Photo manipulation is such a big part of social media nowadays that we don’t look twice anymore. But technology never sleeps, and deepfake intelligence is proof of that. It challenges our perception of what we call true and false. MIT research has shown that all things fake, from news to rumors, spread faster than accurate stories.
Arkane Lowe from Las Vegas decided to test unsuspecting celebrities in the game of artificial authenticity. His Arkane Memes Instagram features unlikely mashups and face swaps that feel so realistic, it’s hard to put a finger on what exactly is wrong. Beware of Jim Curry, Eminem Watson, Kim Ron Un, and Rihanna Reeve—these incarnations of your worst nightmares and sweetest dreams may haunt you for a while now.
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Bored Panda contacted Arkane Lowe to find out who the guy behind Arkane Memes really is. Arkane said that he’s just “a regular guy with a normal job at a grocery store” and he “didn’t go to any special school or anything like that, and learned how to make mashups on my own.”
The idea came to Arkane after he spotted a mashup style meme on the internet. “I started to make some of my own, so I kept doing it, but at first I used to only make my mashups for some Facebook groups where people can only post memes they made themselves.” One day, he decided to make his own meme page and the rest is history.
Arcane confessed that he’s “not really into celebrities and pop culture,” but the mashups are what makes him happy seeing people laugh and enjoy them. Keep up the good work, Arkane!