TikTok has a community obsessed with ‘cursed’ images. Not like the rest of the net, TikTok’s cursed images are sometimes disturbing illustrations instead of eerie photos.
While TikTok has a name as having one of the more wholesome communities on the internet, it isn’t safe from cursed images.
It’s hard to explain what a cursed image (or cursed image) is. At their most cursed, they’re creepy photos with strange, perhaps paranormal content and ominous lighting and colors that inspire dread. In other cases, they merely give off an uneasy vibe.
Cursed images have become a staple on different platforms. They have the identical innate, truncated appeal of a CreepyPasta story or reading the Wikipedia summary for a horror movie. Over the years, accounts like Cursed images on Tumblr, forty one Strange on Twitter, and a dedicated subreddit have popped up to curate cursed images scattered around the net.
And now, cursed images have migrated to TikTok. However they have a twist. Cursed images are normally pictures, which aren’t dynamic enough to live on TikTok’s short video format. So, instead, people are taking videos of themselves drawing their own cursed pictures. They’re shown in pieces before pulling back to a big reveal at the end.
On TikTok, the images aren’t eerie accidents of poor lighting and bad design, or unadvised scenarios like bathrooms with threatening auras. They’re artificial creations and works of ill-advised pop culture mashups.
Among the cursed image communities online, some of these examples may be controversial. The rules on the cursed image subreddit, for example, discourage artifice and ban pop culture — especially minions.
But who can deny that this sublime drawing of Patrick Star from Spongbob as a minion from “Despicable Me” is anything but cursed?