suilean-dubh submitted this photo with the comment “My bf-at-the-time-but-no-longer were taking a walk in a light drizzle early last spring and I wanted to climb a tree because hey it’s fun and he snapped this.”
Call me nosey, but I wish this goth had given us some details about why she’s no longer with her “bf-at-the-time-but-no-longer”. If I had to guess, I’d say it was because the ex-bf experienced podophobia (fear of feet) and she was a shoe-less and fancy free goth who became tired of her beloved constantly trying to conceal her feet. What started off as an endearing foible became a bloody nuisance and she broke it off in a fit of rage after a particularly irritating visit to the local mall.
This photo was clearly taken in happier times hence the slight smile and the full display of feet. Our goth is appropriately pale and black-clad. She’s a decent height up the tree and it’s either overcast or taken at dusk.
4.4 out of 5 - I have a phobia of becoming dendrophobic.
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.
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
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.
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.
woolfie submitted this photo with the comment “Tamsin from AAAK [As Able As Kane] up a tree after playing INfest Festival 2013. #GothsUpTrees”
Wow, this highly patterned goth totally exceeded the non-smiling requirement here to the point that she looks like someone took her alcohol away from her. No alcohol? SAD FACE. She should be happy faced if she just played at Infest. She’s a decent height up a picturesque weeping willow. She has no trace of a smile on her face. It’s daylight but she’s in the shade.
4.8 out of 5 - I suspect the sad face is because one of the other bands on the Infest lineup drank her rider.
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.
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.
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
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!