Coffinwood is an aesthetic term coined in late 2020 by Tumblr user Roy The Drifter, meant to be a direct response to Cottagecore and to go against the aesthetics dominant among the younger Millennial and Generation Z populace, despite Roy being a late Millennial himself.
Coffinwood is rural and rustic, but it is darker, more masculine and melancholic in its character. There is a sense of nostalgia and a reverence for the past and for Americana and older pop culture as well as an active rejection of more modern views typical of the Millennials and Generation Z.
However, that nostalgic reverence is also melancholic and is often paired with sentiments of paranoia and fear as well as the feeling that the world has gone insane and society is on the brink, with the only hope being to preserve and revere the past and to "clock out" of the mainstream society and live in the countryside.
In a private chat on Discord, Roy The Drifter revealed that he was a transgender man in his late 20's who created the aesthetic as an expression of his feelings that he did not fit in with either mainstream society or the subcultures of his own generation and his active dislike of mainstream culture and mentality of his generation.
He wanted to combine his love of old Americana with his love of horror fiction, Halloween, the occult, anime, and the supernatural with his rural upbringing in a dark aesthetic to express his feelings.
- Lonesome roads
- Old Buildings
- Haunted places
- Classic cars
- The Wild West
- Empty countrysides
- Leather jackets
- Classic anime and video Games