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They’re cropping up everywhere.
Let’s talk about selfies. If you’ve been hiding under a Mennonite rock and shunning cameras since the advent of smartphones, here’s a primer: A selfie is a just a picture of yourself that you took. There is literally nothing innovative to it, other than the fact that you’re not stuck waiting hours on end for the damn thing to develop.
The first self-portrait made by camera dropped in 1839. Sure, our technology has improved this process by leaps and bounds—think of the glorified monopod known as the selfie stick and basically any camera that’s not spewing dank tintypes—but there’s really not a whole lot that’s changed the game, you know? Even Kim Kardashian‘s selfie coffee table book felt about as ephemeral as a Snapchat.
It seemed as if nothing could disrupt the world of selfies, not even an Internet-breaking celebrity. That is, until the #tractorselfie was unearthed.
Some are calling bull on this false advertisement of a hashtag. Where is the anthropomorphic, self-photographing, heavy-duty farming equipment? Is this world really that much of a sham?
To that, I say: Hold your horses or some other farm equivalent.
If you do a bit of digging, (backhoe-ing?) there are riches to be unearthed in the #tractorselfie. Oh, and there are personified tractors.
Thanks, Disney’s Cars.
A photo posted by Krista (@cadisneykidd) on
Look at this lil lamb commandeering a tractor. This isn’t even a selfie. The lamb isn’t even facing the camera. This is innovation.
Sweet, sweet innovation.
You go, Kaden. Checkerboard that goddamn motherfucking shit.
Shockingly, no one has claimed the @tractorselfie handle for either Instagram or Twitter. And, really, would a tractor selfie maestro be that obvious? If the best of the hashtag is only loosely related to its purest definition, then the best #tractorselfie accounts follow a similar path.
Enter @misstractors, an Instagram and YouTube powerhouse solely dedicated to all kinds of #tractorselfie esoterica. Miss Tractors is many things: an Italian tractor tire explainer, farmer, and an artist.
Well I know that you will hate me but… It happens also for the #johndeere #tractors [Not finished yet] #johndeeretractor #nothingrunslikeadeere #tractor #tractorselfie #drawing #drawing #color #pencils #artoftheday #art #instagood #instacool #mud #draw #bad #badgirl
A photo posted by Miss Tractors (@misstractors) on
And I am in love. Thank you, #tractorselfie, for connecting me to my one true soulmate. Eat that, Farmers Only.
A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.