With all of the memes on the Internet, why have your own family meme, you may ask And, the bigger question: If I had a family meme, what would I do with it? First, let’s tackle why. You want a family meme because memes are hysterical, and if your family is anything like our family, holiday meet-ups and birthday dinners are 75 percent healthy ribbing and smack talking, and 25 percent food. What can you do with your very own family? Well, the possibilities are endless, really. Think of it as a crest, except more ridiculous.
Here’s our guide to making your family meme:
Find Some Good Meme Inspiration
The emergence of a family meme almost always happens naturally. And if you try to force one into creation, it will probably be cheesier than an 80’s infomercial. It just won’t work. When you set out to create yours, first get inspired. You know that old photo of your grandpa where he sports an uncanny resemblance to George W. Bush? Imagine the endless possibilities of combining that photo with some basic photoshop skills. Think that kind of inspiration.
Add A Quote to Your Meme
No meme is complete without a proper quote. We’ve all seen a million versions of “Game of Thrones” and “Willy Wonka” memes–you know what we’re talking about. Does your family have a long-running inside joke? Up your meme game and incorporate it. One does not simply call a photograph a ‘meme’.
Let Your Meme Go Viral
In your family, at least… Just as you can’t force the creation of your family meme from scratch, your meme creation also can’t be forced on your family. It’s okay to plant the seed, but from there, let the creation take on a life of its own. It isn’t quite a family meme if you’re the only one using it to spam your whole family’s inbox. You can send it first, and if they like it, they’ll use it. If the meme does catch on, all the real fun begins. From spamming your family members’ inboxes, popping up in family group-chats, hanging out on your desktop background, gifted coffee mugs, birthday cards, custom t-shirts, and more… That darn picture will start showing up everywhere!
Take The Meme Far (Almost Too Far)
While we can think of a million ways you could have fun with your family meme, the best use we’ve seen so far in the real world came to us from our client and friend, Jonathan Ray. While drawing up his list for family gifts this year, Jon wanted to get his difficult-to-shop-for family members gifts that were creative, out-of-the-ordinary, and more personal than the gift cards he’d resorted to in the past.
What’s more, his family had a particular meme of their own that they’d been passing around for some time. He thought, “what’s more creative and personal than my own family’s favorite meme?” For Jon, it was a no-brainer: he got the famous family photo of his grumpy 3-year-old mother stamped on a t-shirt for each member of the family. While Jon couldn’t guarantee everyone was going to love it (he wasn’t sure his mother would), the t-shirts were the highlight of his entire family’s Christmas (she, too, thought it was funny).
If you’re ever in doubt of this whole ‘family meme’ idea, just remember they’re all for fun. The ‘why’ part is simple, and the uses for them are endless. From t-shirts and hats, to mugs and birthday cards, there are infinite stages to showcase your meme and wager a laugh or two. When you set out to create your family meme, get creative, let everyone in the family have fun with it, and just remember – it’s all fun and games, until someone prints your face on 35 t-shirts.