Gavin becomes international meme, showcases everyone’s mood

Abby Botan
Entertainment Columnist

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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 NYMAG.com 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 NYMAG.com.

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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