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Piratecore is an aesthetic based around the themes of pirates, a person who attacks and robs ships at sea. It usually involves boats, the sea, and treasure rather than actual crime. It draws its inspiration from aesthetics such as Adventurecore and Crowcore, and may include things such as: collecting shells/rocks/trinkets/bones/etc, studying maps and constellations, sea travel, and sketching. Some may even take pride in their weaponry, mainly consisting of swords and daggers.

People valuing Pirate aesthetics either have strong aspirations to travel the oceans, or ties to beachside mountains and/or homes.

The aesthetic does get slight criticism due to the bad reputation of pirates in history. Though, the aesthetic itself does not value stealing and thieving, nor does it mean to present colonialism. The community around this aesthetic instead value freedom, fairness, curiosity and balance. Loyalty is a large factor in Pirate, and a moral code is usually presented. They are interested in the unknown and the mysteries of the ocean, and believe in hard work and a strength of heart and mind.



  • Old/rusted coins and other gold trinkets
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Fossils
  • Waves
  • Marine skeletons/skulls
  • Sand
  • Vintage lockets and watches
  • Ships
  • Quills & ink
  • Hourglasses
  • Compasses
  • Keys
  • Sculptures relating to the sea
  • Seaweed
  • Coastal cliffs



  • Collecting rocks, shells and minerals
  • Collecting small bones, skeletons or fossils
  • Practicing in arts of fencing or using swords and daggers
  • Collecting constellation charts and maps
  • Stargazing
  • Sailing
  • Hand-writing letters
  • Sea travel or coastline travel
  • Collecting coins or stamps
  • Thrifting for trinkets and other items 'one man's trash is another man's treasure'
  • Sketching coastlines, horizons, mountains, etc



Similar to Cottagecore, Dark Academia, and Adventurecore with some aspects of styles considered 'hippie' or 'boho'.


  • Flowing maxi dresses
  • Corsets/corset belts
  • Ruffles
  • Breathable layers
  • Oversized blouses or breathable tops
  • Neutral colors of blues, browns, reds, greens, ivory, etc
  • Tight or baggy pants
  • Flannels
  • Lace
  • Leather jackets
  • Oversized blazers
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Heeled boots and sandals
  • Square belts

Accessories can vary but are usually scarves, beads, chains and handmade jewellery, and unlike the neutral colors of the clothing, will range from bright colours to metallics.



Pirate design uses a lot of rustic, beachy, industrial and vintage elements. Examples include:

  • Strong emphasis on exposed pipe, metal and glass
  • Natural timber
  • Rustic or thrifted furniture
  • Blues and neutral colors usually with splashes of gold
  • Statues of marine animals
  • Victorian mirrors, chairs or architecture
  • Old looking photographs or sketches of the sea
  • Jars of coins, bones, gems or rocks
  • 'Cabinets of curiosities' filled with fossils and marine skeletons on display


A lot of pirate-esque music are modern shanties or maritime-based folk.


  • Traditional sea shanties/songs
  • Modern folk
    • Folk-punk
    • Folk-metal
    • Indie folk
  • Alternative
    • Indie
    • Alternative rock


  • The Longest Johns
  • The Dreadnoughts
  • Storm Weather Shanty Choir
  • Flogging Molly
  • The Pogues
  • The Skullduggers
  • Ye Banished Privateers
  • Alestorm
  • The Irish Rovers
  • Soundtracks from games such as Sea of Thieves or Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag



Movies/Series with visuals of oceans, boats, treasure or sea myths:

  • Treasure Planet (2002)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • Sinbad (2003)
  • The Meg (2018)
  • Waterworld (1995)
  • Siren (2018)
  • Splash (1984)
  • The Shape of Water (2017)
  • Moana (2016)
  • Adrift (2018)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • Black Sails (2014)
  • Song of the Sea (2014)
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (2008)
  • Santiago of the Seas (2020)
  • Jake and the Neverland Pirates (2011)
  • The Pirate Fairy (2014)
  • Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure (2009)

Books that invoke the pirate aesthetic:

  • Seafire - Natlie C. Parker
  • Ship of Theseus - V. M. Straka (part of S. by Doug Dorst)