This optical illusion from a 2005 album cover is back and is hurting the brains of the internet

I remember when Soulwax released the NY Excuse album back in 2005. The artwork was an optical illusion constructed in such a way that only certain people could make out the band name and the title. Well, it’s back and people want to know how and why it works. It’s weird. Sometimes I can see it. Other times I can only catch part of it. And on other occasions, I see nothing. You?

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6 thoughts on “This optical illusion from a 2005 album cover is back and is hurting the brains of the internet

  • June 6, 2021 at 1:18 pm
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    If I hold my phone away a bit I can see it.

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  • June 7, 2021 at 9:04 am
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    I can see it perfectly clearly if I zoom out or if I look at it on a monitor from about 10 feet away. That’s pretty neat!

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  • June 8, 2021 at 2:27 am
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    It took awhile to see it but if you tilt it plus adjust the brightness also you might find the right spot and see the entire words without a problem

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  • June 8, 2021 at 8:55 am
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    Put it at a distance and look back at it. Cannot see if close and looking straight.

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  • June 9, 2021 at 7:21 am
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    Soulwax New York excuse

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  • June 9, 2021 at 8:32 am
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    This was a neat idea for their cover, wonder if they all agreed on it lol. I’m a fan of optical illusions and this is by far, most definitely a diff way to do an album cover

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