The Evolution of the Ryan Gosling and Macaulay Culkin T-Shirt Inception

05/13/2014 at 01:30 PM EDT

Macaulay Culkin Wears T-Shirt of Ryan Gosling Wearing a Macaulay Culkin T-Shirt
Macaulay Culkin wearing Ryan Gosling T-shirt
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Macaulay Culkin is moving up from former child star to Web obsession, thanks to a series of entertainingly bizarre antics.

First, the 33-year-old debuted Pizza Underground, a group known for rewriting all of the Velvet Underground's songs as musical odes to pizza. And now, Culkin is initiating an online fashion battle with meme darling Ryan Gosling.

On Sunday, the artist formerly known as Kevin McCallister posted a picture of himself sporting sunglasses, scraggly blond locks and a special piece of clothing. Culkin's T-shirt bears an image of Ryan Gosling wearing a shirt with the child star's Life magazine photo on the front. Culkin posted the shot with the text "Let's Get Meta." Meta, indeed.

Before this T-shirt wormhole burrows deeper into the Web, here's its evolution:

The Origin

Without Culkin's adorable domination of the '90s, there would be no reason for Life to take photos of the towheaded rascal, making Gosling's T-shirt void.

The First Move

The Evolution of the Ryan Gosling and Macaulay Culkin T-Shirt Inception| Macaulay Culkin, Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling


Luckily, movies like Home Alone and My Girl made Culkin a pop-culture sensation worthy of commemorating with merchandise, such as the shirt Gosling wore last year.

The Meta Move

Culkin has now informally challenged Gosling to a duel of self-aware clothing. Will the fellow child actor respond?

Going Deeper

Culkin was kind enough to dream up a next move for the Canadian heartthrob. Make it happen, Gosling.

No, Even Deeper

MC wearing Ryan Gosling wearing a T-shirt of Macaulay Culkin wearing a T-shirt of Gosling wearing a T-shirt of Macaulay Culkin

Thanks to the Photoshop work of the Internet, it's easy to see this T-shirt exchange become a rabbit hole that seemingly has no end. And we're totally okay with that.

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