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PTSD Clarinet Boy is an advice animal image macro series based on a photo of a redheaded boy in music band uniform holding a clarinet. Superimposed onto the back of his head, the image of the uniformed boy gazing afar gives an impression that the boy is thinking about the past, hence the captions typically emulate the first-person accounts of a war veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The original image was posted in the popular single topic blog “Awkward Family Photos” in July 17th, 2009. The image was soon picked up by the popular image-macro creating site Meme Generator, where it adopted the voice of Vietnam war veterans’ remembering the past. However, the meme has since diverged from this original theme.
On Meme Generator, the meme is currently ranked at Top Tier as of January 2010, and remains one of the most used macros. PTSD Clarinet Kid has been frequently featured on popular sites like MemeBase, EBaumsWorld, and FunnyJunk.