Steffi submitted this photo with the comment “My friend up a tree on a wonderful island called Hiddensee.”
I found this “wonderful island” on wikipedia and I noticed that it didn’t mention the local goths up trees in the Flora and Fauna section. It’s probably better that way because we don’t want the island overrun by tourists wanting to see this obviously shy variety of the species, unless, of course, they start up a sanctuary for them, which would be apt because there are about 50 goth night clubs in the world called “Sanctuary”.
This goth is very high up the tree and in an uncomfortable looking pose. I doubt that he/she is smiling. It’s a sunny day but they’re well covered from the sun’s rays. I can’t really see what they’re wearing but it’s definitely all black and that’s goth enough for me.
4.4 out of 5 - As my mate* Ian Astbury from The Cult would say if he ever visited this island, “I’m sure in Hiddensee you’ll find the goth sanctuary”. Sorry.
* Not actually my mate
awkwardmanifesto submitted this photo with the comment “Up a tree in a cemetery in Salem, site of the witch trials.”
Sir Bedevere: Tell me. What do you do with witches?
Peasant: Burn them.
Sir Bedevere: And what do you burn, apart from witches?
Peasant: More witches!*
Now that’s out of my system, the cemetery in Salem is a nice story ‘n all but where is the proof? I see no gravestones and I see no witches hanging from the trees (too gory? I blame it on the Songs of Fire and Ice books). She is, however, high up an impressive tree and she’s not smiling. It’s a sunny day but she’s in the shade. I just can’t bring myself to give her bonus points for the cemetery or Salem business due to lack of evidence.
4.4 out of 5 - She turned me into a newt… but I got better
* I’m appalled by the amount of people who don’t know that this is from Monty Python’s Holy Grail. *sigh*
danceyrselffitter submitted this photo with the comment “Jack up a tree in Manchester”.
It’s really difficult to keep a straight face when you’re up a tree, apparently. This makes me a bit upset and you should never feel a bit upset at this time of year unless, of course, you’ve had a few too many gins, and then it’s perfectly acceptable.
This could have been a truly great picture, you know? Our goth is well dressed, he’s in the shade, he’s a good height up a tree, and the tree is in a picturesque autumnal setting. Unfortunately, no one can deny that he has a bit of a smile on his face. *sigh*
4.4 out of 5 - Stop bloody smiling
muselinasmagic submitted this photo with no comment.
Here we have a medieval-looking goth up a tree. She seems to be trying hard to keep a straight face and I’m guessing that’s because she has something that strongly resembles a butter knife strapped to her thigh. It’s quite sensible, really, because you never know when you might need to do some emergency raspberry jam spreading or jemmy open a tin of Milo when you’re out and about.
She seems to be a reasonable height up a dead tree. She’s not smiling but it’s daylight. Bonus points for the costume and thigh strapped buttering implement.
4.4 out of 5 - Just the other day someone threw a buttered crumpet and a pot of jam at my head and, at that moment, a butter knife strapped to my thigh would have been really useful.
pure-ambivalence submitted this photo with the comment “Unfortunately, my tree is not large enough to hold two people, so I had to take this myself. Anyway, why would I want them to intrude on my tree-reading time?!”
Clearly the only reason you’d want a person to intrude on your up-tree reading time is for them to take your photo or to bringing you a bottle of vodka and a mattress (to place under the tree for when you need to stumble out from among the branches to fetch nachos).
This goth looks quite serene and has done well with her self-portrait. She’s a medium height up the tree. It’s daylight but she’s in the shade. Bonus points for purple lipstick and convincing book.
4.4 out of 5 - If you see a goth reading up a tree, approach with a camera or vodka… or both
knochenblume submitted this photo with the comment:
“I listen to their very sweet sob make my grey silence bloom” (Alejandra Pizarnik, argentinian poet)
I’ll tell you what makes my grey silence bloom and that’s Swiss absinthe or a mallet to the head, although the absinthe usually makes my grey silence bloom and then, after the 6th one, I fall asleep (whereupon my green silence blooms).
It looks as if this goth is gripping something nail-like, which makes me think that she’s listening to the tree’s very sweet sob after stabbing it in the trunk. I could be wrong. She could be twiddling a broken branch or something. Either way, I suspect she’s being cruel to trees to fuel her own grey silence habit. Tut tut. She looks high up the tree and she’s not smiling. It’s day time but she’s covered the majority of her skin well.
4.4 out of 5 - Destroy brain cells, not trees!
Also, here’s a link to an interview I did with The Black Flag, an alternative culture and music web mag. It’s all true, I assure you.
PhoenixDiCorvo submitted this photo with the comment “This was actually from a photo shoot on a playground… there just also happened to be trees… and since it is our natural habitat, of course she ended up in the tree…”
I’m so glad that goths other than my friends are coming to acknowledge that trees are their natural habitat. What more could you want from a habitat? Trees have perfect perches for posing (and alliteration), uncomfortable seating/lying arrangements, shelter from sun unless you’re in a deciduous tree in winter, and they provide excellent locations to subtly frighten passers-by because no one expects to look up and see a goth up a tree (other than you and me but we don’t count).
This goth looks high up in the tree and she’s not smiling. She’s gripping onto that tree for dear life, which is good. We see all too many goths looking nonchalant about the up-tree experience and I like to see a bit of fear now and then, even if they are in their natural habitat. The angle is slightly different than we’ve seen before. Bonus points for looking like she might fall out on us.
4.4 out of 5 - Catch goths who fall from trees
n3cr0phelia submitted this photo with no comment.
Perhaps she should change her name to dendrophelia instead of necrophelia just to remain in-theme with this blog. Actually, I think that everyone should change their name to something more arboreal to encourage us to be at one with nature. My name would change from Verity to Veritree (HA!). Mark would become Bark, Trent Reznor would become, um…. yeah, this is a shit idea.
This goth has excessively cool hair and appears to be high up in some kind of jungle tree setting with giant bamboo. It looks like a sunny, warm day but she’s mostly covered up. There’s a hint of a smile on her face but she may just have a naturally up-turned mouth. I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt on that one.
4.4 out of 5 - Apparently this goth is from Puerto Rico so she’s probably in a forest instead of a jungle but who cares. GIANT BAMBOO.
darkershadow submitted this photo with the comment “Photographed by Madeline Forte”
Good things about this photo: excellently colourful hair, no smiling, high up the tree, goth-casual outfit perfect for tree climbing (although, I have to say I’ve never really understood the goth phat pants fashion but I’m all for people expressing their individuality through wide pants). I see she has some cyber goggles on too. Good for her.
Less-good things about this photo: she’s out in daylight and her pants appear to have eaten her feet. I understand that this is one of the perils of wearing goth phat pants (or flares for that matter) but I think they probably make your legs look longer as they hide your platform shoes. I now realise why people wear these pants. I’m going to buy a pair as soon as I leave work. No, not flares.
4.4 out of 5 - Now I think about it, I want a pair of goth flares too.
Mary submitted this photo with the comment “Dear Goths Up Trees, Here is a picture of me up in a tree at the local cemetery. I would have taken it at night, but I’m supposed to be home by sunset. I adore your blog and have wanted to submit a picture for a while, but never got the chance to until now.”
What kind of crazy anti-goth rule is ‘home by sunset’? It’s right up there with ‘you can dye your hair but it must be a semi-permanent natural colour’ or ‘you can put up posters in your room but they must be tasteful and well-spaced’ or ‘piercings are fine as long as you can’t see them’. BAH!
I can see that this goth has found a good tree with a nice solid fence to aid her climb. She’s suitably gothed up for a Summery day, she’s a reasonable height up the tree, and she’s not smiling. She’s looking at ease in her up-tree perch but the photographer has cut off a part of her head, which is disappointing. Perhaps the photo was cropped to exclude a particularly un-goth hat. This hat would be more appropriate (excuse the non-goth wearing it).
4.4 out of 5 - Do not let anti-goth rules hinder your up-tree experience.
Panik EVlynn Bedlam submitted this photo with the comment “Rev. Panik EVlynn Bedlam enjoys climbing anything taller than her.”
So, apparently she doesn’t climb anything shorter than her. Is “climb” a euphemism? Am I concerned about the kissy duck face on the goth in this photo? Am I about to leave work on a Friday afternoon in order to drink cocktails? The answer to at least three of these questions is ‘yes’.
I’m digging the green wig. The pose reminds me of one of those mannequins you see in theme parks that points the direction to an attraction or facility. There just needs to be a sign hanging from her arm that says “Nature calling? This way →”. She’s high up the tree and there’s no smiling. It’s a pity about the daylight and the casual shoes.
4.4 out of 5 - Never ask a goth up a tree for directions
outerspacegoth submitted this photo with no comment
This photo of a fresh-faced young goth girl up a tree makes me feel old and slightly mouldy. I’m also vaguely annoyed that I’ve never worn a tshirt as a dress other than a nightie and I’m not sure an XL men’s tshirt containing a beer challenge where you had to drink 25 beers to gain 5 free beers during O-week at Uni really counts (yes, of course I got those 5 free beers, WHAT DO YOU THINK I AM?)
I like this pretty young thing’s Siouxsie tshirt/dress and I think people could employ this technique very effectively with one of my sensual tshirts. I like her obvious love of hosiery and her earrings that look like Twisties/Cheetos. Nice parasol seeing as it’s a sunny day. There’s no smiling and she looks quite high up the tree. She’s using up-tree facial expression no. 19: inquisitive look to the right to make your eyes look bigger.
4.4 out of 5 - Remember to wear tshirts with pants or skirts unless you have one that covers your arse.
Rob Murderface submitted this photo with the comment “metalwood”.
Metalwood? I assume this is something to do with the metal pose in a wood rather than the jazz band of that name. I like the black and white and the silhouetted trees in the background. The pose is excellent, of course, and the grimace is exemplary. Pity about the annoying film hole print thing because it’s distracting from the awesomeness of the trees. The goth looks to be a reasonable height up the tree and there’s no chance of a smile there. It’s daylight but I’m guessing it’s a cloudy day.
4.4 out of 5 - Black metal poses are more dramatic when executed up trees
Adam submitted this photo with the comment “cowboy goth tree”.
Cowboy goths exist? Not in my neck of the woods, they don’t. Then again, I live pretty far from anywhere that could be considered cowboy country. Deliverance country, maybe, but not cowboy country *queue duelling banjo music with added eerie theremin and spooky synths*.
This young lady is not smiling, she’s a medium height up a tree but she has full sunlight on her. This reminds me of that scene in Loaded Weapon where Emilio Estevez takes an unmotivated butt in moonbeam walk except this time it’s a butt in sunlight pose. I was going to ignore the strategically placed holes in the jeans but I just can’t. Too deliberate for my liking but, hey, that could be the way things are done for cowboy goths.
4.4 out of 5 - Hellbilly deluxe up a tree (terrible, I know).
Aya-chan submitted this photo with the comment “Iris was really far up this tree. And she was terrified. But she did it anyway. And she was fine until she fell out of it.”
She fell out? Was she injured? You can’t just leave me with only half the details! Is this young lady a goth or a scene kiddy, or a goth with scene kid influences? It’s a myspace-esque shot makes me think scene kiddy (‘WTF is myspace?’ I hear the small children cry). Who cares, she’s cute. She does look very high up that tree. I think that cancels out the hint of nervous smile there. It’s daylight. I hope she has some sunscreen because sunburn and hair that colour isn’t a good mix.
4.4 out of 5 - Don’t leave me hanging, I want photos of the fall.