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All Black Everything,Eyeliner,Hair Spray…Portraits OF 80’s Deathrock!

Growing up in the 80’s gave me the opportunity to see how one subculture could have an impact on another.In L.A., it was totally normal to see someone in the punk scene to cover their face in white pancake make up and then do something interesting with black eyeliner. This was before the terms “Death Rock” or “Gothic” were a part of our reality – this was just the way some kids expressed themselves. While this was happening in my hood, in the UK you had members of the Peace Punk scene start to express themselves in the same way, plus you had the whole Batcave movement. Nowadays, there is a rebirth happening on the Post Punk and Death Rock tip. Today we want to celebrate 80’s Death Rock and Gothic culture with this huge essay of photos from this era.  Check out this awesome book ‘Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace: The Worldwide Compendium of goth in the 1980s here.

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Jez Smith

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Debbie Graves



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  1. keef

    January 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Most of these photos were taken at croc’s/ pink toothbrush nightclub in rayleigh. essex, Some are of punks who would have been livid to be called ‘goths’ (death rock & peace punk are american terms,never used in the UK back in the day). Also The Batcave’ was not a movement just the name of a goth night at a shit club in london.

  2. Brittany Hebenton

    January 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Sophia Lonestar Seaman-cass

  3. Mike Black

    January 18, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Rachel Black

  4. Valerie Amber Russo

    January 18, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Hex Kim deathrock

  5. Daniel Darko

    January 18, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Urs Ula

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