cursed images: let's get together and pin down the aesthetic!

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i: a lot of photo by flash (but not all)
ii: much reflective gleam of animalian cornea (but not all)
iii: it is often quite lynchian (but not always)
iv: it overlaps with creepypasta but is much broader (and imo more subtly imaginative)
v: double ditto "lurking clown" photos, which would obviously belong but actually don't often feature
vi: triple ditto blobismus!
vii: the shadowland liminality (liminalism?) of various psycho-affective border-territories: man-beast, "non-sentient" objects with vivid character, would you eat this, creepy visual puns via juxtaposition, sinister twee peril, suburban darkness, awareness/lack of awareness, daft rando performativity that scares the fkn bejesus out of you (cf coulrophobia and v)

this (and https://twitter.com/WorstBlobby) are the only things that comfort me any more: i am happy to accept this is a decadent pathology and an indication of despair

over to you

proposed name for the aesthetic:

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 10:03 (three years ago) link

oh yes, the curator ask that images be sent him/her/them/whatever, and selects from that according to i guess "cursedness" -- one stipulation is NO SHOPS

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 10:07 (three years ago) link

vii encompasses uncanny valley also obv

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 10:49 (three years ago) link

vii is key. a lot of mundane scenes made jarring by having some sort of jarring animalistic/death-drive presence. there's a lot of meat

ogmor, Thursday, 9 March 2017 11:05 (three years ago) link

jarring? jarring

ogmor, Thursday, 9 March 2017 11:05 (three years ago) link

yes i'm not sure if jarring is quite the right word, seems to suggest too abrupt a realisation, too step-change: what's unsettling is that this realisation (that you stepped across a border into a world you really don't want to be in) is simultaneously gradual AND quick, beginning slight ending up intense -- this was ordinary and funny and NOW THERE'S NO WAY BACK

(and partly it''s unsettling partly bcz "gradual AND quick" isn't a real-world category?)

there *is* a lot of meat (shd dig out adorno's stuff on animals and meat, feel it's surprisingly pertinent, esp. as you wouldn't tag TWA as a connoisseur of this kind of stuff)

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 11:17 (three years ago) link

also, bananas

attention vampire (MatthewK), Thursday, 9 March 2017 11:45 (three years ago) link

the mapping of the immanent liminality of the banana is an epistemic breakthrough all on its own

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 12:12 (three years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2lryuOUsAAbiEp.jpg

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:03 (three years ago) link

(not actually what i was looking for, but i can't resist the expressions)

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:04 (three years ago) link

lmao

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:08 (three years ago) link

it's a cursed image world we just etc

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CsmxaFfVIAMExAO.jpg

this is closer to what i was after: people in a CI picture where you absolutely can't tell (bcz artful? bcz we are just intruders in their realm?) if this is a performance or verité

(the kid's performing but what about the woman pushing the trolley…)

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:21 (three years ago) link

I get Diane Arbus like vibes from some of them.

MaresNest, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:05 (three years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6XUu05UoAArI1B.jpg

^ Actually dreamed this in a nightmare about four years ago

Never changed username before (cardamon), Friday, 10 March 2017 00:32 (three years ago) link

Loved the truck with the "flames" paint job, on fire.

Sanpaku, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:52 (three years ago) link

feel this is outside the standard guidelines:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C69END7WYAA07ym.jpg

mark s, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:25 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...

a crucified easter bunny made of toast, outside tooting station (stolen from @andrewbloch)
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9R4c7XXgAEmkkJ.jpg

not officially cursed: i can't decide if it fits the aesthetic (perhaps too well made)

mark s, Friday, 14 April 2017 20:21 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DDXmc0dVwAA_WDg.jpg

mark s, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:08 (three years ago) link

it plays "Let It Go" when you open the lid

more polls about food and reactionary art (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:09 (three years ago) link

Mark, you need to follow the Facebook group called Theories of the deep understanding of things.

Jack-et potato? (jed_), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:13 (three years ago) link

^is that it? that's it

Heavy Doors (jed_), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:35 (three years ago) link

so not gonna happen

mark s, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:40 (three years ago) link

omg

gin and chronic (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 6 July 2017 10:58 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGt74NfVoAADSRP.jpg

mark s, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 15:39 (three years ago) link

i liked this one https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGgSkxxVYAANrnj.jpg

ogmor, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 15:42 (three years ago) link

Imagine: you've called round on some errand and the entire family is dressed like this. No explanation offered.

http://i.imgur.com/MuRaz.jpg

It's the perfect contrast of the mundane and the inexplicable, the ordinary suburban backdrop combined with whatever the hell it is these people are doing.

Another weird detail I've just noticed is "Lisa" isn't holding a saxophone but a large pipe(?)

Pheeel, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 16:06 (three years ago) link

#nofilter

mark s, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 16:08 (three years ago) link

man every single one of those "real life Simpsons" photos/mock-ups creeps the hell out of me

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 16:11 (three years ago) link

lol @ all the comments that just say "Russia"

brimstead, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 02:08 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBBv2keV0AAW2vN.jpg

mark s, Friday, 1 September 2017 22:23 (three years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DJTZ2McUEAAgnc9.jpg

mark s, Saturday, 9 September 2017 18:47 (three years ago) link

the gigeresque uh 'aperture' on the tree really adds to the effect

Wesley Shackleton explained "look at that beast." (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 9 September 2017 19:07 (three years ago) link

feel like the twitter acct deviates from the aesthetic a lot now for just Funny Images though the ones reposted here are mostly on point

ciderpress, Saturday, 9 September 2017 19:09 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNexeoFU8AA8R8l.jpg

soref, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:37 (two years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNZxj0vV4AAlJHy.jpg

mark s, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 20:29 (two years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNffpu0WsAI8YCT.jpg

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 21:04 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...
three weeks pass...

DAIRY CULTURE HAS GONE TOO FAR pic.twitter.com/ZI60j0pWoU

— rahel aima (@cnqmdi) December 15, 2017

or click through: http://batheinmymilk.com/

mark s, Friday, 15 December 2017 15:07 (two years ago) link

I'm upset to find out at the bottom of that page that is not real ;_;

(well, the photos are real, but it's by some dude)

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 15 December 2017 15:25 (two years ago) link

idgi

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Friday, 15 December 2017 16:43 (two years ago) link

long fingers

frogbs, Friday, 15 December 2017 16:44 (two years ago) link

Only just realised the teletubbies pic is in a hospital ward, not some kid's bedroom. I guess that kind-of explains it? Maybe?

Pheeel, Friday, 15 December 2017 21:18 (two years ago) link

i need to convince wealthy people to give me money to make them silly things, and then donate all that money to charity, and also invest some in robinhood

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 14 July 2020 22:36 (two months ago) link

Oh I meant the original tent, I wasn’t dating to contemplate irl colonel humper version

but okay yes

singular wolf erotica producer (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 14 July 2020 23:50 (two months ago) link

daring

singular wolf erotica producer (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 14 July 2020 23:50 (two months ago) link

I feel like Elon musk

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 00:17 (two months ago) link

Fish with luscious human lips and teeth perplexes, arouses social media https://t.co/2UfrmAg8gY pic.twitter.com/tRBZw8zcVo

— New York Post (@nypost) July 15, 2020

mookieproof, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 20:17 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/Gw2SxSd.jpg

pomenitul, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 22:29 (two months ago) link

oh god

singular wolf erotica producer (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 22:31 (two months ago) link

I'm so sorry.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 22:32 (two months ago) link

that's okay you reminded me it's cocktail hour

singular wolf erotica producer (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 15 July 2020 22:33 (two months ago) link

This isn't a competition, pom.

pplains, Thursday, 16 July 2020 01:59 (two months ago) link

But if it was

Well, that's a fine howdy adieu! (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 July 2020 02:13 (two months ago) link

Well, yeah.

pplains, Thursday, 16 July 2020 03:19 (two months ago) link

it's more creepypasta than cursed but don't care

pic.twitter.com/TZuXo71QUy

— 𝕌𝕃𝕋ℝ𝔸 (@ADXUltra) July 21, 2020

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 00:13 (one month ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/kATN9Nj.jpg

pomenitul, Friday, 31 July 2020 18:46 (one month ago) link

bear say bye to me

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 July 2020 19:13 (one month ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/vfOBnnr.jpg

Sanpaku, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 19:24 (one month ago) link

Melania?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 20:05 (one month ago) link

I was thinking Taylor Swift, a pop tart.

nickn, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 20:58 (one month ago) link

I see Ariel Pink

Thicc Nhat Wanh (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 21:02 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Stretching the definition somewhat, but…

https://i.imgur.com/Rw9ih5g.jpg

pomenitul, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 18:38 (one month ago) link

nice of them to provide cutlery

mark s, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 19:20 (one month ago) link

lol

I mean, it does coagulate at a point.

Ask yoreself: are you're standards too high? (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 19:32 (one month ago) link

Mosquito wouldn't turn down a blood sausage.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 19:34 (one month ago) link

pip pip

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 19:39 (one month ago) link

looks arterial

Thicc Nhat Wanh (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 22:15 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

http://i.imgur.com/RMYzKDA.png

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 4 September 2020 04:20 (two weeks ago) link

*removed image*

hey, trust the fungus! (pomenitul), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 18:57 (four days ago) link

^ that one took a considerable amount of time to set up. I blame covid-19.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:37 (four days ago) link

I like how Homestar Runner incorporated bad fan costumes into it's universe, but some of them really are the epitome of cursed

https://i.imgur.com/nUtG1Yw.jpg

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:28 (four days ago) link

So not gonna happen

Monte Scampino (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:06 (four days ago) link

ugh, pom!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:19 (four days ago) link

pomenitul is really ruining this fucking thread

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:27 (four days ago) link

Sorry, but you gotta hand it to the makeup artists.

hey, trust the fungus! (pomenitul), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:37 (four days ago) link

i don't really think of gross out images as cursed any more than i think of tubgirl as thought provoking

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:37 (four days ago) link

issuing correction on a previous post of mine, regarding the terror group ISIL. you do not, under any circumstances, "gotta hand it to them"

— wint (@dril) February 15, 2017

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:39 (four days ago) link

Ulysses OTM

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:41 (four days ago) link

But this one isn't just guts 'n' gore, there's an uncanninness to it as well due to the unexpected shape, which I and many others would argue qualifies as cursed.

hey, trust the fungus! (pomenitul), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:41 (four days ago) link

I mean:

https://www.reddit.com/r/cursedimages/comments/itacmi/cursed_ginger/

I'm not using an unorthodox definition here.

hey, trust the fungus! (pomenitul), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:42 (four days ago) link

"I and many other arseholes on reddit"

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:45 (four days ago) link

Eh, suit yourself. The other stuff is kinda boring and déjà vu tbh, at least this one feels like a genuine curse when you're looking at it, which I thought was the point all along.

hey, trust the fungus! (pomenitul), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:48 (four days ago) link

Seeing as this thread doesn't meet your lofty standards maybe you can fuck off out of it

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 21:54 (four days ago) link

No need to be an ass about it. I didn't think these particular takes on the cursed aesthetic would be so controversial here.

hey, trust the fungus! (pomenitul), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 22:00 (four days ago) link

So you just ignored people's objections to your last edgelord image

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― The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, October 18, 2019 9:11 PM (ten months ago) bookmarkflaglink

that's not cured that's just gross

― Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, October 18, 2019 9:12 PM (ten months ago) bookmarkflaglink

more like upchuck taylors

― The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, October 18, 2019 9:14 PM (ten months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Finally something that'll compete against Air Jesuses.

― pplains, Friday, October 18, 2019 9:32 PM (ten months ago) bookmarkflaglink

That image wins in terms of accursedness if only because we all lose in terms of looking at it.

― Go-Gurt Ops (Old Lunch), Friday, October 18, 2019 10:09 PM (ten months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Forgive me.

― pomenitul, Friday, October 18, 2019 10:10 PM (ten months ago) bookmarkflaglink

No

― solos that go widdly widdly widdly (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, October 18, 2019 10:44 PM (ten months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 22:05 (four days ago) link

I assumed those were humorous responses?

Anyway, I'll refrain from posting such material in the future if it clearly upsets you and others itt.

hey, trust the fungus! (pomenitul), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 22:07 (four days ago) link

And mods, feel free to delete these if you think they're off limits.

hey, trust the fungus! (pomenitul), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 22:12 (four days ago) link

I wasn't bothered inasmuch at is was clearly fake (clearly to me anyway), but perhaps we could at least hide more potentially-upsetting images now that that functionality exists.

Don't be such an idot. (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 22:56 (four days ago) link

Here, I hope this puts us back on track

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/3f/e5/d4/3fe5d4624d225d8e481963d8542e0f62.jpg

Don't be such an idot. (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:04 (four days ago) link

And how!

hey, trust the fungus! (pomenitul), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:06 (four days ago) link

It's supposed to be a photograph that is incidentally creepy, imo. NOT THAT HARD Y'ALL

naked and sexually active alien (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 23:23 (four days ago) link


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