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While in town for the D’espairsRay concert (report coming up!), Rose and I decided to check out Seattle’s Goth club scene. Oh boy. Club Mercury ended up being the single worst Gothic party we’d ever encountered… Read on to find out what happened.

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Hair: Rose put her hair in Sailor Moon buns, wrapped in fishnets and topped with bows — adorable!
Makeup: She picked up some of the feathers that fell from my black boa and turned them into eyelashes.
Jacket: Sex Pot Revenge.
Fox purse: She made it herself, like the mouse headband. If you’re interested in commissioning taxidermy accessories from Rose, check out her website.

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Black bonnet: Innocent World, from Osaka (see store photos)
White jacket: h.NAOTO, from Closet Child
Dress: Metamorphose temps de Fille, from Closet Child
Tights: Vivienne Westwood, from Marui Shinjuku
Rocking horse shoes: from Refuse to be Usual, an eBay store
Bead and lace wrist cuffs: a DIY project

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I heard Club Noc Noc, located near Pike Place Market, plays excellent Goth / darkwave music. The interior was sufficiently devilish, with leather seats and a red glow. But the music… 1980s Madonna? And the crowd… zebra jumpsuits and prom dresses? Apparently, we’d mixed up the date and stumbled into 80s night. On Wednesdays (Requiem) and Sundays (Resurrection), the Gothic and industrial DJs take over. Next time, we’ll show up on the right day of the week.

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We cabbed to Club Mercury at Machinewerks, a “private club” with Gothic/Industrial and electronic music DJs. (To enter, an existing member can sign you in, or you can contact them to request entry.) Since we didn’t know we were coming until the last minute, we figured we could speak to the promoter when we arrived. Ha. The door people were unbelievably condescending; they cut us off as we explained, and wouldn’t even look us in the eye. Forget it: we were out of there. No big loss; we didn’t even hear good music playing, and the clubgoers outside were dismally dressed. Four thumbs down and two gruesome faces for Seattle’s Club Mercury. Don’t go here. It was more hellish than Club Hell!

PS: We didn’t expect to get into a “private club” — we expected to be treated like human beings. It would have been fine if they heard our case and nicely told us no. That wasn’t what happened.

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A quick press round-up… Fan To Pro, a blog about turning your J-pop/otaku interests into a career, asked me six questions about my work. Exclusively Gothic Lifestyle (EGL) magazine also interviewed me; you can read the article here and after the jump.

PS: got some INCREDIBLE news today, involving TV and travel and Tokyo… and it’s for a major company. I’ll tell you ASAP, as well as show you photos of my new haircut and dye!

What’s the worst clubbing experience you’ve ever had?

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EGL Magazine interview with La Carmina

Not only is La Carmina one of the top blogger in the world of Japanese street fashion, but she has also turned her talents to TV hosting, writing books and cooking some of the cutest food you will ever see!

La Carmina’s blog has been featured in some major publications including The New Yorker, Washington Post and Time Out New York, and she also writes for CNNGo.com and Lip Service. Her TV appearances include ‘The Today Show’ and co-hosting an episode of ‘Bizarre Foods’ with Andrew Zimmern for Travel Channel. She recently co-hosted a Canal Plus documentary and CNN International segment in Tokyo, and will be the Asia host for educational travel TV series, ‘Project Explorer’.

You can find out more about and where to buy her three books; ‘CUTE YUMMY TIME: 70 recipes for the cutest food you’ll ever eat’ (Penguin USA), ‘CRAZY, WACKY THEME RESTAURANTS: Tokyo’ (Random House) and ‘THE COSMOS IN A CARROT: A Zen guide to eating well’ (Parallax Press) from her website.

We caught up with La Carmina to find out a little bit more about her love for lolita fashion.

How and when did you first become interested in Lolita fashion?
Lolita fashion gradually came into my consciousness during my childhood travels around Asia. I saw frilly Victorian doll dresses in Harajuku and was captivated by the aristocratic dream-world they represented. Later, I found out more about Gothic Lolita clothing, as well as other Japanese street fashions such as decora and gyaru.

Why do you think Japanese subcultures are so popular in the Western world?
I think the worldwide fascination with Jpop culture (especially anime and manga) has bubbled over to Japanese subcultures. Visual Kei and Harajuku Gothic fashion/cultures are visually striking and enigmatic to many people outside of Japan, which makes them keen to learn what they’re all about.

What inspired you to start blogging?
Around 2006, I saw personal style blogs emerge. I thought, “This might be a neat way for me to share my obsessions with Japanese Gothic fashion and subcultures.” I had designed websites in the past, so it was easy for me to get started – and from the first day (in September 2007), I was hooked. La Carmina blog (www.lacarmina.com/blog) has branched from fashion into cute cooking, travel videos, Jpop culture and rock music… I’ve never run out of inspiration, and still get excited to post and answer comments every day.

The internet is constantly changing and adapting, and trends come and go very quickly. Do you think blogging will manage to stand the test of time?
Blogging will evolve over the years, but I think there will always be some form of online publishing – whether it’s in the form of videos, photos or writing. The Internet is wonderful for giving any regular person a voice and making possibilities come to life.

What are your top tips for writing a successful blog?
Treat your blog as a business: post frequently, and put up the best quality content possible on a well-designed site. Be active in social networks and tuned in to SEO (search engine optimization) and monetization options. I highly recommend using WordPress on a self-hosted domain; the plugins and customizations are brilliant. Above all, blog about a niche subject that you love — your passion will come through, and readers will connect.

How did you make the move from blogging to TV presenting?
I have zero family connections to anyone in TV or media. Every TV hosting opportunity (NHK Japan, CNN International, Travel Channel, Canal Plus France) arose because a producer found my blog and sent me an email. The TV people looked at my writing work, press, bio, photos, videos etc, and that helped them decide if I was someone worth contacting. I absolutely love doing TV work: I get to be my flamboyant self and share the pop culture oddities I love. I hope I can keep doing more.

What inspired your three books?
My books are inspired by Japanese pop culture quirks. ‘Cute Yummy Time’ is a cookbook that shows you how to turn 70 favorite meals into adorable characters: think bunny muffins and panda bear meringues. ‘Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo’ is about Japan’s extreme theme cafes (maids, monkeys, cats, vampires). If you’re interested, you can find out more and order these books from my site.

What’s the best thing about Lolita fashion?
I am obsessed with Ancien Régime and Victorian fashion… the floor-sweeping Rococo gowns of Marie Antoinette, the mourning jewelry and veils of Queen Victoria. Lolita fashion is a love letter to elegant, flamboyant past eras. In a modern world where everyone wears jeans, putting on a corset, lace headdress and doll-like bell skirt will make you feel like a princess.

What do you have planned next?
I’ll keep blogging every day on La Carmina blog about Harajuku’s darkest and most decadent subcultures. I will be the Asia host for ‘Project Explorer’, an educational travel TV series shooting soon. I’m one of the main contributors for CNNGo.com, an Asia travel/lifestyle website. And there are more projects in the works… with luck, I’ll keep doing travel TV hosting in Japan and every dark corner of the globe.

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  • Alessandro

    oh! it’s so elegant, i love that

  • Alessandro

    oh! it’s so elegant, i love that

  • Spider

    What a joke, you went to a “Private Club” and they wouldn’t let you in? Well maybe you should understand the rules of the clubs your going to last minute before you write on your blog that it was a terrible place. You even said it yourself, you didn’t even get into the club. Your journalistic ethics are a disgrace.

  • Spider

    What a joke, you went to a “Private Club” and they wouldn’t let you in? Well maybe you should understand the rules of the clubs your going to last minute before you write on your blog that it was a terrible place. You even said it yourself, you didn’t even get into the club. Your journalistic ethics are a disgrace.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      We didn’t expect to get into a “private club” — we expected to be treated like human beings. :) It would have been fine if they heard our case and nicely told us no.

      • Spider

        So what happened exactly? They do deal with large crowd every night full of people that are not members. That volume of people having to be dealt with + the fact that everyone who works at the Merc is a Volunteer should help put into perspective that they can’t listen to everyone’s story. I’m sure you had the best intentions, and I’m not trying to be mean. It just grates me when you write that its a terrible club…. You were never in it. It’s not a open club so really unless your a member they don’t need to be nice.

        • http://www.pandasnacks.com Rose Schwarz

          well, first they ignored us, then the guy noticed us, turned his back and kept talking like we werent there for quite awhile. then we got to talk to the main lady and before we barely had explained anything, she was rude. right from the start. and i must say La Carmina was being very friendly and charming, and not at all pushy. so i would expect the same in return. instead, she very blatantly implied we were stupid. it was unnecessary and it would have been just as easy for her to say something like, ‘i’m sorry but i’m not allowed to make a decision like this, im sorry but there is nothing i can do’ thats what i think i would have said…..anyways, i have been told no by people before and never felt so insulted.
          also, we made it clearn that we wanted to give them POSITIVE coverage, and such, but that seemed to make the situation worse

          • http://www.pandasnacks.com Rose Schwarz

            ALSO it was pretty dead at the time we were there, they definitely could have used more people from what i could see

          • Spider

            It usually is dead in the beginning of the night. Correct me if I’m wrong but was it a Tuesday you went. The reason I’m asking is because the Mercury really isn’t one the busiest clubs until the weekends Fri-Sun. It is a private goth club so the crowds are kind of limited.

          • http://www.pandasnacks.com Rose Schwarz

            it was saturday night at about 11pm

          • SweetHoney

            That’s about when people start showing up. Things don’t really get moving until around midnight.

        • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

          I appreciate your perspective. :) If others have had positive experiences there, I welcome them to comment…

          • Jdamon70

            I happened by your blog today and saw your coment from several months back here about The Mercury in Seattle. I agree with you and am sorry you had such a bad experiance here as well. My wife and I tried to get in this past weekend with a friend (mind you, our friend is…was a member) and they treated us just as bad as they treated you. What a lame excuse for a dance club, private or not. You are right, at least they could have heard you out. But, to be so rude as they are, what a joke!
            Needless to say my friend burned his club card after the rude encounter with the door persons and we went back down the street to The Vogue.

          • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

            Ah, I’m sorry to hear that… Thanks for sharing your story. Did you see my post about Club Vogue? Rose and I had fun. http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2010/12/seattle-nightclubs-nightlife-club-vogue-at-neighbors-capital-hill-gay-friendly-absinthe-burlesque-cabaret/

    • zxoiesru

      What a joke, an Asian Goth? LOL

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    We didn’t expect to get into a “private club” — we expected to be treated like human beings. :) It would have been fine if they heard our case and nicely told us no.

  • Paige

    The bonnet it equal to awesomeness

  • Paige

    The bonnet it equal to awesomeness

  • Spider

    So what happened exactly? They do deal with large crowd every night full of people that are not members. That volume of people having to be dealt with + the fact that everyone who works at the Merc is a Volunteer should help put into perspective that they can’t listen to everyone’s story. I’m sure you had the best intentions, and I’m not trying to be mean. It just grates me when you write that its a terrible club…. You were never in it. It’s not a open club so really unless your a member they don’t need to be nice.

  • Anonymous

    ALSO it was pretty dead at the time we were there, they definitely could have used more people from what i could see

  • Anonymous

    well, first they ignored us, then the guy noticed us, turned his back and kept talking like we werent there for quite awhile. then we got to talk to the main lady and before we barely had explained anything, she was rude. right from the start. and i must say La Carmina was being very friendly and charming, and not at all pushy. so i would expect the same in return. instead, she very blatantly implied we were stupid. it was unnecessary and it would have been just as easy for her to say something like, ‘i’m sorry but i’m not allowed to make a decision like this, im sorry but there is nothing i can do’ thats what i think i would have said…..anyways, i have been told no by people before and never felt so insulted.nalso, we made it clearn that we wanted to give them POSITIVE coverage, and such, but that seemed to make the situation worse

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I appreciate your perspective. :) If others have had positive experiences there, I welcome them to comment…

  • LadyAri

    I dont get y Spider thinks people shouldnt b nice to patrons because of volunteer or non-member status. I work n retail and volunteer places so this just boggles my mind

  • LadyAri

    I dont get y Spider thinks people shouldnt b nice to patrons because of volunteer or non-member status. I work n retail and volunteer places so this just boggles my mind

    • Spider

      OK LadyAri the big difference between retail and and a private club is this- Retail stores are almost always open to the public. Therefore the business is subject to the views of everyone that can enter.
      The Mercury is a private club, they take care of there members and word is passed along to friends of the members, so on and so forth. That’s how new members are brought in. This is why you need to come with a member your first few times “so people know you”. It is a safe club, fun and overall a great place to just have a night out dancing drinking and everything else club life offers.

      • Guest

        Seems like a kind of sect xD

        • Spider

          sect?

      • LadyAri

        ty for the info guys. but I understand the difs. perhaps I should hav put it differently :-)
        its understandable that a private club wud want to allow only a certain group however from wat Ive seen above the club is private not due to its clientelle/owners wishes but because of its liquor license and associated laws. wouldnt that still make it a public place? I understand their need for caution but still. beyond that I feel that u can attract more good with sugar than shit. in other words y b nasty wen u can b nice. save the nasty for those deserving it cuz someone will eventually hav it coming lol and then by all means hav fun.
        Im not picking sides since I wasnt there but I can say if I go somewhere no matter wat type of place it is and Im treated poorly I will blast their asses to all I know. usually on FB. but same goes if Im treated well. I dont think LC was out of line by saying wat she did. its just her personal opinion wether or not they deserve it. u can still choose for yourself and most of us will. were her readers not mindless lemmings.
        I do feel its unfair for folks to resort to name-calling here especially wen noone seems to personally knows anyone else. its just unecessary and not entertaining. discussions r great but arguments r pointless. everybody just breathe ^_^

    • Rowansilverwing

      There is a difference between public establishments–volunteer groups & retail shops– and private establishments–members only clubs and say a persons home–

      Public establishments are there for public use and relay on the public for funding/sales.

      Private establishments are for the use of the members only and there is often a member fee and member guide lines.

      Sure maybe general respect says the door people could have been nicer to you. However they are not paid to be nice and you are not a paying customer.

      Want to see the same thing happen in a public establishment? Just go to a nice restaurant –hell any restaurant really–order just a glass of water and try to sit there for and hour. At some point someone will come by and ask you to order or leave. They might ask nicely because you might still be a possible paying customer but the second you try to plead your case as to why you are there and not ordering they will kick you out.

      Once it’s established that you are not a paying customer most places private or public will have little to do with you. They have paying customers to tend to after all.

  • Spider

    It usually is dead in the beginning of the night. Correct me if I’m wrong but was it a Tuesday you went. The reason I’m asking is because the Mercury really isn’t one the busiest clubs until the weekends Fri-Sun. It is a private goth club so the crowds are kind of limited.

  • Spider

    OK LadyAri the big difference between retail and and a private club is this- Retail stores are almost always open to the public. Therefore the business is subject to the views of everyone that can enter.nThe Mercury is a private club, they take care of there members and word is passed along to friends of the members, so on and so forth. That’s how new members are brought in. This is why you need to come with a member your first few times “so people know you”. It is a safe club, fun and overall a great place to just have a night out dancing drinking and everything else club life offers.

  • Anonymous

    it was saturday night at about 11pm

  • Chaneecat

    *Ahem* The original term Goth was taken from the nick name Bat Caver and if you think about how that came to be as a term of choice for a trait of a group of people, then it means that they don’t want to be social butterflies on cracked out glitter, who are attention whores. This blog is run by the butterflies, not goths. People should be aware of this factoid. I find it sad to read such an article and know that there are readers who have no idea.

  • Chaneecat

    *Ahem* The original term Goth was taken from the nick name Bat Caver and if you think about how that came to be as a term of choice for a trait of a group of people, then it means that they don’t want to be social butterflies on cracked out glitter, who are attention whores. This blog is run by the butterflies, not goths. People should be aware of this factoid. I find it sad to read such an article and know that there are readers who have no idea.

    • http://www.pandasnacks.com Rose Schwarz

      i dont think either of us have ever claimed to be goth. also, i really dont like being thought of as an attention whore. i have never been such. just because someone dresses different doesnt mean they want attention, i would especially expect ‘goths’ to usnderstand that.
      we simply wanted to see if it was a good club and give a positive review, taking no for an answer would have been fine, but it was the attitude which was dissapointing.

    • M.E.

      I realize I’m a month late, but this one really needs a comment.

      That was a term of choice for a group of people because London’s original “goth” club was called the Batcave, not because goths are ~oh so reclusive and need to be protected from shiny things~. The Batcave had a lot of association with the early New Romantic scene, too.

      Kids these days.

  • Lathe

    The Mercury is a members-only club. This has partly to do with the type of liquor license that has been issued by the state of Washington. Supposedly, the type of license is one that businesses can’t get anymore and the Merc is one of the last few establishments left in the state who have this type of license. Washington’s Liquor Board is known to come down hard on for even minor infractions on bars and restuarants and complicating matters is that lately they have been extra harsh lately. If the Merc starts violating the rules, their license could get yanked and there is no way to get it back.rnrnI’ve seen long-lost members return, not have their card with them, and due to a paperwork snafu, not be on the official members list kept by the door. Even these folks can’t get in unless someone ‘guests’ them in.rnrnNo amount of explaining your “case” is going to get you in. Every week, there are people just like you who try to talk their way into the club using techniques like pleading, begging, batting eyelashes, offering money, offering sex, yelling, etc, etc, etc.

  • Lathe

    The Mercury is a members-only club. This has partly to do with the type of liquor license that has been issued by the state of Washington. Supposedly, the type of license is one that businesses can’t get anymore and the Merc is one of the last few establishments left in the state who have this type of license. Washington’s Liquor Board is known to come down hard on for even minor infractions on bars and restuarants and complicating matters is that lately they have been extra harsh lately. If the Merc starts violating the rules, their license could get yanked and there is no way to get it back.

    I’ve seen long-lost members return, not have their card with them, and due to a paperwork snafu, not be on the official members list kept by the door. Even these folks can’t get in unless someone ‘guests’ them in.

    No amount of explaining your “case” is going to get you in. Every week, there are people just like you who try to talk their way into the club using techniques like pleading, begging, batting eyelashes, offering money, offering sex, yelling, etc, etc, etc.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      That’s fine, regarding the private club policies. I have no problem being denied entry. However, we were rather shocked by what we felt was insulting treatment… for this reason, I can’t recommend this club to readers who might want to check it out. However, I appreciate the comments and info.

      • Gomez Addams

        The goth scene in Seattle is horrible.  The Mercury is full of rather unattractive fat old dudes and women (medium age of 40 and thats being generous) who have easily bruised egos regarding any thin sexy young things that want to get in.  You are not missing out on much believe me.  I’ve been there more than once – same old people every time.  BORING!!!!!

        Saturday at Vogue Night in the basement of Neighbors Nightclub is about as goth as it gets.  Also try Sunday nights at Noc Noc. 

  • http://heralciness.com Alcy

    Ooh, congratulations! nnI like the white dress. <3nnp.s. every night is ’80s night (far as I’m concerned! <3).

  • http://heralciness.com Alcy

    Ooh, congratulations!

    I like the white dress. <3

    p.s. every night is '80s night (far as I'm concerned! <3).

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      haha it seems like it!

  • Vintara

    WTF? You are dressed more like underage raver grrlz then gothic/industrial club goers. I’m glad you did not get in, the last thing we need at our clubs is more pretentiousness. And HAHA! You hit the Noc 80’s night…you are about 2 years too late to catch the good nights. Trying doing some research next time. And oh BTW…I would get pissed off too if you tried to bribe your way into my club. It’s nice to know they are protecting us from dumb bitches like you. Love you Spider!

  • Vintara

    WTF? You are dressed more like underage raver grrlz then gothic/industrial club goers. I’m glad you did not get in, the last thing we need at our clubs is more pretentiousness. And HAHA! You hit the Noc 80’s night…you are about 2 years too late to catch the good nights. Trying doing some research next time. And oh BTW…I would get pissed off too if you tried to bribe your way into my club. It’s nice to know they are protecting us from dumb bitches like you. Love you Spider!

    • http://www.pandasnacks.com Rose Schwarz

      aha, this is becoming very entertaining to me!

      • azraelvictoria

        I agree with Vintara on this. You were not admitted because you were acting like pretty pretty princesses. We don’t want your type in our club. Believe it or not the door people tend to be rude to even those who have been members for years and we like them that way. They are effectively our guard dogs that keep people like you out of OUR club.

        The simple fact is that we don’t want public notoriety, that is NOT what the Mercury is all about. It is about being around friends that we feel are family, and therefore ONLY those who are trusted within the extended family are admitted. You, honey, don’t fit the bill… and you never will.

        • http://www.pandasnacks.com Rose Schwarz

          my goddness you all take yourselves so seriously!! pretty pretty princesses?!?!? LOL, oh man, if you knew me, you’d feel so ridiculous right now!

          i wasnt trying to fit the bill, talk about being shallow and judgmental, you have never even talked to me before, just seen what i look like and decide you dont like me?
          we just happened to be in town that night and thought we would see what there was to do in seattle…..and, usually when i goto a club it is to meet new people and have new experiences, if i want to be around friends that i feel are family, then i just hang out with my friends! i wouldnt pay for a membership to a club if the people there are all people i know, how boring and sheltered is that?
          i find it funny that you say that the door people are your guard dogs keeping people like ME out. if i would have come with my friend who DOES have a membership (which i do have a friend with a membership) then i could have come in, and then, would you still have the same feeling about me?? probably not, you would have thought completely different with me, just because my friend with a membership gets me in?? this all sounds a lot like highschool to me….

        • Erica318

          People like YOU make me want to slap the retarded judgementalness out of other weirdos like you(:

  • Hiromi

    Err. You can’t see the dance floor of the Mercury from the entrance. And absolutely none of the seating areas are visible from any of the areas you could have possibly been at. If the staff had opened the side door for ventilation, you might have been able to glimpse part of the dance floor, but about 80% of the club was impossible for you to have seen.nnHow in the world did you manage to reach the conclusion that it was dead and that no one in the club was fashionable?

  • Hiromi

    Err. You can’t see the dance floor of the Mercury from the entrance. And absolutely none of the seating areas are visible from any of the areas you could have possibly been at. If the staff had opened the side door for ventilation, you might have been able to glimpse part of the dance floor, but about 80% of the club was impossible for you to have seen.

    How in the world did you manage to reach the conclusion that it was dead and that no one in the club was fashionable?

    • http://www.pandasnacks.com Rose Schwarz

      because we were by the door for like, 10 minutes and no one came in or out

  • SweetHoney

    The Mercury is a private industrial/gothic club. You are not going to get in unless you are a member or a member’s guest and dressed appropriately. Period. No turning on the charm and negotiating your way in. I’m glad the women who work the door have a no nonsense approach to this – when the line does start to stack up, we don’t have to wait for them to listen to people’s sob stories. Either you make the cut, or you don’t. You didn’t. Quite simple, no further discussion necessary.nnI’m glad the door people protect the rest of us from people who don’t belong there. I’ve always had a great time when I’ve gone. Good music, fun people, dark atmosphere, and stiff drinks without the riff raff.

  • SweetHoney

    The Mercury is a private industrial/gothic club. You are not going to get in unless you are a member or a member’s guest and dressed appropriately. Period. No turning on the charm and negotiating your way in. I’m glad the women who work the door have a no nonsense approach to this – when the line does start to stack up, we don’t have to wait for them to listen to people’s sob stories. Either you make the cut, or you don’t. You didn’t. Quite simple, no further discussion necessary.

    I’m glad the door people protect the rest of us from people who don’t belong there. I’ve always had a great time when I’ve gone. Good music, fun people, dark atmosphere, and stiff drinks without the riff raff.

    • http://www.pandasnacks.com Rose Schwarz

      thats perfectly fine, i actually didnt expect to get in. i just dont like when people are rude when im being friendly.

    • kristin

      oh no, not one of those soulless elitist people!

  • SweetHoney

    That’s about when people start showing up. Things don’t really get moving until around midnight.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    haha it seems like it!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    That’s fine, regarding the private club policies. I have no problem being denied entry. However, we were rather shocked by what we felt was insulting treatment… for this reason, I can’t recommend this club to readers who might want to check it out. However, I appreciate the comments and info.

  • Ildiko

    f that, i hate that they didn’t even hear you out. (>,<)

  • Anonymous

    ah boo.. clubs can be jerks all the time.. thats why i like being at home more

  • Anonymous

    ah boo.. clubs can be jerks all the time.. thats why i like being at home more

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      <3 How is Momo?

      • Anonymous

        haha spoiled as always, i just bought her a new leash, so we are gonna do some walking.. though i don’t usually make it past the driveway.. lol she is lazy unless she finds a bug or something to chase.

        My day did not start off good today, i bought melty chocolate (mint and brown one) and got it in the mail yesterday and i went to try it on this morning and.. it’s too tight for my boobs!!! gebus i am getting to the point a reduction is starting to look like a serious option.. lol I keep havign this problem.. not just with lolita.. i have too big of a difference between my waist and my bust… i am not happy.

        • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

          A leash! O__O You must post more photos on her Facebook!
          Ahh sorry about the bad start to the day… any possibility you can get it tailored locally for a better fit?

          • Anonymous

            lol yeah she just kinda rolls in the grass and runs back inside lol it’s pretty funny, and well it’s pretty funny the looks i get.. LOL now there is some photos i should be taking.. girl in lolita walking a cat, and the faces of people around her.. lol i will add more photos, i have tons, people look at my iphone, and it’s 90% my cat photos 10% bf and other things

            i would get it tailored but i am determined to loose part of the boobs! lol i sound insane.. lol that and i can’t alter melty chocolate without altering the value of the dress..

      • Anonymous

        you should come to toronto ^_^ lemme know ! i will show u to some good clubs in toronto.. and where to lolita and vintage and goth shop ^_^

        • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

          YES I must, soon! I have a few relatives in Missisauga.

          • Anonymous

            !!! lemme know ^_^

            oh man u deal with a lot of negative people. I wish i had your attitude sometime

          • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

            Ah, Rose replied re the boots – “just a random store on ebay!!! i cant remember which one……”

  • Ildiko

    f that, i hate that they didn’t even hear you out. (>,<)

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    <3 How is Momo?

  • Lea

    I hate it when clubs get nasty. Happened me and a friend, we walked up to ask directions and the guy at the door was an ass.

  • Lea

    I hate it when clubs get nasty. Happened me and a friend, we walked up to ask directions and the guy at the door was an ass.

  • John

    The attitude of the door girl and commentators make me never, ever want to attend a club that’s “private.” Terrible concept IMO.

  • John

    The attitude of the door girl and commentators make me never, ever want to attend a club that’s “private.” Terrible concept IMO.

  • Anonymous

    haha spoiled as always, i just bought her a new leash, so we are gonna do some walking.. though i don’t usually make it past the driveway.. lol she is lazy unless she finds a bug or something to chase. nnMy day did not start off good today, i bought melty chocolate (mint and brown one) and got it in the mail yesterday and i went to try it on this morning and.. it’s too tight for my boobs!!! gebus i am getting to the point a reduction is starting to look like a serious option.. lol I keep havign this problem.. not just with lolita.. i have too big of a difference between my waist and my bust… i am not happy. n

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    A leash! O__O You must post more photos on her Facebook! nAhh sorry about the bad start to the day… any possibility you can get it tailored locally for a better fit?

  • Guest

    Seems like a kind of sect xD

  • Anonymous

    lol yeah she just kinda rolls in the grass and runs back inside lol it’s pretty funny, and well it’s pretty funny the looks i get.. LOL now there is some photos i should be taking.. girl in lolita walking a cat, and the faces of people around her.. lol i will add more photos, i have tons, people look at my iphone, and it’s 90% my cat photos 10% bf and other thingsnni would get it tailored but i am determined to loose part of the boobs! lol i sound insane.. lol that and i can’t alter melty chocolate without altering the value of the dress..

  • Mata_13_hari

    Bad club experiences?I am afraid to name the club,(and frankly YOU should be careful about that too in case of reprisals) but one I still sometimes go to is all ages,and they confiscate INK PENS and hairspray.Ostensibly because some dumbasses somewhere made blow torches out of them?Security said “Kids write on walls”.Well then do not LET children in,you don’t need mommy and daddys money.Said club security yelled at me for afterwards,digging trough the tradh to retrieve my hairspray.AND said club will not open their coat check dispite knowing many travel from out of state by bus!The guy who RUNS said club assured me via MYSPACE that if I ask them they will stash my coat but still they try arguing not to.This club is otherwise wonderful and it encourages hot sweaty barely there dressing which I prefer,so naturally a patron might travel with a bit more clothes for safety.rnrnAnother club issue i had was when clubs ignored the state smoke ban.I saw this in California AND in New Jersey.(I am allergic to tobacco smoke so I had to stop going.Health laws are designed to protect people.My dad died of lung cancer and never smoked,he spent years breathing second habd smoke and I’m sure thats why he is now dead from lung cancer.)rnrnIf I had to courage I’d mention places whose patrons were beautiful but so stuck up they did not socialise with patrons who came alone.Really.Why go to a club if you don’t want to interact with people.I love meeting beautiful new people but so often feel ignored and leave feeling sad…..

  • Mata_13_hari

    Bad club experiences?I am afraid to name the club,(and frankly YOU should be careful about that too in case of reprisals) but one I still sometimes go to is all ages,and they confiscate INK PENS and hairspray.Ostensibly because some dumbasses somewhere made blow torches out of them?Security said “Kids write on walls”.Well then do not LET children in,you don’t need mommy and daddys money.Said club security yelled at me for afterwards,digging trough the tradh to retrieve my hairspray.AND said club will not open their coat check dispite knowing many travel from out of state by bus!The guy who RUNS said club assured me via MYSPACE that if I ask them they will stash my coat but still they try arguing not to.This club is otherwise wonderful and it encourages hot sweaty barely there dressing which I prefer,so naturally a patron might travel with a bit more clothes for safety.

    Another club issue i had was when clubs ignored the state smoke ban.I saw this in California AND in New Jersey.(I am allergic to tobacco smoke so I had to stop going.Health laws are designed to protect people.My dad died of lung cancer and never smoked,he spent years breathing second habd smoke and I’m sure thats why he is now dead from lung cancer.)

    If I had to courage I’d mention places whose patrons were beautiful but so stuck up they did not socialise with patrons who came alone.Really.Why go to a club if you don’t want to interact with people.I love meeting beautiful new people but so often feel ignored and leave feeling sad…..

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      That’s the most ridiculous confiscation I’ve heard! Crazy. O__O I’m sorry to hear about your dad… there’s certainly a lot of clubs that don’t respect the smoking laws.

      I try to keep the content on this site positive, and give the benefit of the doubt. But we really felt this was the worst treatment we’d received at a club, and had to voice it…

      • Mata_13_hari

        How can so many clubs ignore smoke bans?That is the LAW and they can get huge fines.Sadly,too many folks know how much I hate smoke so I cannot do anything about it.I don’t want harm done to “me and mine”.I wish more patrons would SAY something,put pressure on them maybe,but I think people don’t want to be thought of as ruining their scene so they won’t speak out.

        I simply will not go in a smokey place,and a person should not have to choose between their comfort/health and a social life.

        FYI on the subject of private clubs,try partying in Salt Lake City.They are full of private clubs with all manner of strange policies.
        I have been told there is a goth club or 2 there….

  • Anonymous

    you should come to toronto ^_^ lemme know ! i will show u to some good clubs in toronto.. and where to lolita and vintage and goth shop ^_^

  • Alex

    Girls just wanna have fun! n

  • Alex

    Girls just wanna have fun!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    That’s the most ridiculous confiscation I’ve heard! Crazy. O__O I’m sorry to hear about your dad… there’s certainly a lot of clubs that don’t respect the smoking laws.nnI try to keep the content on this site positive, and give the benefit of the doubt. But we really felt this was the worst treatment we’d received at a club, and had to voice it…

  • Anonymous

    !!! lemme know ^_^nnoh man u deal with a lot of negative people. I wish i had your attitude sometime

  • http://twitter.com/_tlr_ [tlr]

    Rose’s outfit is super mega-ultra cute. So is Rose. I especially like her boots.nnThere is no excuse for rudeness, especially in a door person. Ever. Remaining polite while the other person becomes exasperated gives you the upper ground in any confrontation anyways.nn[tlr]

  • Anonymous

    Rose’s outfit is super mega-ultra cute. So is Rose. I especially like her boots.

    There is no excuse for rudeness, especially in a door person. Ever. Remaining polite while the other person becomes exasperated gives you the upper ground in any confrontation anyways.

    [tlr]

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Rose needs to tell us where she got the boots! :)

      • http://www.pandasnacks.com Rose Schwarz

        just a random store on ebay!!!
        i cant remember which one……

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Rose needs to tell us where she got the boots! :)

  • Anonymous

    aha, this is becoming very entertaining to me!

  • Anonymous

    just a random store on ebay!!!ni cant remember which one……n

  • Anonymous

    thats perfectly fine, i actually didnt expect to get in. i just dont like when people are rude when im being friendly.

  • Anonymous

    because we were by the door for like, 10 minutes and no one came in or out

  • Anonymous

    i dont think either of us have ever claimed to be goth. also, i really dont like being thought of as an attention whore. i have never been such. just because someone dresses different doesnt mean they want attention, i would especially expect ‘goths’ to usnderstand that.nwe simply wanted to see if it was a good club and give a positive review, taking no for an answer would have been fine, but it was the attitude which was dissapointing.

  • kristin

    oh no, not one of those soulless elitist people!

  • Seattleogre

    I confirm what Lathe said. I have been a member for years but never received my card and unless I am recognized by the person on the door… I am denied entry as well. I’m truly sorry you were snubbed rudely. I hope someday you come back and contact one of us posting for a “guested in” situation. The Merc truly is a good club with decent peeps.

  • Seattleogre

    I confirm what Lathe said. I have been a member for years but never received my card and unless I am recognized by the person on the door… I am denied entry as well. I’m truly sorry you were snubbed rudely. I hope someday you come back and contact one of us posting for a “guested in” situation. The Merc truly is a good club with decent peeps.

  • Spider

    sect?

  • Rowansilverwing

    There is a difference between public establishments–volunteer groups & retail shops– and private establishments–members only clubs and say a persons home–nnPublic establishments are there for public use and relay on the public for funding/sales.nnPrivate establishments are for the use of the members only and there is often a member fee and member guide lines. nnSure maybe general respect says the door people could have been nicer to you. However they are not paid to be nice and you are not a paying customer.nnWant to see the same thing happen in a public establishment? Just go to a nice restaurant –hell any restaurant really–order just a glass of water and try to sit there for and hour. At some point someone will come by and ask you to order or leave. They might ask nicely because you might still be a possible paying customer but the second you try to plead your case as to why you are there and not ordering they will kick you out.nnOnce it’s established that you are not a paying customer most places private or public will have little to do with you. They have paying customers to tend to after all.

  • Cookie Lady

    nCutie patootie outfit by the way Miss La Carmina, not such a fan of Miss Rose’s even though i love the style somethings just not quite right.nMy question, you keep repeating that you didn’t expect to get in, then why waste your time and money on even visiting the door of a private club?nnNow i understand both sides of this story, La Carmina doll I am sorry to hear about your experience in Seattle but at least try and realize what it’s like in someone else’s cute shoes. It is after all private establishment, there was as someone else mentioned a dress code, you gals do look quite wonderfully young and underage, now perhaps the door person could have been a bit more polite just said no and let that be it, but you must try to understand they most likely get people trying the same thing A LOT.nI understand that your feelings and egos may have been hurt but instead of putting so much energy in to slandering the establishment why not just remember the good times you had in the city you visited.nTo knock the establishment and call the experience dehumanizing is just a touch dramatic. I hope this incident did not ruin your visit in Seattle. After all this i guess there is a lesson to be learned. When in a new city instead of randomly showing up at such an establishment perhaps look in to the rules and regulations before hand and you may have better luck.

  • Cookie Lady

    Cutie patootie outfit by the way Miss La Carmina, not such a fan of Miss Rose’s even though i love the style somethings just not quite right.
    My question, you keep repeating that you didn’t expect to get in, then why waste your time and money on even visiting the door of a private club?

    Now i understand both sides of this story, La Carmina doll I am sorry to hear about your experience in Seattle but at least try and realize what it’s like in someone else’s cute shoes. It is after all private establishment, there was as someone else mentioned a dress code, you gals do look quite wonderfully young and underage, now perhaps the door person could have been a bit more polite just said no and let that be it, but you must try to understand they most likely get people trying the same thing A LOT.
    I understand that your feelings and egos may have been hurt but instead of putting so much energy in to slandering the establishment why not just remember the good times you had in the city you visited.
    To knock the establishment and call the experience dehumanizing is just a touch dramatic. I hope this incident did not ruin your visit in Seattle. After all this i guess there is a lesson to be learned. When in a new city instead of randomly showing up at such an establishment perhaps look in to the rules and regulations before hand and you may have better luck.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I really appreciate your words of wisdom. :) I try to see both sides of the story… it seems, from the comments Azraelvictoria and others left, that the club seems to be intent on having guard dogs at the entrance and keeping things closed… Perfectly fine, although I can’t say it was a positive experience to encounter. And it’s something I feel I should be honest about to readers, who might want to visit the club..

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      PS we DID have an amazing time in Seattle! We ended up at the Can Can and LOVED everyone there… I’m going to be doing a report about it in the next few days.

  • azraelvictoria

    I agree with Vintara on this. You were not admitted because you were acting like pretty pretty princesses. We don’t want your type in our club. Believe it or not the door people tend to be rude to even those who have been members for years and we like them that way. They are effectively our guard dogs that keep people like you out of OUR club. rnrnThe simple fact is that we don’t want public notoriety, that is NOT what the Mercury is all about. It is about being around friends that we feel are family, and therefore ONLY those who are trusted within the extended family are admitted. You, honey, don’t fit the bill… and you never will.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I really appreciate your words of wisdom. :) I try to see both sides of the story… it seems, from the comments Azraelvictoria and others left, that the club seems to be intent on having guard dogs at the entrance and keeping things closed… Perfectly fine, although I can’t say it was a positive experience to encounter. And it’s something I feel I should be honest about to readers, who might want to visit the club..

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    PS we DID have an amazing time in Seattle! We ended up at the Can Can and LOVED everyone there… I’m going to be doing a report about it in the next few days.

  • Anonymous

    my goddness you all take yourselves so seriously!! pretty pretty princesses?!?!? LOL, oh man, if you knew me, you’d feel so ridiculous right now!nni wasnt trying to fit the bill, talk about being shallow and judgmental, you have never even talked to me before, just seen what i look like and decide you dont like me?nwe just happened to be in town that night and thought we would see what there was to do in seattle…..and, usually when i goto a club it is to meet new people and have new experiences, if i want to be around friends that i feel are family, then i just hang out with my friends! i wouldnt pay for a membership to a club if the people there are all people i know, how boring and sheltered is that?ni find it funny that you say that the door people are your guard dogs keeping people like ME out. if i would have come with my friend who DOES have a membership (which i do have a friend with a membership) then i could have come in, and then, would you still have the same feeling about me?? probably not, you would have thought completely different with me, just because my friend with a membership gets me in?? this all sounds a lot like highschool to me….

  • Gwendylyn Thompson

    WoW are you sure it was a Goth club or just wanna be vampire douches! Sounds like poison to me!

  • Gwendylyn Thompson

    WoW are you sure it was a Goth club or just wanna be vampire douches! Sounds like poison to me!

  • Whiskey Sunshine

    It totally sucks you had a bad time, sorry to hear that, i personally have never had a bad experience. I’ve been there before and have always been treated well, i am not a regular there. My first time there i had lost my voice and total strangers seemed to have a ball communicating with me with my note pad. Once i even fell off the step leading from the seating area and was kindly helped up by a scarily tall gentleman with a mohawk. The staff has been friendly each time i have gone.

  • Lolimonster

    lacarmina and rose you too are pretty and i love the way you guys dress. It annoys me that people who are in the goth club are posting this crap. i would be mad to if someone at the club was rude to me when trying to talk, i hope you dont take thoses comments serious cause to me your truely amazing.np.s. if the people posting this are goths shouldnt they be more open

  • Lolimonster

    lacarmina and rose you too are pretty and i love the way you guys dress. It annoys me that people who are in the goth club are posting this crap. i would be mad to if someone at the club was rude to me when trying to talk, i hope you dont take thoses comments serious cause to me your truely amazing.
    p.s. if the people posting this are goths shouldnt they be more open

  • Whiskey Sunshine

    It sucks that you had a bad time, i am sorry to hear that, it really is a nice place if you give it a chance. I have been there and of the times i have gone been treated with kindness and respect, i am not a regular. I doubt they are trying to be as someone put it “soulless elitist people” or a “sect” they are just trying to defend their refuge that you have bagged on and keep it in a nice condition as i am sure you can understand. My very first experience there i had lost my voice and random strangers seemed to have a ball communicating with me with my note pad. Another time i fell off the stair leading from the sitting area and sprained my ankle a scarily tall gentleman with a mohawk kindly helped me up. The staff and patrons have always been nice to me even though i do not attend the club on a regular basis.

  • Whiskey Sunshine

    It sucks that you had a bad time, i am sorry to hear that, it really is a nice place if you give it a chance. I have been there and of the times i have gone been treated with kindness and respect, i am not a regular. I doubt they are trying to be as someone put it “soulless elitist people” or a “sect” they are just trying to defend their refuge that you have bagged on and keep it in a nice condition as i am sure you can understand. My very first experience there i had lost my voice and random strangers seemed to have a ball communicating with me with my note pad. Another time i fell off the stair leading from the sitting area and sprained my ankle a scarily tall gentleman with a mohawk kindly helped me up. The staff and patrons have always been nice to me even though i do not attend the club on a regular basis.

    • Spider

      Tall guy with a mohawk…. you mean me?

  • SanFrancisco2019

    I’m no goth or whathaveyou, just a middle-aged Japanophile who happens to dig La Carmina’s work and style. Seems to me, after reading about these Seattle goth clubs, La Carmina and her pal sort of approached things with a “Girls just want to have fun” attitude, but were greeted with hostile self-importance by the mooks at this Club Mercury. I don’t much like the “get over yourself” clichu00e9, but for Club Mercury and it’s supporters it seems rather apt.

  • SanFrancisco2019

    I’m no goth or whathaveyou, just a middle-aged Japanophile who happens to dig La Carmina’s work and style. Seems to me, after reading about these Seattle goth clubs, La Carmina and her pal sort of approached things with a “Girls just want to have fun” attitude, but were greeted with hostile self-importance by the mooks at this Club Mercury. I don’t much like the “get over yourself” cliché, but for Club Mercury and it’s supporters it seems rather apt.

  • LadyAri

    nty for the info guys. but I understand the difs. perhaps I should hav put it differently :-)nits understandable that a private club wud want to allow only a certain group however from wat Ive seen above the club is private not due to its clientelle/owners wishes but because of its liquor license and associated laws. wouldnt that still make it a public place? I understand their need for caution but still. beyond that I feel that u can attract more good with sugar than shit. in other words y b nasty wen u can b nice. save the nasty for those deserving it cuz someone will eventually hav it coming lol and then by all means hav fun.nIm not picking sides since I wasnt there but I can say if I go somewhere no matter wat type of place it is and Im treated poorly I will blast their asses to all I know. usually on FB. but same goes if Im treated well. I dont think LC was out of line by saying wat she did. its just her personal opinion wether or not they deserve it. u can still choose for yourself and most of us will. were her readers not mindless lemmings.nI do feel its unfair for folks to resort to name-calling here especially wen noone seems to personally knows anyone else. its just unecessary and not entertaining. discussions r great but arguments r pointless. everybody just breathe ^_^

  • http://thefashionatetraveller.blogspot.com/ trashtastika

    I also love Rose’s leopard boots – she needs to tell us which store on ebay it is!! :)

  • http://thefashionatetraveller.blogspot.com/ trashtastika

    I also love Rose’s leopard boots – she needs to tell us which store on ebay it is!! :)

  • http://thefashionatetraveller.blogspot.com/ trashtastika

    Oh, and I don’t see the point of “private establishments” – they should just go to each others’ houses if they don’t want to meet new people. Our goth clubs here are open, and it’s up to the (friendly) door person to assess on a case-by-case basis whether the person/s should get into the club.

  • http://thefashionatetraveller.blogspot.com/ trashtastika

    Oh, and I don’t see the point of “private establishments” – they should just go to each others’ houses if they don’t want to meet new people. Our goth clubs here are open, and it’s up to the (friendly) door person to assess on a case-by-case basis whether the person/s should get into the club.

    • http://twitter.com/l3ahkn1ts Leah Beckelman

      One of the reasons the Mercury is private is so that people can smoke inside. Washington state law doesn’t allow smoking in clubs anymore so it’s a nice perk for those who do like to smoke.
      I believe it also allows alcohol to be sold at a cheaper rate. The volunteers that work the bar pour NICELY and make a living from the tips we would otherwise spend on more expensive drinks elsewhere.

  • Mata_13_hari

    How can so many clubs ignore smoke bans?That is the LAW and they can get huge fines.Sadly,too many folks know how much I hate smoke so I cannot do anything about it.I don’t want harm done to “me and mine”.I wish more patrons would SAY something,put pressure on them maybe,but I think people don’t want to be thought of as ruining their scene so they won’t speak out.rnrnI simply will not go in a smokey place,and a person should not have to choose between their comfort/health and a social life.rnrnFYI on the subject of private clubs,try partying in Salt Lake City.They are full of private clubs with all manner of strange policies.rnI have been told there is a goth club or 2 there….

  • Spider

    Tall guy with a mohawk…. you mean me?

  • Maxx

    Why are we listening to what a couple of kids who are too young to even be part of the scene think? I hope you hated it and never come back. Seriously. We don’t want your kind.

  • Maxx

    Why are we listening to what a couple of kids who are too young to even be part of the scene think? I hope you hated it and never come back. Seriously. We don’t want your kind.

  • Jen

    You should’ve gone to Club Vogue at Neighbors. My friend and I went on their “Sin-O-Matic” fetish/industrial night. They’re relatively new so there wasn’t many people, but we had fun. I was so worried when their facebook page mentioned a dress code (since it was my first time goth clubbing), but everybody was nice. ^_^

  • http://hibari-sensei.livejournal.com/ Jen

    You should’ve gone to Club Vogue at Neighbors. My friend and I went on their “Sin-O-Matic” fetish/industrial night. They’re relatively new so there wasn’t many people, but we had fun. I was so worried when their facebook page mentioned a dress code (since it was my first time goth clubbing), but everybody was nice. ^_^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      That sounds awesome. I’m always up for trying new places. There are more posts coming up from Seattle that are 100% positive… ahaha I NEVER write anything negative on this blog so it’s funny about this post!

  • Erica318

    People like YOU make me want to slap the retarded judgementalness out of other weirdos like you(:

  • http://memojuez.blogspot.com/ Memo Juez

    You and Rose AKA “PandaSnacks” looked totally awesome in those pics. Congrats on getting the interview with EGL. It’s nice to be noticed by a “Mag” that caters to your peers.

  • http://memojuez.blogspot.com/ Memo Juez

    You and Rose AKA “PandaSnacks” looked totally awesome in those pics. Congrats on getting the interview with EGL. It’s nice to be noticed by a “Mag” that caters to your peers.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Thank you, Memo!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    That sounds awesome. I’m always up for trying new places. There are more posts coming up from Seattle that are 100% positive… ahaha I NEVER write anything negative on this blog so it’s funny about this post!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Thank you, Memo!

  • Lalitha

    Private clubs, fair enough. But reading some of the comments — I get cold chill of fear every time phrases like “your kind” and “don’t belong” get bandied around so casually, when there are those who suffer and are even murdered because of that exact mentality. I really enjoy your blog, it’s fresh, different and inspiring. Keep up the good work :)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      :) Thank you, I really appreciate your words. ^__^

  • Kraz

    There is a lot of “cross pollination” between the Noc and Merc (even on the Noc’s 80’s nights). Perhaps if you wouldn’t have been so quick to write the place off and stuck around a bit, you could have easily met some folks who were also Merc members and would have been more than happy to guest you in. You would have made a new friend or two in the process as well. Unless its more gratifying for you to take pictures of yourselves out on the curbs and sidewalks instead? ;)

  • http://twitter.com/l3ahkn1ts Leah Beckelman

    I’m sorry you were turned away at the Mercury, but if you knew that you were in Seattle and headed to that club during your trip you should have done your research and attempted to contact someone at the club before hand. I’m not of the of the volunteer staff that runs the club but i’m a very big supporter of it. I’ve had my issues with their strict dress code rules but i’ve learned to live with it. Washington state has strict rules for clubs that want to remain private. They can’t let stragglers in that don’t have a membership with out having them consult a staff member first. Otherwise it negates the meaning of “private”. You could have always asked someone coming into the club to guest you in.Also making snap judgements on snippets of music you heard for 60 seconds and walking quickly by club goers on your way out is no way to rate a club. You really need to try again and experience it as a whole.the goth scene in Seattle is slowly dying/ trying to hang on. We have a few new club nights that have popped up in the last 6 months: Grim’s has a goth nights on Tuesday and Thursday.If you ever travel back to Seattle I would invite you to come back to the Merc and i could guest you in.

  • Gomez Addams

    The goth scene in Seattle is horrible.  The Mercury is full of rather
    unattractive fat old dudes and women (medium age of 40 and thats being
    generous) who have easily bruised egos regarding any thin sexy young
    things that want to get in.  You are not missing out on much believe
    me.  I’ve been there more than once – same old people every time. 
    BORING!!!!!

    Saturday at Vogue Night in the basement of Neighbors
    Nightclub is about as goth as it gets.  Also try Sunday nights at Noc
    Noc.

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  • Wickedbelladonna

    I really like The Merc but it is important to follow the rules to protect the club. I am a Gothic Lolita and I had to go through the process to become a member but they were very welcoming and I have had all great experiences there. I find the crowd caters to all legal ages and sizes. The music is varied and delightful. I am sorry you had a poor experience but I can appreciate that the door people are protecting the members from just letting anyone in. Having attended other clubs in the past where non Goths like to come in an start trouble its nice to have a safe club to go to.