Christian Hull Is The Newest Star of ‘Weirdly Satisfying’ TikTok
That scene in The Office when the employees spend an entire meeting watching a DVD screensaver? It walked so “weirdly satisfying” TikTok could run. There are some visuals so pleasing that the experience of seeing them can only be improved by sharing in the joy with other people. Cake decorating videos, slime videos, and even bizarre foam-in-sneaker videos are a staple on the app. Now a new creator named Christian Hull has welcomed another type of video into the genre: paint-making.
The Australian YouTuber and podcast host went viral on Twitter on Tuesday after Vox reporter Rebecca Jennings tweeted a thread of his videos. Each video begins with a certain combination of colors being poured into a white bucket of paint. That bucket is then mixed as Hull’s frantic commentary attempts to decipher what color the final result will be before the big reveal.
“Hint of orange, mostly mustard, and black,” he says at the start of one of his videos, which often receive millions of views. “I just spent way too long thinking about it. It would just make a brown.”
Hull then paints the color of his prediction on his own screen in order to see if it’s a match. Often, it’s nowhere close.
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But sometimes … something glorious happens.
Sure, anyone could play this game on their own by watching the original paint-mixing videos on @smittenkittensmittens’s account. But there’s something about having Hull there with you creating such a palpable sense of anticipation that makes the experience that much more satisfying.
Maybe that’s why Adam Rose’s videos do similarly well on the app. The actor has many claims to fame on TikTok, but his recurring series rating “oddly satisfying” videos routinely receives a million pairs of eyeballs. Rose doesn’t even say anything in the videos—just watches clips of someone leveling out a glass of sprinkles or foam or beads with a protractor, then gives it a rating based on how satisfying it was to watch.
The king of these types of videos is Angry Reactions, real name Oneya Johnson, who has close to six million subscribers for his videos in which he aggressively compliments videos in an angry voice, somehow making it all the more wholesome.
Whichever type of video makes its way to your For You page, it often leads you down a rabbit hole of similar content that scratches a hard-to-reach itch. It’s weird and unexplainable, a ginger-shot dose of ASMR that cleanses your brain. And even if the first video doesn’t do it for you, there’s always the next one. And the next one. And the next one...