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Traumacore is a type of imagery that delves into the themes of abuse and trauma (particularly sexual trauma or CSA). It often draws heavily on childlike and angelic themes. Many people turn to these images in order to help them cope with the pain they suffered in the past. While traumacore isn't inherently an aesthetic, many of the images used in its photo or video edits come from other aesthetics. Traumacore is more of a type of art therapy or visual journaling.

Traumacore often intersects with Weirdcore, an aesthetic focused on motifs considered jarring or bizarre.

It is frowned upon to participate in traumacore if you are not a survivor of trauma yourself, as it is considered fetishization of a very serious issue that consumes many people's lives. Traumacore can be of use as a coping mechanism for those who need it. However, like any kind of coping mechanism, it should not be a stand-in for proper treatment, like therapy or medication.

Many traumacore edits have negative words or phrases in them (eg: "I am broken", "I will never be clean", "you used me", "rotten child"), but that does not mean that the creator is encouraging others to feel this way. Instead, it is only a reflection of how the creator feels about themselves. Having a way of getting these thoughts out onto a screen or paper can be helpful, as it puts feelings into a visual form that is easier to understand.


Traumacore draws upon a delicate, childlike but implicitly disturbing aesthetic, as it aims to blend the unsettling with the innocent. Dolls, angels, bedrooms and corpses are common motifs used.

There is often a contrast between the imagery and the text in a traumacore visual (for example, one might put a disturbing message under a photo of a porcelain doll or a children's cartoon).

Many of those who enjoy traumacore are also fond of the "rotting aesthetic": imagery of bugs, dirt and mold are often incorporated to represent this theme. It is also common for traumacore aesthetics to reference religious themes (such as crosses, angels and mentions of Heaven or Hell).

Traumacore's aesthetics are generally soft or girlish in nature, though this is not always the case (for example, male followers of traumacore tend to employ more masculine colors and themes).

Many traumacore edits also include nostalgic imagery, as people's trauma happens very often during childhood. Some examples of this are Sanrio characters (like Hello Kitty), children's bedrooms, playgrounds, and other places and things relevant to childhood.


Traumacore fashion is often soft and angelic in nature, and has a heavy focus on bringing attention to mental health issues or an inherent sadness that lies within the wearer.

Traumacore Vendors


Traumacore artists:

  • Nicole Dollanganger ("Mean", "Dog Teeth", "Angels of Porn", "Uncle", "Ghosts", "Valley of the Dead" )
  • Lana del Rey ("Carmen", "1949", "Ultraviolence")
  • Marina and the Diamonds ("Teen Idle", "Living Dead", "Valley of the Dolls")
  • Melanie Martinez ("Dollhouse", "Teacher's Pet", "Tag, You're It", "Soap")
  • Alice Glass ("I Trusted You")
  • Jazmin Bean

Traumacore playlists:

Traumacore Activities

  • venting and/or having a blog dedicated to coping with your traumas
  • making disturbing aesthetics or visuals
  • collecting dolls, stuffed animals or other childlike trinkets
  • writing sad poetry
  • baking or cooking, particularly sweet things
  • playing the piano or flute
  • painting, drawing or any other form of creating expression (particularly as a venting device)
  • ballet dancing
  • growing flowers in your garden
  • consuming media or playing games targeted at children




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