11 Ways Latinos Out-Goth Everyone Else

credit: Credit: @thekatvond / Instagram

What first comes to mind when you think of goths? Maybe, like, mood Brits listening to Joy Division in the early ’80s? Industrial-loving Germans in leather? Cybergoths with plastic locs? Roving bands of East Germanic peoples instrumental in the downfall of the Western Roman Empire?

Well, you should be thinking about Latinos. Here, allow us to make our case:

We’re obsessed with death.

tumblr_n6cbakD8OB1rfu0bao1_250
Credit: Rebloggy

I mean, sure, plenty of cultures are, but we do it with style. For example…

…Take a look at La Catrina and Día De Los Muertos.

tumblr_nea2940DMd1qaz9lto2_r1_500
Credit: Diego Rivera

What better way to honor and remember the dead (v goth) than with gorgeous, meaning-laden memorials of the deceased? And what better way to express the ephemeral nature of the material world than with a dead rich lady skeleton in a beautiful hat? (Edgar Allen Poe wishes he’d thought of her.)

And take Prayers, for instance.

bl4
Credit: YouTube / Pitchfork / Prayers

Goth + cholo = Prayers

Then there’s La Santa Muerte.

santa+muerte
Credit: La Casa De Las Orishas / Blogspot

Don’t mess around with this one.

And, indeed, saints in general.

San_Lazaro_Candle
Credit: CatholicShopping.com

You don’t know fear until you’ve been trapped in a dark chapel with nothing but a looming plaster statue of a pain-twisted San Lazaro, his face forever stuck in a silent scream.

That whole obsessed-with-Morrissey thing.

tumblr_nsb22x7kkL1u2iu01o1_500
Credit: ILoveMorrissey / Tumblr

Especially among Mexicans. No, really, it’s been documented. And that places us firmly at the intersection of “goth” and “emo.”

And who’s more goth than Kat Von D?

tumblr_m2qpr4eQkQ1qam6xuo1_500
Credit: Tumblr / KatVonDWorld

Even her cats are goth.

Some of our greatest poets were gothtastic.

goth
Credit: mitú / Federico García Lorca

Federico García Lorca was goth af. Read the full poem here.

 

Our stories and legends will give you nightmares.

8236212_ca7917d45a_m
Credit: Universal Studios / Halloween Horror Nights

Take the time-honored tale of La Llorona, for instance. Her kids are gone and you’re next.

Our movies? Dark af.

tumblr_n91cabAzpA1rge9zro1_500
Credit: N.T.M.

Take 1961’s The Curse of the Crying Woman (based on the aforementioned legend of La Llorona) or any of Brazilian filmmaker José Mojica Marins’ “Coffin Joe” movies. Freaky.

And last but not least: Abuelas.

anigif_enhanced-16913-1430938020-12
Credit: PBS

Stick with me here, OK? Our abuelitas are constantly thinking about death, warning that everything from sleeping with wet hair to going out barefoot will lead to your demise. They’re also often a big fan of charms and rituals to keep evil spirits and thoughts at bay. THAT IS EXTREMELY GOTH.

Sleep tight, fellow gothlings.

soydarks
Credit: FroxenDrop / YouTube


WATCH: This Cholo Goth Video Is So Gothtastic It Listens To The Cure In The Rain