Scumbag Steve

About Scumbag Steve

Scumbag Steve is an advice animal character based on a photograph of a youth dressed in baggy clothes with a sideways fitted cap and standing in a hallway. As the name suggests, the image macros portray the character as an opportunistic and freeloading juvenile who wreak havoc in various social situations.


The original image came from the cover of the album “Ma Gangsta”[1] by the rap group Beantown Mafia.[2] The first known image macros were posted in a compilation to Reddit[3] in a thread that reached the front page on January 21st, 2011 and received 8,607 up votes prior to being archived. A commenter in the Reddit thread identified the young man in the photo as Blake Boston, also known as “Weezy B.” In an interview with Know Your Meme, Blake revealed that the picture was originally taken by his mother.

original scumbag steve photo showing blake boston standing in a hallway wearing baggy clothes and a sideways hat beantown mafia album cover with scumbag steve throwing gang signs


The[13] domain was registered on January 27th, 2011. A compilation of Scumbag Steve images were posted to BuzzFeed[14] on February 2nd, 2011. The Daily Mail[15] posted an article about Blake Boston’s reaction to becoming Internet famous on February 11th. A Facebook[16] fan page has 13,953 likes, a Quickmeme[20] page has 73,815 submissions and a Meme Generator[21] page has 153,149 submissions as of April 6th, 2012. Other derivatives can be found on Tumblr[17], Memebase[18] and Funny Junk.[19]

Notable Examples

GRANDPA GETS SURGERY STEAL PAIN MEDS momegenera facial hair NO BRO ITS SPELLED LIBERRY memegenera Kyle Craven facial hair DON'T WORRY, BRO. I'LL PAY YOU NEXT WEEK Kyle Craven facial hair photo caption YO WHOSE HOUSE IS THIS? MY BROS NEED DIRECTIONS memegenera facial hair photo caption ASKS TO BORROW CAR Kyle Craven facial hair fur PUKES ON SOMETHING DISAPPEARS memegenera facial hair photo caption S THE REASON POT ISNT LEGAL Kyle Craven facial hair photo caption HEY CANIBORROW EVERYTHING hair facial hair beard photo caption GO TO HIGHSCHOOL PARTIES 25 YEARS OLD facial hair beard photo caption


The meme was particularly well received by Reddit’s /r/trees subreddit, leading to creation of many image macros with references to smoking etiquettes and commonly shared experiences under the influence of cannabis. Blake later confirmed his appreciation of the marijuana enthusiast subreddit, /trees.

Yo dawg lemme h dat blunt Has the fucking flu facial hair beard photo caption BUY POT FROM 12 YEAR OLD Kyle Craven facial hair beard photo caption BROUGHT AN OUNCE OF OREGANO 100% PURE COLOMBIAN èmègenera Kyle Craven facial hair photo caption


A number of notable spin-off instances surfaced on Reddit, many of them influenced by the Dogfort saga as well as current news, such as the oh-so-funny “Mubarak Steve” satirizing the Egyptian president’s ill-advised decision to shut off the nation’s internet access for days in late January 2011.

HEY WHATS UP WITH IDID THAT? NAH BRO, THAT DOESNT SOUND LIKE ME Siberian Husky mammal photo caption CAN IBORROW YOUR GONDOLA, BRAHA SINKS IT album cover poster ILL BE YOUR PRESIDENT STAYS FOR 30 YEARS fur clothing fur photo caption

Scumbag Hat

Hundreds of image macros have since emerged featuring Scumbag Steve’s trademark hat photoshopped onto other people and objects accompanied by Scumbag Steve style captions. The hat is a New Era Red Sox ‘A-TOOTH’ brown fitted hat. A similar style with slightly different colors can be found at the Hatland website.[6]

T-shirt cap headgear SAYS HE'LL DO ANYTHING FOR LOVE WONTDOTHAT Meat Loaf photo caption forehead

Scumbag Brain

The first Scumbag Brain derivative was posted to Reddit on March 24th, 2011. It featured an image of a human brain with text describing frustrating lapses in judgement or memory. On July 17th, 2011, a Quickmeme[7] page was created for “Scumbag Brain”. There are currently over 400 submissions to the Quickmeme page as of August 11th, 2011.