The Tales of Bad Luck Brian: A Meme Story
I’m sure we have all at some point seen this meme surface whether on Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms. It has become quite iconic and we all see it now as the nerdy teenage boy with the goofy smile during a school picture. All we have seen is the several remakes of this picture but I am going to tell this story from the beginning.
For starters, the series of pictures that have be recreated with the same picture is named ‘Bad Luck Brian’. The name of the boy behind this meme is actually not names Brian but rather Kyle Craven. He wanted to create a ridiculous photo for the yearbook for his junior year. This is why he went out and purchased a sweater vest and put on that awkward smile. Unfortunately this photo never ended up in his yearbook.
However on January 23rd, 2012, his long time friend, Ian Davies submitted the photo to Reddit with the original caption being “Takes driving test… gets first DUI.” Initially this only got less than 5 up votes. Later that day the picture was posted with a different caption which can be seen below:
This meme ends up on the front page of the Reddit page and gains 3,300 up votes in less than two months.
From here the spread of this meme started growing. On January 29th, 2012 there was already a collection of different memes that were posted to the digital marketing blog, Twenty Something. This series began to spread onto platforms like Pinterest, Funny or Die, Buzzfeed, Tumblr and more. ByJune 2012 the QuickMeme page received more than 104,047 submissions.
The trend of the meme ‘Bad Luck Brian’ can be seen in the graph below:
I thought it might be fun to create a little meme of my own based off of ‘Bad Luck Brian’ while we are on the subject and to make it more funny let’s relate it to my Digital Skills (EID100) course. This is my first time creating anything like this so lets see how it goes.
Well there it is my first meme creation, it was actually kind of fun. What types of memes can you create?
Have fun creating memes everyone!