If the GIF community were a modern-day society, Oct. 26, 2009, would be one of the bloodiest days in its history.
That’s the day GeoCities, a popular Web community, closed down after 15 years. Since 1994, netizens have used it to blog about their favorite TV shows and share garish, seizure-inducing animations.
Thankfully, Nick Kegeyan, 18, a new-media student at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, has preserved many of these dialup-era relics in a 25GB folder of images on his desktop. He uses this collection as inspiration for extracrispy, his Tumblr blog, which hosts original GIFs reminiscent of GeoCities’ 1990s heyday. The palette: bright colors, 3-D, and surreal elements like a head floating in empty space.
The following are Kegeyan’s five favorite GIFs and what was going through his head when he made them.
“This gif is the product of a heated debate and inspired by an awesome movie. It is essentially what happens when two people can’t figure out what the pringles slogan is and after the confusion, re-watch the Noe’s trippy movie Enter the Void and make a gif from those experiences. The title comes from an infomercial promoting a strip club in New York City, ‘Gallagher’s 2000.’ It never fails to freak me out, especially at 3 am when I’m falling asleep with the T.V.”
“A lot of my ideas for GIFs come from random Facebook statuses and this ‘Friday night’ status is consistently one of my favorites. I hadn’t seen anyone post a status asking if ‘anyone wanted 2 chill tn?’ or its alternatives, like ‘wuts good 2nite?’ in awhile until it happened a couple months back. This gif is an homage to these statuses. May you forever be lonely and weird.”
“I don’t really remember the story to this one, but what I do know is that ‘Mercy’ by Kanye, was and still is an awesome song. When i woke up in the morning this gif (and another version on a black background) were on my desktop with a sticky that said “to tumble”…I guess the lesson here is drunk gifs beat drunk texts.”
“I’m going to explain this one using awful math skills: 3d chicken model + listening to a lot of ASAP Rocky + trying spicy chicken mcbites for the first time + my girlfriend having appendicitis (and that being lame) = Ferg the trill-ass chicken.”
5) Double fudge
“This one is kind of comes out of a simple thought process, like a bunch of other ones I’ve made. I was watching a lot of Taco Bell commercials for this massive video I intended to make and in the end, I got bored and decided it wasn’t worth it. Instead, I thought it would be cooler to have floating taco bell food on shelves. I think I was right. The title comes from Judy Bloom being an awesome author and influencing my childhood with her series of “Fudge” books.”
Image by Nick Kegeyan/Tumblr