how the....

this blows me away…its quite cheesy but looks great! any idea how i could even begin to get this technique down?

Dan

Very pleasant animation!
I don’t know how to make the ink animation, but moving rings are easy - just use animated alpha texture. The rest is complex boolean animation.
You could try animate with Boolean modifier.
The end looks like Explode modifier reversed.
A good challenge for Blender masters :wink: