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.
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