yourforeverdeadinmyeyes submitted this photo with the comment “Emily here, this is my lovely partner Jade”
He is lovely, Emily, but is he up a tree? He’s definitely near the tree and there seems to be a headstone in the background for bonus cemetery points, but I can hardly allocate height points when I suspect his two feet are on the cold, hard ground. He’s not smiling, thank the almighty bob, but he has dappled light on his skin. I hope he’s wearing some 30+. Bonus points for guyliner, cemetery and pretty hair.
2.95 out of 5 - I love it AND hate it when boys have prettier hair than I do.
Jackie submitted this photo with the comment “Two of my very good friends in a tree at our local cemetery in Humboldt county, forgive the smiles, thc tends to do that to you..”
If the gothic subculture is your subculture of choice, friend, then I would consider trying alternative ways of achieving an altered state of consciousness that do not cause you to do something unfortunate like smile. THC is clearly not helping your uberness.
Bonus points for the cemetery location. I like the resourcefulness shown by perching on the trunk at a medium height rather than the branches of the tree. I can’t fully see what’s going on with the outfit but it looks warm and practical. Not sure what the supporting cast member is doing lurking in the corner but he/she/it is adding some eeriness to the shot.
4 out of 5 - You need to consider your gothness in all states of consciousness.
Fate submitted this photo with the comment “Here you go.. my boy and and I, cliché it up by climbing up a tree IN a cemetery! I think we deserve bonus points because my boy here is the sexiest goth ever. Also.. my hair matches his pants. Impressive no? ;) (I’ll send through a couple more for you too so you can pick your favourite)”
Young goth love up a tree *sigh* This photo is my favourite but the other two are amazing as well. I do love a couple that colour coordinates. I believe they say that “a couple that colour coordinates will always be mates”. OK, I just made that up, but you often see elderly couples wearing matching tracksuits, don’t you? Yep. Case closed.
Our male goth is looking off into the distance in a masterful way and the lady goth’s kissing his hand in case he forgot that she was there (or she’s sucking on his finger, I’m not sure). Bonus points for the graveyard tree, colour coordination, being in the shade, and being generally awesome goths. Points deducted for tree height.
4.85 out of 5 - Couples who coordinate in graveyards…. um, something something something lifeguards.
Mariah submitted this photo with the comment “Wearing a Ouiji Board shirt to a grave yard may be brilliant or stupid, it’s a toss up really.”
I don’t know about the brilliant or stupid bit, Mariah. I think wearing a Ouija board shirt to a graveyard just suggests that you really love board games and aren’t afraid to show it to grieving people.
I’m very glad this goth brought her toy owl along with her because it definitely adds a certain owly je ne sais quoi (or, as the locals around here say it “jer-na-says-kwar”). There are some interesting headstones there; I particularly like the black pyramid. She’s a medium height up the tree, she’s not smiling and she’s added some darkened edges to make the whole thing more spooky. Bonus points for the owly friend and graveyard.
4.6 out of 5 - Points deducted for the parked cars. It would have been nice to see a hearse instead.
skylinesand-turnstiles submitted this photo wtih the comment “Here’s a photo of my friend trying to climb a tree in a graveyard. Sadly with her black jeans being too tight she couldn’t get her leg up.”
Lack of full range of leg movement is the curse of the tight jean-wearer (and pencil skirt wearer). To be honest, I don’t wear skinny jeans for this reason and because they are possibly the most unflattering pants in the history of the world for the majority of humanity (after culottes and those abhorrent drop-crotch pants).
This goth is clearly rocking her skinny jeans and good on her, I say. I like her strategically placed skeleton-hands. Her cardigan is a bit too colourful and rockabilly-inspired but perhaps she couldn’t find her black cardi in the dark (oh the woes of having a completely black wardrobe and getting dressed in the dark). She’s obviously putting in a lot of effort to climb that tree. She’s a lowish height, it’s daylight and she appears to be grimacing with effort. Bonus points for the cemetery and for the action shot. I hope she didn’t suffer from any unfortunate chaffing or pulled muscles from her tree-climbing effort.
4 out of 5 - Drop-crotch pants are wholly unattractive but surprisingly practical for tree climbing.
insanitywetrust submitted this photo with the comment “Cemetery Tree”
Look closely, fellow goths up trees appreciators, for you will see that this person is indeed in a cemetery. Is this a goth or is this a guy dressed in black? ‘What is the difference?’, I hear you ask, and I say to you: shoes. I know no goths who would wear sneakers such as those pictured. He may just be a goth who has made questionable footwear choices, though. I know I’m questioning my own footwear choice today.
If this guy isn’t a goth then he has made a significant effort with his eyeliner, nail polish, and thumb-holes in his top. He’s not smiling, it’s night time and he’s a decent height up the tree. Good effort. Points deducted for questionable shoe choices.
4.8 out of 5 - Questionable shoe choices will always come back to bite you.
Katty submitted this photo with the comment “I’m still not entirely sure how I climbed this tree in heeled boots when there weren’t really any footholds, but I’m glad I did because it made an excellent seat (with plenty of shade) from which to admire the graveyard I was in. My lovely friend took the photo, as she didn’t want to attempt to climb up to join me.”
This goth’s outfit is a good example of how your strategically placed kitchen-scissor hosiery holes can be made to look more authentic with the wear and tear caused by an up-tree experience. Yes, I’m making an assumption here but I believe it’s true. Either that or she’s much better at organising authentic-looking holes in her hosiery than I am (which is entirely possible as mine look so contrived that they scream ‘At one point in my life I had a tan and loved NKOTB and I don’t regret it’*).
She’s done very well to climb that high in those boots and to find a tree that close to a grave (so difficult, I find). I like the casual cross-legged perch and her lacy, holey, corsety outfit. Bonus points for pink hair and the fact that she left her glasses on to ensure she gets a better view. It’s daytime but she’s in the shade and she’s not smiling.
4.7 out of 5 - Perching like a pro.
* I was 10. Shut up.
Gina submitted this photo with the comment “Historic Columbian Cemetery in Portland”.
Here we have a traditional photo of a goth with tablecloth over her head, up a tree in a historic cemetery. I know, I know; it’s probably a lovely lace shawl and not a tablecloth at all. In addition to the shroud/mosquito net idea last week, I think the tablecloth/lace shawl is a fantastically practical and stylish way to keep the sun off while staying cool in summer. It may even be better than a parasol because you wouldn’t have smart-arses/bogans yelling “you know it’s not raining” at you despite the fact that you clearly have a parasol and not a bloody umbrella. *sigh*
She’s found herself a nice high and comfy bough to perch on in what looks like a very picturesque cemetery. It’s a sunny day but she’s in the shade/covered up. She’s not smiling, rather peeking out from under her shawl/tablecloth. Bonus points for excellent use of lace and her velvet skirt.
4.7 out of 5 - I’m off to the fabric store again but this time for black lace.
kittenbomb submitted this photo with the comment “We thought we were being original. It was in a victorian era cemetery and everything.”
If it’s any consolation to the submitter, that’s an original up-tree pose she’s striking. I like this pose because I’m not sure if it was intended to be an ‘at one with the tree’ kind of pose, or an ‘I’ve been flung at the tree by some invisible force and I’m now I’m impaled here’ kind of pose. I think it works either way.
I guess she removed her shoes for ease of tree-scaling, which is unfortunate. She’s quite high up the tree and she’s not smiling. It’s daylight but she gets bonus points for the cemetery, the interesting pose, and the gnarled old tree.
4.8 out of 5 - At one with the tree or impaled on the tree?
camarorush submitted this photo with the comment “The evening was dreary, depressing even. The graveyard was almost devoid of victims to bewitch: practically vacant. Yet there was nowhere but up for our coven’ to go, up trees….”
4 goths high up a tree in a graveyard at night time and none of them are smiling! *JOY* These guys sent me two other photos as well which you really should look at because they’re just as great and feature different goths.
The red lighting is particularly effective here and like the white light on the leaves. There’s a good variety of poses and facial expressions on the goths. I suspect that these guys have gothed up for the occasion which is one of the best things about their submission, I think. I may be wrong about this, of course, as my gothdar is calibrated to Level 2 Extreme Caffeine mode at the moment which has an error margin of +/-10 goth points. They’ve done well, no matter what.
5 out of 5 - Well done, friends. You’ve made me proud. You should have some absinthe tonight to celebrate your up-tree achievement.
hannah-sea submitted this photo with no comment.
If there isn’t a blog called “Goths at the Base of Trees”, or GATBOT for short, there bloody well should be because I have a few photos I could pass on. Until that happens, it is my duty to post them here but I have to give them a low tree height score. It’s just the way it goes. MY HANDS ARE TIED. Well, they’re not because I wouldn’t be able to type properly if they were. So, MY FEET ARE TIED.
So, here we have a goth looking distraught at the base of a tree in a graveyard. Was she distraught because it’s sunny and she forgot her sunscreen? Did she bang her head on a branch trying to climb the tree? Was she just trying to hide her face for fear of ridicule because she didn’t bother to even attempt to climb? We will never know. She’d better not be smiling under that hair because that’s the only thing I can give her points for apart from the graveyard.
3 out of 5 - Goths at the Base of Trees, coming to a tumblr near you.
Also, today is the last day you can use the discount code gothsneedshirts for 20% off t-shirts at Goths Up Tees. Buy one and get +10 goth points.
Toria submitted this photo with no comment.
Yes! A well-dressed sun-conscious goth up a tree in a graveyard. That’s what I like to see! I very much like her creative eye makeup and nose chain. I’ve always been too scared that I’d get a chain like that caught on my wrist spikes and rip out a piercing in a painful hair brushing incident to attempt such facial decoration. I appreciate it when others do it because I can admire it without the hair brushing fear.
This goth is quite high up the tree and she’s not smiling. Bonus points, of course, for being in a graveyard. It’s daytime but she has demonstrated sun-consciousness by wielding a parasol.
4.9 out of 5 - Fearless hair brushing goths should all wear nose chains to enable their ears to hear their noses better.
Claudia Little submitted this photo with the comment “ABQ grave yard. Old Yale grave yard ;)”
Whoa! That’s some serious goth up a tree action! We have lovely Wintry skeletal tree, a graveyard, a goth with a serious expression who is high up the tree, awesome boots, and an expressive pose. SUCH a pity about the daylight but it is quite a great photo anyway. I’m sure the graveyard is of some cultural significance.
4.9 out of 5 - there’s a lazy goth reading your submissions here and she’s most likely drunk and wearing papal vestments.
locography submitted this photo with the comment “Gothic Portraiture”.
A lovely goth up a tree in an old cemetery in Sydney (Australia, fiends). She looks as if she’s having a little day-dream there (contemplating whether or not to see the latest Tim Burton/Johnny Depp/Helena Bohnam-Carter shenanigans, perhaps?) I can’t imagine she’s all that comfortable with her legs kinda hanging down like that but she’s not showing it in her face and we have a nice view of shoes and that’s what counts.
She is quite high up the tree and she’s not smiling. It is day time but she’s in the shade. Bonus points for the old cemetery and the general prettiness of the photo.
4.8 out of 5 - Many a goth has contemplated this very same problem.
slimdustrial submitted this photo with the comment “This is a photo of a me up a tree, in an old, old grave yard on a cloudy day. I can assure you climbing this tree was fraught with peril. I had to climb the tree initially to escape the Grave Yard Pug. Luckily my fiancé was close to hand with a camera to capture a rarely spotted GUT.”
A “rarely spotted” goth up a tree? I think you’ll find goths are becoming more frequently spotted up trees as demonstrated in the pages of this site. Your tree climb was fraught with peril due to a graveyard pug? RIGHT. Actually, that might be quite terrifying to hear a pug creeping up on you if you didn’t know what it was. Still, RIGHT.
I’m going to take your word for it that this person is actually a goth, as the silhouette doesn’t give me much to work with. I can’t see whether they’re smiling. They kind of look as if they’re flexing their muscles in some kind of intimidation attempt, so it must be a SportsGoth™ we’re dealing with. They’re a reasonable height up the tree. It’s daylight but bonus points for a silhouetted graveyard photo and braving the evil graveyard pug.
4 out of 5 - Actually, he kind of looks like he’s doing the YMCA dance up a tree.