Where does come from?
The face with cowboy hat emoji was approved in 2016 under the Unicode 9.0 along with some other emoji characters, including clown face 🤡 and prince 🤴.
All platforms show this guy with a big goofy grin and a brown cowboy hat. There are a few differences between the platforms, mainly in just how toothy its smile is. Consistent with their other smileys, Apple, Samsung, and WhatsApp display teeth, while Google, Twitter, and Facebook show a closed-mouth smile, as the screenshot from Emojipedia shows below.
Bear in mind that older devices may not support the emoji without an update, so the face with cowboy hat emoji displays as an empty box ... womp womp.
Who uses ?
In texts and online, the face with cowboy hat emoji is often used to identify American "country," ranging from cowboy boot fashion and being Texas proud to twanging along to some honky-tonk and trying to, well, sound American.
Cow girl boots and smiles over here 🤠💖 pic.twitter.com/olJkQfMnAx
— M (@carias_massiel) December 29, 2016
— Carlos Danger (@matt_stclair) December 29, 2016
— Michelle ☘ (@Mich_Lynn75) December 29, 2016
Howdy there partner 🤠🇺🇲 made it to the us pic.twitter.com/vte08uCFbM
— Isaac Charles (@Boombox) December 29, 2017
Everything's bigger in Texas, as they say, including use of the face with cowboy hat emoji, especially for Texas football.
WE MESS WITH TEXAS 🤠🏈 pic.twitter.com/gAotUn2Nt3
— Kyles (@kylee_ingalls) December 29, 2016
If I'm in Houston in February the cowboys made the super bowl 🤠
— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) December 29, 2016
A real cowboy gets around on horseback. So does the face with cowboy hat emoji.
— Circle Bar B (@CircleBarB) December 29, 2016
A real cowboy also dons his signature hat, and so the face with cowboy hat emoji sometimes just signifies any ole hat.
new hat 🤠 (yes I'm trying to look like those thug wannabees that wear their hats like they want… https://t.co/kuhgUKglvX
— That Senpai~ (@YoSkylerSeymour) December 29, 2016
One special application of the face with cowboy hat emoji is the Howdy, I'm the Sheriff meme. In this meme, users create a Wild West sheriff out of emoji whose head is the face with cowboy hat and whose body is whatever emoji you want. The meme is done either for humor or commentary.
⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 🤠
🐝 🐝 🐝
👇 🐝🐝 👇
Howdy! I'm the sheriff of bees.
Save the fucking bees
— Doug Dimmadome, Owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome (@ohpyum) July 13, 2017
Finally and more figuratively, the face with cowboy hat emoji can express a kind of giddy-up glee, like a cowboy saddling up, or can-do confidence, like a sheriff in charge.
— HATE DRUGS (@thehatedrugs) June 15, 2018
Still not sure how I feel but here are some progress pictures, almost 3 months in of consistently going to the gym 🤠 pic.twitter.com/PHKmrVuQPE
— Cinnabae (@Maylaang) June 15, 2018
GOT THE HAT XOXO 🤠
@lazyboneskuehn, December, 2016
they always say yee haw they never ask haw yee 🤠😔
@tmariasell, June, 2018
Got to hear @ScottyMcCreery for the second month in a row here in Charlotte, & this time my daughter got to come along, and once again he didn't disappoint!! LOVE hearing you sing the old songs along with your music!! 🎶🤠🎶
@yankeemegg, December, 2017