Monkey Haircut – Thank Teens For Dank Memes

Each week, Social Strategist Roze Pirvany finds the dankest of all current memes, investigates its origins and relevance to online culture, and shares her findings to the agency in a feature called Thank Teens For Dank Memes. This week, she’s on vacation, so Jason Morton filled in.

Here’s what he found…


The monkey has long been a standby in entertainment, from its accompaniment to the Victorian-era organ grinder to … Marcel from Friends. Also, simians are no strangers to being social media phenomena either – think Harambe.

So in this grand tradition, we’re pleased to feature “Monkey Haircut” as this week’s installment of Thank Teens for Dank Memes.

Sleepy monkey’s haircut from gif

Monkey Haircut originated as just that – a video, and later a gif, of a monkey getting a haircut uploaded to social media. However, several months later, the meme made a resurgence in English-language social media in an altered form.

Simply put, the still image of the monkey getting a haircut gets placed over an existing, sometimes iconic image where the person originally pictured is now … giving a monkey a haircut. But while the simplest versions certainly did the trick, some more time intensive efforts also brought the lulz.

Trump WWE monkey haircut

Monkey haircut found its way to the r/MemeEconomy subreddit, where “individuals can buy, sell, share, make and invest in memes freely”, plus generated its own Twitter handle sharing user creations.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete trip through the meme cycle without the meme makers combining Monkey Haircut with other, existing and popular memes, so here we have one user mashing it up with one of the dankest memes of the summer, “Disloyal Man Walking With His Girlfriend and Looking Amazed at Another Seductive Girl”:

Other versions also called back to the rhyming fun of the Elf on the Shelf meme or regular meme themes such as communism.


Is it Dank though?

While the monkey took social by storm, certain meme makers question the dankness of this particular meme.

Monkey ain’t DANK from dankmemes

Dank or not, the Monkey Haircut provided a lot of entertainment on social media in the past few weeks – though it’s hard to say if it will have staying power as new trends emerge.


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