Forestpunk, also known as forestcore, is an aesthetic in the naturecore family. It is similar to cottagecore in its high regard for nature and mutual support. However, forestpunk is less restrictive of technology, having a particular liking of solar-based items. Cooperation with nature and mutual support are core values present in all aspects of the aesthetic.
Forestpunk also diverges from other related aesthetics in its inspiration. Where cottagecore is derived from a romanticization of a European rural lifestyle, life in the way forestpunk proposes was and still is practiced by several cultures around the world. As such, there is a lot of room for variation within it, with flavours based on pre-Roman (or pre-colonizer) lifestyles, such as those of the Nordic, Uralic, Roma, Celtic, Siberian, Austronesian, Subsaharan, Aborigine, and Native American peoples[Footnote 1] , and a fair amount of independent flavours purely based on the core values.
There is some overlap with cryptidcore due to the more feral nature of the aesthetic, mosscore for obvious reasons, and goblincore due to the recollection of mosses, rocks, and plants used for decoration (in non-harmful ways to the environment) being a core tenant of it.
Dark greens, browns, and (some) light blues are quintessential to the clothing style associated with this aesthetic, with baggier clothing items being a suggestion but not a must. Some items to base a wardrobe are:
- Light blouses/(commonly long-sleeved) shirts
- Slim-to-skinny jeans (straight leg also common)
- Light jackets
- Boots (non-rubber)
- Solid-color fabric sneakers
- Long coats
Fur clothing is not unheard of, but because of the importance of being in harmony with nature, faux-furs are the preferred option.
Light pendants are optional, and can be substituted with round, solid-color earrings (usually black).
While the building itself is ideally a treehouse, this is not necessary, and a peaceful earthy vibe can be achieved with the correct placement and style of furniture and other trinkets. Colours to include are those from the clothing style, though white is more present to give harmony to the walls and ceilings. Things to consider when decorating a room are:
- Empty space is your friend. A few rocks here-n-there won't hurt, but keep spaces clean and semi-ordered (that is, you can accumulate silently, not flamboyantly)
- Plants, mosses, and rocks are, for obvious reasons, essential
- Lighting is important, but bear in mind the mid-shadow that reaches the forest floor and use that image to use curtains and lightbulbs appropriately
- A small-to-mid-sized gardening area is good, but the spotlight should be towards native vegetation
- Remember: plants, mosses, and rocks
- A wildlife feeder will let you see and interact with, well, wildlife!
- Did I already mention plants, mosses, and rocks? Anyway, yeah, plants, mosses, and rocks
Like with cottagecore, there is a certain set of lifestyle aspects that go hand-in-hand with the aesthetics, such as:
- Regular foraging for food
- Gardening for fruits, veggies, fungi, and condiments
- Zero waste
- Rainwater use
The last three are of particular importance, as environmental preservation and restoration are two of the original reasons for the creation of the term 'forestpunk.'
Because of its greater focus on ecology & sustainability, forestpunk is invariably linked with green politics and environmental movements, as well as various equality movements. Forestpunk, like most other aesthetics based on nature & mutual aid, is related to anti-capitalist and anarchist movements, particularly green anarchy[Footnote 2] and other indigenist movements. Equality is fundamental to forestpunk, and discrimination is heavily opposed in the community, with a clear distancing from groups such as supremacist & "traditional value" groups.
- Beware of cultural appropriation. While you may decide to include some practices, avoid cultural insensitivity.
- See zone à défendre, the Zones to Defend in France