Do you know what GIFs are missing? Feelings. Emotions. Sincerity. I mean, I like funny cats and all, but sometimes my brain needs more, and so does my heart. They get that with this GIF by Joseph Yølk Chiocchi.
First off, you need to look at this GIF on Patterns Are My Feelings. Spread out as a wallpaper, each one melts into another.
Now whether you’re looking at this on AFC or on Patterns Are My Feelings, one thing rings true: it’s difficult to tell what’s going on.
Is it pornographic? Could be. My favorite answer so far is that it’s a zoomed-in, blurred-out video of someone’s face squeezed between a pair of ass cheeks. I imagine it could’ve been shot during wartime, accounting for the video’s unbearable graininess. Maybe it’s not war porn, but there’s too many abstract associations here to not come up with some strange stories about it.
But as for the “real” meaning, you’ve got to look to the title: “The only thing I have left now is the shitty picture of you in my wallet from the one day you said I made you the happiest and we played with projectors in the basement. I just want to be forgotten. I wish I could have made…”
Whatever that’s about, it sounds pretty sincere to me.
A tanuki is a type of Japanese raccoon dog. I’m only relatively familar with tanukis, and only thanks to Super Mario Brothers 3; when Mario put on a “tanooki suit” he could fly by whipping his tail in the air—the suit also let him turn into a nearly invincible statue. Tanukis for the win!
Here we have a GIF that both waves and swivels amid an overall still image. Looking through our GIF of the Day archives, we haven’t posted too many GIFs that do that, but here we go, just to prove it can be done.
Damn, Jennifer Chan has made one fantastically Zen GIF. Spirituality and GIFs go hand in hand—for some additional evidence, see Kevin Bewersdorf’s entire series of GIF “pearls“—as a slowed-down alternative to the speedy, blinky GIFs you’ll find all over Reddit or Tumblr.
Adding to that slowness, Chan’s GIF isn’t made for easy re-blogging. Her GIF has a Spice Girls soundtrack, but you can only hear it simultaneous with the GIF when viewed on a loop on the GIFbite exhibition website.
We don’t know too much about South Korean artist Minhyn Cho. What we do know comes from his aptly titled Tumblr Mental Crusher. There you’ll find all sorts of gooey, blobby, and like this one, wavy GIFs. Thanks to Prosthetic Knowledge for the tip.
Back in January 2013, Benjamin Berg spent some time on his blog discussing “ghost frames,” a term he uses to describe “video frames which do not actually exist in a video file but which are sometimes revealed when using damaged data and/or glitch processes.” This GIF is just one example of the many “ghost frame” glitches he’s found over the years. Go on and check out some more over on his blog.