The Origin of Eau My

My own mirror of this link (https://imgur.com/a/COBhI) in case imgur ever takes it down.

Eau My, from Photoshop to Product.


Where it all started.

Wil made this joke. If you hate what happened... kill him.

I saw the tweet a few days later and decided to make a photoshop for it.

My photoshop response:


The photoshop itself.

This was the photoshop I made. Wil retweeted it and it went viral.


It didn't take long for it to make it to George's Facebook page. I thought 78k people liking something was pretty insane.


Then it made its way around again. 127k people liking it... holy shit.


It even made it to Reddit a few times. I never submitted it myself because I wanted this to be an experiment after Wil retweeted it... To see how long it took before something I created made its way to Reddit. The first time I saw it submitted (and on any front page) was about 6 months after I first tweeted the image.


And George posted it AGAIN. 150k... just more people every time it got posted. He was saying it was going to happen and I just kind of figured it part of the things people do to generate buzz about their brand. I honestly didn't expect anything to come of it.


And then it happened. Holy. Shit.


They even used the corny tagline I put on the photoshop!


So I did what any self respecting internet denizen did. Whored himself out. Took credit. Said "I made this" with the difference of actually have made it. I emailed the only contact address I could find, gave some proofs, said I was equally as tickled as George was when the photoshop became reality... asked if I could get a sample of Eau My... and hoped for the best. I was surprised George's hubby Brad himself responded. And it was a very sweet exchange. George is lucky to have a guy like Brad.


I got the package today. First thing that I said was "Oh myyy, George came really fast." *tongue in cheek* It was even lovingly wrapped in gift wrapping paper. A nice touch, boys.


Enderman approved. The scent is actually very nice. Surprisingly light with more of a floral citrus scent. It's quite agreeable even if you're like me and not a cologne guy. Absolutely surreal holding in my hands what started off a joke tweet turned into a photoshop. I think George just might be the king of the internet, after all.



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But wait! There's more!

It ended up being featured in his documentary and book as well.

From "To Be Takei"


Relevant section from the book "Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back"


Screenshot from the webstats page on my domain the day after Wil Wheaton retweeted my image:


My Reddit submission about the photoshop:
https://www.reddit.com/r/geek/comments/1tuv5b/mods_deleted_this_from_rpics_it_was_suggested/


Reposted again to Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei/posts/do-you-know-how-my-new-fragrance-eau-my-came-to-be-the-storys-here-from-the-fron/832843966745058/


Was also featured at DailyDot:
https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/fandom/george-takei-eau-my-photoshop-james-martin/


Laughing Squid's writeup that has a cute little bit of trivia:


And that concludes my ever-so-brief blip of relevance to internet culture.

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