New Meme: The “Dick Chicken”

New Meme: The “Dick Chicken”

It's rare these days that you come upon a new meme in its infancy -- or to be honest just another...

It's rare these days that you come upon a new meme in its infancy -- or to be honest just another bizarre oddity that makes you laugh a little while consuming alcoholic beverages at the local watering hole.

I was carousing at Murio's on Haight Street in San Francisco a little while back with my buddies Kevin and David when some dude with a PBR 24 ounce made all friendly with us. In addition to telling us why he had moved out to San Francisco from the Valley of the Sun in Arizona, he made mention of the dick chicken. "The what?" you say. Why the picture in this post of course.

The guy was a little unsure of where it all began, and quite frankly because of my Pabst-induced silliness I'm not all that sure what the heck he even said. But he had a button on his sweatshirt to prove that the meme exists and i captured it on my Blackberry for you to see.

I had to do a Google search and I found one site that had a picture of the phallic bird on the streets of Brooklyn. The Urban Dictionary has a couple of very explicit definitions.

A Brooklyn neighborhood paper reported that the meme is originally the work of a street artist who actually has become so popular that at least one art show focusing on the Dick Chicken has been held. “Maybe it is about whimsy, the idea that something can affect you on a base level. You can laugh and dance and play, without looking for meaning, like when you hear a good song. … Maybe it’s about none of those things.” Maybe all these people who say Brooklyn is filled with Hipsters now are telling the truth, because this seems suspiciously like hipster activity to me.


My name is John Boitnott and I am a tech writer and digital media consultant. I write for, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, USAToday and others. I have held dozens of positions at various TV newsrooms in the state of California. I worked in TV news from 1994 to 2009. I was a web editor for years at KNTV, the NBC station in the San Francisco Bay Area. held freelance writing positions at KGO, KRON and KPIX in San Francisco as well. I worked as a radio anchor, assignment desk manager, reporter, editor and producer at KEYT in Santa Barbara for 10 years.



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