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Glowwave is an aesthetic surrounding the theme of things that 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.


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).


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. Light-Up/Glow in the Dark things such as Backpacks, shoes, nail polish, t-shirts, pants, jewelry, etc. are often utilized as part of the Glowwave aesthetic. It's about being as bright and vivid as possible. Other elements can include:

  • Bright, vibrant colors
  • Pastels (since some pastel colors can show up some in UV light)
  • Glow-in-the-dark nails, makeup, backpacks, shoes, etc.
  • Glowstick accessories
  • Baggy/vibrant shirts
  • Bright headbands
  • Brightly-colored shoes or boots
  • Brightly-colored hair that's been dyed with UV-reactive colors


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


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.


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