[AS] meaning : IF you’re active on TikTok, you may have seen the AS (Adult Swim) trend on your For You Page. Many TikTok users are confused by the videos, but we’ve got the background behind the TikTok trend…
What does AS mean on Tik Tok?
The Adult Swim trend has seen users try to recreate and parody the Adult Swim ‘bumps’.
Users incorporate the letters [AS] into the short video in the most creative ways they can.
The trend started with a beat produced by Vano 3000
The Adult Swim TikTok trend is soundtracked by a dreamy beat produced by Vano 3000, whose path to TikTok fame began when he joined the platform in January.
Vano 3000, who does not share his legal name publicly, told Insider in an interview that he started posting TikTok videos while making beats in his truck in Florida. Since then, he’s released several beat tapes online and moved to New York City, building a following that’s culminated in this particular bout of viral fame.
On May 23, he used the now-viral Adult Swim beat on TikTok for the first time to soundtrack a video of him standing on a street corner, eating a sandwich.
The beat itself, as many TikTok commenters have pointed out, samples BADBADNOTGOOD’s song “Times Moves Slow,” which also features singer Samuel T. Herring. The beat that Vano 3000 produced chops and pitches up bits of BADBADNOTGOOD’S song, in the process creating what’s now become TikTok’s biggest earworm.
On May 24, he originated the trend with a video of a person in a Spider-Man costume in the Times Square-42nd Street subway station in New York, adding text and the Adult Swim logo.
Over the past several weeks, and particularly over the past weekend, the concept has grown massively viral.
“I watch Adult Swim every single night, like, I grew up on Adult Swim,” Vano 3000, who said he’s a millennial, told reporters.
“I just thought it was so genius. I’m like, I love Adult Swim, you know? And then the cartoon selection that they’ve got and all that, I just love their aesthetic,” he said.
Keep in mind that people are getting really creative with the trend, and there’s no one way to do it. While some people like TikToker @actually.average are putting their own spin on making the initials “AS” out of unique materials, others are making pool-themed videos to really lean into the swim inspiration. If you decide to jump on the trend, just remember to use Vano 3000’s Adult Swim sound and have some fun putting a clever twist on the ‘000s Adult Swim commercials.