I know I wrote a post about this...where did it go?
Here's the article about Fairbanks--they had a blast!
If you were in Pioneer Park last week and thought you saw a tall woman with bright pink hair wearing high heels, fishnet stockings, and a mini-skirt walking next to a man dressed in black wearing platform shoes, both with over-the-top makeup, no, you weren’t seeing things.
Kynt and Vyxsin, the goth couple who gained notice during CBS’ reality show “Amazing Race,” were in Alaska at the invitation of "American Gothique Magazine." They hosted dance nights at clubs in Anchorage and Fairbanks and stopped by Hot Topic in Fairbanks, a clothing chain that caters to the rock and goth crowds.
Their message is simple: You can’t judge a book by its cover. They are trying to present a positive picture of the goth culture — which is alive and well in Fairbanks, they said. They were pleasantly surprised at the response they got about their Alaska stops on their MySpace site, including notes from several goths in Fairbanks.
“It’s great to find some kindred spirits,” Vyxsin said Monday. “We like the vibe of the city. It’s chill, it’s friendly.”
One of their goals is to present a more positive view of the goth culture. Goth culture covers a range of topics: for some it’s about fashion, to others it’s a lifestyle. The gothic look involves black clothing, white makeup and edgy accessories.
There are a lot of misconceptions about goth culture, Vyxsin said. The stereotype is that they are depressed, socially inept basement dwellers, when most of the people Kynt and Vyxsin have met are intelligent, insightful and just plain fun.
They’re not in Fairbanks to recruit goths, Vyxsin said. “We want to give people an appreciation for something different, “whatever scene that inspires them, no matter what flavor they choose.”
They spent Sunday touring Pioneer Park, being filmed for mtv.com (http://think.mtv.com/alaskadani
They stopped in at McCafferty’s on Monday to talk about the TV series, the Harry Potter books, goth culture and life on the road before briefly touring the Fairbanks Community Museum and dog mushing museum. Vyxsin is fascinated by history and was mesmerized by historic photos of Fairbanks and the gold rush.
Despite their, by Fairbanks standards, outlandish appearance, the couple was frank, down to earth and refreshingly forthright about their time in the spotlight.
They say they’re amazed at the range of their fan base — in one month they appeared in Gothic Beauty magazine and in Nickelodeon magazine.
Kynt and Vyxsin are from Louisville, Ky., where they worked as waiters and in a hair-styling salon before auditioning for “The Amazing Race.”
On the show, they were noted for their over-the-top makeup, signature hairstyles, and “passion for fashion.”
“We try to think outside the coffin,” Vyxsin said.
Although they didn’t win the million-dollar prize, they enjoyed the television show and overall got to keep their “game faces” on, although they said they started “melting” toward the end. They credit the show with opening a lot of doors for them.
“We always wanted to have a career of just being us,” Vyxsin said.
In the past year, in addition to appearing on the reality show, they have traveled all over the world (Fairbanks is the farthest north they’ve been, so far), been invited to go on a cruise up the northeast coast of Canada with Rosie O’Donnell, host a Halloween special — they toured a former tuberculosis sanitarium near Louisville that is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the United States.
“I really feel like the “Amazing Race” wasn’t the end but the beginning of a greater journey,” Kynt said.http://newsminer.com/news/2008/jun/13/goth-celebrities-visit-fairbanks-tour/