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.
Bianka Grüneberg-Meyer submitted this photo with the comment “hello hello, here I am in a selfmade dress up on a broken tree on “Urwald” Lovely greetings from Germany”
Lovely greetings back at you, Bianka! I was in Germany last month and I saw no goths up trees. I didn’t even see any goths in the general vicinity of a tree (apart from myself, of course, but I don’t count). Perhaps I missed them because they were, like this lady, wearing earthy tones and were camouflaged. Either that or goths don’t get up trees on the autobahn, at tourist destinations, or in bars…
I know some of you will be questioning this lady’s gothness due to her outfit. I put it to you that her steampunk-y, Victorian inspired outfit is goth-compatible. I think you’ll agree that the picture is lovely, though. She’s a low height in the tree and she’s not smiling. It’s daylight but she’s in the midst of a scene of beautiful death and decay.
3.7 out of 5 - I think I need to go back to Germany and search a little harder.
so-i-mimed-ducks submitted this photo with the comment “British goth up a French tree…”
That’s bloody multicultural goth up a tree action, that is. I propose that this is how we solve international conflict: everyone involved gets up a tree belonging to an opposing nation and then they discuss the issues. Probably via video conference. Up tree video conferences in the dark with all involved dressed in goffick attire and trying not to smile. I can’t imagine this idea not working.
This goth is a decent height up the tree, they’re not smiling and they’re in the shade, although it is daylight. Bonus points for the spiky accessories. I don’t know what’s written on the t shirt but I probably should.
4.4 out of 5 - do they mean that the tree is located in France or is the tree native to France?
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.
sempiternaltearsontape submitted this photo with the comment “This was one of several trees my friend Laura and I climbed on Friday 13th. This particular photo was taken by our wonderful friend Bryce in a 19th Century cemetery in Sydney not too far from where I live.”
Happy gothmas everyone! To celebrate gothmas (or Halloween as you non-goths call it) we have some of my countrymen (or country-people) up a tree in a cemetery in front of a McDonalds establishment. It’s so good of Maccas to set up shop next to a cemetery to cater for the small portion of the goth population who love a bit of fast food after a long hard up-tree cemetery session.
Our goths here are doing all the right things: they’re high up the tree, they’re not smiling and they’re gothed up appropriately. They’re out in daylight but they’re in the shade. I’m not sure whether their up-tree positions suggest relaxed goth-friendship or if one is supporting the other after she ingested some fast “food”. Either way I like it.
4.8 out of 5 - I hope there’s a pub near that cemetery as well.
madfishmonger submitted this photo with the comment “After the Grand and Gothic Ball, we went to the nearby graveyard and took some photos. My friend kept making me laugh, but I am trying to look gloomy; I didn’t want to lose points for smiling.”
What kind of friend tries to make a fellow goth smile whilst she’s up a tree and has all the elements of a 5 star photo going for her? An inconsiderate friend who should probably be struck from the friends-list! This goth isn’t strictly smiling but she does look amused. She’s in a commanding pose and is well dressed for a Ball. I particularly like the self-stripe theme to her outfit. She’s high up the tree and it’s night time. Top work.
4.98 out of 5 - Reassess friendships with sabotaging goths
Karla submitted this photo with the comment “Chilling.”
Chilling or chilly? This goth seems to have lost her clothes somewhere along the line. I’m glad she retained her shoes because cold feet are just the worst! How does a goth lose their clothes but not their shoes? Um, while changing outfits for a photoshoot she became startled by a rogue amorous deer and hid up a tree? I’m concerned about the potential for sunburn here due to near maximum skin exposure, especially being blonde ‘n all. She doesn’t look concerned though.
She’s a decent height up the tree, she’s not smiling and she’s in the shade although she is out in the sun. Her outfit is somewhat limited but it is a pretty setting. Ah, nice shoes.
4.3 out of 5 - I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay.
frankenmermaid submitted this photo with the comment “This was where I spent my lunch the last 3yrs of high school. My friend heard of your page and decided to snap this photo one day.”
I can’t help but picture this lovely goth lady spending 3 years’ worth of lunch breaks in this exact position and imagine how much that would hurt her back, which could explain the slightly pained expression on her face.
She’s high up the tree, in the shade and has a nice summertime goth outfit on. I wouldn’t say she was smiling, but she does look as if she’s in pain/probably needs to relieve herself shortly. Points deducted for low photo quality.
4.3 out of 5 - You’d pull that face too if you’d been sitting like that for 3 years.
marymisery submitted this photo with the comment “Myself with a friend at a local cemetery. I AM up the tree as you can see from behind me along with the headstones. But if you look behind me- lo and behold, more trees! <3! “
This goth knows The Rules™ and has explained her up-tree situation accordingly, so bonus points there. This is quite a lovely photo but I’m distracted by 2 things: 1) her phenomenally long eyelashes, and 2) her elbow. I’m not usually distracted by elbows, by the way, but this is one of those weird elbow-staring situations that I find myself in now and then.
Elbows aside, bonus points for the gravestones, the fading light, the lack of smiling and what appears to be a decent up-tree height. Nicely done.
4.85 out of 5 - Now all I can think of is a bunch of goths doing the chicken dance.
Jennifer Roche submitted this photo with the comment “This was taken by my daughter and is in our local park in Dublin, Ireland. This particular tree is very low-hanging and easy climb. Handy if you’re in high-heeled boots….which I was! ;)”
I hate to tell you, needlessly worried parents of babygoths around the world, but being a goth often isn’t ‘just a phase’, as proven by this eldergoth up a tree. It’s true that some goths do magically wake up having morphed over night into rockabilly types, or gradually tone it down until they’re just vaguely alternative people who like the odd black boot, but many just keep on keeping on.
This particular eldergoth has done well to get to that height in her high-heeled boots but, unfortunately, she is smiling. You’d think that all those years of gothness would turn your mouth into a permanent child-scaring sneer. Damn, I was counting on that. She’s out in the daylight but she’s in the shade. Bonus points for the cute outfit.
4.6 out of 5 - Eldergoths, we salute you!
thechemicaldarkness submitted this photo with the comment “My boyfriend and I took it upon ourselves to climb this tree as it seemed the perfect spot to eat cookies :)”
Eating cookies up trees isn’t really all that goth, though, is it? That is unless the cookies were made of dark chocolate, spices, and the eyeliner-infused tears of Robert Smith, and they were dunked in goblets of Swiss absinthe.
Our goth looks a little scared here but perhaps they were *those* kind of cookies and she was feeling a tad paranoid. I wouldn’t worry if I were her because she looks ensconced in her tree. She’s not smiling, she is a decent height up the eucalyptus (?!) tree and she’s in the shade, despite the daylight. Bonus points for the frilliness of the outfit..
4.85 out of 5 - I need a snack.
Sara submitted this photo with the comment “I showed my partners your website and they lolied me up and made me climb a tree! :-)”
Our goth here has made it sound like she was forced to loli-up and climb this tree as some sort of revenge by her partners for showing them this site. Come to think of it, her hands could be tied behind her back in this photo too. This raises the question, how on earth could you climb a tree with massive platform goth-loli mary-janes and your hands tied behind your back? You can’t. She must have teleported up. Awesome.
She’s nicely lolied up for the forced tree-sitting occasion, so well done to her partners. She’s high up the tree and she’s not smiling but she does have an amused look in her eye. It’s daylight but she’s in the shade. Bonus points for teleportation.
4.8 out of 5 - Sit up trees of your own free will.
EvilToasterMuffin submitted this photo and two others with the comment:
I have been wanting to send a picture in for a very long time. I apologize for the daylight- I figured evening light is better than stabby, stab, stab by a mugger since its not safe at night here. And the the smile is a smile for evil and darkness! :p I made the dress myself. I am rocking boots and strippy socks too! Thank you!
“A smile for evil and darkness”? That’s a new one, so points for giving that a try. I’m glad that our goth didn’t put herself in danger of “stabby, stab, stab by a mugger” for the sake of a photo. However, it would have made an amazing action shot. NEW BLOG IDEA: Goths stabbing muggers with parasols up trees… it’d never work.
Our goth made her impressive dress and gets bonus points for sewing ability. We can see her stripy socks and excellent pointy boots in her third photo which she kindly provided for proof. She’s high up the tree and she has a parasol to shield her from the sun’s rays and potential muggers. She’s smiling but that’s the smile of someone who isn’t being mugged. I have that smile right now.
4.8 out of 5 - Smile if you’re not being mugged!
ecksipoo submitted this photo with the comment “Brutal Goth <3”
I can’t really see much of what’s going on here but we’re told its br00tal. My uber goth pug is the most br00tal person in the house (you can tell by her hat) and she said this. I’ll take her word for it.
Our br00tal goffick is a lowish height in the tree but she’s not smiling and she’s added +10 atmosphere and made it near impossible to judge the type of day by making the image black and white. Cunning and brutal. What next?
4 out of 5 - Always refer to your pets when it comes to questions of br00tality.
Rachel Gilley submitted this photo with the comment “Here’s one for ya, Madame Archel up a tree, about 10 years ago in a cemetery OF ALL THINGS. I know. Imagine.”
A photo of the lovely and ageless (damn her) Madame Archel dressed as a fairy up a tree! I had a quiet fangirl moment when I received this because I used to “follow” Madame Archel during my baby-goth days where I spent the majority of my internet time looking at hot goff chix on LiveJournal groups and trying to copy their make-up *sigh*. Now I reflect on it, I still do that, just not on LiveJournal.
Anyway, this photo is 10 years old and, yet again, proves the enduring appeal of being a goth and posing up a tree. Our goth isn’t smiling and she’s high up the tree. It’s daylight and she’s unfortunately slightly in the sun. Bonus points for the PVC, the hair falls, the fairy wings, and the age of the photo.
4.8 out of 5 - I forgot to mention the cemetery but we can’t see it so it’s like it doesn’t exist.