The Internet is great in that on any number of occasions I could find myself thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that!” and furthermore that I could have done it better, thus inferring that not only would I have thought of it but that I would have, you know, done it better.

By the power vested in the transitive property of geometry, this typically renders me much smarter than I actually am.

Today this happens in the wake of a relatively new Tumblr brought to our attention by a reader called Emma. It is a collection of photographs set on stark primary colors that, as the title of the Tumblr would suggest, depicts emojis IRL (In Real Life), LOL. And really, what is more meta than the personification of a digital icon mimicking human emotion and the subsequent use of actual humans to mimic that?


There are praying hands, there’s an eggplant (raise your hand if you’d have preferred to see a purple spray-painted penis?), there is Rosie the Riveter’s-but-not-really tainted arm, a mustache man, a hand pound and tongue. Everything, basically, that you might expect from your emojis. Where I am disappointed is in the lack of diversity. Where, after all, be the Koala bears and weird plants? And why is the red tango lady not dancing with the gumption and conviction evident in her icon?

I propose that we make some of our own. Who’s in? Who’s with me?

[Emoji IRL.LOL. via Tumblr]

  • Savannah

    Hey Leandra, this is totally irrelevant, but what was the name of that consignment shop you were in the other day when you found those Miu Miu pants for only $44? If you don’t want to announce the name, it’s cool and I totally understand.

    • Leandra Medine

      Hey! I can;t remember the name BUT it is on greene street between houston an dprince

      • Savannah

        Thank you for responding! You didn’t have to but you did.

  • isaobeso

    Well, I honestly don’t find it that appealing though. The colours are off and maybe I’m just not that into emojis, but I found it rather boring. The must fun this brought me was your post about it, but the emojis per se could be done by you much better. I really hope to see them soon.

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  • Celine

    *hand raised* ahahah 🙂

  • I have to agree with you, the tango lady could have DEFINITELY/literally kicked it up a notch. I say we all pitch in an emoji or two and then the repertoire will be completed. In other words, I’m in.

  • i did a project like this for my photo class! http://ellaetcetera.tumblr.com/post/71040680582

    • Quinn Halman

      That’s so cool/great/creative I really like it

    • vraiment cool, Ella! Wish I had photo skills, I mean Skillzzzzzz

  • This is brilliant! Why didn’t I think of this?