Gavin becomes international meme, showcases everyone’s mood

Abby Botan
Entertainment Columnist

Here is one of Gavin’s most popular memes. Photo by Nick Mastodon on Instagram is used with his permission

According to Merriam-Webster, a meme is an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. Gavin Thomas became a meme over such a short time period.

Gavin has quickly become a well-known Vine and Twitter sensation. He is the six-year-old nephew of the Vine “famous” Nick Mastodon.

“I started putting my nephew Gavin, who was two at the time – he would appear in my videos, People thought he was cute, but they didn’t really take notice of him a whole lot,” Mastodon said in a interview.

Gavin began to frequently appear on Mastodon’s Vine account over the next two years, and then, all of a sudden, Thomas started to go viral.

“It wasn’t up until, like, this (last) June that he really blew up, and I think it was because more and more big meme accounts were posting pictures of him,” Mastodon said in

Every Vine/Instagram photo of Gavin holds a reaction for every emotion anyone could possibly feel.

Simone Biles, Team USA/Olympic Gold Medalist, tweeted, “There is a Gavin meme for everything” to which fellow Team USA member replied, “When you win a gold medal at the Olympics: (insert cute photo of Gavin).”

Gavin has been turned into memes by many A listers including Chance the Rapper.

Thomas even has his own Update Account on Twitter, @KingGavinUpdate. The update account bio reads, “Updating you on everything Gavin related!”

“If a person comes up to him, he’ll decide if he wants to take a selfie depending on what his mood is, because you just never know with a six year old. We absolutely leave it up to him,” said his mother Kate Thomas in an interview with The Daily Dot.

If you ever want a good laugh, look up: @NickMastodon on Instagram if you want to see, “#cute” photo’s of Gavin, and @GavinMemes on Twitter.


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