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Jumping Alex is a photoshop meme featuring a photo of the Arctic Monkeys guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Alexander David Turner jumping on stage in mid-air. The images are typically edited to make it appear as if Turner is jumping in a variety humorous contexts.
On April 14th, 2012, The Orange County Register published an article about the first day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which included photographer Kevin Sullivan’s photo of Alex Turner jumping in mid-air while playing his guitar.
On April 16th, Tumblr user eatsleepstrokesrepeat posted four exploitables using the photograph, including pictures of Turner next to Ridiculously Photogenic Guy (top left), running on a track (top right), jumping over a double rainbow (bottom left) and jumping in a promotional photo for the television film franchise High School Musical (bottom right). Within one week, the post received over 1,800 notes.
Also on April 16th, 2012, Ultimate-Guitar forum user RampagingAcorn submitted the original photograph in a thread titled “Shoop Alex Turner, frontman of Arctic Monkeys” with a template image and the description “Do your worst.” On April 17th, Tumblr user eatsleepstrokesrepeat launched the “Jumping Alex” single topic blog, which posted examples from the photoshop series. The same day, a Facebook page for “Jumping Alex” was created, which received over 240 likes within six days. On April 18th, a Twitter account for @Jumping_Alex was made, accumulating over 750 followers in five days. The meme has since spread to the fan club social networking site Fanpop.
Even Air Jordan can’t compete with Jumping Alex. twitter.com/Jumping_Alex/s…
— Jumping Alex (@Jumping_Alex) April 19, 2012
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The Orange County Register Blog – Coachella in photos: Day One – Entertainment – The Orange County Register
Tumblr First Reblog – can u stop making posts like this you’re killing me
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