Monday, April 23, 2012

Inspiration: Siouxsie Sioux

When babybats research Goth music, Siouxsie Sioux is right next to Bauhaus and The Cure. I remember when I knew nothing about Goth music, I searched Internet forums for an idea of what I should listen to (this was when the Internet didn't have awesome information like it does now).The first Siouxsie song I listened to was Christine. My favourite song is most likely Cities In Dust, which always gets me on the dance floor 'pulling the cobwebs' with my hands.

It's no secret that I love backcombing. I used to have hair down to my butt, until I cut it shoulder length because I wanted to start backcombing. I wanted to look like Siouxsie and Robert Smith. I succeeded well, and no other Goth in Perth backcombed their hair. I was the only one. Backcombed hair became my staple, and friends who I only knew at the club wondered what I looked like with 'normal' hair. They didn't recognise me straight away in my normal day outfits with flat hair.

I've perfected my backcombing. The hairspray I use is Schwarzkopf Lacquer Taft Mega Strong Hold. I use a normal tail comb. I've regularly put up my hair, slept in it, and gone out the next night without having to restyle my hair. It's very epic.
I even made a youtube video about how to do Siouxsie hair! It's very old
It was only very recently that I shaved my hair so I could have a death-hawk (I've always wanted one)
I've also taken inspiration from Siouxsie's makeup. I pluck my eyebrows very straight, but I did this because I wanted to look like Theda Bara.
Here's an old photo of me with my hair in Siouxsie glory. I'm bending down, so my lower half looks really strange o_o;
I've also had the chance to meet Steve Severin who was the guitarist in Siouxsie and the Banshees. He came to Perth during our film festival, his show involved him playing music along to various film pieces his chose.
I got to meet him afterwards!
He's the dude with white hair in the middle. The other people are my friends.
I was a bit star struck but asked him a question. I told him that I had to record the show 'the Ascent of Money' as part of my library job. He did the music for it, and I asked if he enjoyed the show. He said that it was the type of show that sent him to sleep, and I agreed :)

This post is part of a theme for the Ladies In Black Facebook group

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sadness Is Lame

Hello Everyone,
Quick update to tell you that I will be heading off to Sydney tomorrow. Just for the weekend.
I've never been over east before, so I'm looking forward to it.

I've had a tough week, got a attack of depression and anxiety at work on Monday, so I took Tuesday off work. Generally feeling sad and blue. Jurassic Goth and my friend at work talked to me, and really helped. Trying to keep my head up for my mini-holiday

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Setlist, The Crypt, Friday 13th 2012

Prudish 8pm-8:40pmThe Seduction by Danse Society
Cold by The Cure
Dieche by Sex Gang Children
Incubus Succubus by Xmal Deutschland
The Last Song by Trisomie 21
Hollow Eyes by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Spiritwalker by The Cult
Pagan Love Song by Virgin Prune
The Man With The X-Ray Eyes by Bauhaus
Snake Dance by The March Violets
First and Last and Always by Sisters of Mercy

Prudish 9:20pm-10pm
Questioning The Shadow by Ritual
Ava Dementia by The Marionettes
Desire by Gene Loves Jezebel
Wasteland by The Mission
She's Lost Control by Joy Division
Sunglasses At Night by Tiga Zyntherius
Send Me An Angel by Real Life
Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
Sex Dwarf by Soft Cell
Hey Little Girl by Icehouse

OMG Shoes

Today I went into Perth to go shopping with my friend Dani. We haven't seen eachother in a while, so it was nice to see her.We first went to the Perth Art Gallery because we haven't been for a while. Sadly there wasn't very much shown, the whole second level was empty. I'm guessing they're preparing for a new exhibit.
We then got some bento! It's very awesome that the place we go to knows who we are and what our orders will be. I always get katsu chicken bento and Dani gets teriaki bento. Yum, I also had a kiwi iced tea.
At other places bento comes with miso soup, but I really dislike miso.


I love getting instant photos taken with Dani.

OMG shoes!!
It's VERY hard for me to find nice girl shoes. I have really big feet :-/
The only place that sells shoes that fit me is Target. I'm a size 11 there. I'm a size 10 mens. I'm so used to just buying mens boots because I know they'll be comfy and fit me. It was really great finding two pairs of cute girl shoes. There was a 30% off sale too!!

Rocking the cute bandana look.
Siouxsie shirt: Internet
New cute skirt: Big W
Tights: Kmart
Boots: Dr Martens
I'm carrying all of my shopping :)
Here are the shoes I bought:
Satin with pom pom things. Patent leather pointy shoes. I LOVE THE PATENT LEATHER SHOES!!
I didn't like the pom poms, so I cut them off.
They were only sewn on, so very easy to cut off. Now I have to think of something else to put on the shoe. I was thinking of skull buttons or bows.
These are so awesome!

The Crypt Opens

Last night was the opening of the new Goth club in Perth called The Crypt. My friend, Merissa, is the organiser of this new club. She has put so much into it, it was great seeing it all come together.

Merissa and Me spent an hour decorating the venue. Merissa bought a lot of candles at Ikea. I bought my incense, along with crushed velvet. It was very goth :P

I got to DJ early, I get to play all of my favourite post-punk and tradgoth.

Here is what I wore:
Fear my fat arms!
Shirt: Random store in Perth
Corset: Minx Corsets
Skirt: Target
Tights: Leg Avenue
Winklepicker boots: Demonia

My hair went fluro green under the blue lights.

Here I am with my friend Nikki

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Le Professeur Gothique's Monthly Homework Assignment: Artistic Inspirations

It's time again for another homework assignment from the lovely Professeur Gothique. This months task was to draw inspiration from my favourite artwork or artist. I'm cheating a little bit and choosing  Pre-Raphaelite artworks.

I was very lucky to visit the Birmingham Art Gallery while I was in the UK. My Grans friend took me. Birmingham is the home to many artworks by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The brotherhood was formed in the middle of the 19th century and contained around seven members. They rejected the artwork of their time and focuses on creating different art that focused on mythology and storytelling.
In other news, I love art history but I'm terrible at writing essays. Just read the Wikipedia article :P

I saw The Death of Chatterton by Henry Wallis. I bought a print too :P

I love the paintings of Jane Morris. She was a muse to two of the brotherhood. It's strange seeing photographs of her, as she seems very plain. Victorians have a different sense of beauty, it seems.

I chose to try and recreated Death The Bride by Thomas Cooper Gotch. It was a bit hard because I don't have feminine features, or long hair. Here is what I came up with:

Oh man, sometimes I'm too goth for my own good. I'm always channeling Theda Bara
The poppies are the ones I gather from Remembrance Day, which falls on the 11th of November (the day after my birthday). They have old people selling them for a gold coin donation, so I try to stock up as they're so nice.
I love poppies. Fun fact, if you squint at the photo you can imagine what I used to look like with black hair! It's been so long!

So Much Dancing

I went to The Loft last Sunday (the 8th). I was looking forward to dancing heaps, and The Loft never disappoints. It was also a long weekend, so I got to sleep in Monday morning :)

The Loft is held at Geisha Bar in Perth, they usually have house music on the long weekend. My boss decided to let The Loft crew to have a chance. It was packed! There were a lot of normal people though, so I'm guessing lots of people were expecting house music (yuck). Instead there was awesome music.

I really dislike sharing the dance floor with normal people sometimes. They don't know about dancing space, I need room to dance! Some people just stood on the dance floor talking (get out of the damn way!). Then I got laughed at by some random chicks, my dancing style is 80s, but I'm not bad. I guess they're not used to a fat chick dancing brilliantly, I love dancing so they can bugger off. Then a dude kept trying to grab my hand and put his arm around my shoulder, I kept telling him to back off. Then he got kicked out (haha)

Dress: City Chic
Belt: Torrid
Winklepicker boots: Demonia

I really love this dress, it's so 80s and cute! It has the right amount of sleeve that helps me hide most of my flabby arms. It has two ruffles on the skirt, great for twirling.
The only thing I don't like is how low cut it is. I have to safety pin the dress to my bra, or my boobs will show :-/
Maybe I just don't have big enough boobs for this type of dress.

I put my hair into a messy backcomb. I really couldn't be bothered putting it into a hawk. It was kind of pushed over to one side and messy. I thankfully put enough hairspray in so it didn't deflate.
 I also LOVE wearing red lipstick. I just can't get over the whole green+red=Christmas thing.

Wearing my cute bat earrings that I got from Claire's in the UK (Halloween selection)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Day

I had a really good day today. My friend Merissa picked me up from my house and we went to run a few errands.

First we went to Ikea!

"Remember we parked in G for Goth!"

Random Australian flag in our Swedish Meatballs.

Merissa is taking down the cryptic Ikea information

I got photobombed! I couldn't stop laughing when I looked at my photos!
They had bunnys walking around with chocolate, there was a dude bunny with a beard who was a bit scary.

I also stalked a cute dude working in a the delivery service. He looked like the love child of Vince Noir. I have mad stalking skillz.
"Can we have you delivered to our house?"

We then went to Officeworks, which is a stationary store. Merissa needed to print out posters for her new club The Crypt. I will be a resident DJ playing my usual post-punk and 80s alternative (my DJ name is DJ Prudish)
While waiting for Merissa I drew some pictures in the kids section :)
Officeworks were giving away free Cadbury Creme Eggs!! The cashier said I was aloud to take as many as I liked (I took three!)

We went to Mame (one of the only Goth stores in Perth). We dropped off some posters for the club and said hello to our friend who works there.
I'm wearing:
Cardigan: Target
Dress: Target
Boots: New Rock
Belt: Torrid
Bandana: Adam Ant

I tied my Adam Ant bandana around my hair. I wanted to look as cute as Meagan from Coffin Kitsch
I'm also on Instagram for Android :)

Mary Poppins @ Burswood Theatre

I'm a very lucky girl, my best mate Merissa treated me to see Mary Poppins at the Burswood Theatre (Thursday 5th April). I love going to see plays, the last one I saw was Oliver in London.
The threatre is at Burswood, which is Perths only casino (I think). It's kind of spooky walking through all the people at the slot machines. It's a bit depressing.
Burswood is known for it's bogans and crime (around the train station). I totally don't understand the whole gambling/casino thing.

Here is what I wore:

Dress: Asos Curve
Cardigan: Domino Dollhouse
Belt: Torrid
Winklepickers: Demonia
I got dressed when I came home for work, but I didn't change my makeup. It was a surprise to see it hadn't come an oily mess. I'm also wearing my glasses, which I don't think I've shown on this blog before. I wear reading glasses for the computer, movies, etc. Seeing as I was going to watch a play, I didn't want to be squinting a lot.

Merissa got us great seats, near the front of the stage. I enjoyed the show, the sets were brilliant. I think the story could have been better. My favourite part was the 'Step In Time' song and dance.

I also won an Easter egg at my works raffle! I was so happy.
I now have a five day weekend, so I'm trying to relax and enjoy myself.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Adam Ant @ The Astor Theatre

Short Version: OH MY FUCKING GOD!

Long Version: This post is VERY picture heavy.

I thought Adam Ant would be one of those bands that I would never see. Adam Ant is such an idol to me. I found out about him when I was researching Punk in my babybat days. He was part of the early Punk movement along with Siouxsie Sioux, The Sex Pistols, and Billy Idol. My music taste is very old school and most of my favourite bands don't tour anymore.

Adam started touring the UK in 2010, I sadly left before I could see him. I thought I was out of luck and I was really jealous of all my UK friends who saw him.
Then the amazing happened, he announced an Australian tour!! I bought my ticket right away.

April 1st couldn't come soon enough, but it finally arrived. I woke in the morning to find my boss at The Loft was talking about how Adam was going to do a set at the club. But I realised it was an April Fools joke :-/

I took my time getting ready and left my house at 5.30pm. The doors opened at 7pm, but I wanted to be in the front of the line. The Astor Theatre is only a 10minute walk from my house.

Here is what I wore:

Isolation Shirt: From an old Perth alternative club
Skirt: City Chic
Epic belt: Ebay
Boots: Dr. Marten
Tights: Random cut up ones

So I was at the front of the line. I had a good chat with all the ladies who started to line up behind me. It was great seeing all the older people coming out to see someone they loved when they were young.

This is what greeted me when I go to the front of the stage. At this point I couldn't believe my luck! Front row!!
I bought a shirt and a bandanna (very expensive, but what can you do?)

Here I am front of the stage.

The girl next to me bought flowers for Adam :)

The support band was an all girl band called Georgie Girl. They kept it short and sweet.
Everyone was super excited for Adam to come on.

And suddenly, he was standing in front of me. Larger than life and everything I dreamed of. He lots of energy, jumping around on stage. He looked fabulous.

From the start I was pogo-ing and singing along. I find that I can let myself go at concerts when I'm not with my friends.

There are millions of photos. Scroll to the bottom if you don't want to see them.

Adam ripped his shirt apart during a song!

Georgie Girl did backup vocals. Here she is for the song 'Cleopatra'.

I was so close to him!

My perfect standing position gave me the chance to grope Adam's leg when he stood playing guitar. Hopefully he didn't mind!

His set list was great and he played heaps of his old punk tracks.

[EDIT] The list of songs is Plastic Surgery, Dog Eat Dog, Beat My Guest, Kick, Cartrouble, Ants Invasion, Deutscher Girls, Stand and Deliver, Puss n' Boots, Catholic Day, Kings of the Wild Frontier, Wonderful, Whip In My Valise, Vince Taylor, Desperate But Not Serious, Cleopatra, Never Trust A Man, Zerox, Antmusic, Goody Two Shoes, Vive Le Rock, Christian D'or, Lady, Fat Fun, Red Scab, Get It On/20th Century Boy, Prince Charming, Physical (You're So)
Some of the songs I loved: Kick, Lady (the song about the naked chick), Fat Fun (I was so HAPPY he played this song!), Whip In My Valise (OMG!), Deutscher Girls, Ants Invasion, Beat My Guest.

He also played two T-Rex songs :)

I sung to every song and jumped around.
He did two encores!

Then everything stopped for the next part. Adam Ant locked eyes with me, lent forward and handed me his bandanna from around his waist.

I then died

What I actually did was scream loudly and become a fan girl. I am sure he singled me out because I was the only one jumping around for his whole concert (plus green Mohawk might of helped)

The concert ended and everyone went crazy! It was seriously the best gig I've been to in my whole life. I'm so glad to see Adam go back to his punk roots. I love all the songs from that period.

A girl stopped me, she said she reads my blog! This is my first experiance of someone stopping me because they read my blog. So exciting

The second big surprise was yet to come!
A man the in audience handed me a VIP card!!! I had only bought a regular ticket because I'm poor and VIP cost around $250. This man was there with his wife and 15 year old daughter, they had a spare ticket because they won a few in the newspaper.
He told me he was going to give the ticket to whoever knew all the words. It also helped that I knew who Jordan was (he asked me if I dressed like this normally and if I liked Jordan, I said I liked Siouxie Sioux better)

The VIP ticket gave me the chance to meet Adam Ant! We gathered in the upstairs bar and got called down groups at a time to meet Adam. We were aloud to have two things signed.
I also got a free signed poster.

Of course I didn't know what to say to him. I went for a handshake but he gave me a hug instead! I told him that I really enjoyed his music and was very pleased to meet him. He asked me my name, and signed all of my things (he signed four things instead of two)
In this picture he's looking at my work swipe card. He was very soft spoken.

I sneaked my arm around his waist for this photo! To give you an idea of his height, I'm 175cm and wearing flat shoes. I'd say that Adam is average height.

But OMG I got to meet him! I was the luckiest girl in the whole world.

Here is my loot. His bandanna (I'm going to frame this, Adam Ant sweat). My work swipe card, my VIP ticket, ticket stub, poster. I can't believe he took the time to write my name on everything! What a great man.

This is what he wrote on my work card. If Adam says I'm aloud a tea break, then I can't deny him!

If you have a chance to see Adam Ant, go for it. It is so worth it, he has so much energy and still has a great singing voice.

I was so lucky.