- 1 The Literal Address?
- 2 The Best “you know i had to do it to em” Memes
- 2.1 The light cannot reach you there
- 2.2 2 Guys that had to do it to em
- 2.3 Stalin had to do it to em
- 2.4 Kylo Ren had to do it to em
- 2.5 JUST had to do it
- 2.6 Change my mind and I have to do it
- 2.7 Sonic had to do it to em
- 2.8 Lucky Mugshot
- 2.9 Halloween Costume
- 2.10 UNO I had to do it to em
- 2.11 Actual Spot?
- 2.12 Dank War Flashback Cat
- 2.13 Multiple Tabs
- 2.14 GoFundMe
- 2.15 ChapoTrapHouse
- 2.16 r/shittydarksouls
- 2.17 Everglades vs Neverlaids
- 2.18 A Bjork Meme Revival
- 2.19 Mortal Kombat Meme
- 2.20 FortNite Emote
- 2.21 A Greenish_Sapphire Portrait
- 2.22 With Gordon Ramsey
- 2.23 Cosplay Tomfoolery
- 3 Summing Up
- 4 More Background
- 5 LuckyLuciano17k’s Arrest
The “you know i had to do it to em” is a viral meme inspired by the following Tweet:
The baffling image is almost inexplicably humorous. Who is he doing “it” to? What is he actually doing, anyway? So many questions…
According to KnowYourMeme, on September 2nd, 2014, the Twitter user LuckyLuciano17k posted this photograph of himself posing on a suburban sidewalk with the caption “You know I had to do it to em“. This hilarious tweet labored in obscurity until July 1st, 2016, when a Twitter user called @ExhelonWinter remixed the photo with a funny caption that portrayed @LuckyLuciano17k as a true, backpacker hip hop fan (Source):
The Literal Address?
my sister’s boyfriend looked up the address where lucky luciano took the “you know i had to do it to em” pic and his maps literally said this pic.twitter.com/JmXQBvI3ag
— spectral sam 🕷 (@astoldbysno) November 29, 2018
The meme basically went viral from there, spawning a bunch of weird spinoffs as people enjoyed the somewhat ineffably humorous quality of the smug image and caption. Lucky Luciano ran into some legal trouble later on- but the image and resulting memes are timeless.
The Best “you know i had to do it to em” Memes
23The light cannot reach you there
This is a variation of the meme showing “Lucky Luciano” with no legs and the quote “the light cannot reach you there” , probably as an interpretation of how you won’t be able to see the light down there if he obviously has no legs. The picture itself is quite random but still funny though.
222 Guys that had to do it to em
Do you know what’s better than one Lucky Luciano? Two “Luckies Luciano” of course, and in this picture, you can see both of them in the usual spot. The meme says “two royals guards block your path” as a joke about them as if they were in a videogame or in a fairy tale. The fact that the user @ alienpapacy replied that “one tells the truth, while the other only tells lies” and that both pay “20 for a gram” gives another sense of humor to the picture.
21Stalin had to do it to em
This picture was taken from Pinterest and someone decided to simply add part of the viral meme to create the final result. In this meme, you can see a popular painting of Iósif Stalin, but now with Lucky’s arms, as if Stalin was saying “You Know I had to do it to em”. You’ll probably won’t erase Staling saying that phrase now.
20Kylo Ren had to do it to em
If you’re into memes, you’ve probably seen “Ben Swolo”, with the viral picture of Kylo Ren going shirtless. Well, someone decided to mix that meme with “You know I had to do it to em” in a particular way. The watch is so recognizable that you can’t help but laugh, especially imagining Kylo Ren wearing something like that.
19JUST had to do it
Shia Lebouf has an strong career as an actor, but he’s not memorable just ‘cause of his roles, but also for one viral video of self-motivation, which got many people laughing at the exaggerated expressions of Lebouf. That’s why you now can remember his famous “JUST DO IT!”. An internet user via KnowYourMeme created this meme with one picture of Lebouf’s video and then pasted it on a “You know I had to do it to em” template.
18Change my mind and I have to do it
If there’s someone 100% sure that “has to do it to em” is Lucky Luciano, and this anonymous user posted on KnowYourMeme a funny variation of the original picture with another viral meme: Change my mind. Here you can see Lucky Luciano simply saying “I have to do it to em”, and you can’t argue with that, you obviously can’t change his mind and better leave it like that.
17Sonic had to do it to em
Even Sonic had to do it to em. It may seem quite weird imagining Sonic being part of the popular culture with a meme like this, but not impossible. An internet user shared this particular creation on KnowYourMeme by putting Sonic in front of the screen holding his hands the same pose Lucky Luciano does. So in conclusion, Sonic had to do it to em too.
In 2018, Lucky sadly got arrested and few days later his mugshot was shared multiple times on social media. An anonymous user on Tumblr post the mugshot next to his meme saying that finally someone caught him. After that, someone started a threat by simply asking what did he do, and quickly the first response was: It, as a joke about the meme. Something quite funny even for a rude situation like an arrestment.
The Internet never forgets and you can find Lucky’s costumes nowadays in many stores. The user @ parappa_SSB posted a picture of a guy (probably himself) wearing the famous costume, which is actually accurate to Lucky Luciano, with his light pink shirt, white pants, brown belt and obviously the watch, never forget about the watch. If you want to make it realistic, just hold your hands as if you were Luck and make a soft smile to the camera.
14UNO I had to do it to em
What’s funnier than puns intended? a viral meme being used as a pun. One internet user, and probably one master of puns, created this meme using first an image of UNO game, and then putting the same image with Lucky Luciano and his iconical quote, but changing “You Know” for “UNO”. Something very smart but funny too. This meme is one of the most famous about Lucky and his unusual outfit.
Lots of people posted up at the same sidewalk- not so funny, but definitely an interesting result of its virality:
you know i had to do it to ‘em
(yes it’s the actual spot i promise) pic.twitter.com/ZGQwcIIRs9
— kirsten (@ksnaglee) February 2, 2019
Aside from people posting up at the locale or photoshopping themselves or other individuals into the photo, the phrase found other uses, as well:
12Dank War Flashback Cat
This cat has seen some war horrors…
The multiple Safari tabs recreate the amazing meme with a Thanos head.
A classic “no u” rejoinder from the police make this a savory meme.
Not sure we understand this one- but you might!
A Dark Souls video game character strikes the pose.
3A Greenish_Sapphire Portrait
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2With Gordon Ramsey
We all love Gordon Ramsey- so you know it had to be done. Surprisingly, looks like Ramsey already is predisposed to this classic pose.
You know i had to do it to em 🤝
— squeakadeeks (@squeakadeeks) January 5, 2019
It’s a pretty funny meme, overall. In September 2014 on Twitter, LuckyLuciano17k tweeted a picture of himself standing on the sidewalk with his fist in his hand and a smug look on his face. He captioned the tweet “You know i had to do it to em.” Soon after the post got lots of tweets and retweets but unfortunately LuckyLuciano17k privatized his Twitter.
Two years later, someone used Lucky’s picture as a meme. That was the beginning of the rise in popularity of Lucky’s image as a meme.
The image is used as a meme by photoshopping a popular person or character in a movie into Lucky. It is also very common in posts where his image is distorted. The image can also be photoshopped into famous places.
According to him, Lucky was allegedly stalked, arrested and “tortured over BS” on July 2017. He was trying to raise money to recoup fees and in future sue the police (Source).