Serving Memes in a God-Honoring Way: How Online Were You in May?

Normally, if any kind of editorial news is trending on Twitter, that’s a sign that it goes very much in the opposite direction of not being hit with any strays of YA authors arguing about their Goodreads ratings. But in the case of This is how you lose the time wara 2019 science fiction novel by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, Twitter has created a rare moment of celebration and community, and it’s all thanks to bigolas dickolas.

read this. DO NOT look for anything about it. just read it, @maskofbun, a fan account for Japanese series Trigun with display name bigolas dickolas woIfwood, tweeted May 7. The tweet was accompanied by an image of the sci-fi novel’s cover and garnered more than 14,000 retweets from people who endorsed the recommendation, but mostly from those who marveled at the hilarity of bigolas dickolas, presumably the cousin of Monty Pythons Biggus Dickus and their sudden choke on the publishing industry. Now, at least one Simon & Schuster executive had to say bigolas dickolas, and I think that’s beautiful.

Why it’s a 4: The publishing world, especially Book Twitter, is a niche community (unless there’s a controversy going on), but this wholesome success story has reached a slightly wider audience. I do not understand what is happening but I am incomprehensibly grateful to bigolas dickolas, El-Mohtar he tweeted the day after the initial tweetwhen the book eventually rose to Amazon’s best seller list reaching slot no. 3. Across the pond, even a Waterstones bookshop in Glasgow added the tweet as a blurb.

The siren call of a small business engaging in questionable business practices is too tempting for TikTok to ignore. This month, it’s a tattoo artist a client believes scammed her out of more than $2,000. A three-part video by @cmonteith posted on May 9 details her experience of commissioning a fox tattoo, for which she was required to pay thousands in deposits and consultancy fees before seeing a sketch. Once the sketch materialized, it was hastily drawn and in no way matched the reference photos the client had shared. That wasn’t the artist’s back shell skin happily fixing it for another couple thousand dollars!

Unsurprisingly, @cmonteith declined the offer, and when it became apparent the artist had no intention of repaying her money, she took her grievances to TikTok. The enormity of the price, and the tone of the emails shared between @cmonteith and the artist, have made people freak out in the comments and have even driven other unhappy patrons of this same artist out of the woodshop. Ri McCue, one of those unhappy customers, called the establishment Lucid Tattoos in Cambridge, Ontario, and claimed that the artist had shared a photo of his ID in an attempt to get it banned from the other studios, because if c ‘it’s a way to disabuse people of the idea that you have predatory business practices, it’s even more predatory online.

Why it’s a 4: The scathing response to the videos eventually spilled over to TikTok and, according to @cmonteith, reviews of the store itself. She later returned to TikTok to ask investigators to refrain from commenting on the name in comments and leaving negative reviews on Google. She’s swept the tattoo community widely enough that artist Matt Vaught is taking her out to get a free tattoo and end the saga on a positive note.

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