In this weeks subculture series, I want to talk about a style that is often mixed up with last weeks Mallgoth. Today I will be going trough the Baby Bat term, when it's used and on who it might apply.
Where do they come from?
Baby Bats are basically beginner goths. That's the easiest way to explain it. If you are a goth, you have had your days when you did not fully know what goth was and involved, and just did whatever. That were your so called Baby Bat days. The term often comes from older goths to describe newer ones they meet. The term is often based on knowledge, style and age. If you know a lot about the background and origins of goth subculture, you will be least likely to be labeled as a Baby Bat. If you have a complete look that doesn't come over as a beginner at goth, or you are above the age of 20, being labeled a Baby Bat will be not very likely anymore.
What do they look like?
Most Baby Bats look more or less the same as Mallgoths, they often don't know a lot about the goth subculture and what they fit in most or what they like most. They wear band shirts, stripes stocking and gloves, a lot of black. You can easily recognise them, as they are mostly under the age of 20.
What do they listen to?
Most Baby Bats just know a few bands, like Siouxsie and the banshees, The Cure, Bauhaus,... Some of them actually know a lot about the music and have a deep interest in it, but most of them listen to about anything they considered goth without getting into details about the bands history or subcultures background.
Other things you should be aware of...
Mallgoths and Baby Bats are sort of the same, but not completely. Mallgoths are not very likely to stay goth for a long time, because when their friends don't think it's cool anymore they are very likely to stop being goth. Baby Bats will most likely develop a deeper interest in the subculture or parts of it and stay goth for a long long time.