of Mercy = Glue.

I believe it took him many, many hours to remove his trousers that night.

SnakeLady Greta said...

Yeah, I know Mandy Lion. Well... sort of... He's one of my myspace "friends."

He's "toned down" a little since the 90s.

skweeds said...

Is that inside a Hooters 'restaurant'?

S.Azrael said...

In reference to the Alucard comment, yeah, you're not the only one seeing it. Was my first thought too...

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