Intricate Rituals

Intricate Rituals

Updated Dec 11, 2018 at 12:11PM EST by Adam.

Added Dec 11, 2018 at 10:48AM EST by Adam.

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Intricate Rituals is a catchphrase which grew popular on Tumblr in late 2018 as a jokey slang term for homosexual activity. The phrase references a piece by artist Barbara Kruger called Untitled, which asserts "You construct intricate rituals which allow you to touch the skin of other men," in essence pointing out the lengths some men will go to justify touching each other without appearing homosexual.


Barbara Kruger's Untitled debuted in 1981 and currently resides in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts[1] (shown below).

You construct intricate rituals Which allow yoU to touch the skin of other men.


The phrase had been used in some analysis of popular culture on the site prior to becoming a meme. On May 14th, 2015, Tumblr user aerialiste argued that the phrase was applicable to scenes of violence between men with homosexual subtext, such as in Fight Club or Sherlock. [2] One of the earlier joke references to the artwork on Tumblr was posted by thestateonmtv on November 5th, 2016 in reference to a photoset from Ghost Adventures (shown below).

Here. get in the bed with me. travel man, and we can feel the vibrations together travel travel Laughing ] No. Dude, only you take it that way. It's the paranormal travel For the evidence, man. ravel Do you want to experience it with me or not? travel Yeah, yeah. travel Then get in bed with me you construct intricate rituals

The trend began growing more popular on Tumblr in December of 2018. Some popular posts include one by allhailwesttexasremastered that gained over 1,900 points (shown below, left). User Dabblingindescent posted a You May Spank It Once parody (shown below, right).

men: touch each other's skin Intricate rituals YOU MAY CONSTRUCT INTRICATE RITUALS ONCE

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Post Notepad Posted 1 day ago with 7328 notes thinking about all the times in life that i genuinely did create intricate rituals which allowed me to touch the skin of other women CE Glebal You construct ntricate rituals which allow you to touch the skin of other men fellas is it gay to construct intricate rituals which allow you to touch the skin of other men? intricate rituals the skin of other men men

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External References

[1] MFA – Artwork

[2] Tumblr – aerialiste

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