Glowwave is an aesthetic surrounding the theme of things the glow in the dark or with assistance from a UV light (also commonly called a blacklight) or with the glow of neon lights and bright, neon colors. It is closely associated with raving or just good old-fashioned partying (similar to Cuddle Party), though it can have ties to the old Hippie culture.




Visuals

Glowwave aesthetics focus on things like glow sticks, lasers, and anything that either glows in the dark or is able to glow under a blacklight. It can also include things you can find in arcades, skating rinks, and raves, and a lot of the psychedelic blacklight posters that were popular amongst the Hippie subculture of the 60s and 70s (and many stoners have in the modern day).

Fashion

Glowwave fashion consists of any clothing that can either glow in the dark or is reactive to blacklights (aka glows under blacklight), and accessories are anything that can light up. Glowwave hair and make-up can also be glow in the dark or blacklight-reactive as well.

Vendors that offer Glowwave Fashion, Accessories, & Art

Activities

  • Raves
  • Laser Tag
  • Arcades
  • Black Light Bowling
  • Black Light Miniature Golf
  • Roller Skating
  • Drawing with UV-reactive substances (paint, crayons, markers, pencils etc.)

Music

While there aren't any known examples of Glowwave music, adherents to the Glowwave aesthetic may listen to EDM, Lo-Fi, Synthwave, Vaporwave, Acidwave, Psychedelica, Chiptune, and possibly some Madchester. If you can dance to it or just vibe to it, it has a place in the Glowwave library.

Spotify playlist

Subgenres

Arcadecore

Arcadecore is a particular subgenre of Glowwave with a heavy focus on how it felt to be a kid in the 80's or 90's, running around an arcade; something of a crossroads between Vaporwave and Kidcore. This aesthetic includes cheap plastic toys, neon signs, pizza, arcade games like Donkey Kong and Pac-Man, the patterns on the carpet floor, etc. It can also draw a lot of heavy influence from arcades of the 80's and 90's, which can include a lot of neon colors, arcade cabinets, ticket booths, arcade tokens, etc. It can also draw heavily from the arcade pizzerias that were popular in the time like Showbiz Pizza, Chuck E. Cheese, and businesses of that nature (which can lead to a lot of crossover with the Five Nights At Freddy's franchise). The fashion is generally pretty low-key; a simple pair of jeans/shorts/skirt, t-shirts or hoodies centered around retro arcade games and retro-themed kids products, cheap plastic costume jewelry, simple sneakers (or light-up ones if you feel like getting fancy), it's not an overly flashy aesthetic fashion-wise, considering what it's source material is, though that isn't to say that this couldn't change in the future.

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