While cottagecore embodies the light, romantic and airy side of nature, goblincore is darker, more rustic and dabbles in the occult. Goblincore folk are less into butterflies and sunflowers and more into toads and mushrooms. The trend started on Tumblr, but now TikTokers have picked up the way of life.
What is goblincore on TikTok?
“Goblincore celebrates not just flawless gems, dazzling metals and meticulously kept treasuries, but also damaged coins, cool rocks, bits of scrap metal, maybe even beads, bugs and buttons,” according to Urban Dictionary.
In goblincore people tend to collect nature often opting for things with occult-like elements. Things like elf ear cuffs, crystals, animal skulls, soil and moss all fall within the range. If you could inhabit the world of Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings, it would probably be described as goblincore.
The hashtag #goblincore currently has 517.1 million views on TikTok.
Why do people embrace the goblincore lifestyle?
According to trend expert Amanda Brennan, goblincore is often tied to “queerness and anti-capitalism.”
“There’s something incredibly freeing about goblincore. Mushrooms are huge in the community and some species of fungi have thousands of sexes — it’s just about vibing and existing, not fitting into a mold,” Brennan told the Guardian.
Goblincore embraces what nature has to offer and rejects the frivolous nature of consumption in capitalism. (Although you can buy tons of goblincore products on Etsy.) The lifestyle is also a way of rejecting social norms.
“Another thing I find to be a big part of the goblincore community is wanting to escape society and live in the woods. Part of this is wanting to get away from all the societal standards that are set in place,” Sküg, a 19-year-old who identifies with goblincore, told Vice.
The goblincore aesthetic on TikTok
Is goblincore antisemitic?
People have noted that antisemitic depictions of Jewish people have often presented the group as goblins. However, goblincore folk insists the community is all about inclusivity. Some prefer to use the term “mushroomcore” or “mosscore” to shed any perceived ties to antisemitism.
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