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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.


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

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

Some are busy setting up entire role-play communities.


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

♬ The Banjo Beat, Pt. 1 – Ricky Desktop

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

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