Alameda Market celebrates World Goth Day
ALAMEDA – Residents of the Bay Area, some dressed in long dresses, tall boots and leather jackets, gathered in Alameda on Saturday for a craft market to celebrate World Goth Day after a long and pandemic year. often isolated.
“It’s a party with friends, with the things we love,” said Connxtance Garcia, who, along with her husband Michael, organized the market. “We are a subculture that is not celebrated anywhere else.”
The market was held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on a lot on the corner of Webster Street and Taylor Avenue, with the steady stream of shoppers increasing in the afternoon. Garcia normally organizes The market for oddities and curiosities of the menagerie, an arts and crafts market that operated in previous years at the Alameda Elks Lodge but was canceled during the pandemic. This market returns on June 19 to the location outside of Webster Street, but she decided to host this gothic-centric event after conversations with the West Alameda Business Association, seeing a perfect alignment of vaccinations making people more up to date. feel comfortable again socializing and celebrating international goth.
“We haven’t been together, haven’t done anything, or haven’t been able to attend any shows,” she said. “It was the right time to do it.”
Garcia first began organizing markets to sell his own handicrafts, including doll-head lamps and coffin-shaped jewelry boxes, as they weren’t always popular in markets intended for an audience. wider.
It’s an experience that Matt Forristal can relate to. The owner of the Gashly Tentacles Monster Adoption Society has said he sometimes sells his stuffed animals sporting demonic, pointy teeth at comic book conventions and other markets, but often comes across weird stares. But at the Gothic Market, shoppers charmed by his dark creations were invited to touch bats, bears, and unicorns who “probably won’t bite.”
“This is paradise,” he said. “It’s so good to find a place that focuses on working the darker variety.”
World Goth Day was created by BBC music DJs in England in 2009 to recognize a genre often best known for the heavy, dark sound of 1980s bands such as The Cure and Bauhaus, but which includes electronic dance music, post-punk and more. . The market is officially called Transmission: A Celebration of World Goth Day, in reference to a song by the pioneering group Joy Division, who were among the groups played by the five DJs spinning records in the open-air market.
Musical posters for well-known Gothic groups decorated the market where around 30 vendors sold tarot decks, coffin-shaped bath bombs, and jewelry featuring ouija board boards, pentagrams and more. Others have sold paintings and art prints, as well as votive candles depicting the faces and logos of celebrities such as Elvira and the movie Little Shop of Horrors.
Sanitary ordinances prevented the sale of food or drink at the market, the nearby Fireside bar offered a pair of “gothtails” for consumption in the open air.
While the festival is a welcoming space for fans and Gothic designers to shine, it’s also a chance for the uninitiated to dip a toe – preferably one with black nail polish.
“It’s lucky for people to see that it’s not really creepy or scary; we are also ordinary people, ”Garcia said. “It’s an introduction to goth 101.”
For Alexa Cioffi, of San José, it was a rare opportunity to spend time with artists and designers in a style that she appreciates but is rarely showcased in other craft markets.
“It’s really refreshing,” she said. “I wish we could have more events.”
Tre Burigsay also enjoyed the gathering, which ran a booth for Feathered Outlaw, a store for “witches, prodigies and cool gift seekers” located near the market site. Being surrounded by so many people in the community after growing up queer and goth in Sacramento was “a kind of liberation” and an opportunity for everyone to embrace their inner weird side, he said.
“It’s really nice to be with my people,” Burigsay said. “It’s a celebration of you.”