This year marked the ninth anniversary of a yearly-ish Los Angeles tradition of destruction: the Titmouse Smash Party. It’s a gathering when a group of people come together to destroy things they know longer love — inside a cage.
The party is hosted by Titmouse Cartoons, which produces cult classics like The Venture Bros. and Metalocalypse. It can seem a bit violent, but also cathartic — and very entertaining. Small-scale smash parties began in 1999 in a New Jersey basement, originally hosted by Titmouse animator Jody Schaeffer. They were inspired by a trip to Japan, where bars often encourage patrons to drink sake and then smash the glass in a separate room.
The premise is simple: Bring whatever you want to smash, and you’ll be supplied with the tools needed to obliterate said objects. Soon, you’ll even be able to re-enact the party in all its digital glory on a designated app.
We decided to slow down the smash to get a better look at all those ceramic dogs, old tube TVs, and monuments of glasses shattering gracefully. Enjoy.