Niche Memes

Niche Memes

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About

Niche Memes are a series of image macros and photoshops that are hyper-specific to the author's life. These memes are similar to Start Packs but rather than generalizing about a group of people, they only focus on the author's experience.

Origin

While the origin of Niche Meme is unknown, The Daily Beast reports that the earliest examples began appearing in spring 2017.[4] examples of the form could be seen as early as October 7th, 2017; however, there are likely earlier examples because many of the early Niche Meme accounts have since been deleted. That day, Instagram[5] user @postiviepisces posted a version entitled "how alike are we?" The post received more than 100 likes in one year (shown below).


how alike are we 2 you absolutely love poetry, even milk and honey although it's a basic!:) +10 has a kanken bag cuz ur a basic art hoe af but wanna b cute! +10 wears the same adidas everyday bc why not +15 you love ska music, Songs alkown as happy/positive Ska music & bands from the 60's-earty 2000s! +15 you wear PINK leggings like 28/9 of the time +20 owns + uses a canon for ur own aesthetic +20 you're a hippie, my own pic), u love nature sm u wish u hip pie you radiate positive vibes hipö 24/7, love lfe, & your mission is to spread peace & happiness! +30 were a tree. +20 you're bisexual af but u sometimes like girls more +20 @positivepisces

Precursor

Starter Packs

Starter packs, sometimes known as starter kits, are a series of multi-panel photo sets meant to illustrate the archetype of a celebrity, company or subculture through a recommended selection of fashion articles, multimedia and other consumer products, much similar to steal her look fashion guides. The earliest known usage of the form dates back to September 2014 (examples below).


sarter Kits 4 Follow itsStarterKits The "you can beat me up but my dad will sue" starter kit わt3 ★ RETWEETS FAVORITES 8:42 AM-17 Nov 2014 The Don't call me 'til Tomorrow Starter Pack ASTRO Gaming and Mountain Dew EFI PREMIUM OR DE RETWEETS FAVORITES 423 7:38 PM-17 Nov 2014 Follow @thugjitsuu the "tough white guy who tries to start fights" starter kit わ RETWEETSFAVORITES 752 8:20 PM-15 Nov 2014 1,103

Spread

Over the next few weeks, more variations of the form could be found online. On October 16th, 2017, That day, Instagram [1] user @lonelyandsadbutfunnyandhappy posted a series of memes specific to their outlook and experience (examples below). Days later, on October 22nd, the Instagram[2] account @nichememeteam posted their first post, which boasted about reporting one of @lonelyandsadbutfunnyandhappy's posts, which mocked a woman with autism.


guys with stunning hair fame galore ran over many people here in gta 5 what i think california is like many many mansions @lonelyandsadbutfunnyandhappy

On December 5th, 2017, The Daily Beast[4] published a report about the trend, highlighting several meme creators. They wrote, "In order to cope with the stresses of middle school life, teen girls are reviving MS Paint kitsch to find community--and de facto therapy--across the web."

Within a year, more accounts began specifically focusing on Niche Memes. On July 3rd, 2018, Instagram[3] account @glovestory posted a meme about "my elementary school librarian." The post received more than 290 likes in less than one year (shown below).

On November 1st, Mashable [6] published an article about the trend.


my elementary school librarian super religious (we were at a catholic school) if she was a color she'd be this one always wore long skirts had cute wire frames glovestory had shoes just like these looked a lot all of her books like Aunt May? we're really worrm

Various Examples


i've been in school for a week now i've actually worn nice outfits art history is one of my favorite classes having matches after school every day glovestory i've made a few new friends already getting to work in the library is 3 so relaxing 10 9 .8 homework is piling up waking up early is 6 5 actually pretty easy let's take a walk down town to make our smiles frown THESMITHS sSo me in real life! @postivepisces always tries to be positiveo owns kanken bag and uses it as much as possible always says peace out" to everyone & is just peppy owns iphone 6s &is on it 26/8 of the time You TueN always watching a show or video on one of these always on snapchat ntrovert I intravert introvert) always alone) a shy, reticent person. Psychology a person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things. Compare with Hippie EVERYDAY always buys an arizona green tea drink at lunch always chillin'w my doggo, frankie
a lovely weekend in japan oSSo my childhood nostalgia playing these games a lot of the time NICKELODEON attitude po attitud hotspot WATCHING DISNEY CHANNEL 24/7 PooF! nOt LiKe oThEr giRLSV 1J SPILL THE TEA, SIS es vintage lookin JUST SNAPPED goes thrifting, orjust items for aesthetic twitter lanuage NETFLIX hello this is a filler spend a lot of time on oot etfix,or voutube titude otspot depop e it's okay ur like this 13

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