I think most kids that go Goth or PIB are just like most any teenager, crying out for recognition, acceptance. It's a fad like many others. It's intended to shock and thereby draw attention to the individual.
I personally don't think that the majority of kids in Goth are as obsessed with death as they portray. Most of them just need someone to show interest in them, to be genuinely concerned for them. Even those with loving, caring parents may feel that their folks misunderstand them.
It’s very cool to approach someone who seems to be wearing signs that say “Go away!” push past them and offer your friendship to them. I am often amazed at the life and brilliance found behind those masks.
Thanks Kev, it shows ya it really helps if you dont let the appearence of people intimidate you. Some off the kids on the streets, particularly in this area, are real hudlams. Rioters. The goth/emo/insert style here kids are often the nicer ones, i know that all of my son's friends from school, were NICE kids, my wife told me so herself, she said these werent the kids that caused the trouble, otherwise she wouldnt let them into our house! The first time i saw my son's (now ex) girlfriend iw as shocked, array of piercings, black hair, make up on her face, the most unusual outfit i have seen on any person yet, and it turned out that she was a really nice girl, i saw her near my work recently, i had my hands full, she came and opened my car door for me, and alot of her pals came over to chat "This is Mr McCombie, Y'know, as in, McCOmbie's dad, hes cool :cool2:"
I got to relate to these kids, usually i might know their parents, and have a peception from that, but because they are from an array of different backgrounds (my wifes school is public authority, i would never put my kids in private education) They make their own
There is an area in Newcastle City Centre, where all of the Goth kids and such like hang oround, i know most of them! Whenever i walk past "the green" slot of them come and talk to me.
Anyway, my message is dont look at these kids as weird, they are people like you or me, just because they have black hair, eyelined, painted nails, piercings, tattoos doesnt make them bad people, and it certainly doesnt mean their thoughts are bad! Honestly, talk to someone who looks like this, as Kev says push past the masks, and see the brilliance of alot of these people.
*puts soap box back under table*