Machka submitted this photo with the comment “Taken at a birthday party in the Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane. Coincidentally, we found out there was a large goth picnic adjoining. I scrambled up to observe from on high and when my friend came over I whispered ‘Goths up trees!’”
I love a gothic picnic. It’s a fine opportunity to dress up and engage in unspoken uber-ness competitions such as ‘Who has the best/biggest parasol?’, ‘Who has the most ornate, impractical picnic-ware?’, ‘Who can eat the most cheese in one sitting and still keep their corset on?’, ‘Who has the most annoying goth dog?’, and, my personal favourite, ‘Who can drink the most absinthe without falling asleep?’ (me - hahah suckers).
Our goth here is one of my fellow country-people so bonus points for ‘strayan gofficks. She’s a good height up the tree, she’s not smiling and she’s in the shade. I have concerns about her footwear choice. Dunlop Volleys with fishnets and a beaded shawl is definitely a unique look. Not one I’d go for, personally, but it is very practical for tree climbing and stumbling home from a gothic picnic.
4.7 out of 5 - Anyone fancy a goth picnic (aka an absinthe drinking competition)?
Dravenraven submitted this photo with the comment “Where there’s a will, There’s a way. Got up there.”
Look at that, friends: this well-dressed eldergoth fought against the odds and climbed a slippery, moss covered tree despite likely arthritis in the knees from excessive goth dancing and dementia from excessive drug and alcohol use. This goth is proof that we can age gracefully and still climb trees in our elder years. That’s unless he’s actually 24…
Our eldergoth is out in daylight but he’s definitely in the shade. I can’t see how high he is up the tree but let’s go with low/medium. He looks a bit happy here but he did achieve a great thing for eldergothdom so I’m going to be lenient. I appreciate that this goth has also resisted sub-cultural pressure and has refused to dye his hair black. Go you good thing.
4.7 out of 5 - Giving hope to aging goths.
drewcifercdxx submitted this photo with the comment “I’m somewhat of an elder goth, as evidenced by my Robert Smith shirt. I’m up a dogwood, in an old cemetery. It was the middle of the day, that’s why I had it shot in black and white.”
At what age do you become an eldergoth, do you suppose? When I was a youngin’ I used to call anyone over 30 a “SOG” (sad old goth) but now I’m past that point I don’t know when the ‘elder’ bit starts. I don’t know if I want to be an eldergoth anyway. It sounds like I should be shaking my fist at the kiddiegoths and telling them to get out of my cemetery/dancefloor/black section at the op-shop… wait…
I like this goth’s honestly; he has embraced his eldergoth-ness and is celebrating it, and he admits that he has intentionally made the photo black and white due to the day time shot. He is a decent height in the tree, he’s not smiling, and he’s in a cemetery. Bonus points for the giant head of Robert Smith on his shirt and for just being honest about things. Refreshing.
4.7 out of 5 - I must be turning into an eldergoth if I find honesty exciting. When I swap the vodka for tea you’ll know things have really gone to shit.
nativityinblvck submitted this photo with the comment “my girlfriend brynna and i were walking in sutro forest in san francisco on a beautiful foggy afternoon and thought what better time to take gothsuptrees photos?”
"What better time to take goths up trees photos?", he says. NIGHT TIME is a better bloody time! I’m shocked anyone would think that foggy afternoon was superior to night time no matter the visibility level.
Our lovely goth couple here have excelled in all other areas of goths-up-tree-ness; they’re high up their tree/s, well dressed and they’re not smiling. I have the same earrings the violet haired goth is wearing but they’re too bloody heavy for my piss-weak little ears and I can’t wear them for fear of unintended lobe stretching, so bonus points for earlobe tugging endurance.
4.7 out of 5 - Apparently it’s World Goth Day AGAIN. Support your local goths up trees by bringing them a bottle of vodka and a straw and complimenting them on their new jacket. I’m celebrating by eating carrot soup to improve my night vision.
Jerome & Alice submitted this photo with the comment “Waiting to die”
What an appropriately goth way to start the year. Welcome to another year closer to your death, friends. It certainly feels like that for me as I think I’ve woken up with a cracking hangover every day for 2 weeks. Hell, if you can’t drink away the pain at Christmas, when can you?
Our pictured goths look to be a low-medium height in the tree. They’re certainly not smiling and they’re mostly out of the sun. I like the perspective here. The photographer has the prime up-tree position and has photographed the lower-order goths trying to deal with their hangovers below.
4.7 out of 5 - Communing with trees is an adequate hangover cure but vitamin B is better (with vodka).
osirianzen submitted this photo with the comment “Alt. models Osirian and Black Lily as Eric Draven and Harley Quinn. Photo by Barfridge LeStrange”
What the hell is Eric Draven doing fraternising with Harley Quinn during the day (or at any time for that matter)? Eric’s brooding character suits some up-tree lamentation and I suppose Harley could have decided to tease him about his love of gaffer tape and the way he badly copies her make-up.
It looks like a sunny day, which is quite disappointing. Eric is a decent height up the tree but he’s not smiling. I like that he has gone to the trouble to bring along his guitar. Harley Quinn appears to be a cyber-gothed up for the occasion.
4.7 out of 5 - Perhaps Harley is attracted to men who are bad at applying make-up. I know I am.
Elaine Valerie Rauhöft submitted this photo with the comment:
"This is my Goth up a tree. My daughter Hope has spent many hours in this tree throughout her life and I witnessed her gradual metamorphosis from child tree climber to Treegoth with great interest. This tree was her refuge and friend and even though she has grown up now, it still is. This dress took us 2 years to sew and we took these pictures when it was finally finished in May 2013."
If I had an actual heart rather than a beautifully carved ice replica, this story of a girl growing with her tree into goth-hood would warm it. Instead, my ice replica heart crunched a bit in irritation because it didn’t understand why a dress would take 2 years to make.
Dress construction time aside, this is a lovely photo of a goth up a tree. She’s high up the tree, she’s not smiling and her 2 year old dress is displayed to it’s fullest drapey capacity. It’s daylight but she’s in the shade.
4.7 out of 5 - Sometimes my ice replica heart and my vodka addled brain have disagreements ending in delicious slushies.
croserun submitted this photo with the comment “It was 2003. I was underage and convinced that oversized hoodies were the height of fashion. I stood in a tree in a corset, my friend perched above me. WE ARE GOTHS.”
I like how adamant she is that she and her friend are goths. Gone are the days when goths refused to be labelled. “No we’re not goths, we’re unique individuals who reject your tedious subculture stereotypes! We just like wearing black, damnit.” I have actual medical proof that I am a goth, as I just got some test results back that show that I’m severely vitamin D deficient. How does one become vitamin D deficient, I hear you ask? LACK OF SUNLIGHT. HA! Proof of goth!
They’re a decent height up the tree and they’re not smiling. It’s a cold and gloomy looking day, perfect for working on your vitamin D deficiency. They’re wearing the kind of outfits I would have worn in 2003, so bonus points there.
4.7 out of 5 - They should print your vitamin D status on goth cards for proof of gothness.
Stein submitted this photo with the comment “Saw this tree when I went to Suomenlinna just outside Helsinki, and could not resist climbing it :D”
I’m imagining this guy being drawn towards the tree against his will, trying desperately to resist and then just surrendering himself in a flurry of leaves, bondage straps and spikes. He looks a bit happy about surrendering to the tree but I think we’d all be pretty impressed about being up a tree in a bloody great sea fortress in Finland.
Our goth boy has managed to climb to a good height up the tree without snagging his bondage straps or messing up his hair. He’s mostly in the shade despite the daylight. He isn’t really smiling but he does look pretty happy with himself for making a rude hand gesture (or is he pretending he has scissors for fingers - I AM EDWARD SCISSOR HANDS).
4.7 out of 4 - Goths Up Trees: the least informative goth travel blog ever.
lauren krothe submitted this photo with the comment “i’m a singer-composer named lauren krothe, and in my most recent music video, a morbid tale of death and rebirth entitled “a darker side,” i managed to find my way up a tree. see for yourself! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSjfkzAfv6Q”
This alluring goth lady is in love with a darker side, as she declares in her music video, and decided that the best way to express that love was to sing about it while up a tree. Obviously, I agree that’s the most effective method of communication of dark-side love. In the video she looks pretty happy about it but luckily in this photo she has restrained her joy a bit. She’s high up the tree and she’s nicely gothed up for a bit of up-tree singing. It’s daylight but she’s in the shade. Bonus points for incorporating being a goth up a tree into a music video. There should be more of it.
4.7 out of 5 - Sing it from the tree tops… or from mid-tree
everything-in-ashes submitted this photo with the comment “Photo taken by me, thought it might fit!”
You’re right, friend, it does fit. Here we have a very pretty goth kneeling (?!) up a tree. Kneeling up a tree must be painful. Perhaps if you have horns attached to your head you don’t feel pain. I’ll have to try it. She’s high up the tree, she’s not smiling and, as you should bloody well know by now, I love blonde goths. She’s out in daylight but she’s oblivious to things like the sun and knee pain.
4.7 out of 5 - Perhaps she has secret knee pads that aren’t visible in the photo (or perhaps I’m a bit over sensitive about knees)
sociallyawkwardpanda submitted this photo with the comment “This photo is actually a picture of me from 2008. A friend of mine had a senior photography project to do, so she threw me into a dusty old wedding gown and made me climb into some fairly uncomfortable tree canopies. My apologies for the white gown; I realize it’s not very goth.”
Where would I be without people who take ye olde photos of goths up trees for photography projects? Yeah, probably the same place I am now, but with less random t-shirts in my house (you should make them leave my house - there’s 30% off*!)
Here we have yet another apologetic goth. There’s no need to apologise for white dresses, friends. I have posted several goths in white dresses in the past and I am a fan. I appreciate the light and shade in this photo and the way the goth’s dress is caught in the branches and twigs of her nest. She’s not smiling and she seems high in the tree. It’s daylight but she’s mostly in the shade.
4.7 out of 5 - I want to quote Marla Singer from Fight Club but she was talking about bridesmaid’s dresses not wedding dresses so it doesn’t work.
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kitty-katya submitted this photo with the comment “Here’s me at the uni ball last night after a little too much red wine. What you can’t see is this is in the cloisters of an old monastery.”
It’s true, I can’t see cloisters of an old monastery. I also can’t see an unsmiling goth, a goth high up a tree, fairies, a bottle of absinthe, a plate of fish and chips, or a cemetery, I would like to see all of those things right now. However, I can see a lush goth (or a goth lush?) draped over a sparkly fairy-light laden tree. Yes, she looks to have a smile on her face, but it’s the smile of the pleasantly drunk, so I’ll allow it. She hasn’t made much effort height-wise but there is always the chance of electrocution with fairy lights and no one likes to smell a crispy drunk goth (it’s all vinegar, patchouli, and chicken). Nice boots, dress and mask. Pity about the blurriness but bonus points for the night shot.
4.7 out of 5 - I’ve tried to pose drunk up a tree without smiling and even I struggle.
Emma Robson submitted this photo with the comment “My friends and I went to see Emilie Autumn the other day and took some photos beforehand~ (yes it is in the middle of the day but that’s only because we got to the line really early). Also this was taken in a cemetery with graves from the 1800’s, if that makes up for it being day-time”
I like this submission because the photographer chose to include a large portion of the tree trunk instead of the including all of the goth in the top left corner and/or any of the alleged gravestones near the tree. I suspect that the photographer was in an uncooperative mood due an Emilie Autumn inspired tea-rage pre-gig incident. Understandable, but annoying.
The goths are high up the tree and they’re not smiling. It’s daytime but they’re in the shade. Bonus points for the fully visible goth’s cute and practical gig outfit and for climbing in heels. I wish I could see more of the top goth but, thanks to the photographer, that’s not possible.
4.7 out of 5 - Having photos up trees before going to see a band is a splendid idea. Having photos with the band up trees is a spectacular idea.
Charlotte Johnson submitted this photo with the comment “Forget the Prime Meridian, go to Greenwich for the trees.”
I’m going to take your advice, Charlotte. I’m going to Greenwich in September and I’m going to find THIS TREE or ONE LIKE IT, because that is an amazing tree. That is also an amazing pose; sort of half seated/half standing, regal yet ready for action on the trunk of the tree. I very much like the finger splaying, dramatic cloak spreading and head position. It’s a gloomy day, the backdrop of skeletal trees is pleasing, and she’s not smiling. She’s looking suitably dark yet warm.
4.7 out of 5 - When in Greenwich, spend the longitude of your time with the trees (*sigh* I tried)
P.S. In serious goth news, in Manchester they’re treating violence against people of alternative subcultures (goths, emos, metallers etc.) as hate crimes, aided by the work of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. I have experienced occasional negative attention for being a goth such as verbal abuse, discrimination, and drunken fools who think it’s funny to make fun of goths in dodgy food joints at 3am *tiny mournful violins*, but I’ve never experienced violence. I was upset to learn that our Manchester alt friends do not feel safe in public to express themselves through the way they look and are being specifically targeted for looking alternative. The change in Manchester Police’s policy sounds like a positive step and I hope it helps reduce abuse because no one should be abused for looking differently (or abused at all, for that matter). GROUP HUG. </serious>