They don’t know how good they’ve got it! Why, when I was in high school, there was no such thing as deep, blackish-red drugstore nail polish, no sirree! If we wanted black-red polish, dammit, we bought NOVELTY black polish at HALLOWEEN and painted red OVER it!
And we didn’t have Hot Topic, either! These spoiled baby-goth youngsters today! All they have to do is get Mom to drive them to the local MALL, and they can buy all the Marilyn Manson t-shirts (do kids still listen to Marilyn Manson? I’m dating myself, aren’t I?) and Atreyu CDs (someone who’s familiar with this emu emo crap help me out, I’m dying here) they want! Why, when I was in high school, we had to drive ALL THE WAY DOWNTOWN to an INDEPENDENT store for that kinda thing!
And also! There were no fancy-schmancy “fashion” dog collars, nope! By god, if you wanted a studded dog collar, you went to a PET STORE and you BOUGHT a studded dog collar! And then you put it on your gay friend at Halloween and led him around on a leash and some guy told you you were going to hell! Built CHARACTER, it did!
In all seriousness, the mid-90s were rough on us counter-culture kids, style-wise. They really were. I’m not kidding when I say that the only time extremely dark makeup was available was at Halloween, or that I bought a dog collar at a pet store because that was the only place that sold them.
This is part of why, despite my mixed reactions to their products, there’s a soft spot in my heart for Urban Decay. They came on the scene around my junior or senior year of high school (1996, according to Wikipedia, so yep, junior/senior year) and they had edgy colors that I loved, with names like MILDEW. GASH. BRUISE. ROACH. As I recall, they were the first mainstream company to offer colors like that with names like that (correct me if I’m wrong!). I’d hazard a guess that this is also part of why Jette has a soft spot for MAC; back then, she wore this incredibly dark lipstick of theirs, and their black eyeliner, and I suspect that MAC was the only place that she could find colors that really spoke to her–that actually helped her to express who she was and how she felt.
And furthermore, although I’m pretty much done with the whole “goth” thing, this is also why I’m tickled pink to see companies like Detrivore, Evil Shades, High Voltage, and Morgana Minerals out there. I feel like, in some way, they get me. Like they were also frustrated as hell with what was available, and with makeup that existed only to make people look conventionally “pretty,” not to let them express themselves. And it does my heart good to know that they didn’t just sit back and bemoan their fate and continue wearing the crappy waxy Halloween lipstick–they went out there and started their own businesses and are making high-quality, quirky cosmetics that I would have KILLED for in high school.
I don’t mean to get all “old-person rant” on ya. Just wanted to give a little bit of perspective on where I’m coming from–where I’ve been, and how things were, and how they are now, and why I’m so into this stuff. I feel like I finally have the chance to let the 15-year-old Principessa out … it just happened to take an additional 15 years.
Now get offa my lawn!