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Big Fucking Business: An Interview With TimoteiLSD


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Underneath the latent geekyness of Youtube Poop, there are a couple aspects of this odd pastime that have always amazed me. Number one, there are no rules - pretty much anything you want to do you can, and what's there to stop you (aside from the occasional copyright strike)? Number two, Youtube Poop is a worldwide phenomenon. Many of the poopers I've met over the years aren't from the same country as me, and some don't even speak the same language as me. Yet here we are united under this common artistic banner. Youtube Poop has afforded me the chance to learn about other parts of the world in a way that wasn't possible twenty years ago.

Now that the obligatory rambling is out of the way, lets talk about TimoteiLSD, a Finnish pooper I've admired for quite some time. Chances are pretty good you've seen one or two of his poops even if you don't realize it. He has a reasonably fast paced and distinctive style which in my opinion, combines the best of the older and newer pooping styles. You'll find a fair amount of visual effects and odd noises in his work, but it's also mixed together with a nice variety of sentence mixing jokes, along with plenty of clever photoshop and masking gags. I've gone on record before talking about this guy's comedic timing; he always seems to know just the right bits to repeat and just how long to pause before hitting you with an off the wall visual.

I got the chance to talk with him recently about what makes him tick. I was only slightly worried that the might be a quiet guy who I'd have to pull the answers from, but it was much the opposite. Never at a loss for words, he spoke frankly about his feeling on Youtube, making poops, and other artistic ventures, all the while interjecting a colorful barrage of obscenities that kept the mood light. He was also quite modest and appreciative of his success in the poop community. If you aren't familiar with his work, take this opportunity to get acquainted with this humorous and talented guy.

What can you tell us about your name? Does it mean anything?

First off, Timotei, it does not come from a shampoo at all...Timotei is a Finnish word that means timothy (like the plant) and it stems from the elementary years during English classes because my "English name" there was Timothy, which you could easily turn into Timotei and it was funny. it's a big of a shout out to my days of youth, I guess. My first name on YouTube was TimoteiLOL, and then TimoteiAIDS, and now TimoteiLSD. The basis for that was always Timotei, and some supposedly funny abbreviation.

Do you remember a particular poop or pooper that inspired you to get involved in YTP?

I can't exactly remember the first poop I ever saw, but I do remember one the first ones I saw was a multi source poop with the Johnny Bravo/Scooby Doo crossover episode and the Super Mario World cartoon. I can't remember the author...but I remember it made me laugh a lot! The author also had a few Lion King poops. I believe one of them was called "Hakuna Cocoona". That author/poop was one of the bigger influences in getting me started in poops in the first place.

In terms of Youtube Poop, you’re pretty successful/popular. To what do you attribute your large fanbase?

Well people say that I'm funny apparently...I think what really counts is what they see in me. I can't really go and say much about myself...what I do enjoy about my style is that its quite fast paced yeah? I'm really proud of my sense of pacing in my current YouTube poops, and In addition to that I think there's a good balance of jokes...using just the right amount of jokes with a little surprise moment by the end...I'm very grateful for my fan base and that you enjoy watching this fucking shit. It’s wonderful, thank you.

What sort of reactions have you seen from people when you tell them that you make YTPs?

Well the thing is I don't really go around telling people I do this. One of my very early friends, when I discovered ytp, I started showing them to him, then I shared the ones I made with him, and it was cool because we shared the same sense of humor (or we didn't and I just corrupted him). People usually get to know me through YTP’s and then they're surprised to know how much I enjoy drawing and all kinds of other stuff. And then there are some who knew of my YTP’s, then they got to know me but they had no idea I was the one making them. There are some people I show them to who have the same kind of personality, and when they do see them they say "Oh these are brilliant, keep making them! They are purely a form of art." And then of course there are those who don't enjoy them. Just depends on their personality.

Do you think YTP has any artistic merit?

Yes! Definitely! Absolutely, YTP is a form of art! No doubt about it if you ask me. Quite a few people don't seem to realize how much fucking effort these take, mentally and physically. OK right off, I don't do drugs. I'm completely clear headed when I make YTP’s. These take so much you know; you have to be creative, you have to be stupid, you have to just go with it, or go with your fucking instinct or whatever. Honestly, YTP’s are art. I can't really explain it any further that's just how I see it. YTP’s are art in its purest form.

What is/was your favorite source to use? Why?

I always have a great time using the Super Mario Brothers cartoons. I've only made two videos with “Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva”, but I've always had great fun with that as a source material, and I'm hoping to make a third one with that. The CD-I poops, "I Accidentally Hotel Mario" and "Reverse Cowgirl With a Phillips CD-I", I had an absolute blast working on those, I'm not gonna lie.

It was so great to work with those old, used-to-death sources; stuff that I used on my old accounts probably much more, then to take them out again and completely put a new twist on them with my current style...it was wonderful, dare I say magical.

How do you come up with ideas for poops?

That depends entirely. The Youpipe Shits, those have always been me thinking “Oh, I feel like making one of the Super Mario Bros. 3 cartoon”, and I just do it. I take a few episodes, looking around for what I can do with ‘em, and I just do. There are a few that I planned out a lot more, but quite a lot is me coming up with ideas out of nowhere. I might be watching something on Youtube and I think “this might make a good source”, and I try to implement it, in a nutshell. There’s one coming up that I’m making using AOSTH, which I’ve been planning out for quite a long time, but it will still have plenty of things done on a whim.

On the subject of your most popular poop “I Accidentally Hotel Mario”, what was going through your head when you made this video?

Well… your guess is as good as mine…well not really! I was just looking through sources, and then I just remembered “Hey, this fucking old thing that’s been done to death…why don’t I try making something out of this?” I just wanted to try after not having used it in a long time. I was just taking out old material and converting it to my current style. “I accidentally...” happens to be of the much more fast paced/frantic style, and I just went completely nuts. My though process was “Take Hotel Mario, poop it, don’t over think it, and go completely fucking mental with it.” Beautiful isn’t it?

Do you ever watch your own poops after you make them?

Yes, yes, guilty as charged. Very, very often I do. After I’ve finished with one, I tend to watch it over and over again for a day or two after I’ve posted it to Youtube. I’m watching it repeatedly, thinking “this is a nice part”, “oh, I’m done with this”, whatever. Then I get tired of it and don’t want to watch it for a while, because there’s only so much I can take. Then sometime later on, a month, several months, or a year later, I’ll come back and watch it again, some more than others.

Do any of your videos stand out in your memory as particularly problematic to make or particularly memorable for any reason?

Very, very definitely. There are a few poops where getting anything done was really fucking excruciating. One of my recent ones, Bowser gets a lifetime supply of yeast infections. When I started working on it, I was at a complete loss. I just felt so rusty. “Where do I even begin? What Do I want to do with this?” Eventually everything just started flowing, but there was a day or two before that where I had no idea what to do. It was really painful…in many ways.

Very often I start off swell, and then the flow stops in the middle of nowhere, and then I have to get inhale some fucking clean air, and then the inspiration returns one way or another. My emotions always have a great effect on how I work on a poop.

How long does it take you to make a poop? (How long might you spend working in one sitting?)

Sometimes I spend time playing around with ideas, and then I have to take some breaks, go outside, take a walk, talk with friends, draw something…instead of working on poops. Some shorter ones (2-4 minutes), they take usually less than a week when I can get to them. The longer ones (5-6) minutes are usually more planned out, and they take a week or two…but I usually don’t think about it at all. I just work on it, and I’m done with it at some point.

What do you feel is your favorite/best work?

I think I covered most of how I feel when I was listing my favorite sources…Reverse Cowgirl, Accidentally Hotel Mario, and both the Professor Layton ones…Those four stand out as my favorite works. There are some others I’m fond of…Like my entry for the Robotnik collaboration, “Robotnik Takes Care of his Morning Wood”, also “Batman loses his Batsocks in his Batwashing Machine”.

I have a soft spot for “I. M. Schizophrenic”. That’s a poop where I started picking up my current style much more. And there’s Playstation 3’s Batteries are Sold Separately. I actually did that entirely in one day. I just sat down and was like “bluh bluh bluh bluh”. I went completely fucking mental with it, but I had so much fun doing it.

Do you have any other channels on Youtube?

No, TimoteiLSD is the only channel. I’ve never specifically stated that (using a pompous arrogant voice) “This is my uhhhh YTP channel entirely…uuhhhh if you want to see some other stuff you go over there…if you want to see some OTHER STUFF you go over THERE, and if you don’t you go there… this is gunna be YTP ONLY!”. TimoteiLSD is my only channel right now, because it’s MY CHANNEL, and I can post whatever the fuck I want on there!

What do you do when you’re not making videos? Do you have any other artistic hobbies?

Yes absolutely, many hobbies, and making videos is not the only thing I do people! Just because I don’t do something in a month doesn’t mean I’m dead, it just means I have other better things to do! (laughs) I draw…a lot, which is quite evident on my Tumblr. I’ve also taken an interest in animation, which some of you may already have seen. Also acting and voice acting; I’m part of a hobbyist theater, and just this summer we did Shakespeare’s Macbeth and it was great fun. I have a great big interest in voice acting, and I practice it a lot with friends. We do reading sessions of various things…Then, then, then…There’s the occasional exercising, and I do sing somewhat too. It’s an underplayed activity of mine; it’s the one I least mention to people. I really do enjoy going to karaoke bars with friends…So yeah I do have lots of hobbies, but supposedly that’s a good thing!

What channels on Youtube are you watching? (YTP or otherwise)

Well, actually I’m not subscribed to anyone on Youtube…at all. I just watch whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like it. I don’t go around looking around for YTP’s. I just stumble upon them. Well there is “GameGrumps”. When I’m drawing I usually just put up two windows, and I’m slightly watching them while I draw, and listening, because that’s the important part. But yeah, I don’t actively follow anyone.

After seeing your video “Of Avians and Rodents”, do you ever consider making original animations?

Fucking hell! All the fucking time! I’ve been meaning to do a whole bunch of animations, but I just lack the time to properly get into it. I’m very interested in it, but it takes time and time is what I’m lacking. I’ve been planning to do so much, but never gotten around to it. For example, for a long time I’ve been meaning to do a follow up to “Nyan Ho”. I mentioned before making an AOSTH poop, and I’m trying to incorporate a noticeable amount of animation into it. I do have flash, and I could actually learn how to put stuff together with it, but I need the time. All the other animations I’ve done are just drawing the individual frames and putting them into Vegas. But even if I learn flash I wouldn’t change my general animation style. I really appreciate frame-to-frame animation because I feel like my drawings are coming properly alive and that’s what I wanna do.

Where do you see yourself in five years in terms of Youtube?

Well, I really fucking hope I’m still making this…I really do. This is a hobby of mine, and I really do enjoy making these videos. Hopefully I’m still making YTP’s, and hopefully I’m making more animations. I’m having such fun making them, but you never know. I hope I’m able to keep this up as long as possible. That’s all I have to say.

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What a cool guy. One of my favorites!

Excellent interview, Tofu.

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I remember the TimoteiLOL days. He came out with some hilarious shit back then. I wish he would reupload some of the old stuff.

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One of the best poopers out there. He's been one of my main inspirations since I began myself :P Nice article Tofu c:

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Thank you so much for this interview, this guy has been one of my favorites for years

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Oh god, you are a genius and inspiration to us all. Please don't stop any time soon.

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