Gothic Symbols

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While being a part of the goth culture, or just simply seeing goths around, you may see a variety of different symbols. Some of these are somewhat recognizable whereas some of these you might have no clue on.

So, allow this guide to illuminate you on some of the things you might see, and what they really mean.

The Inverted Pentagram

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The classic symbol. An inverted star shape. This is officially the image of Wicca, although you may hear some corners talk about how if someone is wearing it below the age of 16 they are just someone who has been too inspired by the movie “The Craft” and aren’t actually followers of Wicca or anything resembling Pagan beliefs.

This, however, would be a bad attitude to take towards everyone. There are plenty of people who do wear it for it’s intended meaning.

Additionally, of course, run away from anyone who has symbols of the star “the right way up”. They are actually satanists.

The Welle:Erdball Autobahn Logo

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Based on the German autobahn, someone wearing this logo is simply wearing their love of the band “Welle:Erdball” on their sleeve (maybe literally.)

This logo is based on the shape of the German Autobahn, and demonstrates Welle:Erdball’s (and perhaps their fans) love for all kinds of things that demonstrate feats of German engineering.

Nine Inch Nails’s NiN

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Yeah, this is quite a common logo, but I guess some people might not know where it’s from!

The logo for the band Nine Inch Nails who brought industrial rock to the mainstream (even if Trent Renzor and his ever rotating crew weren’t the guys who invented the genre).

Created in the very early days of Nine Inch Nails, and first used in the music video for their first single, “Down in it”, the Nine Inch nails has become a common sight to see on jackets, bags, t-shirts and pretty much everything else.

Nachtmahr’s N

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Sometimes inverted, sometimes the right way up, the logo for the band Nachtmahr is quite simple, an N. This can be work on armbands, t-shirts, and hats.

As described in the essential Nachtmahr article, part of Nachtmahr’s theme throughout their appearance and music is a trapping of military styles (without being associated with fascism), and so in some ways, you can describe the N as looking very militaristic (in fact, in certain contexts, it can look like the SS logo).

Despite this kind of appearance though, the fans of Nachtmahr all tend to be super friendly.

The cave drawing of the Einstürzende Neubauten logo

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A german industrial band, who unlike Nine Inch Nails, can be considered in the running for the original industrial band.

Their logo looks kind of like a one eyed man with clawed arms and legs. (For the Nintendo Geeks in the audience; it also looks somewhat like an Unown).

The true meaning of the logo is known, as it did come from an actual cave painting, and there are a lot of theories as to what it actually means. But, when you see someone wearing something with this symbol, you can pretty much be certain that it’s because they are a fan of Einstürzende Neubauten. It has been used on pretty much all of their album art, single art, merchandise, artwork, memorabilia, etc. Whatever the caveman tribe might have used the symbol to represent, now it does just very much represent Einstürzende Neubauten.

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