Gremlincore is an aesthetic and subculture inspired by folklore that celebrates natural ecosystems and objects that are often considered undesirable. It's similar to other nature- and fantasy-inspired aesthetics like cottagecore and fairycore, but gremlincore is known for its darker, dirtier side. 

Gremlincore originated on Tumblr in the early 2010s as "goblincore", and has become popular in queer communities. It's characterized by:

  • Darker earth tones
  • Second-hand or worn clothing
  • Comfort
  • Clashing colors
  • Idealized imagery of natural creatures
  • Shiny objects 

Gremlincore celebrates things like:

  • Fungi
  • Furry and slimy animals
  • Moss-covered stones
  • Soil animals
  • Animal skeletons
  • Rocks
  • Plants 

Some say that gremlincore is the "other side of things" to cottagecore and fairycore, focusing on the darker, dirtier, and more chaotic aspects of nature. 

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If I were a tardigrade I'd move out from home
Why live in the shrubbery when you could have a throne?
Pressure wouldn't squash me and fire couldn't burn
These are the things that I never will learn

These are the things I never will learn

Lai, lai-lai-lai lai lai, lai-lai lai-lai lai lai, lai
Lai, lai-lai-lai lai lai, lai-lai lai-lai lai lai

I live in the shrubbery, for that's all I crave (Ah ha)
I don't want these excitements to see me to my grave (Ah ha)
I can live life in vacuums for years with no drink (Ah ha)
And put up with hardships more than you can think

And put up with hardships more than you can think

Lai, lai-lai-lai lai lai, lai-lai lai-lai lai lai, lai
Lai, lai-lai-lai lai lai, lai-lai lai-lai lai lai

If I shed all my liquid and let myself dry out
I'll shrivel and sleep for some 15-odd years
I'd wake up, come water, and get on with living
With time in my pocket to pass by the day

If I were a tardigrade I'd move out from home (Ah ha)
Why live in the shrubbery when you could have a throne? (Ah ha)
Pressure wouldn't squash me and fire couldn't burn (Ah ha)
These are the things that I will never learn

These are the things I never will learn

Lai, lai-lai-lai lai lai, lai-lai lai-lai lai lai, lai
Lai, lai-lai-lai lai lai, lai-lai lai-lai lai lai

Lai, lai-lai-lai lai lai, lai-lai lai-lai lai lai, lai
Lai, lai-lai lai-lai, lai-lai lai-lai

For I am a tardigrade (Ah ha)
And I'll stay at home (Ah ha)
I'd not trade it for anything (Ah ha)
Not a knife, a cup or a throne (Woo ooh, ooh ooh ooh)

Well, all I want is my shrubbery (Ah ha)
And my little patch of moss (Ah ha)
With my whisky in the cabinet (Ah ha)
And my feet all clothed in socks

And my feet clothed in socks

Lai, lai-lai-lai lai lai, lai-lai lai-lai lai lai, lai
Lai, lai-lai-lai lai lai, lai-lai lai-lai lai lai

Lai, lai-lai-lai lai lai, lai-lai lai-lai lai lai, lai
Lai, lai-lai-lai lai lai, lai-lai lai-lai lai lai