Lifting A Dreamer (aka. Twitter Fail Whale)



Lifting A Dreamer (the Twitter Fail Whale) and Beyond

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The “Fail Whale” is a illustration of a white beluga whale held up by a flock of birds, originally named “Lifting a Dreamer”, was illustrated by Australian artist Yiying Lu. It was used during periods of downtime by the social networking service Twitter. When Twitter gets overloaded, users see the above error message.

The internet has reached a decision to name it “Fail Whale”, which was firstly suggested by Nick Quaranto from Buffalo, New York:

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The fan base creative expression of the “Lifting a Dreamer” (“Fail Whale”) has grown tremendously over the past 6 years, from tattoo to 3D sculptures, Lego to beer labels, cakes to street art…the “Fail Whale” gradually became a culture icon. There are hundreds, probably thousands, of funny ‘modified’ Lifting a Dreamer on the internet.

This project serves as an ongoing online gallery of interesting highlights of these creative expressions, which comes from people globally on the internet, to inspire more people around the world in the real life…

Enjoy!

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3D knetic Sulpture by Australian Artist Hilary Talbot (@Hil121) from Canberra, Australia3D-failwhale

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Tattoo by @critter from Florida, United State

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Lego Whale by Bjarne Tveskovby @tveskov, an Ex-pro LEGO Space designer from Copenhagen, Denmark
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Paper quill art by Ann Martin (All Things Paper) a paper quilling artist  Delaware, United States
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Street Art by @smartcrew in the New York City, NY, United States

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Large Hand Crafted 3D Lifting a Dreamer Balloon at the Asagaya Tanabata festival in Tokyo, Japan
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Fail Whale Pale Ale Beer Label Contest held by @TweetHunt_org:

Fail Whale Pale Ale Label Contest

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 Fail Whale Pale Ale Label by Brian Cook from Manchester, Connecticut, United States:

Fail Whale Pale Ale Label Contest
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Fail Whale Pale Ale Label by @dirtdirt from Austin, Texas, United States:
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Fail Whale Pale Ale Glass Pint by Ian Leino, from Asheville, North Carolina, United States:

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FAILparty Fail Whale Pale Ale Tap Handle by @seanosteen:

Fail Whale Pale Ale Handle
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Fashion Highlights Around the World:

Hat by Hine Mizushima from Vancouver, Canada
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Social Media Sneakers prototype by Lumen Bigott, from San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela
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Nail by Melissa Osburn from Las Vegas, United States
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Lifting a Dreamer inspired Makeup Tutorial by Queen Of Blending from Los Angles, United States
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Painting by artist Kuni (aka “ka-92“) from Tokyo, Japan

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Painting by David Pache from Lausanne, Switzerlandpainted fail whale dache

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Painting by Cédric Rolando from Paris, France
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Twitter Propaganda Poster by Aaron Wood from Quincy, Massachusetts, United StatesSocial-Media-Propaganda-Posters
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Homer Simpsons Whale by Ed Wheeler from Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia

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Michael Jackson Whale by Raul Orozco from Medellín, Colombia
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Conan O’Brien Pale Whale for the debut of the Conan Show on TBS, by Yiying Lu from Sydney, Australiapale-whale-yiyinglu
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Flying Vitaly Friedman, the editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, an online magazine for professional Web designers and developers, Freiburg, Germany

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Guy Kawasaki Enchantment Butterfly, by Yiying Lu from Sydney, Australia
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Gavin Newsom Whale by Audrey Fukuman on SF Weekly, San Francisco, United States

Gavin Newsom Fail Whale on SF Weekly

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Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) public transit posters in Singapore
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The Muni N Judah Whale on the N Judah Chronicles, San Francisco, United StatesNJudah-mug-half

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Cake by Confeiteira Paula Simões from São Paulo, Brazil
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Cake by Chris Darbro from Los Angeles, California, United Statesfailwhale_cake_3

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Cupcakes by Leticia Sapienza from Melbourne, Australia
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Cake by Anna Rascouët-Paz from Brooklyn, New York, United Statesfailwhale-cake

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Cake by Mariana Pugliese from Buenos Aires, Argentina
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British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap tweets her Whale T-shirt, from London, United Kingdom

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The Fail Whale
 Redbull Flugtag competition entry by Soap Creative, from Sydney Australia

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Lifting a Dreamer (Twitter Fail Whale) appearance in Episode 20 of Japanese Toradora Anime, from Japan
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ASCII Art by Iain Wallace, from Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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ASCII Quiz
 
from Automattic, San Francisco, California, United States

ASCII Fail Whale Superior Quiz

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Sand Lifting a Dreamer, by Justine Ezarik (@ijustinefrom Los Angeles, California, United States
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Jack-o-Lantern for CTFO Great Pumpkin ASK (Artists Supporting Kids) by Ean MacNamara from Portland, Oregon, United States
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Pumpkin Carving by Scott Brewster from Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Pumpkin Carving by IT World writers James Speedy & Harmeet Singh from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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Pumpkin Carving by Heather Hefner from Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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3D Model Art Work by Glen Southern from Dublin, Ireland
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Illustration by Mykl Roventine from West Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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Illustration on Laugh-Out-Loud Cats by Adam Koford from Farmington, Utah, United States
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Pencil sketch by
 Dave Mottram from Stow, Ohio, United States
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Illustration by @aksrnk from 
Kansai, Japan
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Illustration by 
Matt Kaufenberg from Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
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Illustration by Martin Gee from San Jose, California, United States

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Illustration by Geoffrey Dorne, from Paris, France
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Shorty Awards
, Honoring the Best in Social Media in New York City.
Logo design by Aaron Taylor-Waldman from Thetford Center, Vermont, United States
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At the 5th Anniversary of Shorty Awards, I made a new whale mascot – as the cousin of Lifting a Dreamer in NYC

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Fail Whale Martini at Shorty Awards:
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divider“Lifting a Dreamer” (Fail Whale) Drink Recipe via BlackTwitterati:

The Fail Whale Martini

- 1 part Absolute
- 1 part Cointreau
- 1 part Blue Curacao
- Lime Slice
Pour over ice and mix in a shaker. Serve in martini glasses.

The Fail Whale Martini II (a variation on the Blue Whale)

- 1 part Vodka or Gin (depending on who you ask)
Add Media- 1 part Blue Curacao
- 1 part Orange Juice
- 1 part Pineapple Juice
- 1 part Sweet and Sour Mix
Pour ingredients over ice and mix in a shaker. Strain into tall glasses.
Garnish with a plastic blue whale and a cherry.
Serve.

The Fail Whale Drink

1 Glass of Heineken
- 0.5 shot of Blue Curacao
- 0.5 shoto of Vodka
- 1 Sardine (if available)
Drop the shot of Vodka and Blue Curacao into the pint glass heineken, garnish with a Sardine.

Fail Whale Iced Tea:

- 0.5 oz Blue Curacao
- 0.5 oz Gin
- 0.5 oz Rum
- 0.5 oz Triple sec
- 0.5 oz OVAL Vodka
Directions: Pour all the ingredients over ice. Shake and garnish with a lemon squeeze.

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Animated 8 bit “Lifting a dreamer” GIF (Music version here)
by the creator of the Nyan Cat (Originally named: Pop Tart Cat), Christopher Torres from Dallas, Texas, United States

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And Finally on the 6 anniversary – that is 6 years after the very date it was being called the “Fail Whale” from the internet .
And since now it is now retired from Twitter, yet the spirit of the “Lifting a Dreamer” remains.
I present you all:
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See also

The Success Loch Ness

The Success Loch Ness

The IPO Hippo

The IPO Hippo

Top Hat Whale

Shorty Awards Top Hat Whale

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The above artworks are individually credited to its author(s) and source(s).
If you'd like to reblog / write about them please credit accordingly.

The original Illustration “Lifting a dreamer” is a copyrighted image and owned by Yiying Lu.
If you'd like to reblog or use the illustration for educational or non-commercial usage,
or If you'd like to contribute to this gallery, please contact Yiying.

© Copyright 2002 - 2014 Yiying Lu.