Posts tagged 'Dark'

The Egg Breaker

A potent dose of bizarre courtesy of Emanuel Strixner. Enjoy!

[ Die Eierbrecher ]

Ryohei Hase

'Tayutau' by Ryohei Hase (
'Tayutau' by Ryohei Hase ('THE ANATOMY OF HACKING (an illustration for the November 2011 issue of Playboy magazine)' by Ryohei Hase ('Repetition (2011)' by Ryohei Hase ('Untitled (2011)' by Ryohei Hase ('Drown in the empty dried-up room (2008)' by Ryohei Hase ('Blood (2008)' by Ryohei Hase (

Ryohei Hase is a freelance illustrator based in Tokyo, Japan who cut his teeth as a concept artist at NAMCO Bandai. To see more of his work, visit

[ via Axis Animation ]


“I think you should go. I don’t want you here.”

File under: LOLWAT

Cheers to Mickey Gral for sending this potent dose of bizarre by Julia Pott our way. Enjoy!

[ Belly ]

I, pet goat 2

“A story about the fire at the heart of suffering.”

Oh shit. Do yourself a favor and prime your environment for an optimal viewing experience – lights down, full-screen and volume up – this gem deserves your undivided attention.

The attached was created by the talented team at Heliofant, “a nascent independent computer animation studio focused on creating experimental and challenging content” based in the Laurentian mountains just north of Montreal. At present they’re 100% self-funded and you can ensure their next short comes ‘sooner’ rather than ‘later’ by dropping a few shekels into their Paypal.

My weekly album allowance was diverted their way, maybe you’ll consider something similar?

One more thing: Heliofant whipped-up some high-def wallpapers based on the film so follow this hyperlink if you’re in the market for a fresh coat of desktop pixels.

[ I, pet goat II ]

Kagemono: The Shadow Folk

“The story of Beopup, a little fox who goes hunting in the woods and uncovers something rather unpleasant…”

Diggin’ this cute and whimsical (but a bit dark, too) animation by recent CalArts grad, Sabrina Cotugno. Enjoy!

A big thanks to Timo Cox for sending this one our way – cheers!

[ Kagemono: The Shadow Folk ]


CRCR brings the weird once again with some dark, bizarre hand-drawn visuals in this music video for Lorn‘s latest release on Ninja Tune. Serving suggestion: full-screen, lights-down, volume up.

The other CRCR-created shorts we’ve posted so-far – Jesus2000 and Todor & Petru – definitely warrant your attention or, if you’d rather keep the awesome music video train rolling, check out our Ninja Tune feed; everything there is well-worth your time. Enjoy!

[ Lorn - 'Ghosst(s)' ]


Have you guys ever heard of Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds? In terms of psychedelics I wouldn’t recommend them. On the gradient scale from discomfort to otherworldly bliss they skew wildly towards the former; your platter is piled high with twin helpings of purge and (if you’re lucky) only a minuscule, mostly-tasteless garnish of surreal, clanking insight. To put it simply: there’s a reason you can buy them legally at your local garden supply store.

We’ve all been there though right? A blank-slate weekend with itchy thoughts, desperate for some kind of stimulation. Your mainstays are all-but depleted with no one in sight to replenish their stores. It’s in these moments the mind gets desperate. “Oh, you read about these on the internet? You heard it could-do-something-or-other? Yeah man, whatever, I’m down.”

A bored young brain can be a strange and dangerous thing.

Anyways, after a heavy barbecue dinner, a few drinks and some futile resin hits we swallowed them down. Numerous trustworthy warnings, received in hypertext, were casually disregarded; apparently they were supposed to be soaked overnight to remove some noxious husk. Too late, it’s 11pm on a clear, perfect Saturday; we’ll take our chances. “Let’s go.”

Hours pass. Nothing. Time for bed; we’re getting sleepy, unaware that this is part of the ramp up. “I’ll take the couch dude, good night, see you in the morning.”

I’m not sure when the ‘thrumming’ started but it probably kicked-off during R.E.M. sleep. Though in-reality absolutely still, my limbs were buzzy and shaking. It was as if my tendons were lengthening, the attached muscles dangling freely from stringy bones like swaying wind chimes before a late-summer thunderstorm.

And where was the warmth going? Why was it traveling to my core in thick palpable waves? Thrum-rum-rum-um, thrum-rum-rum-um, thrum-rum-rum-um. It was pleasant but…not. I couldn’t decide. Was I dreaming?

I opened my eyes and the opposite wall was alive with blinks and flashes. Is this the trip? Yes, but not like I was thinking, the fevered visuals on display came not from my mind but a more pedestrian source: the cheap display of an all-in-one stereo perched high on the shelf behind me. There was no sound coming from the speakers but I could hear it all the same, Thrum-rum-rum-um, thrum-rum-rum-um, thrum-rum-rum-um.

It moved in concert with my jangled limbs, carrying heat down my shoulders and up my hips to meet in the center of my gut. It felt wonderful for about a minute and then I realized what was happening: my body was trying to tell me that I was going to vomit. Like now. In someone else’s house. I needed to make a break for it.


Lying on the cool bathroom floor felt fantastic and I stayed there for hours. It wasn’t just the idle stereo’s flickering slot-machine demo mode that could be heard but all sources of light. In here however, the gentle thrum was gone, it’s barely-audible throb replaced by a constant and abrasive owl’s screech from the bright spherical bulbs above the vanity.

It was around this time that I said aloud, “Morning…I want it to be morning now.”

The flavors in the attached remind me a bit of that night though, thankfully, sans anxious nausea. This is one of those videos you need headphones on in a dark-room to fully appreciate. The layers of tight, aggressive synths and staccato vocals from new-on-the-scene Raveyards coalesce into an aggressive cacophony while the whacked-out dark, just-a-bit unsettling visuals (as directed by Brussels-based Charles De Meyer) ramp up accordingly til it all culminates in a bizarre crescendo.

It’s so dope, you guys; an instant classic. Enjoy!

[ Raveyards - "Remember" ]

The Rifle’s Spiral

“Good night to these wretched forms; all them gray eyes on the subway.
So long before you were born you were always to be a dagger floating…
...straight to their heart.”

Jamie Caliri conjures up an ethereal, bizarre and magical gumbo of visuals (with stylistic nods to Edward Gorey and Tim Burton) in this excellent stop motion music video for The Shins. It’s a treat friends, don’t hesitate to dive in.

A big thanks goes to Benjamin for sending this our way…cheers!

[ The Shins - The Rifle's Spiral ]

The Bizarre World of Paul Robertson

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I’ve found it’s always worth-my-while to periodically check in on Paul Robertson. My latest visit to his tumblr yielded a heady crop of candy-colored, bizarre and dark pixel art that I’ve collected here for you to peruse at your leisure. I was also pleased to discover he recently contributed some art/animations to Wizorb, a Breakout-meets-Zelda game by Tribute that’s available on Windows, Linux, OSX and the 360. After parting with the very-reasonable three-dollar asking price I spent a handful of hours combating evil in Gorudo and am happy to report it was worth every penny. In addition to Paul’s always-excellent pixel art, Wizorb‘s wonderful, nostalgia-activating soundtrack and just-right difficulty progression keeps a firm-but-friendly grip on your attention. So yeah, pick that shit up if you’re looking for something to fun to play; you can’t beat the price.

[ Paul Robertson ]

The Wonder Hospital

“A surreal journey through a mysterious hospital that alters the perception of physical beauties.”

File under: LOLWAT

Today’s dose of bizarre is graciously provided by Beomsik Shimbe Shim, a South Korean-born filmmaker/animator currently working in Los Angeles. Enjoy the ride!

[ "The Wonder Hospital" (Full version - official) ]

Two Against One

“I get the feeling that it’s two against one.
I’m already fighting me, so what’s another one?”

The first suggestion to check out the attached came from Dave Hughes (of Off The Air fame) back on January 9th with the second ping, from Hartwell Millett, hitting our inbox just a few days later. Another 48 hours passed and then Zak Standel wrote in with the message, “how about you watch it and then write why its cool on the main page.”


The roster of talent on this one is deep. On the music side of things you’ve got a choice cut from Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi‘s latest project, Rome, with a guest appearance from Jack White (NICE). The trippy, bizarre and dark visuals are provided by the tag team duo of Chris Milk and Anthony Francisco Schepperd who we’ve both featured before: Chris directed the exquisitely bizarre Who’s Gonna Save My Soul? for Gnarls Barkley and Anthony helmed two of our all time favorites, Wail to God and The Music Scene.

Jack’s dark, ominous delivery is caramel-smooth which, as it effortlessly intermingles with the warm, cinematic and slow-plodding production, sets an emotional tone that gets further accentuated by Anthony’s signature forever-morphing animation style and Chris’ acerbic tendencies to push the bizarre. It’s not very long – only two minutes and change – but it doesn’t feel that way which, in this case at least, is a good thing. Headphones on, volume up, full-screen HD and, above all else, get comfortable: the forecast calls for multiple viewings.

A big thanks to everyone who wrote in! Cheers!

[ Rome - Two Against One ]

topo glassato al cioccolato

Warning! (Kinda) NSFW: There’s some brief shots of hand-drawn nudity in this one so you might not want to watch it at work.

We’ve been getting loads of great suggestions recently and have been slowly-but-surely passing them through our mental baleen, reserving only the tastiest bits of internet to pass along. Sam Lillard sent this fantastic morsel of bizarre, dark animation by Donato Sansone (a.k.a. milkyeyes) our way back in the beginning of December and it’s a shame we didn’t post it sooner. I’d recommend watching it late-night in a dark room with the volume way up as the sound design by Enrico Ascoli greatly enhances the unsettling, high-definition visuals. Thanks, Sam!


Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared

File under: LOLWAT

Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling created this potent dose of bizarre with plenty of help from their talented friends at THIS IS IT, “a collective of illustrators, animators, artists and designers based in London.” Click here to see a full list of who-did-what. 

Cheers to Pvt Engle for sending it our way. Enjoy!

[ Don't Hug Me I'm Scared ]

Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?

“For you.”
“You do realize I’m breaking up with you, right?”
“Well that’s the strange thing; it’s actually yours now. I don’t know why it works that way but I’m never going to be able to get over you and so from now on every girl that I meet will be meticulously compared to you and, unfortunately, none of them will be able to measure up to the false memory of what you and I once ‘had’.”

Chris Milk directed this fantastic more-than-a-music-video for one of my all-time favorite acts, Gnarls Barkley. Bask in the strangeness, friends.

[ Gnarls Barkley - Who's Gonna Save My Soul ]

The Cat Piano

“So you’ve heard of every instrument but?
Torn from your history books is this pianola,
This harpsichord of harm.
The cruelest instrument to spawn from man’s grey cerebral soup.
The Cat Piano.”

KC Gordon posted this gem to our Facebook wall over a week ago and it’s a shame that it took us so long to get it up on the site. ‘The Cat Piano’ is a fantastic eight-and-a-half minute animated short based on a poem by Eddie White. Eddie, along with Ari Gibson, directed the film, Nick Cave provided the narration and animation duties were expertly handled by The People’s Republic of Animation. The whole film is great but we especially enjoy the sequence that starts at 4:52. Enjoy!

Thanks for the heads-up, KC! If you’ve got anything that you think would be perfect for The Tripatorium™ you can submit your suggestions either here on the site or on our Facebook page.

[ The Cat Piano ]


'Zombir' by Uno Moralez

Another pixel-constructed oddity by Mr. Uno Moralez. The Tripatorium™ will be sans new posts this weekend as we’ll be attending PAXEast – see you on Sunday! Cheers!

[ Zombir by Uno Moralez ]

Mighty Antlers

A man drives his car furiously down a narrow road, surrounded by a vast forest. When he encounters a deer in the middle of the road he makes a villainous attempt to ram it. However this particular hit and run has jaw crushing, battering consequences.

‘Mighty Antlers’ was created by four Danish filmmakers/animators: Sune Reinhardt, Mikael Ilnæs, Michael L. Fonsholt and Jouko Keskitalo.

[ Mighty Antlers ]