#Starbucksdrakehands is our modern mating ritual in a nutshell

Asking a woman out now requires a hashtag.


Audra Schroeder


Published Oct 8, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 4:41 am CDT

Ah, modern love. There are so many mediums that can express your amorous feelings now. For one intrepid L.A. Starbucks barista named Brody Ryan, that includes an Instagram selfie and a Drake song.

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Last Tuesday, a model named Piper Kennedy gave her number to Ryan, at his request. Like any guy trying to play it cool, he waited a day, then texted her an Instagram video of himself, in which he smiles coyly, then rubs his eyes like he’s possibly just woken up from a nap, while Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” plays.

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Kennedy’s friend posted the video on his page that day. A hashtag was born: #starbucksdrakehands. The race to meme status commenced. And then, everyone was StarbucksDrakeHanding.


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Your hipster grampa:

The Joker:

This cat:

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If you couldn’t tell by his video, Ryan is a model, and a musician. His “identity” was revealed today on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, where all viral memes go to die. Kennedy was also on the show. I desperately want this to be their first date.

Behold, our modern mating ritual. Meme-ing ritual? Anyway, has someone asked Drake what he thinks of this?

H/T Gawker | Photo via djbroc/Instagram

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*First Published: Oct 8, 2013, 7:50 pm CDT