A Gothic Love Story


This fabulous photobooth photo and the story behind it, was emailed to me by artist and fellow blogger Ted Giffin.

This is the story –

On the left is Shannon. She was my sweet 16 girlfriend. I followed her around like a puppy. She moved from Indiana to Virginia Beach, Virginia. She went to the governor’s art school where she met Kathy a.k.a Guido, also an artist. She is on the right.

These two girls changed the course of my life. I believed that if I could make art like these two, then I would be beautiful. During my Freshmen year at Art School, Shannon, who at the time loved tape, taped this in my sketchbook. I had been carrying it around in my wallet, with a guitar pick. That blotch on the image, is worn in by the outline of the pick. As you may notice, they were “goth” punks at the time.

This image was made in a Virginia Beach photobooth, circa 1988. It is still taped into that, almost 30 year old, sketchbook…

I absolutely love it. If it hadn’t been accidentally changed by its time in a wallet, you could almost call it a piece of altered art. I also love Ted’s visual art works, which you can see here.

  1. John said:

    The pick really did a number! The Like button isn’t loading, i see this happening all over WP lately.


  2. ehpem said:

    Ted’s story makes me wonder what they were thinking when they taped it in his sketch book. There are so many possibilities, depending on what they knew of his infatuation with them both and what they thought of it. I hope it was done with love.

    The other part of this story seems that Ted didn’t play much guitar or that pick would have gone into circulation long before adding its imprint. I wonder if one or both these women played guitar and that inspired Ted, perhaps briefly, to give it a try as well.

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    • ehpem said:

      Now that I’ve followed the link, I see he does play guitar, much. Perhaps he just always had a pick, and had no need for the emergency supply he entrusted to his friends.

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    • Yes, he never said if the love was unrequited or returned. As you found out Mr E, he is quite the guitarist. I think he may have forgotten that particular pic amongst dozens if he is like other guitarists I have known!

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