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The Clothes He Wears / The Tools He Knows How To Use

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The Clothes He Wears / The Tools He Knows How To Use is an exploitable image macro similar aesthetically to starter packs where the top of the image displays articles of clothing a person would wear and the "tools" that that said person knows how to use in conversation with the clothes that they present themself in. The template originated from a meme posted to both Twitter and Instagram in December 2021.


On December 30th, 2021, Instagram[1] account throwingfits posted a meme that had top and bottom captions reading, "the clothes he wears: / the tools he knows how to use" (shown below). Featured in the meme were paint-splattered Carharrts and hiking boots, alluding to hipster and Millennial culture in general. The "tools" featured in it were an Xbox controller, a can of Tecate beer, a dab pen, a bottle opener and a fleshlight. When posted to Instagram, it received roughly 11,500 likes in three days. The meme was also posted to Twitter[2] by the same creators, where it received roughly 3,900 likes in the same amount of time.


The template received its first remix a day later on December 30th, 2021, when Twitter[3] user nogoodtulip replaced the pronouns in the meme to read "she" and changed the "tools" presented in the template with a vibrator, a forklift, a strap-on and a power drill. The tweet (shown below) received roughly 35,600 likes in three days.

angel certified tulip @nogoodtulip the clothes she wears: the tools she knows how to use: DrWALT

The template received its first remix on Instagram two days later when Instagram[4] account coincellpro2 posted a version on January 2nd, 2022, referencing the Cow Tools meme within their iteration. The post (shown below, left) received 540 likes in one day. An hour later, Instagram[5] account wipeyadocsoff also posted an iteration of the template, referencing within it Arc'teryx clothing and being a DJ. The meme (shown below, right) received roughly 2,800 likes in one day.

the clothes he wears: the tools he knows how to use:

The more the template circulated, different pronouns were edited over the word "he." For instance, also on January 2nd, 2-2022, Instagram[6] account paranoidhighthought posted a version that replaced "he" to read "he/they." The meme (shown below) received 50 likes in 24 hours.

Various Examples

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External References

[1] Instagram – @throwingfits

[2] Twitter – @ThrowingFits

[3] Twitter – @nogoodtulip

[4] Instagram – @coincellpro2

[5] Instagram – @wipeyadocsoff

[6] Instagram – @paranoidhighthought

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