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In addition to the googly-eyed shoes, Iron Fist sent me these Ladie’s Bleeder Platforms with a blood red heel. Wicked, and laced with Gothic detail — just look inside the shoe. No wonder Iron Fist is a coveted brand in Japan (remember the photos from the Nude and Rude store?)

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Heavy Red, LA-based designer of Gothic clothing for men and women, sent me a few elegant items, including this Cruel Passions waist cincher. The corset is steel-boned yet light, with lacing up the back and faux leather buckle enclosures over the front. Beautifully crafted, amazingly fitted — this pirate says Arrr!

Red and silver Victorian choker necklace: gifted from Gloomth
Lace, fitted strapless dress: from a Seattle vintage store
Elegant Gothic jacket: Metamorphose temps de fille, from Closet Child
Clip-on devil horns: Claires in Tokyo

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Makeup: Marlliss fake eyelashes over the top lids (they have a sparkly blue base). Black eye pencil and gold Sugarpill eyeshadow. MAC dark purple Cyber lipstick with lip gloss over the center.

Check out Heavy Red’s web store, which has a selection of corsets, waist cinchers and other Gothic Victorian clothing to die for.

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Excellent news: Iron Fist has just released its glow-in-the-dark Zombie Moonshine Stompers (above). And the web store is now open to Japan. I think that’s cause for celebration…

Iron Fist and La Carmina are giving away TWO pairs of the new, limited edition Zombie shoes in your shoe size (US 5 to 11)! The contest is open worldwide — and for the first time in this blog’s history, the winners shall be picked based on MERIT.

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† As you know, I launched a new trendhunting company: La Carmina & The Pirates. It’s our job to stay on the pulse of cool places and trends, particularly in the Goth / alternative / LGBT / Japan world. And we’d like you to take part!
† TO ENTER: Please leave a comment in this post, telling us about a cutting-edge / underground event or place you’ve encountered. It could be a club, gallery, shop, restaurant… be creative! For example, reader “Immortal Angel” recently told me about a skull-themed cafe in Lithuania. And “Visitor in a silk hat” suggested several Goth nights in Las Vegas.
† We’ll count a maximum of (5) “coolhunting” suggestions per person, meaning you can enter up to five times.
WINNERS will be picked by La Carmina and First Mate Naomi. We’ll read through your entries and decide which two pirates are worthy of these Zombie platforms.

Contest is open worldwide and ends November 4rd, 2010 at midnight Pacific Time. You may enter up to 5 times; two (2) winners will be picked based on merit (see full instructions above). If you have difficulty leaving a comment, try enabling NoScipt for Disqus or email Carmina.

Put on your thinking caps and comment — before the zombies bite you!

Japanese Word of the Day: Ohaka – Tomb
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  1. Noora Järvelä
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Finland has a whole lot of cools things but a few that have gained my interest would definitely be 1) the late burlesque club in Helsinki, 2)Graveyard Party ( a cool event specialized in electronica/industrial/EBM etc. music and culture, 3)Hevimesta, a bar/club in Oulu (used to be in Helsinki as well) that caters for the more harder side of life, 4)Turun Baletti ( organizes fetish-related events and 5) SYN/psi ( an event for cyber/EBM music lovers that is done for… maybe 5-8 times a year. The best event by them that I’ve attended had COMBICHRIST performing, awesome!!
    Would be cool to have some Finnish blood splattered on your blog ;D

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      I’ve never been to Finland… I’d love to check out the Goth scene!

  2. karolina
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    In Toronto, Canada. There is a place called “the bovine Sex Club” although the name may detract you from what lies beneath its trashy exterior. do not wory, there are no cows inside and no one is having sex. Its a place for heavy metal rockers to come and party. The outside consists of bicycles, tires, chains, fences, christmas lights and anything else they can put up. There is also no sign showing the name. you have to know the place already to know where it is. The outside is but a little taste of what is inside. The inside is like a junk yard of treasures stuck to the walls n ceiling. Band stickers litter any part of the walls that can hold up a sticker. many bands probably dont even exist anymore. but you know the name because its in the Bovine. it sounds trasy and it basically is, but thats the appeal of it. best part is the people that come to it. You would think you stepped into the 80’s at a heavy metal bar, people with tight pants, leather jackets, and teased hair. Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, & Guns N Roses blasting from every corner of the club. This place is THE place for us 80’s lovin metalheads to come n headbang n show off what new patch we put on our jean vests, to sing along with our friends n do stupid things. re-create the good old days of metal before it became underground again. That is The Bovine.


    • lacarmina
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

      Fascinating O_O. I know Toronto has a great alt / Goth scene…

  3. Yukiro Dravarious
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    theres no chance they have shoes in my seize right~^^?
    love the pics by the graveyeard <3

    • lacarmina
      Posted October 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      Can you fit in size 11 US women’s shoes?? If so, YES!

  4. Didymus
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Those shoes and stockings are so hot! I’m jealous!

  5. Lena
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    I am loving the new site!! ;) What you do is like, my life dream~! <3

  6. Alexandria Web
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    well firstly is my local goth club The Charnel House in Newcastle, England ( ), it runs twice a month and has four DJs who aim to bring people the best in Goth, Punk, Post Punk, Industrial, Steampunk etc, a wide range of Alternative types come out to the night (we even have a Sweet Lolita who is a regular!), people are friendly and in the ten years it’s been running (Newcastle’s longest running Goth club night by the way) there has never been any trouble, another thing that make it stand out is that part of the room is dedicated to DJ Queenie’s clothing business Forever in Black ( ), and so it’s possible to go out partying and come back with a whole new outfit (I have two corsets made by her and they are the best corsets I have ever had).

    Secondly is Sexy Sunday and Manic Monday, which runs twice a year in Whitby (it’s usually during the famous Whitby Goth Weekend) ( ), this is a huge Goth and Alternative club night, that people from all over the world come to, it is like costumers heaven there!
    The music again tends to be goth, post punk, darkwave etc (with a few silly things like the Aesthetic Perfection remix of Lady Gaga’s Love Game thrown in for good measure), there’s usually a dress theme (last time it was Medieval Knights and this time- On Halloween no less- It’s Vampires), this isn’t compulsory though, but if you do dress in theme there is a costume contest. They also often have a free themed shot, which you can get free as the tray is passed around.

    I can’t actually think of three more off hand, if I do can I just reply to my own comment?

  7. Cat Parkinson
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    HI ^__^

    I would like to sujest a new club which is opeong in London on teh 17th of November Called Japan Underground specialising in anything and everything Jrock and Japan related. It looks like the begining of the Jrock scene in teh UK getting much bigger.. fingers crossed its gets some good recognition.

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      Ohhh wonderful… I think it may get bigger all over!

  8. Mercedes
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Love the shoes!!

    In Sydney, Australia (and Melbourne, Australia) there is an alternative market twice a year called “Worn Wild” ( ) and it is held in a bar/club called “The Gaff” ( ).
    It’s a great place for Australian underground & alternative designers to showcase their ranges. You will find anything from cyber, goth, punk and lolita fashion.
    Great place to catch up with friends, meet new people, listen to alternative clubbing music and go shopping!!

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      Sounds awesome! Did you see my Global Gothic column about the Australia Goth scene? What did you think? xo

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    Posted October 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

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  10. Rash
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    I love this ︴。◕ . ◕。︴

  11. Sierra
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I wish I had some sort of epic story to tell to win those amazingly awesome shoes ><

  12. Lothia
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    if I only knew some cool places in France… DOH!!!

  13. Kari-chan
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Are parties also included?
    Cause on octobre 31st this awesome photographer, Viona holds a Halloween party, in a castle in Gaasbeek. The theme is Grimm characters and there’ll be a show including some of the them, like red riding hood.

  14. Lolita
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Awesome shoes…. I ecountered this- ..yummy!;)

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      YUM. Have you heard of the bakery in Thailand where all the pastries look like bloody heads and limbs?

  15. Rocking Doll Museum
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    If only I knew some cool places in the Netherlands! T_T

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      Aren’t there some?? :) Cafes, maybe? xo

      • Magnales
        Posted November 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

        Well, We’ve got a cyberparty called CYBERIA every month in Utrecht. There are some DJ’s and they try to have some bands play. Last year there were Nachtmahr, Suicide Commando and Welle Erdball for example. But lately the DJ’s play boring and we call it cyBOREia. In my opinion, industrial music is getting less popular here. And it turns more to hardcore and noise while ohter peope mix it up with psychadelic trance and GOA. It’s way too messy for me :S

        (The absolute horror is that there are NO (good) absinth bars)

    • Magnales
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

      The gothic culture is the Netherlands is dying T_T though, I can still name a few shops in Amsterdam. They’re just not that awesome like the japanese shops La Carmina writes about >_>

  16. aune wolf
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    there’s a cool place in the czech republic, in cesky krumlov, it’s in the front of the van gogh café, it’s called: horror bar
    and i suggest to visit krumlov and prague, too there are a lot of cool places

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      That is amazing. Prague is one of the places I want to visit most…

  17. Porcelain Cross
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I hosted a haunted tea party on my birthday (does that count…?) The punch had a ice hand inside, My cake had white cotton candy on it for cobwebs, and the sandwiches were coffin shaped. It was pitch dark with black candles as the only light. All my guests were ether gothic lolita or guro lolita. My Butler (brother) wore gothic aristocrat with bright blue lenses. I bought five pounds of dried ice so the table was overflowing with fog. The background music was candy spooky theater, Kerli, Kanon Wakeshima, and dir en grey.

  18. Shira
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Israel, known more for it’s hummus, pita, falafel, and political problems is the last place you’d ever imagine to house a horror-themed “Nightmare Museum.” But, as it so happens, the Nightmare Museum, Tel Aviv (Israel) is the super new installment of the small Nightmare Museum franchise, with the other facilities located in the Israeli beach resort town of Eilat, and the unlikely Cyprus. This new horrific art space (so new their website is still in the works)–located near the popular beaches of Israel’s hippest city, Tel Aviv–is a welcome addition in a country that has a goth community that’s so tiny, you practically need a microscope to find it. Upon entering Nightmare Tel Aviv, visitors are greeted with paintings depicting horrific scenes (e.g. decapitation) while aurally assaulted by a backdrop of creepy tunes that range from gothy tomes, creepy ambient music, and horror movie themes. The horror themed museum space consists of a series of rooms arranged in a labyrinthian fashion where all manner of spooky stuff and oddities (e.g. ghosts, floating chainsaws) are ept to assault. Children aren’t even allowed in and visitors may elect to yell the safeword, “Nightmare!” to be rescued from the maze by a staff person. Well…any museum that provides its visitors with a safeword is definitely a spooky place!

  19. Darkest Sunrise
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Those shoes are awesome.
    There’s a bar in New Orleans French Quarter called “Pravda.” They serve absinthe and vodka from around the world. The clientele, staff and decor favor a steampunk & goth aesthetic. There’s dark red walls, lowlight abounds and a classic New Orleans courtyard with lots of foliage and a fountain where they sometimes have parties or someone dj-ing. It’s rather small and cozy and it’s a great place to sip absinthe that has been served from an old-fashioned absinthe fountain, listen to haunting music and make friends with the people next to you. There are tables set along the mirrored wall where people set up their laptops or pull out books or notebooks and write. I always imagine they are writing poetry inspired by the green fairy…

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      Mmm you know I love absinthe… ;) Interestingly, there’s a Pravda in NYC that’s all about Russian vodka.

  20. Silvia
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    n__n) it’s so cute, I like <3

  21. ladylinoleum
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    Those amazing shoes are the perfect accessory to my shawl adorned with crocheted zombie eyeballs and crocheted severed fingers.

  22. Anonymous
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    Jacksonville, FL there is a bar within a store. The name of the store is Anomaly and the store owner carries both Independent clothing lines supporting local brands but also some really cool up and coming artists, including her own line coming soon. The special part is that after 6:30 you can walk through the store to the back and the door leads to The Underbelly. The Underbelly is a bar that has it’s very own backyard. Indie and Punk bands have been playing in her backyard and a festival took place for a local record label Infinitesimal Records which was a lot of fun despite the rain (they popped up some open tents and the bands kept playing). The love of supporting local artists shows in the store owner as they carry a locally brewed craft beer selection as well as crowd favorites. Fun times. If you are in Jacksonville, FL go to The Underbelly located in Riverside.

  23. Shira
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    An eclectic, bustling maze-like flea market where you can find anything and everything under the sun has been operating in the narrow streets and corridors of the ancient port town of Jaffa, Israel (adjacent to the bustling hip city of Tel Aviv) since the 19th century. In the Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk Ha Pishpeshim in Hebrew) vintage, antique, and just plain unusual stores abound. Shops, stalls, and vendors peddle everything from beaded and metallic jewelry from North Africa/the Middle East/Asia/India, fabrics and fabric scraps from the world over, vintage telephone and lamp/light fixtures, retro restaurant equipment and furniture, Vintage leather jackets and jeans, etc. Young and old, ancient and modern, stand side by side amidst 19th century Ottoman and Arabic architecture that incorporates lots of arches, carved inscriptions in stone, and decorative blue doors and windows. Some of the vendors sell their wares on streets and sidewalks, others in small boutiques or indoor stalls. Intermingled in the flea market complex are cheap eats, old ethnic restaurants, hip modern eateries and pubs catered to young and upwardly mobile, and permanent and temporary art galleries and exhibition spaces. Goths and alternative creative folk can find an array of superb oddities and accessories to liven up their rooms and wardrobes: new and vintage Moroccan jewelry, vintage nightgowns and lacewear and petticoats, costume accessories (swords, daggers, amulets, cloaks), unique Mediterranean and middle eastern fabrics, Band and pop culture Tshirts in Hebrew and Arabic (hey, who wouldn’t want a Cure or Bauhaus Tshirt in a foreign language?), rare European and world music CDs and LPs. Many of the old, eclectic shops are so densely packed from floor to ceiling with copperware and metal goods and knicknacks, or with beaded jewelry and imported fabrics and clothing…you have to hold your breath before you walk in. The colors, textures, oddities, and mix of old and new, crumbling and modern, is amazing. On any given day, street musicians and performers can pop up anywhere in the labyrinth-like array of indoor and outdoor shops. Although the flea market boasts goods from all over the world, it has a distinctly Mediterranean/Mideast flavor and is consistently named among the world’s best flea markets.

  24. Allora
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    It’s hard not to look at eye ball shoes. Reminds me of Sisen’s green monster costume.

  25. Acrosnier
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    It is called “Le caveau” with means “vault”. You don’t spot it that easily in fact even though it is close to the Grand place.
    It starts by a long corridor, a few steps to climb and you arrived in this small place were you sit on dark velvet seats and the table you sit around is a coffin.
    The walls are made of stones and dark curtains.
    The lights are low which makes the skulls, in which they serve your cocktails, fluorescent.
    I ‘ve been there twice (I don’t live in Brussel) but I definetly go there each time because the atmosphere is just great and I love the fact that if you don’t know what is in the end of this corridor then you don’t know it is a bar and it is gothic…

    Thanks for reading me and keep on with your blog.

  26. Carlos
    Posted October 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for mentioning me in there! ^_^
    I definitely got more spots/events here in Vegas for you!
    +I could really use those platforms for the next photoshoot i style! :D
    – Carlos a.k.a. “Visitor in a Silk Hat”

  27. Jovah
    Posted October 31, 2010 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    San Antonio, Texas.
    “Goth-themed” doesn’t really come to mind when you first set foot here. I didn’t think so either being born and raised, though through a surprised encounter, I learned of an interesting club called Atomix. A leaning building that looked empty and abandoned on one side, but the pumping techno music gave it away when we got out of the car. (SiSen was playing that night, along with BLOOD, so I just had to go:). I’m glad I went because it introduced me to an amazing club.
    The decor was startling (in a good way of course). When you walk in, you’re greeted by a very friendly door gal decked out in whatever changing theme day it is. The lights are dimmed considerably low, but not to the point of where you can’t see a foot away from you. Arrays of purple lights flitted through the low curtains. A room off to the side is set to where you can comfortable talk to new individuals in an almost romantic setting. Skulls adorned the walls, elluding a soft glow in a relaxing manner. The couches where extremely comfy, and from what I’ve heard the drinks are deliciously cheap. And the MUSIC! The music was the best part. If you’re a fan of the 80’s New Wave – the underground kind – you will love this place. It was also good to be able to actually dance on the dance floor. There’s so much space!
    Definitely a club to visit when you’re in town.

  28. Shirawriter
    Posted October 31, 2010 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Dark Garden is an incredible corsetry boutique in downtown San Francisco, California that caters heavily to the Goth, Renaissance Fair, Fetish, Steampunk, Victorian/Edwardian afficionadas, LGBT, Burning Man, fetish, and other alternative communities. They offer ready-to-wear and made-to-order corsets. While their wares are not cheap, the corsets are super high quality in terms of material and workmanship and well worth the initial investment. ****

    Corsetry is really big in San Francisco, as a result of the many themed-events that go on in the city. There are so many Victoriana/Edwardian, Steampunk, and alternative events that for many folks who are part of a thriving subculture, a good corset is an absolute must. Corsets are also very sought out with unconventional brides who have unconventional weddings.
    Dark Garden also hosts themed events, fashion shows, and parties.

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

      Beautiful… I hope to be in San Francisco again soon. I’d love to check it out.

  29. Eriko
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    I am so lame, I can barely think of anything. I wonder if this will do~
    St. Louis, MO ~ City Museum.
    As a child we went on field trips to the City Museum, but as I get older I still can’t stay away from it (It’s like trick or treating, right?). It may seem really childish but It’s seriously a lot of fun xD;;. So it’s a huge building, with an outside front, composed of recycled junk(sanitary junk) that creates obstacle courses and uber-exciting adventures.

    I wish I could enlighten you with something better…
    So I’m not old enough to go to bars, and not close enough to anything exciting, but I gave it a try ^-^.

    P`S` I’ve told quite a few of “La Carmina and The Pirates” and I post all of your contests to my Facebook~

  30. Noelle
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    A little late for others to go, but I just attended the 2nd annual zombie swing dance prom held in San Francisco, California on Friday night. There were a lot of amazing outfits shown off, both costumes and clothing one could easily wear every day. The same place that held it has done regular swing dance nights as well but Friday was truly awesome, with two retro bands playing, full bar, and morbidly done up dance room.
    ^ For more info.

  31. Shira
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    As a girl who has always had a thing for insects and oddities, I didn’t have the privilege, in my pre-internet childhood days, of having easy access to the types of bizarre stuff I was into. That’s why I give my thumbs up to San Francisco’s PAXTON GATE, a unique natural history/oddity/gardening store in the hip Valencia St. District of San Francisco. Paxton Gate carries an impressive array of pinned insects, fossils, taxidermy, macabre books and art, skulls and bones, macabre vintage goods (e.g. like vintage laboratory supplies and glass eyes). They offer insect mounting classes (now that’s impressive!). They have a gallery/exhibit space in store (they’ve showcased a famous taxidermy artist’s work, for example) and a beautiful back-store and yard space that showcases their landscape design capabilities. They also carry very cool jewelry that’s generally “dark” in theme. If one is looking for oddities and curiosities to decorate their personal space, Paxton Gate is the place to look!

    The shop is exquisitely arranged. Wandering around, one feels like they’re inside a curio cabinet. Also, the store is in a prime San Francisco people watching location. That particular stretch of Valencia St. boasts some of the most heavily and creatively tattooed and pierced people in the United States, and the area is dense with a rich array of thrift stores, used book stores, funky bars, and independent coffee shops. You can draw creative inspiration from what you see right outside the store, as well as what you see inside.

    For more info, visit:

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 1, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

      Fantastic… I hope I get to visit in the next few months!

  32. Anonymous
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I cannot enter the contest :(( have no cool places where I live…! TwT

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

      Aww the places can be from any where in the world! Even a place you read about. xo

      • Cassiopea
        Posted November 3, 2010 at 10:06 am | Permalink

        Oh thanks! Hmmm, so I did hear of a place in Manchester UK… the UK’s first Horror-Themed bar, The Hellfire. It has a restaurant, lounge, banquet room, haunted (yes, haunted!!) guestrooms and a dungeon!!

        The Hellfire Banquet Room’s décor is spectacular – from the knights weaponry scattered elegantly across the walls, to the Hellfire fox who wanders late at night when all is quiet…. As soon as you walk through the door you’ll be greeted (in the friendliest of manners) by ghoulish heads, hanging from the walls, watching your every move. They have medieval-style wooden tables, and the menu is full of amazing food that you don’t want to miss out on. (Yummy!)
        They keep an open fire on very cold nights. The spookily friendly atmosphere continues with elaborate dragon cutlery and goblets, etched with demons and other-worldly symbols. In this restaurant, all of your ghostly ideas can come to life!

        Originally bought as a property development project, the building dating back to 1886, with it’s haunted reputation, lent itself rather well to a horror, gothic theme. It welcomes people with a gothic style of dress, bikers, burlesque etc. and encourage people to enjoy the opportunity to dress in the theme of the establishment. They also sell masks and have a face paint artist. People in smart casual wear are welcome, but it remains a venue to be gothically elaborate, flamboyant and divorced from the norm. This way, people can be comfortable with themselves and those around them,with their choice for an alternative lifestyle. —Wish I could go someday! :D

  33. Shira
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    The Presidio Pet Cemetery is something out of a childhood dream (nightmare) and probably the most scenic pet cemetery in the United States. Located in the gorgeous federal lands of the Presidio National Park (San Francisco). The gorgeous gorgeous Presidio area draws a large amount of visitors, but very few stumble upon this cemetery, which is in an isolated green spot of the Presidio and literally “hidden” underneath a segment of the golden gate bridge above gorgeous Crissy Field and affords a visitor an unconventional view-from-below of the massive bridge. The cemetery houses all manner of mostly pets from military personnel of a long time ago (felines, canines, fish, snakes, etc.) and gravemarkers that range from the crude/homemade to elaborate marble stones with detailed engraving work. Some of the gravemarker inscriptions are very touching and heartfelt.

    The area is excellent for gothy/alternative photo shoots and exploration. I have personally incorporated the cemetery’s scenery in artistic photoshoots. There are interesting bursts of red ribbons, tombstone decorations, etc. amidst otherwise muted shades of gray and green. The vibes are different (less commercial, more offbeat) than they are in human cemeteries or more conventional pet cemeteries. Yes, even within the unusual realm of pet cemeteries, the Presidio Pet cemetery is unconventional. And you won’t find much about it in popular San Francisco travel guides.
    It’s really one of those off-the-beaten path destinations.

    If you’re a purveyor of the unusual, a current or former pet owner, a cemetery afficionado, etc. the combination of hidden pet cemetery in one of the west coast’s most scenic
    breathtaking spot is not to be missed.

    Location: McDowell Ave and Crissy Field Ave.

  34. Android0025
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    There is a gothic night club here in Minnesota called “Ground Zero”. The interior has a dark gothic look with skeletal wings on the wall. It’s two floors where the 2nd floor is often a host for fetish dominatrix show. The space is quite big and you can see a lot of Japanese-inspired garments that people wear to the club. The last time I went there they were even play Aural Vampire and Angelspit! It was a surprise. There are even some fashion shows that go on there for alternative fashion.

    Also, there is a group called “The Libertine Asylum” whose purpose is to “bring fancy back.”
    They host alternative events and it’s really great.

  35. Cassiopea
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    An unusual bar in Switzerland – H.R. Giger Alien Museum Bar.

    If you’re unfamiliar with the name H.R. Giger, you are at least familiar with his work. Remember that little, independent science fiction film way back in 1979 called Alien? (the movie still scares me.. >.<) Giger’s unique brand of bizarre, alien art was the impetus and inspiration behind the film and countless other sci-fi films since.

    The interior of the otherworldly environment that is the H.R. Giger Museum Bar is a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle. One can have a drink while sitting in the grasp of an alien creature like bar stool at the Giger Bar. You can tell from the pictures, its a very unrealist place –

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

      Ohhhh that is one of the coolest interiors I’ve seen in some time… good one!

  36. Cassiopea
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Aurum Restaurant is the first molecular gastronomy restaurant in Singapore. It is described as a hospital-themed dining experience. Cooking methods differ from the one of original restaurants – they cook food at low temperature on in a vacuum, some including liquid nitrogen, syringes and metal canisters. They say liquid nitrogen makes the tastiest and smoothest sorbet, and just in case the unusual cuisine isn’t enough, the owner added a dash of the morbid.

    The dining area consists of a morgue whilst customers sit in gold-painted wheelchairs and eat from metal tables designed to resemble operating theater tables! Aurum neighbors The Clinic, a bar where customers are served by waitresses in nurse outfits and sip alcohol from mock drip packets!! :O

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

      hehe theme restaurants are spreading all over Asia! Hope they hit the West soon.

  37. Yukiro Dravarious
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    WGT (Wave-Gotik-Treffen) in Leipzig. is a MUST festival for every gothic person!The whole city is used for concerts and other events. Like “absinth breakfast” in Sixtina or “fetish party” which is awesome! But photos are forbidden for sure :DOn WGT there are events for every secession of the gothic scene. Also very nice is the Victorian picnic.You should definately join it!

    (oh, actually, it is not Yukiro, it`s Anni, haha xD)

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

      Absinthe Breakfast!! Sounds like what we have ahahah

  38. Yukiro Dravarious
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    HIII!! no it’s the real deal taking (Yukiro):P

    so I wanna recommend my favourite club back in Sweden, it was called Lunacy (after the old J-rock VK band Lunacy) and they only played music from Japan. Which was so awesome. Since you can’t hear that kind of music anywhere else in Sweden. They played a lot of my favourite songs from Malice Mizer etc and you could request songs from the DJ’s. they have a dance floor and several rooms for chatting/drinking, soap-bubble machine , neon-lights and its always a friendly atmosphere which is very rare for Swedish clubs (if you ask me)
    Also they had bands like BLOOD . Euthanasia/Gothica , Despairs Rays etc came to play there and hang out with “Lunacy club people” when they visits Sweden.
    its only about 6-10dollars for entrance and the age are from 18+.
    It’s located at the red subway line called “Mariatorget” in venue “H62” this event was held once every month. It was the only event where I fully could go wild and crazy with my outfit/looks ^^
    sadly the last owner got tired of it (a while after I left to japan :P)
    Nowadays its call ChaosXLunacy and is organized by a dear friend of mine. I’ve never been to the re-invented one, but I think it still as good as it used to if not better. So I highly recommend you to go there if you’re into this kind of music and happens to visit Sweden :D


  39. Ramona
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    If you ever go to Czeck Republic, there is more to see than Prague. I would recommend a macabre gothic church, The Sedlec Ossuary in Sedlec, which is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, many of whom have had their bones artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. For example, there is a huge chandelier made of bones (it contains at least one of every bone in the human body) and garlands made of skulls. Four enormous pyramids of skulls and bones occupy the corners of the chapel. It could be creepy but it is actually nice. I liked the hip bones being used as petals around a skull, very pretty flowers! :)
    You can see pictures and read more here:
    I like the idea that all people are equal after death, it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, and that was one of the thoughts the creater had.

  40. Ramona
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Zombie walk!! o_O A zombie walk is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. It is a very funny event with the opportunity to drool and it has been organized in a lot of cities around the world, mostly in North America but also in Europe and Australia. There is even a world record in the number of participated zombies! :]
    Read more here:

  41. Shira
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I write about Zeitgeist with hesitation…
    because it’s easy to have a love/hate relationship with the place…if one reads online reviews of the bar, they’ll see many strong reactions. My friend was once refused entry to the place because she was too hippy-ish! Some people perceive the place to be too grimy and too “aggressive” in vibes. If one can past this, Zeigest offers a wealth of alternative-people watching opportunities that no other venue in the San Francisco Bay Area does.

    Zeitgeist is a beer-garden-style bar in the hip/hipster Valencia Street stretch of San Francisco’s Mission District. On an given non-rainy evening, a slew of alternative people occupy the picnic style table/benches of Zeitgeist’s outdoor backyard seating area, transforming the place into an alternative-beer-garden with strong hipster/grunge/subculture/alternative/gothy/rockabilly/vintage/biker/bike messenger flair.

    Zeitgeist draws a diverse alternative crowd (mid 20s to mid 40’s). And black is the dominant clothing color. BBQ food is also served and part of the patron experience is also the rough-and-tumble manner in which bar staff yell out orders to patrons in back. Many of San Francisco’s hardcore cyclists go to Zeigest and on any given day, you can see dozens of fixed gear and modified bicycles parked in the garden.

    The bar also has indoor seating and an indoor pool table, but the real action takes place in the back. On one hand, the bar has a very grungy/grimy/dive-y feel to it. On the other hand, the energy is so very strong and alternative, that I believe it’s worth a visit, just to see the colorful display of people and alternative energy. The energy is aggressive and grungy
    (the bar is pretty much the diametric opposite of fancy and classy!). On any given visit, a patron is likely to share a table with an eccentric array of other people, ranging from goths, psychobilly/rockabilly peeps, burlesque performers, go go dancers, actors, black leather clad motorcyclists, BDSM dungeon-goers having a drink before their foray to their dungeon, tattoo artists, musicians, alternative techies and tech gurus having a drink after work, artists, etc.

    Zeitgest is a place I used to routinely take tourists and friends from out of town too. On every occasion, people enjoyed their experience, even if the grungy hardcore style wasn’t their cup of tea. Most people simply haven’t been to a bar like it and it is truly a different experience.

    Zeitgest is truly the best place in San Francisco to people watch the most “hardcore” of the alternative crowd. It’s a great place for cool hunters or curious folks to see firsthand examples of the Pacific Northwest style of in-your-face hardcore alternative-ness. You really need to be there to get a sense of it, however. Online photos don’t do justice.
    One needn’t worry if they’re not alternative, because there are also “yuppies” in fleece frequenting the bar as well. You don’t have to be hardcore and grungy to feel comfortable there.
    The place is best visited on clear not-to-cold days (on rainy days or unusually cold/windy days the backspace beer garden is generally not operative and the true experience would be missed) and NOT on a Friday or Saturday night–Fridays and Saturdays draw a lot of tourists and non-alternative “yuppy’ish” college crowds and the hardcore patrons don’t usually come on those days.

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

      I’m fascinated now! I love places that attract a mixed crowd. I’ll add it to my SF list… hope to be there soon!

  42. Gwendylyn
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Bondage a GoGo in Sf

    Downstairs it’s a regular dance club with no fetish dress code but things get a lot more interesting upstairs in the SM bar. This is an ideal entry point, where anyone who’s a bit unsure about heavier clubs can come along, have a drink and get the feel of things. The roped-off play area is overseen by Hawk, the friendly Dungeon Master, who expertly made novices welcome and kept beer-drinking lads from the downstairs area at bay. If you decide to take a plunge and have your lover run cat o’ nine tails over your back, Hawk will make sure you have space and time. …
    Here is a review from opening day:Sin International Magazine. March 1993. Blurb by Tony Kaufman ** review of our opening night in 1993

    “Held on hump day, Bondage A Go Go’s first night drew in more than 500 people. And just as the flyer had promised, “Free drinks from 10 ”til’ 11 for women handcuffed to the bar”. DJ Jackal was spinning hard edged industrial terror noise, and the crowd, dressed conveniently in fetish gear reflected the styles currently emerging from the German techno-industrial scene.”

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

      I love hte name of the club!! What on Earth is Hump Day? heheh I need to celebrate that!

  43. Gwendylyn
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    forgot to post link

  44. Gwendylyn
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Permalink correct link to Bondage a GOGO

  45. HagumiW
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Just sharing some of my favorite but not cool at all thing here:)
    There’s a Maid dancing group called Candy Star here in Taiwan. They’re not professional
    entertainer,just a group of lovely girls who loves ACG world very much. They perfome lots of anime and Jpop songs, just for love. some of the members actually work/had work as maid in maid cafe. And the group leader,Ichigo, sells her own design/handmade Lolita dress on-line(not big business).The member Hinako was the commercial agent of the be loved Lolita brand Baby,The Star shine bright of Taiwan.Sadly she closed the business early this year. They’ve been invited to most of ACG events here. They also have entrance fee needed Party for their fans about once a month.
    Here’s their Offical blog:
    Lots of video can be find on youtube:)
    If you love Gundam store,SD doll and Daiso, you can find them all at Kmall, in front of Taipei railway station.
    And,there’s a very adorable(and very small) cat cafe near my home called Mr.Nekochan’s Friend.Their pancake is very delicious.(this one’s for Basil, the shop cat little lamb is always welcoming you can bring your cat photo to the cafe if you can’t bring your cat their and get a photo on the wall of lamb in exchange:D)
    Over, Captain:D

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      Aww that sounds adorable! I’d love to check it out. Thank you my pirate!

  46. Android0025
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    oh I totally forgot the annual Zombie pub crawl!
    It’s a whole street of zombies for a night of fun and drinking! Everyone should experience it not only do you get to act like a zombie go all out on creepiness, themes, etc.. there’s even bands that perform.
    The event just keeps getting bigger and bigger!! There are themed drinks and foods as well. Eyeballs in your drink etc..

    They even have SPX makeup artists there to help you apply blood or any other deathly look.

    Check out the pictures and videos too:

  47. SpookySally
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Well the spookiest place I’ve been to is definitely the London Dungeon. There are similar horror attractions in London, but this one is the best imo.

    Madame Tussauds also has a horror segment underground, but it’s kinda short.

    London Dungeon has live interaction with zombies, monsters, killers and what not. You gotta find your way inside dark rooms that stink of -real- piss, you gotta endure the horror sculptures that show you the different torture methods of the past -you see people boiling, dismembered etc] and the horror stories that the actors tell you in each room [each room represents one huge catastrophe/horrid incident that took place in London for example the plague, the fires, Jack the Ripper, Sweenie Todd etc] , they will even lock you up inside a cage and whip you XD . They’ll totally throw blood and entrails at you, then ask you to confess your sins and apologise in front of the judges [actors] and the audience [rest of the visitors around] and then you’re judges as guilty and sent to execution. They stuff you inside small boats and throw you inside a dark canal where you can’t see anything XDD You pass by the house of the infamous meat pie maker of the Sweenie Todd story [this one was there before the movie came out!] and then you reach the execution place xD You are asked to leave your belonging to the ground and you sit on a seat that takes you up and up`~~~until suddenly the judges tell you that you’re effing guilty and then you’re hanged [seat falls to the ground -that’s scary XD]. Also, London Dungeon has the best memorabilia shop. Eyes, entrails, spooky books, pens, little books about famous killers , anything and everything about horror merchandise XD I bought body parts lollipops XDDDDDDDDDDD

    p.s. I went to London Dungeon alone and I was huggling with the zombies that attacked me XD It’s rather scary so you gotta be prepared.

  48. Magnales
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m actually looking forward to the next edition of BAL DU MASQUE in Amsterdam ( Last summer they had it organized at Summer Darkness Festival in Utrecht. They had an Casino, Absinthebar (it’s hard to get absinthe in clubs here) and burlesque/illusionist/Marlene Dietrich-style shows on the stage. When entering we got champaign with ice by two angels, a black one and a white one( collaborating with giving glasses and pouring champaign). Further there was a Steampunk fashionshow and an official moment of demasqué. The people dress in gothic, cyber, victorian, burlesque, visual kei, fetish. Actualy a lot of styles, as long as your face was covered.

  49. Visitor in a Silk Hat
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Greetings Ma chère…
    These events are all happening in Las Vegas, Nevada. Enjoy.

    1. “Zombie Prom” A yearly event that happened a few nights ago here in Las Vegas! It’s just like your High School prom…but deadlier….waaaaayy deadlier.
    (they really should get their own site, it’s a very popular event.)

    2. “The Anonymity Ball” My favorite yearly event, A night of faceless debauchery. Become somebody else for a night and simply wash it off the next morning! Always a good time!

    3. “Cloister” A weekly Alternative(popular in the goth scene as well) Night at The Muse(Davinci’s).

    4: “Carpe Noctem” A Weekly Goth/Alternative Night at Goodtimes Bar

    5: “Zombie Walk” A yearly event, when HUNDREDS of zombies gather and cause tension throughtout highly publicated places! Such as the Las Vegas Strip/Downtown Vegas.
    (I Had a great time at it this year ^_^)

    – Visitor in a Silk Hat
    (aka Carlos)

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 5, 2010 at 1:14 am | Permalink

      Ahh we must visit these next time! And I’ll tell my friends who are heading to Vegas!

  50. Gwendylyn
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    The absolute BEST day of the week, the day of maximum hope that maybe, you might make it out of this week alive. A particularly good hump day can last you the rest of the week, and by Doomday morning (Monday) you survive by anticipating hump day. Nothing goes wrong on hump day

  51. Gwendylyn
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Wednesday, the middle of the week, implying that you have to get “over the hump” before you can anticipate the weekend. The term was not originally intended to carry a second, more risque meaning.

  52. Rocking Doll Museum
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Wait I know!
    In the Netherlands every year there is; Castlefest & Elf Fantasy Fair. These are 1-3 days events, hosted around a castle. You go back to the middle ages, or into cyber, goth or maybe even steampunk. Everyone (well, almost everyone) is dressed up. This year there even was a Jack Sparrow! Arr! XD These events are held in the summerbreak, june/august I believe. ( & (Site is in English too, I believe, but it automatically opens Dutch for me) )
    I have only been to the EFF, but Castlefest is very awesome too (Atleast I heard so)

    • lacarmina
      Posted November 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      I love it when events attract a wide mix of alt-types!

    Posted September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    1 of my preferred option shoe businesses, Iron Fist, rocked my globe by sending me these Zombie Stomper Platforms.

  54. cupcakes
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Of just recently I went to Salem, mass. and during the weeks before Halloween people run around at night cos-playing as different horror characters running around the spots where the salem witch trials were

  55. cupcakes
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Salem is a place is flooded with witch/wiccan stores and I ended up in the oldest wiccan/ witch store in America and it was the house of one of the original witches in salem. we also ventured through haunted grave yards and houses were murders and witches and sacrifices took place in.

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