Jumping Alex

Jumping Alex

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Jumping Alex is a photoshop meme featuring a photo of the Arctic Monkeys guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Alexander David Turner[2] 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[4] 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[3] posted four exploitables[6] 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[10] 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”[1] single topic blog, which posted examples from the photoshop series. The same day, a Facebook[7] page for “Jumping Alex” was created, which received over 240 likes within six days. On April 18th, a Twitter[8] 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.[12]

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[1]Tumblr Single Top Blog – Jumping Alex

[2]Wikipedia Article – Alex Turner (musician)

[3]Tumblr Profile – JAMES WITH A G

[4]Website – The Orange County Register

[5]The Orange County Register Blog – Coachella in photos: Day One – Entertainment – The Orange County Register

[6]Tumblr Blog – JAMES WITH A G, Jumping Alex

[7]Facebook Fan Page – Jumping Alex

[8]Twitter Profile – Jumpin Alex (jumping_alex) on Twitter

[9]Tumblr Profile – I Like Stuff

[10]UG Community Forum Blog – Shoop Alex Turner, frontman of Arctic Monkeys

[11]Tumblr First Reblog – can u stop making posts like this you’re killing me

[12]Fanpop – Jumping Alex

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