If you have been seeing the recreated “black Rolf” meme going around on your timeline, you can thank Florida A&M University student, Elijah Rutland, for that. What started off as a simple joke he posted on his instagram page, turned into a viral artistic hit, that people came to hilariously love and recreate all together.
Taking the popular early 2000’s show, Ed, Edd N Eddy, character and recreating him to look like himself, the Fix My Sole CEO’s work has come the entertainment for many people social media timeline. With the caption, “People out here really thinking I make free art…,” Elijah’s meme hit the internet and began to be recreated by many others to express there thought on many situations in life.
After having many laughs ourselves, we had to figure out more about the creator of it all. So we got in contact with Elijah and asked a few questions about himself, the “black rolf” meme and what he has planned for his future.
How did you come up with the idea of your shoe design company, Fix My Sole?
I always liked to draw shoes when I was younger because my parents wouldn’t buy me the Jordan’s that I liked and when I was in the 10th grade I saw other people customizing their shoes on Instagram so I researched how to do it.
Do you have a favorite Ed, Edd N Eddy episode?
My favorite Ed, Edd N Eddy episode is the tag year Ed, Edd N Eddy episode when they were wrestling
What drove you to create the “black rolf” meme?
I got the idea to make the Black Rolf meme because I thought it was funny and I wanted to make one that looked like me and related back to my art.
If their is any other character(s) you would want to do a black version of, who would it be?I’m still thinking on that one lol, but I didn’t have any other characters in mind now
How has art helped you to express yourself?
My art is an extension of me and it allows me to speak without opening my mouth. It also lets me reach people all over the world.
Are there any other creative things you have in the works right now?
I’m working on a children’s book and a color book
After graduating college, what do you look forward to doing with your degree?
After college I’d like to work at Adult Swim, or Cartoon Network studio as a character illustrator
Make sure to stay connect to Elijah Rutland and his future endeavors and also as an artist (photographer) make sure to give and leave credit when credit is due. Many artists do work to get their name out, if tagged leave the tag at least and continue to enjoy artwork.
Here are a few more hilarious Black Rolf memes below: