TikTok Is Obsessed With This Oddly Satisfying Brush Cutting ASMR Video


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By Reecha Kulkarni/Aug. 31, 2021 5:38 pm EDT

TikTok has many personalities; it has the side that gives us Megan Thee Stallion choreography, a side with weirdly animated thirst traps, and another part that gives us oddly satisfying videos. There is an entire tok community that was made to soothe our nerves, provoke our senses, and keeps us scrolling (via Lemonade). 

You might find impeccable building skills from a Minecraft player (via TikTok) or a series of close-up shots of glittery textured makeup (via YouTube). Another popular genre within the “satisfying video” realm is ASMR videos.

ASMR, or autonomous sensory median response, videos are made to activate a sensory response aimed to give you a sense of calm – or to get scientific, tingly (via Guardian). These videos can range from role-play to obscure concepts and actions. Ultimately, the goal is to make you feel something sensory that you don’t usually get from watching a dance video. If you’re someone who’s somewhere between arttok and ASMRtok, read on to know more about the viral video of a person cutting a brush.

This brush video could trigger trypophobia

The brush-cutting video in question was published by the TikTok account named OddlySatisfying which has, as of writing, garnered over 1 million views. 

The video features a wooden scrubbing brush in the middle of a neon green background, waiting for someone to behead it. A sharp knife drives through it, cleanly slicing off the bristles from the brush, revealing holes in the naked brush that could be triggering for anyone with trypophobia, aka the irrational fear of clusters of holes or bumps. Comments on the video range from “so satisfying” to “did anyone else think that was a fruit??”

The sound of the brush being cut is the ASMR highlight that keeps people coming back to the account. Most of the videos on the page are of a similar vein and there’s something for everyone. There are also soap-cutting videos for those who hate hygiene, raw pasta chopping videos to trigger the grandmothers in Italy, and pencil-sharpening videos for the stationery aficionado. The theme continues to be satisfying motions of cutting, ASMR-inducing sounds, and neon backgrounds.

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