Celebrating 25 years of the GIF with Mr. GIF
The New York/New Jersey artist collective known as Mr. GIF burst onto the Tumblr scene in 2011 with topical animations for almost every occasion. Since then, they have collected thousands of notes and the group of guys—Seyran Dalipovski, Mark Portillo, and Jimmy Repeat (not his real last name)—have managed to grab the attention of Vice magazine and MTV.
“Full of high energy, they are the definition of ADHD,” Repeat said of GIFs.
“It’s the most fun and rewarding kind of art to create. An artform engineered to be shared. I love that it offers a challenge artistically and technically. In some ways I feel like it is some of the most pure forms of art, as its very easy to pass around, but also very hard to profit from. You can’t sell it, so in a way GIFs are kind of priceless.”
(via Acclaimed artists commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the GIF)