This superfan got a giant tattoo of the crying Jordan meme on his leg and honestly it's a lot
There are people who love memes, and then there are people who are absolutely obsessed with them. Now, I spend a lot of time online, and I enjoy a funny image macro as much as the next guy, but I think they have their place and that they should stay in cyberspace. But not everyone agrees with me, and some folk go one step further and bring their love of memes into the real world. Case in point: apparently somebody has taken their love of internet culture to the next level by getting the "Crying Michael Jordan" meme tattooed on their own leg.
For those of you who have never heard of it, allow me to explain. The meme refers to a picture of NBA star Michael Jordan weeping, taken by Associated Press photographer Stephan Savoia during Jordan's speech at his Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2009.
For some reason, perhaps due to the contrast between Jordan's masculinity and his vulnerability, many people found the picture strangely compelling. It was first used as a reaction image on the message board Boxden.com, but by 2014, netizens began superimposing Jordan's tear-stricken face on pictures of other athletes who'd suffered some miscellaneous misfortune. The meme became so popular that an open-source app called "The Crying Jordan Meme Generator" was created to make the memes easier to build.
Now, Steve Butcher, a tattoo artist known for his sports-themed body art, has paid tribute to the meme by giving a Chicago Bulls fan this awesome leg tattoo. In an Instagram post revealing the ink, Butcher stated: "So fun to do!! The unforgettable moment when Michael Jordan shedded a few tears during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech. Since it has been used for countless hilarious memes !! WRITE UR OWN MEME IN THE COMMENTS!! Done at @mytattooandpiercing in HB. [sic]" Butcher has stated that the unnamed über-fan intends to cover this entire leg with Chicago Bulls players. Wow; that is some serious commitment.
In case you were wondering whether or not Michael Jordan is actually aware of the meme, then don't worry: the answer is yes. Not only is he aware of it, but he apparently finds it fun, and doesn't mind people using his image for fun so long as it isn't exploited for commercial purposes.
Estee Portnoy, Michael Jordan's main spokesperson, told the Chicago Tribune in an email that: "I don't recall when we first started noticing it -- everything explodes so quickly on the Internet, and suddenly it was everywhere. Everyone seems to be having fun with the meme, and it just keeps going. We haven’t seen anyone using it to promote their commercial interests, which is something that we’re monitoring."
However, I'm not sure how Michael Jordan would feel about the fact that his crying face is now on someone's body for the rest of their life. Personally, I'd be a little weirded out by it.
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