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Happy World Goth Day: 11 Reasons Why Being A Goth Is Awesome

You might not have had the best time at school, your parents probably worried about the kind of music you listened to and no-one really understood you – being a goth isn't easy.

But today is your day. On world Goth Day we rounded up just some of the reasons why life is that bit better when you operate outside the norm.

No jokes, no name calling – here are 11 legitimate reasons why being a goth is pretty darn cool.

1. The pale look is en vogue and as we hear more and more about the negative effects of the sun you're safe in the knowledge that you probably won't get skin cancer.

Happy World Goth Day: 11 Reasons Why Being A Goth Is Awesome
The ultimate goth couple – Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese

2. Goth style is awesome. Dark lips, heavy eyeliner, black nail varnish, Dr. Martens, fishnets, lace – what's not to love?

Happy World Goth Day: 11 Reasons Why Being A Goth Is Awesome
Lorde and Miley rock the goth style [Rex]

3. Skulls. Everywhere.

Happy World Goth Day: 11 Reasons Why Being A Goth Is Awesome
A goth will find a way to put a skull on anything [Yahoo Lifestyle]

4. Robert Smith is your spirit animal and that's okay.

Happy World Goth Day: 11 Reasons Why Being A Goth Is Awesome
All hail Robert Smith – king of the goths [Rex]

5. In fact, goth music in general is really rather good. Joy Division, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Killing Joke – we could go on.

Happy World Goth Day: 11 Reasons Why Being A Goth Is Awesome
Who doesn't love The Cure and Joy Division? [Rex]

6. You have the right, nay the duty, to cover yourself in cool tattoos of hearts, daggers, swallows, roses and of course skulls.
Happy World Goth Day: 11 Reasons Why Being A Goth Is Awesome
Rick Genest, the tattooed model. What a dude. [Rex]

7. You have piercings that the rest of the world are too scared to get.

Happy World Goth Day: 11 Reasons Why Being A Goth Is Awesome
You pierce where others fear to tread [Tumblr]

8. You can recite deeply profound song lyrics at the drop of a hat. Mainly because you used to painstakingly paint them on to your school bag with Tipp-Ex.

9. The works of Tim Burton were made for you. You've probably got a Jack Skellington and Sally tattoo and a cat called Beetlejuice.

Happy World Goth Day: 11 Reasons Why Being A Goth Is Awesome
The Nightmare Before Christmas is your Citizen Kane [Rex/Tumblr]

10. You have the license to dye your hair any colour you want, whenever you want, all in the name of experimentation. But you always end up going back to black. Well it does go with everything.

Happy World Goth Day: 11 Reasons Why Being A Goth Is Awesome
Goth hair rules and is never the same twice [Rex/Violette's Wunderland]

11. Some of the coolest fictional characters are goths – Morticia and Wednesday Adams, Edward Scissorhands, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Dracula.Happy World Goth Day: 11 Reasons Why Being A Goth Is Awesome
Wednesday Adams and Marceline are goth icons [Rex/Tumblr]

So goths, we salute you. Don't ever stop being that oddball in the corner making all the boring people uncomfortable.

Michael Zhang

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