Auckland teen is an Instagram star

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 13:32 02/07/2013

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Every teenager wants to be popular, but how many can back it up with figures?

Sixteen-year-old Liam Martin from Auckland's Blockhouse Bay can. And all 212,000 of his Instagram followers would agree. 

The photo sharing mobile app is the perfect platform for Martin's photo commentary on anything from the ridiculous poses Katy Perry strikes in her videos, to the high bun craze that's sweeping the heads of girls the world over.   

"I think people just enjoy them because they're quite funny and based around popular things that people like." 

Martin said he was a "regular 16-year-old". 

He goes to Lynfield College in Auckland, he hangs out with his friends and he does his homework.

He just also happens to have legions of followers - particularly in the United States. 

"I get sent things frequently from people all over the world and I have multiple fan pages on Instagram. 

"I have become well known for my edits and also my "comics" (photos where I be silly basically, but they seem to be successful)." 

Martin said he spends a lot of time on the internet searching for inspiration before reinterpreting certain memes in a funnier way. 

His mum Karen takes care of the photography, then Martin edits the shots on Photoshop before uploading to Instagram. 

Martin has had his Instagram account for about a year now, but it was fairly recently that his follower numbers began to increase. 

He is now averaging about 1000-2000 new followers each day. 

Martin said it had become "slightly weird" that people knew his full name given his Instagram handle was Waverider.

It was also off-putting when he received some fan mail from a follower who had sent him pictures of his head placed on random things such as a Llama.  

"But it's really funny and it's a heap of fun to do. It's kind of like a hobby".

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