Charlie Garcia cancelled his San Diego Goth Swap event earlier in the month due to the then-forecasted heavy rains and rescheduled it to Feb. 17.
“With so many vendors involved along with food carts,” Garcia said. “We did not want to jeopardize their items and or anything that needs to be set up outside, so we switched the date.”
On Sunday, there were some clouds passing above Garcia’s goth-lifestyle event held at SPACE on El Cajon Blvd. between the 805 and 15 freeways. Fortunately, it wasn’t a rainstorm.
“As far as the rain messing up people’s outfits,” said Shelby W., “I’d like to think that if anyone’s style is going to be cold-weather safe, it would be [us] goths because there’s so many layers.
“I noticed someone selling really awesome framed taxidermy items and they had to bring everything inside after it started raining and wipe it down.”
Shelby, 32, was one of the 16 vendors present; there were 200 plus attendees throughout the day — most dressed in black-colored attire.
“I was debuting my latest items, which are coffin trinket boxes,” she said. “I also make ouija planchettes, bats and insect pins, and keychain hearts with goth-inspired words inside.”
Yessy has been in the goth scene since she was “very young …. and for the last ten years, I've been involved in events and I started selling at clubs and events like the goth swap,” she said.
Yessy sells goth-club attire, which includes black jackets, leggings, dresses and jewelry — which she wore for the event paired with a black pentagram top and combat boots.
“We drove three hours from LA to be here,” she said.
This was Garcia’s third goth-swap event where he doesn’t charge vendors to set up. “My goal is to space out the swap every two-three months,” he said. “We had a nice mix of clothing, including bondage-and-fetish attire and obscure band shirts as well as handmade jewelry, photography-and-poetry pieces, records, and vintage macabre memorabilia.”
The venue served alcohol and Garcia’s buddy Grimm hooked up the grub, which included vegan pozole, tacos, and baked goods.
Garcia who goes by the DJ Disorder moniker, was spinning goth, post punk, dark wave, industrial, punk, thrash metal, and black metal music — with a faux-skull next to his turntables.
“Goth nowadays isn’t necessarily what goth was in the early 80s,” he said. “Albeit the fashion is still around and very similar, as well as the music, but even the music has changed and is of course much more modernized. It all falls under this realm, this term ‘goth’ and if that’s what people refer to it as, then that’s fine with me.”