Perry's Magical Memes
The Internet can be such a dark, sad place. But it can also turn, say, a really good mugshot of Governor Rick Perry into a magical meme. Mere minutes after the image was released to the public on Tuesday, the Internet went to work. We've chronicled the fun below.
The original — The don't call him Governor Goodhair for nothing. Look at those tresses — so full!
Posted without comment (we'll leave that to you): It's Rick Perry's mugshot. pic.twitter.com/k2K6KXikV9— Austin Chronicle (@AustinChronicle) August 19, 2014
The moment we all knew was coming — If we're honest with ourselves, most of us were excited not because the governor of Texas and a presumed presidential candidate was getting his mugshot taken, but because in our hearts we knew this meant at least 24 hours of uninterrupted meme-making.
FYI the Rick Perry mugshot works on the Warby Parker virtual try-on tool in case you want to see some hipster stylez pic.twitte.com/GpfyOTZ62v— Parker Higgins (@xor) August 20, 2014
Then things got meta (and super meta) — First the Statesman released a photo of Perry getting his photo taken.
And the super meme was launched — Meme inside a meme inside a meme ...
Rick Perry's Mug Shot. I can't be the only person hoping this happens. Right? Perry > Rosemary< Culkin< Gosling pic.twitter.com/vmGFKBeHcP— AngieSenseiofSass (@Artist_Angie) August 19, 2014
The meme then moved from Photoshop to artistic renditions — Artist Dan Lacey stayed up all night to paint pancakes on Perry's head.
Texas Governor Rick Perry Pancake Tears Mugshot painting pic.twitter.com/e5bUPmIND4— Dan Lacey (@PainterPancakes) August 20, 2014
Then journalist Benjy Sarlin had to go and do this.