TikTok is obsessed with a ‘secret’ convenience store in New York City that has a bizarre ‘mystery’ vending machine

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8-Twelve may look like a 7-Eleven, but don’t let that fool you.

The part pop-up, part real-life convenience-store showed up seemingly out of nowhere in New York City, and now TikTok is obsessed with it. 

It’s easy to see why. The store and its strange, “mystery” vending machine seemed to appear out of nowhere, with plenty of users only learning about it thanks to viral clips of TikTokers touring the inside.

One video, by the popular account New York Bucket List (@newyorkbucketlist), drew more than 1.2 million views.

In the clip, the TikToker visits 8-Twelve, which looks a lot like a standard 7-Eleven convenience store. The only difference is the bizarre decorations covering the storefront — including an ad for a fake, Jeff Bezos-themed ice cream treat. 

Once inside, visitors are greeted by a giant vending machine that only accepts $2 and $20 bills. The glowing machine dispenses mystery items, like custom-branded candy and soda. 

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As it turns out, 8-Twelve was actually set up by the New York-based art collective MSCHF. The company has launched all kinds of creative campaigns in recent years, but it’s possibly most famous for its work on Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes” — the viral, custom sneakers that led to a lawsuit between the pop star and Nike. 

8-Twelve, meanwhile, has been met with less controversy. Instead, TikTokers have largely shared their surprise that the pop-up exists. 

“THIS IS EVERYTHING,” one TikToker commented.

“Where is this?” another wrote.

Sadly, the window for visiting 8-Twelve has come and gone. According to Average Socialite, the pop-up closed its doors in late September. 

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