Emojis – small graphics of items, symbols, and faces used in texting and web messaging – are taking over our smartphones. You can hold entire conversations with these handy graphics and even, if you have a lot of time on your hands, transcribe entire books with them.
But a lot of Texas icons – armadillos, Shiner beer, Whataburger – are regrettably missing from your smartphone keyboard. No more! A Texas company will make your ‘Texmoji’ dreams come true.
Q Manning, CEO of Rocksauce Studios joins the Texas Standard to talk about which Texas symbols made the cut.
“We put the ‘Tex’ in text messaging,” Manning says. “It’s all about the fact that we really want to capture the Texas Pride concept. That’s a big deal for us. We want to be showing off everything there is about Texas…we’re Texas boys at Rocksauce.”
It’s a work in process. But what’s made the cut so far? We already mentioned armadillos, Shiner and Whataburger, but Manning says they’re also thinking about including The Alamo (although they’re waiting due to copyright infringement) and homecoming mums.
“If you know anything about Texas, you know about our football culture. I can remember going to Homecoming and the biggest deal was, if you’re going to ask a girl or a guy, depending on what you want to do, you need to have a Homecoming mum,” he says. “It’s this massive institution of going to a florist and getting the biggest massive mum, all these ribbons hang off of it. If you’re going to do something about Texas, that really speaks to Texans you’ve got to have a mum because it’s just part of our culture.”
Brands could have a couple of options to buy into the Texmoji application, or even get their own line of Texmojis made.