The internet has really helped a lot of people unleash their creativity on the world. It’s easier than ever to create something by yourself and share it with an audience of billions.

It’s also created art forms that weren’t even possible twenty or thirty years ago. While animated GIFs were once simply just another file format, they’ve quickly become an art form in its own right.

I mean sure, there are plenty of funny or goofy GIFs around for memes and reactions, but some people elevate GIFs into high art.

Nowhere has this digital art flourished more than Tumblr. I’ve already covered one Japanese artist from Tumblr, the beautiful, bizarre body art of Chooooosan, but recently, I’ve found some more Japanese artists on Tumblr, who’ve created some really incredible images.

Rice cooker

They go by the name “rrrrrrrroll,” and the premise behind their art is simple: every GIF features something spinning (or rrrrrrrrolling, I guess) in place, while the scenery around the person or thing stays eerily still. Sometimes it’s a woman spinng around, and other times it’s a random object twirling on its own.


Train track

Wind farm lolita

While the concept is very basic, these pictures still blow me away. The contrast between an eternally spinning object and a still background is just really cool to me.

Hat smoke

You can find more Rrrrrrrrolling GIFs on Tumblr (mouse over the text at the top), Facebook, or Twitter.

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  • Tora.Silver

    Oh man, I’ve got to say I love this post. Animated GIFs have always been a favorite of mine, but I’ve never done anything large scale like this. A great post, Hashi.

  • ZXNova

    Look at me twirls, weeeeeeeeee.

  • nagz



    I am quite partial to the apple and the finger one. Brilliant work.

  • Mark

    Thats really cool!
    And also, the pages beyond 66 don’t seem to work, which is disappointing because I really wanted to see tofugus early posts!

  • Hashi

    They seem to work OK for me — are you getting any sort of error message?

  • fee_fi_Fiona

    RRRRRRRROLL, where have you been all my life!? ♡

  • DeTo-13

    If you go to the top of the page and double click the articles buton it will take you to the archives page and then if you go right to the bottom it will have all the articles arranged by the month they were posted in the monthly archives section. I had that problem and this is how I got round it.

  • Tora.Silver

    I’ve been encountering this problem too. This is the error message:

    Error 404 – Page not found!

    The page you trying to reach does not exist, or has
    been moved. Please use the menus or the search box to find what you are
    looking for.

  • Jordy Meow • Totoro Times

    This is actually also called “cinemagraph”, but it represents all the GIF images that contains a still background with only one (or a few) animated part(s). I did a few myself, in haikyo mostly (example: It is quite easy to do and really fun. But I didn’t knew there were those rrrrrrrrrolling ones now :) Oh by the way, don’t forget to put the source of those images :p That would be great to have (as I would like to see their original website or post).

  • Hashi

    I made sure to link to the sources at the bottom of the post :)

  • VXLbeast

    Way cool. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Hashi

    Hmm, you’re right — we’ll look into it!

  • x_stei

    I love it! =D