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After Hours is an aesthetic inspired by the feelings and impressions of seeing a usually populated setting empty at night. After Hours isn’t defined in terms of media, but instead, the feelings that can emit from being at these places in person. Places that can come under this aesthetic are not limited to physical places. Places online such as abandoned blogs, empty game servers, and inactive websites can elicit similar feelings.

One important aspect of After Hours is the always present tranquility, sometimes with a concomitant mystery or suspiciousness. This is the biggest difference between After Hours and the adjacent aesthetic, Liminal Space, which is intentionally designed to be unsettling.[1]

Several people who have this aesthetic like to explore with a small group of friends or prefer to be on their own, some others have no option but to be active during night. These types of people love silence and quiet settings. Being away from everyone and everything is comforting to them.

Visuals

Visuals for After Hours tend to be dimly lit public areas usually bustling with people, but are shown as empty. Photos have streetlights that are on 24/7 as the rest of the street is dark and lifeless. Unlike the Liminal Space aesthetic, these empty areas are not always intended to be unsettling, rather they are supposed to invoke a feeling of rebelliousness and tranquility. To people that participate in this aesthetic, the late hours are mysterious and contemplative, a moment filled with the imagery of light poles, shady corners, clocks, trash blowing, wanderers and cat's eyes lurking.

Activities

After Hours activities usually involve interacting with empty public areas; whether it be travelling through or waiting for someone that may never come.

Some activities related to After Hours are illegal or dangerous, please be aware of this as you read the following list. This page featured on Aesthetics Wiki does not condone participation in any illegal/unsafe activities depicted.

  • Nightwalking
  • Nightdriving
  • Prostitution
  • Studying
  • Going out for street drugs or alcohol
  • Working on the night shift
  • Avoiding the public eye
  • Watching TV

Media

Movies

  • After Hours (1985)
  • Good Time (2017)
  • Night On Earth (1991)
  • Irréversible (2002)
  • Escape From New York (1981)
  • The Warriors (1979)
  • Strange Days (1995)
  • Before Sunrise (1995)
  • The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • Dark City (1998)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • Halloween II (1981)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
  • Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
  • The Terminator (1984)
  • The Kirlian Frequency (2017)
  • Uncut Gems (2019)
  • Last Life in the Universe (2003)

Anime & Manga

  • Yofukashi no uta (Call of the Night)

Video games

  • Five Nights at Freddy's

Music

As an aesthetic based heavily on ambient, ambient-based, and adjacent music genres can be seen as complementary to this aesthetic.

Artists

  • Conan Gray
  • Clairo
  • Mild High Club
  • Cavetown

Songs

  • "505" by Arctic Monkeys
  • "Idle Town" by Conan Gray
  • "Comfort Crowd" by Conan Gray
  • "Homage" by Mild High Club
  • "Poison Tree" by Grouper

Resources

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

Playlists

Pinterest Boards

YouTube

Gallery

References

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