And Now For Something Completely Goth

Thanks to O LVR

Gothiness: 6 Sweatiness: 8
Like a Dark Cowboy version of John Cleese, OLVR here reminds us that sitting in a beach bar sipping a cool beer is a right to be enjoyed by all of us, Goths and vanillas alike. Not strictly Goth, but extra points for the pimp moustache.
Thought for the day: If I could have invented one thing, it would be the white plastic chair. They're everywhere. When the arockalypse comes, only cockroaches and white plastic chairs will remain.

Mascara - the Goth's worst enemy

Thanks to Scragz - Original poster's identity kept anonymous to protect the secrecy of their lurve for the subject!

Gothiness: 7 Sweatiness: 8
The fur stole's not helping, but the combination of summer sun and tightly laced corset is MAKING HER EYES BLEED! BLEED I TELL YOU!
(edit: what do you mean it's makeup?)

Say 'cheese', think 'suffering'

Thanks to Roxanne Carter

Gothiness: 5 Sweatiness: 6
A Goth's favourite pursuit; subverting the traditional image of the happy family by adding suffering, in this instance forcing a family of DidiGoths to pose in the surf. Unfortunately the waves have washed away their lovingly created Sandcastle of Mordor.

Come together and celebrate, Goth!

Today is International Goth Day! Who made that one up? Whoever it was, she or he is a certified GENIUS. To celebrate this occasion, I urge to head over to the wonderful and join the archetypal Goth discussion: 'Who is your favourite tragic hero?'
If you can't be arsed to click the link, I give you a sample:
"I imagine Cassandra , the slave-girl, the unwilling harbinger of doom, tearing her lovely hair in agony that I completely understand when the curse of the House of Atreus was coming down upon the land, and murder was taking place inside the palace she could not enter, and no one would listen; I do SO understand..."

51st Sweat

Thanks to: Michael Wilson

Gothiness: 4 Sweatiness: 7
Congratulations to young Michael for representing NMA amongst the Gallic hoards of the Cap D'Antibes - Cromwell himself would have been proud of your insistence on wearing 18-hole boots and combats with Wayfarers - a rare cosmopolitan touch for a Goth.

Flock of SeaGoths

Goth Boy, originally uploaded by fluffy_steve.

Gothiness: 8 Sweatiness: 6
Congratulations, introspective young man, for braving the German sun in full velvet and leather! Extra points also for the briefcase full of poetry. Don't be fooled by the Emo glance, inside he's sunbathing.

He's just a Devil Goth

Thanks to: Kjartan Poskitt
Gothiness: 9 Sweatiness: 8
This Dark Lord laughs in the face of sunshine, but his eyes! His fucking eyes have melted off!
(edit: special thanks to Loki for being a top bloke about using this pic)

LA Gothic

Beach Goth, originally uploaded by Brian Auer.
Gothiness: 9 Sweatiness: 5
The lace umbrella (or Gothasol) is a repeating theme for the overheated Goth, although staring at youngsters as they swing on ropes puts me in mind of Tim Burton and Helena Bonham-Carter out shopping for children.

Glamour Goth

Thanks to Kerry Lunt
IMG_6378, originally uploaded by Lunt Photography.
Gothiness: 5 Sweatiness: 3
This is what they wear to funerals in Liverpool

Queen of the Sunshine Goths

goth on holiday, originally uploaded by Bryan Ledgard.

(Thanks to Bryan Ledgard)
She's got a bat round her neck, someone's old blue dressing gown threaded through her hair but she's keeping cool with a 99 Flake! All hail the Queen of the Sunshine Goths!

Rose tint my world...

Gothiness: 7 Sweatiness: 5
Sakara writes: "After spying some of my mates on this site i had to add myself and my partner. taken at Whitby Goth weekend this April, where it was probably the best weather it has been there for a long time! ...Strangely enough although I was wearing velvet and a corset underneath I wasnt hot! Years of practice i guess! Also great bonus about wearing steampunk stuff.. sunglasses work! lol"
I like your technique Sakara, although I suspect your partner was hiding the truth about his heat rating - His right arm has clearly ceased to function and is being held on only by a solid metal plate.

We're all Gothing on a Summer Holiday

thanks to Ben Kitchen and Graeme Dickson for the link

I suspect that this is what all Goths are really thinking on the inside

Goth Spike Collapse

Gothiness: 3 Sweatiness: 10
Here a poor teenage Goth has realised that playing softball with his friends in the height of summer has made the huge spike on the front of his head collapse. Never mind, Goth Jr! Once you've unfolded those arms, you can write a poem about it. Near that satellite dish.
(edit: yes, technically this is a Juggalo. It still counts)

Goth Garden Party

Gothiness: 9 Sweatiness: 8
It's June, so it must be time for a Goth Garden Party! Here members of Alien Sex Fiend look disgruntled at the wait for cucumber sandwiches. Extra points to the one on the left whose Gothasol appears to be a bat on a stick. Not included in this shot - All About Eve who provided a string quartet for the occasion.

No stop it hurts I like it.

thanks to:

Gothiness: 10 Sweatiness: 15
Fetish Goths have it worse than everyone else when it comes to the sunshine. Fortunately they like it that way.


thanks to Chris Maestro

Gothiness: 6 Sweatiness: 4
Of course Cybergrrrrrrrrls get to cheat a little on the clothing stakes, but this lady can only be suffering under all that backcomb. Fortunately a plastic cup of Snakebite & Black saves this young lady's day.

How they suffer for their Art

Melissa writes:
"When I was in metal band, once we were talked into playing an outdoor festival show in the day time in the summer here in Arkansas. I was wearing my signature very punk/metal/goth glam, ultra skimpy outfit as usual. What I didn’t think about was how long I’d be on stage in the direct sun, and my absolutely victorian pale skin was burned to a crisp. The pain of the sunburn on all but the covered (maybe a foot and half square) area of my body wasn’t the worst part,though. It was that I was wearing fishnet stockings and the sunburn left a fishnet sunburn! It looked absolutely ridiculous, even after the red burn healed, the tan left behind was still in the fishnet pattern."

Ouch! Still, good to see that Goths (and yes, punk/metal counts here) can use the sun for scarification, saving themselves a fortune at tattoo parlours. Quick thinking, Gothette!

Nice day for a Goth wedding

Gothiness: 10 Sweatiness: 8
1st dance most likely to be: Cry Little Sister from Lost Boys.
They're braving the sun for the photos to show their family, but after this it's straight back into the cellar for some red wine and a Wicca ceremony.

Adopts Cyril Fletcher voice

I'm indebted to a Ms Claire Shiels, who writes; "Perhaps someone could invent a light black “Goth cloth” specifically for the hotter climes?" Splendid idea. Any thoughts, friends? Perhaps a Gore-Tex Rubber or Tri-Climate leather?


Thanks to:

Gothiness: 7 Sweatiness: 4
Loose lace, taffeta and a Gothasol make this mama hot to trot and cool as a cucumber at the same time. She wants you! On someone’s grave!


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Gothiness: 9 Sweatiness: 9
Cross-dressing Wayne Hussey lookeelikee, helmet, full length coat and Rocket Dog boots by the seaside? A 99 Flake to both of you my Gothic overlords!

Fallen Goths

Thanks KJL08 (Flickr)

Gothiness: 8 Sweatiness: 10
Sadly for some Goths, the heat just proves too much, even with the cooling power of Snakebite and Black. Here two have collapsed in a field. Probably a field of the Nephilim.


Gothiness: 3 Sweatiness: 6
Ah, the blossoming teenage Goth! They’re not like all their friends in school. No-one understands them. And one of them’s got a lolly! Note simple makeup that can be easily removed before their mum picks them up on her way home from Asda.

Morris Goths

Thanks to: Kjartan Poskitt (

Gothiness: 9 Sweatiness: 8
Must. Kill. Them. All. With. Bricks.


Gothiness: 8 Sweatiness: 9
Top marks for braving a hot day in these outfits. Hooped skirts? Check. Top hats? Check. Antiqued Leather boots and holsters? Check. Iron-on Ghostbusters logo? erm...

Glamour Goth 2

thanks KJL08 (Flickr) and Lara

Gothiness: 5 Sweatiness: 6
This season's tip for Gothies Day at Ascot
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