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Thirst catching can be a delicate business, even for a seasoned pro like Shawn Mendes.
Friday the 23-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter posted a photo on Instagram of himself, shirtless and sweaty in black shorts on a trail overlooking Los Angeles – an excellent example of the genre, with a casual, awkward atmosphere and almost perfect California sun. The “In My Blood” looked pretty messy for a long walk, and gave the camera a candid, even somewhat lost look.
However, as he revealed in the accompanying video, nature did not fully cooperate with his thirst capture plans. In a short cut, the musician turns away from the camera to make his way down the dusty path, raising his arms to bend them in a classic strong man posture. Anyone familiar with the story of Icarus (another sin-soaked demigod) can tell you what happened next. Mendes slips and slides, and quickly finds himself on his buttocks in the ground. Truly, there is nothing holding him back from knowing the dangers of pose-while-walking.
The “It’ll Be Okay” singer seemed to take things in stride, perhaps reminding himself that everyone in this hike called life falls, and what really matters is how you dust yourself off and keep going. He dropped John Mayer’s “Gravity” and admitted that he lost this battle with one of nature’s most ancient forces. (Again, just like Icarus.) He also captioned the post “I think this is what I get”, implying that the universe does not look kindly at even the most innocent shirtless self-promotion.
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His fans were there to catch him while he fell, as well as admiring his “torn” back and declaring him the “king of falling to thirst capture”. Maybe he produced a new genre: thirst quencher?
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