Tuxedo Challenge Goes Viral

Tuxedo Challenge Goes Viral
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What are we, farmers?

Surfing while in a tuxedo

It’s been a crazy day.  Last night, my Mythly Studios co-founder, Ikrima, published a 2 minute montage of his European vacation.  This wasn’t any ordinary trip, though.  On this trip he and his 8 friends only wore tuxedos.  Yes, you read that right.  For 30 days they only wore penguin tail tuxedos with top hats and white gloves while hopping around to 24 different cities!  He dubbed it the “Tuxedo Challenge“.  In a last minute edit he put in #TuxedoChallenge for the final cut.  Much to our chagrin, people love the video and the Tuxedo Challenge has officially gone viral.

Backstory

Ikrima quit his job as a developer to pursue his creative passions.  After a couple of joking around with his friends about traveling to Europe for 30 days, the idea started evolving and picking up steam.  It started with a trip to Europe, then a month in Europe, then yachting for a week, then why not do all of it in Tuxedos?  After two years, the trip finally materialized.  The group heavily used AirBNB and different “travel hacks” to earn over 1,000,000 reward points to save on round trip airfare and the occasional hotel stays.

Reddit and Social Media

Within a day, the video has tens of thousands of views and hundreds of comments across Reddit, Facebook, and YouTube.

Tuxedo Challenge Capital One Credit Card

Amazing product placement for Capital One!

The hivemind on Reddit started thinking this was some type of viral campaign for Capital One since there is a very brief shot of a Capital One Mastercard that had pictures of all of the guys in tuxedos.  Sadly, no money exchanged hands for this product placement!  To be honest, we’ve been doing tuxedo nights for over 5 years and have always batted around the notion of getting sponsored.  The best we’ve had so far is that we were given a shout out in one episode of How I Met Your Mother.  This type of viral video would be great for brands like Capital One, Hipmunk, or AirBNB.  Good looking people, fun activities, great upbeat music.  [INSERT GRATUITOUS AFFILIATE LINK HERE]

A lot of people on Reddit are asking Ikrima to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) to describe in more detail how he planned his trip and what types of travel hacks they did to accumulate over 1,000,000 reward points.  If you’d be interested in that, let us know.  If it happens, we’ll post the link below.

There are already a few people on Twitter posting #TuxedoChallenge.  I’d like to see this turn into a movement.  Imagine if people could upvote/downvote where we should go next and then film our antics.

Music

The background music is Summer Nights by The Glowsticks.  Ikrima met them when he was briefly living in Prague.  They are a relatively unknown group, but I love their music and hope they catch their big break.  I’ve heard Summer Nights on repeat for the hundreds of hours of editing that went into that video.  Thankfully, that’s my kind of music.  Otherwise, I would have gone insane.

Special Thanks

Ikrima would like to extend a special thanks to Director/Editor Nick White for his amazing editing.  He took 12 hours of video and systematically chopped it down, condensed it, sequenced it, and provided a lot of great creative input on how to help everybody experience the amazing story behind the 30 Day European Tuxedo Challenge.

Nerd Alert

This has been a lot of fun for Ikrima and our extended group of friends.  Even though I couldn’t attend the trip, I’m happy to be able to sit on the sidelines and measure all of the views, likes, and social media interactions behind this.  Ikrima has many more ideas for viral videos.  Should any companies want to partner with us to make a viral video in the future, you can contact us here.

Tuxedo Challenge Viral Video on YouTube

Related Links to Tuxedo Challenge:

New Tuxedo Challenge Credit Card

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About Paul Mestemaker

Paul Mestemaker is a former full stack engineer and now Product guy based in San Francisco. He helps startups launch their MVPs and gather feedback through usability tests and live site metrics. In his former life, Paul was a co-founder of Mythly Studios and System Center Advisor and Head of Product at Close Inc. He co-authored a book on SQL Server performance tuning. He has been rated as a top speaker at conferences (TechEd, PASS, Connections, et al). He is also a guest lecturer at Colleges and Universities across the U.S. He was the co-host of a weekly tech news show with over 6 million views. Paul's proudest accomplishments is unlocking the "World Champ" achievement on Wordament.

4 Comments


  • *yawns*

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    • I appreciate each and every one of the yawns you leave here.


  • Did 30 days with my best friend back in college in 2008. Would give anything to experience it again! Please post on how you did it as we only got to 5 countries on about $3000. Awesome post you guys keep it up

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    • Ikrima and his friends did a lot to save money. They stayed in hostels and made extensive use of AirBnB. His round trip flight was covered by rewards points. They also only stayed in each place for 1-2 nights. 5 countries in 30 days sounds like a much more enjoyable pace… but the real question is… did you bring a tuxedo? ;-)

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