As you may possibly have gathered, perkygoth is one of the Goth 'types' that I personally identify with most closely. Perkygoth may be defined as 1) a subset of Goth fashion, defined by 'cute' motifs (e.g. fuzzy bats) and a liberal use of pink and/or sparkly things, 2) a personality type within the Goth scene - a Goth who rejects the 'gloomy' stereotype and is generally as bright and cheerful as can be, or 3) all of the above.
|Kynt and Vyxsin of The Amazing Race, America's most famous perkygoths!|
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Personality-wise, perkygoths are often thought of as having a sunny, friendly disposition, although more often than not they are stereotyped as being bouncy and hyperactive to the point of being irritating. Perkygoths often love the cuter, fun aspects of Goth culture - Tim Burton movies, Halloween and cartoons such as Ruby Gloom, Siouxsie Darkside or even Hello Kitty.
Both the perkygoth mentality and fashion seem to have developed out of an irritation with the tendency of some of those in the Goth scene to take themselves and the subculture just a bit too seriously (says she, writing a blog about Goth culture...d'oh). Perkygoths of both varieties are aware that Goth is perhaps somewhat, well... silly. We dress all in black and glue bats and spiderwebs on everything in sight - why not have a sense of humour about it? Goth is fun, dammit!
Because perkygoths are likely to enjoy the more upbeat music in the Goth spectrum, they are often associated with cybergoths, although perkygoth fashion actually ranges from casual streetwear (such as Kynt and Vyxsin, pictured above) to neo-Victorian with pink accents (such as Jillian Venters from Gothic Charm School) and could encompass anything and everything in between. Perkygoth fashion is also strongly associated with glitter Goth.
And just as every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so is mopeygoth to perkygoth. However, the doom'n'gloom mindset associated with mopeygoth does not seem to have any particular fashion style; although you can bet your boots it's black - none of this pink nonsense for yon mopeygoths.
Typical perkygoth bands could include such cheery happy things as Strawberry Switchblade, The Cruxshadows, Gene Loves Jezebel, Voltaire, Purple Fog Side, Ashbury Heights and Alice in Videoland; as well as performers whose stage show involves many cups of tea, such as Emilie Autumn.