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Piratecore TikTok is here—and it’s delightful

Pirate culture is alive and well on the app.

 

Siobhan Ball

Internet Culture

Published Feb 13, 2021   Updated Feb 12, 2021, 12:12 pm CST

You’ve heard the sea shanties, and you’ve seen the cottagecore aesthetic take over TikTok. Well now get ready for piratecore, the charmingly queer TikTok subculture where everyone has a piratesona and is 100% ready to fight, but only if you’ve got a sword.

So far, it’s being lead by the bisexuals, or rather, the #birates (we are a people known for our love of puns, and actually, pirates, after all). Check out a few of the examples below, where TikTokers transform into pirate characters.

@moonchild101001

yet another attempt at posting this and seeing how long it before tiktok takes it down #fypシ #foryou #pirate #piratesofthecaribbean #piratetiktok

♬ original sound – myra
http://www.tiktok.com/@smallpuppethands/video/6873502861314116865?is_copy_url=0&is_from_webapp=v2&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6794819339087496705
http://www.tiktok.com/@kelseyellison/video/6874221263770979585?is_copy_url=0&is_from_webapp=v2&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6794819339087496705

There are some fierce lesbian and other LGTBQ+ crews out participating in piratecore as well.

https://www.tiktok.com/@fallenfromgrace_17/video/6871670785119931654?lang=en&is_copy_url=0&is_from_webapp=v2&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6794819339087496705
https://www.tiktok.com/@pickles.for.lunch/video/6872093691759185158?lang=en&is_copy_url=0&is_from_webapp=v2&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6794819339087496705

Some are busy setting up entire role-play communities.

@mysticmerakis

⚠️FAKE 5W0RD ⚠️ IB:@niceonejames – still in need of a first mate captain? #fyp #foryou #eyesonme #bipiratetiktok

♬ The Banjo Beat, Pt. 1 – Ricky Desktop
https://www.tiktok.com/@niceonejames/video/6869495892831980806?lang=en&is_copy_url=0&is_from_webapp=v2&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6906130418048845317

While others are playing a character largely by themselves, with the occasional duet or two.

https://www.tiktok.com/@lunartic_tjs/video/6870651381636697349?is_copy_url=0&is_from_webapp=v2&sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6794819339087496705

There’s also a surprising, or perhaps unsurprising, intersection with vampires and vampire TikTok. Pirates and vampires do tick off a lot of the same aesthetic notes, after all.

There’s also crossovers with some other regions of TikTok too, including Viking TikTok. Who knew that pirates would make such a comeback in 2021?

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*First Published: Feb 13, 2021, 7:00 am CST