lovedeathdisco submitted this photo with the comment “this here tree, grew deliberately in this unconventional manner to uphold betwixt it’s limbs, a goth, in the ghastliest of fogs, beneath a dreary autumn’s eve rain, on the island that is newport, rhode island. [note: rhode island itself is not an island, but a state]. miseries, mate! #noedits #gothsuptrees #nohashtag”
This goth’s florid description of his photo has made my job a bit redundant. Whatevs. He’s a low-medium height in the tree but it’s night time and he’s not smiling. Bonus points for the foggy backdrop, excessive guy-liner and intense pose. I would have appreciated slightly better lighting but you can’t win ‘em all. Look: Orbs! Some unusual person once told me that the orbs in flash photos were the “souls of the dead”. Oh, how I laughed (without smiling, it’s a special skill).
4.98 out of 5 - There’s nothing more depressing than a redundant goth laughing without smiling about dust/water/pollen particles in flash photography.
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.
mostfacinorous submitted this photo with the comment “Everyone we know has been very carefully avoiding being found in the compromising position of being both goth and in a tree ever since we learned of the existence of gothsuptrees. But one of us was bound to slip up eventually. Fair is fair, though, and so up it goes.”
This goth has found himself a comfortable spot to tweet about how alone he is as the only individual at a party full of god-damned hipsters #treegoth #someoneturnoffthecrystalcastles #waitingfordeath #lostmyglove #nofilter
There are many elements of this photo that I like; it’s night time, our goth is not smiling, he’s in a fairy-light laden tree, he’s partaking in an alcoholic beverage, and he couldn’t be bothered to put down his bloody phone. I’m concerned about our goth’s height in the tree, so I’m going to deduct points for that (unless I receive proof that he is properly in the tree).
4.8 out of 5 - Another goth succumbing to the inevitable and tweeting about it
Lu Rod submitted this photo and several others with the comment “I love treeclimbing!”
Here we have a lovely gothy up-tree photo featuring a charming goth in a top-hat with nearly full skin coverage, as you can see in this helpful pre-climb photo he also submitted. He’s well dressed, high in the tree and he’s not smiling, so points there. There’s a minor deduction for the daylight, although 98% of his skin is covered (does his face count for 2%?)
I’m not sure if I should add or subtract points for the quantity of photos he gave me to choose from because I had difficulty deciding and I don’t like it when I people make things more difficult for me. He is clearly passionate about trees, though, so I can’t be annoyed at him for long.
4.9 out of 5 - I hope this guy has tree climbing listed as a skill on his résumé.
Lee submitted this photo with the comment “This is my Goth friend Dan climbing a tree after a couple beverages. This was the first time he’d smiled in years, I guess climbing trees had that sort of effect on Goths”
As a fellow drunken goth, I am fully aware of the difficulty in maintaining a straight face when attempting inebriated up-treeness. However, some uber goths manage it. “How?” I hear you ask. Sometimes it’s practice, sometimes their facial muscles have atrophied, sometimes it’s the PVC gently tugging at a single pube, but mostly it’s just sheer force of uberness that gets them through. This guy sadly isn’t afflicted by uberness.
It’s night time and he’s clearly on the move between pubs. I’m getting a more ‘hipster who wears black’ feel to his outfit instead of outright gothness, so points deducted there. He’s hanging at a low height and he’s smiling like there’s no goth reputation to uphold tomorrow.
2.4 out of 5 - I don’t believe for a second that this is the first time this guy has smiled in years. He looks like a habitual smiler.
siriku submitted this photo with the comment “Taken by a friend in a forest near Southampton. Hope you like!”
I like, friend, I like. It’s making me wish I still smoked so I could get in on the up-tree smoking action. Sitting up a tree with an e-cig doesn’t really look as tough or mysterious, sadly.
Our goth here should be in an ad for New Rocks because his are displayed here to their full potential (his boots, for the disgraceful non-goth readers who don’t know their Demonias from their New Rocks). He’s looking pretty darn nonchalant with is coat draping down the tree and his relaxed pose. It’s daylight but he’s in the shade. He’s not smiling and he’s high up the tree. Top job.
4.8 out of 5 - This photo inspires me to smoke and to grow a beard. Sadly, my gender prevents the beard growing bit. Curse you, gender!
Alastair Appleby submitted this photo with the comment “Whilst taking our Grandson to a park I saw this tree and thought let`s go for it, your only young twice, even though I was wearing my new Sacrosanct Festival Tee shirt, I might even be the eldest Goth on here.”
I’m pretty sure this guy is the eldest goth on here. He’s definitely the only one that has a grandchild (that I know of, kiddy goths these days can procreate young). I’m attributing the out of focus photo to the fact that the eldergoth photographer forgot their glasses, so we’re lucky that the goth up the tree was in the frame at all.
I can’t wait until I’m an eldergoth so I can wear prescription black sclera contact lenses with my gravity affected droopy tattoos and piercings, platform boots (with no tread) and my all-black outfit to lawn bowls. I’ll be all ‘In your face, lawn bowls authorities’, and then I’ll bite into a fake blood capsule and then spit my false teeth at them.
Back to the goth at hand, he’s high up the tree so bonus ‘oh my aching knees’ points for that. He has a slight smile on his face but we’re going to ignore that. He’s out in daylight but it’s an overcast looking day. Many bonus points for eldergoth-ness and festival attendance. Rock.
4.5 out of 5 - Respect your eldergoths
Sam B submitted this photo with the comment “At Burning Man I found a tree made of bones (real ones, not casts!), nothing for it but to get a photo. Sadly I couldn’t climb it as the tree would not have stood up to it well. Please excuse the dust, it un-blackened my clothing.”
Yes, yes, he’s not up the tree but the tree is made of real bones! I want a tree made of bones! I could make one from chicken bones from last night’s roast but it would be a very small tree. Hold on, I could make a chicken bone Christmas tree! YES
Our goth here is as far up his tree as he can be in the circumstances. It’s night time and he’s not smiling. Bonus points for one of the gothest trees I’ve seen yet. The concept of a goth attending Burning Man intrigues me but I’m making the assumption that this goth only emerges from his tent at night thereby avoiding all that nasty sun.
3.99 out of 5 - One chicken bone Christmas tree coming right up.
Dan submitted this photo with the comment:
“This is a photo of my friend Dave up a tree in Harlow town park. Our band Surrender The Coast were on tour and had some time to kill before our show in Harlow that night so we went for a walk and spotted the opportunity. I think he looks rather deep in thought.”
I suspect he’s deep in thought about how he can increase his hardcore-ness level beyond Level 3: ‘In a band with a totally hardcore name’. I would suggest some tattoos, maybe a flesh tunnel or two. I think we can safely say that this guy is more hardcore/metalcore than goth but, you know, to the untrained eye all those bloody black-wearing kids look the same. He’s high up the tree, he’s not smiling and he’s in the shade on an overcast looking day. Bonus points because I’ve been on holiday and I’m feeling generous.
3.4 out of 5 - Stop taking advantage of my holiday-induced generosity.
[edited because even I thought I was too generous]
glendon-allens-monster submitted this photo with the comment “Me up a tree in Oakwood Cemetery”
Glendon here has done a top job with this one. He’s found a tree that some moron with a swiss army knife defaced with uber profound words that make me want to stab myself in the eye with my stylus. I must restrain myself, however, for the sake of the trees… and my fellow goths.
Our goth here is high up the tree, he’s not smiling, and he’s in the shade, although it is daylight. He hasn’t given me a location because there are approximately 20 million cemeteries in the world called ‘Oakwood’, which would be disappointing if I cared in the slightest.
4.6 out of 10 - Scar yourself not trees.
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.
Ian submitted this photo with no comment.
These boys have both reached commendable tree heights in this picture but I don’t think they’re overly goth; perhaps more goth-compatible. I don’t know what it is about the top guy but his pose, his hair situation, or something reminds me of the most charming animal in the world, a sloth. Sloths must be mostly goth because they share 3 letters between them and they sit around in trees a lot. Yes, I’m struggling a bit here.
They’re not smiling and they’re both at an excellent height up the tree. Points for effort with the face paint and poses. It’s daylight and they’re out in the sun so points deducted there.
3 out of 5 - I FOUND SOME GOTH SLOTHS - here and here and this fine animated gif here
David Hanjani submitted this photo with no comment.
I suspect this person decided to put on all the black clothing they could find and climbed the tree while cleverly covering their face to ensure their co-workers wouldn’t recognise them at work in the morning. I could be wrong… nah.
For starters, his co-workers probably don’t read this blog (fools!). For main course, I can’t see his face so I can’t detect from his eyes whether he’s an authentic goff or not (yes, it’s my superpower and it’s on my résumé under ‘Other Skills’). For dessert, BLACK FOREST CAKE because it’s the gothest and tree-est dessert in the world. Hmmm black forest cake.
This potential once-off goth (OOG) has done well to cover nearly all skin in blackness, which is great. Excellent effort with the boots although they could be more stompy. I suspect he borrowed that scarf from his Mum but good on him for having a Mum with funky scarves. He’s high up the tree. Who knows if he’s smiling.
4 out of 5 - Black forest cake. Black forest cake. Black forest cake.
fangbrain submitted this photo with the comment “My Friend and I had been looking for some good trees to submit. We tried the local graveyard, but the tree we wanted to climb wasn’t very sturdy, and a huge tree we found in the middle of an old forest, well it was a pain in the ass to get to. So we got photos in the middle of a park.”
It warms the putrid old molluscs of my heart to know that this goth and his friend took the time to find the best tree in multiple locations, instead of just submitting any old crap tree and hoping for the best. I think you’ll all agree with me that this dedication to the cause has resulted in a very fine photo of a goth up a tree. He’s looking quite suave and nonchalant, like he was born to pose up trees. The tree is very sturdy looking and, as a result, our goth was able to climb high. It’s daylight but it’s an overcast day and our goth is in the shade.
4.8 out of 5 - Do your research and reap the up-tree rewards