The Internet can be such a dark, sad place. But it can also turn, say, a really good mugshot of Governor Rick Perry into a magical meme. Mere minutes after the image was released to the public on Tuesday, the Internet went to work. We've chronicled the fun below.
The original — The don't call him Governor Goodhair for nothing. Look at those tresses — so full!
Posted without comment (we'll leave that to you): It's Rick Perry's mugshot. pic.twitter.com/k2K6KXikV9— Austin Chronicle (@AustinChronicle) August 19, 2014
The moment we all knew was coming — If we're honest with ourselves, most of us were excited not because the governor of Texas and a presumed presidential candidate was getting his mughsot taken, but because in our hearts we knew this meant at least 24 hours of uninterrupted meme-making.
FYI the Rick Perry mugshot works on the Warby Parker virtual try-on tool in case you want to see some hipster stylez pic.twitte.com/GpfyOTZ62v— Parker Higgins (@xor) August 20, 2014
Then things got meta (and super meta) — First the Statesman released a photo of Perry getting his photo taken.
And the super meme was launched — Meme inside a meme inside a meme ...
Rick Perry's Mug Shot. I can't be the only person hoping this happens. Right? Perry > Rosemary< Culkin< Gosling pic.twitter.com/vmGFKBeHcP— AngieSenseiofSass (@Artist_Angie) August 19, 2014
The meme then moved from Photoshop to artistic renditions — Artist Dan Lacey stayed up all night to paint pancakes on Perry's head.
Texas Governor Rick Perry Pancake Tears Mugshot painting pic.twitter.com/e5bUPmIND4— Dan Lacey (@PainterPancakes) August 20, 2014
Then journalist Benjy Sarlin had to go and do this.
Imma let you finish Rick Perry but Tom Delay had the best Travis County mugshot of ALL TIME pic.twitter.com/GvvkJO34SH— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) August 19, 2014