As we mentioned, our influence for Goths In Trees Day is a website our Online Content Manager Jim Beckmann came across that had us all cracking up: Goths Up Trees. Thankfully, we were able to have a quick chat with the solitary Goth who runs the site:
KEXP: How did you come up with the concept for Goths Up Trees?
Goths Up Trees: I stumbled across a group of stranded goths up a tree during a walk through the musty Tasmanian rainforest while sipping Swiss absinthe, listening to Bauhaus and reading Baudelaire. It turned out the goths had been chased up a tree by a ferocious Tasmanian Devil that was hungry for anaemic, vitamin D deficient blood and they had been up there for hours, starved of alcohol, network connectivity and clove cigarettes. They pleaded for my help, as a fellow goth, and perhaps the use of my eyeliner for touch ups. I took a photo of them for posterity and decided to dedicate a blog, and my life, to capturing photos of the elusive goth up a tree.
How many photo submissions do you receive a day?
Initially I was receiving about 6 a day. Now I receive 1-2 a day. I have a backlog of about 200 photos waiting to be posted.
Can you tell us, in your opinion, what makes a good photo of a goth in a tree? What qualities lead to a high ranking? Have there ever been any photos to get a 5 out of 5 rating?
For a high ranking, the photo needs to be:
• taken at night time,
• the subject/s need to be of the goth persuasion (subjective, I know),
• the goth/s shouldn’t be smiling, and
• they should be relatively high off the ground.
It helps if it’s a good quality photo, it has a certain spooky atmosphere and is slightly unnerving. There have been quite a few 5s. My favourite would have to be this one because there was a lot of effort put in to it and it oozes spooky awesomeness.
Are there any goth musicians you’d personally like to see up a tree?
These are not necessarily all strictly ‘goth’ but I would love to see Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails up an Ent, Nick Cave up a large cactus, Andy LaPlegua from Icon of Coil/Combichrist up a magnolia, Siouxsie Sioux up a weeping willow, Peter Murphy from Bauhaus up a baobab tree, Rudy from Wumpscut up a cork oak with his Mum, Chibi from The Birthday Massacre up a apricot tree. Or, you know, anyone up anything, really.
Thank you, Goths Up Trees!