TikTok star is out to set a world record for VHS tapes of “Titanic”

Jack Dawson did not die on the finish of the film “Titanic.” He swam down to Tampa Bay.

  • That is what you’ll suppose, strolling into the house of @titanicfan97.

What’s occurring: The 30-year-old Largo resident, who’s identified solely by his username, has gathered a cult following of almost 50,000 social Media customers, largely by means of TikTok, as he builds the self-proclaimed world’s largest assortment of “Titanic” on VHS.

  • He gave Axios an unique take a look at the gathering that is now surpassed 500 copies.

As soon as he collects 500 extra, @titanicfan97, who requested to stay nameless, instructed Axios he’ll reveal his face to his followers.

  • “I think the mystery is good,” he stated. “I just love making content and having fun, and I love ‘Titanic’ on VHS.”

Why it issues: The VHS format has been useless for almost 20 years, piling up in thrift shops. However our “Titanic” fan has turned these rejected piles into a scavenger hunt for folks across the world as they Help construct his assortment.

  • He is obtained tapes mailed from as far-off as Australia, and he is drained Tampa Bay of all its copies. In the event you’re wanting for one, you may want to drive at the least an hour away.
@titanicfan97's shrine of 501 copies of "Titanic" on VHS with his Jack dummies
Behold, the temple of “Titanic” on VHS tapes. Photograph: Selene San Felice/Axios

The way it occurred: In 2012, he observed 12 VHS tapes of “Titanic” at a Suncoast Hospice Resale Store in Clearwater. They turned the beginning of his assortment.

  • “I knew that was gonna be the start of something magical,” he stated.

This is not simply a pastime. Once I stopped by his residence, three televisions have been enjoying VHS copies of the film continuous, whereas a household of 5 Jack Dawson dummies watched over the gathering.

  • Most just lately, he constructed a Jack Dawson out of the tapes to mark 500 copies and had Lowes create paint within the actual shade of blue because the VHS cowl’s backbone for the door of his residence office-turned-“Titanic” temple.
  • Followers may even ship him obscure presents, like one fan who put all of his TikToks on a VHS tape.

Sure, however: He is obtained competitors. One other TikToker who collects “Shrek” on VHS is out to foil his plan and acquire all of the copies of “Titanic” on VHS he can discover and destroy them.

  • However our “Titanic” fan is not too fearful. “I think the competition is good,” he stated.

The top objective: He desires to personal as many as he can of the 25 million VHS copies of the film that have been offered, however he’ll settle someplace between 1,997 (the 12 months it was launched) and 1 million.

A whiteboard reading "Things to get:" with "Titanic on VHS" on the list nine times. and a VHS count reading 501
Photograph: Selene San Felice/Axios

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