I am meme lord

I am meme lord

I am meme lord

SXSW 2014 was a whirlwind of innovation, creativity, and unexpected encounters. Among the tech giants and indie artists, the Courtyard Marriott set up a unique attraction: a backdrop on the sidewalk near their car drop-off roundabout, where internet meme sensations made appearances. One of the highlights was meeting "Success Kid," the toddler whose triumphant fist-pump became an emblem of victory online. Standing in line with about ten other fans, it felt surreal to see the real-life person behind the viral image. In a world where digital fame often seems distant, SXSW provided a tangible connection to these cultural icons, highlighting the festival's eclectic charm and its ability to bring the virtual into reality.

Also I've taken a ton of pictures with my family and my friend's kids, but this was the first photo I'd taken with a stranger's kid. Let alone waiting in line with other adults to get a similar photo.

This photo was taken March 8th, 2014 at 3:37pm in Austin.

Wonder how this kid is doing in his teenage years? Here's a video I found from Buzzfeed.

This wasn't my first brush with meme stardom. A similar experience unfolded when my son and I met Grumpy Cat, another internet legend, napping contentedly while fans queued up for photos. However, meeting Success Kid had a distinct charm; there he was, a regular kid flanked by his proud parents just out of frame, reminding us of the ordinary lives behind extraordinary online personas. It’s a testament to how SXSW bridges the gap between the digital and physical worlds, capturing fleeting moments that reflect the zeitgeist of our internet-driven culture.

This photo was taken March 16th, 2016 at 3:46pm in Austin.

Rest in Peace Tarter Sauce.