‘Four lads in jeans’ rose to internet fame after their photo turned into a meme, and they got a statue at the now-famous photo location.
Jamie Philips, Connor Humpage, Kevin Rooney and Alex Lacey on our night three years ago in skinny jeans and Standing side by side but mocked as “stereo-British”, their pictures went viral.
Last night, a statue by artist William Douglas, also known as Tat Vision, was unveiled outside One of all pubs in Birmingham’s Great Central.
The sculptor said they were made from female mannequins in bodysuits and added pulp and PVA glue, which were covered with bronze paint.
Three of the “Four Guys in Jeans” crouched in front of their new statue for a few promotional photos. ‘Four lads in jeans’ rises to internet fame after their photo turns into a meme
Artist William Douglas also known as Tat Vision
Three lads from the group (pictured above) unveiled the artwork in Birmingham last night. Guy in Jeans now has a verified Instagram profile that has amassed over 25,000 followers, where the group retweets memes created by people online
Ahead of the great unveiling, the artist wrote on his Instagram page: “Get down and see my bronze statue of four lads in jeans [on] Outside All Bar One Grand Central on Saturday.
‘Hail to these lads inspired by ancient Greek statues.
“The four are ready for an adventure, like the first adventure in Homer’s Odyssey, before the adventure.”
Tat Vision’s artwork is part of the ‘Awesome’ Birmingham Weekend, which features over 100 free events across the city.
In addition to the statue, Guy in Jeans has a verified Instagram page with over 25,000 followers dedicated to retweeting memes that people create online.
Here’s a glimpse of the statue unveiled yesterday outside All Bar One Grand Central in Birmingham
Jamie Philips, Connor Humpage, Kevin Rooney and Alex Lacey snap an innocent photo together one night in 2019.Friends in skinny jeans stand side-by-side, taunted as ‘stereo-British’ as their pictures are shared millions of times
Since their stratospheric fame, the group has mingled with celebrities, giving interviews on Good Morning Britain and BBC Radio 1, and posing for photos with football legend and commentator Chris Kamara and bodybuilder Martin Ford.
The main meme that dominated social media after it went viral was users attaching photos of the group with a fictitious “quote” that users believed one of the lads would say.
One of many examples includes ‘AJ [Anthony Joshua] Beating Muhammad Ali…”, “Yes, he may be a bit racist, but defacing the Winston Churchill statue is going too far. “
They told The Tab that their image had people associating their “look” with the image of a “lad” with a “paranoid” view.
An example is a ‘quote’ next to the image that reads ‘Sadly’ happened to that old black man in America, but all this rioting and looting wasn’t on the dude’, referring to George Floyd’s die.
“The Guy in Jeans” (pictured) now has a verified Instagram profile that has amassed over 25,000 followers, where the group retweets the memes that people create online
The lads (pictured) have mingled with the stars since they became an online meme, with pictures showing them next to football legend Chris Kamara and bodybuilder Martin Ford and giving interviews to BBC Radio 1 and Good Morning Britain
They even appeared at this year’s Brit Awards in a skit alongside comedian and host of the night Jack Whitehall (pictured)
Many social media users used their photo editing skills to edit other people’s faces onto the four, and one Etsy shop owner even sells a show showing Matt Hancock, Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and Chris Hui The mugs of Tee faces are next to each other.
In the caption of the tweet, the parody “Chris Whitty” account of England’s chief medical officer wrote: “Chekky Nandos 2k21! Love these boys.
They did the same with Irish MMA star and former UFC champion Conor McGregor, who retweeted the post to his 45.9 million followers on Instagram.
A Twitter user named Richard shared an edit to Kim Kardashian’s Instagram Story titled “My little artist North” – the original snap was of her young daughter’s art – but after the four lads socialized During the media storm, their photos were posted instead.
They even appeared at this year’s Brit Awards with comedian and presenter Jack Whitehall.
“Right now, the Brits are as famous for their after-hours shenanigans as the show itself,” Whitehall began.
‘Alas, this year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no parties. “
The camera turns to the standing quartet, matching Whitehall in skinny blue jeans, looking rather disappointed in outfits from their famous meme.
The group, from Coventry and Birmingham, told hosts Piers Morgan and Susannah Reed on Good Morning Britain that they had received a lot of abuse online after sharing a number of memes online.
Alex Lacey explained: “My work number was leaked, so I started getting a ton of hoax calls.
‘It really affected me. Personal and work, you want to keep it separate…so to be honest, it did have a huge impact on my mental state.
He added: “I had to leave social media because they even got into my mum’s comments and started leaving troll comments. Not good.
On the statue, one Twitter user wrote: “So far the perfect representation of these Brum icons.”
Another wrote: “I can’t wait to see the heads if the bodies look like this.”
‘Meme lads’ have settled rumours that they will appear in the next Love Island series as they rise to fame after an appearance in a viral post.
The four – Kevin Rooney, Alex Lacey, Jamie Phillips and Conor Hampage – appeared on Breakfast in the Capital to discuss their sudden stardom.
Host Roman Kemp, 27, asked Connor bluntly if he liked the changes to the ITV2 dance show this year.
However, he admitted he didn’t like staying on the show because he was already a captive and said: ‘No. All three of us have girlfriends, so…”
After realizing Kevin was single, Roman said: “Kevin, you’re single – so Kevin? Is Love Island possible?
Kevin refused to suppress speculation, saying, “Oh, we have to see, don’t we?”
Co-host Sonny Jay encouraged: ‘Oh! Please make it happen!’.