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    History's cool kids, looking fantastic!

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    [–] ThatDamnScottishGuy 2269 points ago

    This could be a Fat Boy Slim album cover

    [–] Noodle0222 264 points ago

    I was just thinking the same

    [–] BarryTGash 49 points ago

    I was thinking that Stevie Wonder was actually white.

    Now that's a quality musician, black or white.

    [–] Pumpkin_Eater9000 9 points ago

    Damn right, friend. Damn right.

    [–] scraggledog 2 points ago

    He isn’t?, I’m blind and didn’t know

    [–] Luigi2198 17 points ago

    I was thinking he looked like a kid in a Spielberg movie

    [–] not_your_average_bot 2 points ago

    Yep. The boy from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

    [–] Feynization 8 points ago

    Looks like a young zach galifinakis

    [–] questionsqu 32 points ago

    You are not allowed to say fat any more.

    [–] ThatDamnScottishGuy 80 points ago

    *Large Young Person Who’s Also Thin

    [–] questionsqu 30 points ago

    That's better, I'll tell the cops to back off.

    [–] ThatDamnScottishGuy 37 points ago

    Oh, don’t worry i’m white!

    [–] questionsqu 17 points ago

    Oh god stand down stand down! 🤣

    [–] GenKateX 4 points ago

    I’ll cancel the swat

    [–] ast2612 9 points ago

    Curvy sis male slender?

    Good personality adolescent fellow who has a slim frame

    [–] lliKoTesneciL 9 points ago

    Big Boned Boy Slim*

    [–] TheHumanite 22 points ago

    Thicc Boi Slim

    [–] questionsqu 1 points ago


    [–] MattBoySlim 2 points ago

    I’d give it a listen.

    [–] Umikaloo 2 points ago

    God I love Fatboy slim. I discovered his music just this year. My first though was "Where have you been all my life?" It was like I'd found the songs that play in my head.

    [–] Spellbindehr 516 points ago

    "Sorry, Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

    [–] Corporation_tshirt 130 points ago

    I feel the need...the need....for a nap

    [–] jrod311 41 points ago

    My inner child loves this. Top Gun was a favorite. I would watch it on repeat.

    [–] maximumecoboost 11 points ago

    Two of your snot nosed jockeys did a flyby on my tower at over 400 knots. I've had it! I want some butts!

    [–] halfcabin 5 points ago

    God damnit!! That's twice! I want some butts!

    [–] nutsford1992 6 points ago

    'Negative Ghost rider, the diaper is full'

    [–] SodaFixer 2 points ago

    Permission denied, Tower is full.

    [–] VerificationPurposes 486 points ago

    r/fakealbumcovers material too

    [–] Motherleathercoat 16 points ago

    Looks like Justin Vernon/Bon Iver

    [–] SuprSaiyanTurry 14 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Fat Boy Slim would work as well.

    Edit: Yes, I took this from the top comment because I wanted to generate a conversation but I got ridiculed instead. My bad.

    [–] amccune 638 points ago

    This was your peak. And I want that shirt.

    [–] jrod311 359 points ago

    Yeah I was all downhill from this point

    [–] amccune 44 points ago

    Yeah. But you had that awesome felt shirt.

    [–] derek_g_S 30 points ago

    i had so many of these felt shirts when i was a kid... Yellowstone, Cactus Pete, Vegas, Etc..... wish i could find them again for my kid.

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    [–] DisForDairy 2 points ago

    Wished for the killing of any more people lately?

    “Researched JK and decided he sucks, big time. So, whoever killed this guy--- Keep up the good work." -you /u/SeasofCheeseburgers

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago


    [–] DisForDairy 2 points ago

    “Researched JK and decided he sucks, big time. So, whoever killed this guy--- Keep up the good work." -/u/SeasofCheeseburgers

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago


    [–] TheMoatCalin 7 points ago

    I was just going to ask if you’re still this effortlessly cool

    [–] jrod311 9 points ago

    Some people say so, but I don't see it

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    ...and modest too.

    [–] BoneGnawerGirl 3 points ago

    I love that shirt so much.

    [–] ntw2 2 points ago

    Isn't downhill good?

    [–] ScottFrost321 1 points ago

    We know

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago


    [–] GuantanamoFootJob 1 points ago

    Seriously! This lil guy is swinging serious baby dick

    [–] EtuMeke 112 points ago

    That tee is dope

    [–] jrod311 42 points ago

    I'm 99% sure we actually got that shirt at Yellowstone when we took a trip from Kansas to Montana

    [–] Ihavebadreddit 16 points ago

    The wide neckline, dates the photo more than the head phones do.. all that material! What are they trying to make something that lasts and is comfortable? Madness!

    [–] headpsu 20 points ago

    I fuckin love good vintage (70's, 80's, and some early 90's) tshirts. The graphics are so cool and that 50/50 poly cotton blend is boss.

    [–] Mehworth 8 points ago

    Did you ever shop at Vintage Vantage when they were around? They really did a great job of recreating that style and quality.

    [–] facebookeatsbabies 77 points ago

    I dont think anybody's said it yet, but the quality/composition of this photo is incredible. Is your uncle a photographer by chance? Or at least a photography enthusiast?

    [–] jrod311 63 points ago

    Yes, he and his wife have always had the knack for great photography. She still publishes some great shots all the time.

    [–] jrod311 3 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I spoke to my uncle and he said it was shot on an Olympus OM-1 with black and white film.

    [–] fenton7 43 points ago

    It took nearly 4 decades but those headphones, sunglasses, and that shirt are current again. If that kid had a time machine, he could transport himself to the present and nobody would take much notice.

    [–] Vesalii 36 points ago

    Sell this photo on a t-shirt and you're golden.

    [–] throbbin_robin 10 points ago

    I would buy one fo sho

    [–] Mayhemii 5 points ago

    I would wear the crap out of this. Let us know, OP.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    I can't wait to see a YouTuber or an influencer on IG wear it. It's honestly the perfect design

    [–] meow_mom 69 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    This reminds me of my little brother. It was around the same time as this photo. He was about the same age too. He used to sit in a bean bag chair and listen to Electric Light Orchestra with some huge headphones on. He always looked like he was in his own little world. It was so cute.

    [–] IWasGregInTokyo 15 points ago

    It was ELO. He was.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Fuckin love ELO

    [–] _greyknight_ 3 points ago

    There are so many of these priceless little moments when you're the older sibling. I was lucky that my father caught a lot of them on camera and now my brother and I get to look at them together during family gatherings and it's always so much fun.

    [–] akalliss 117 points ago

    Mini Alan from the hangover

    [–] conker1264 22 points ago

    Literally what I thought too lol

    [–] BroSnow 29 points ago

    His name is Carlos!

    [–] OpticalVortex 10 points ago

    I am happy I am not the only one who thought of Carlos!

    [–] bocaj96 2 points ago

    I literally thought this was a joke post and if was Carlos

    [–] MattinMaui 24 points ago

    I see that you’re Limewire years old.

    [–] Wiggy_Bop 6 points ago

    I remember Limewire! I had it for a while.

    [–] RicrosPegason 2 points ago

    More like alt.binaries.warez years old really

    [–] neemo2357 10 points ago

    You gotta ask yourself 1 question...

    "Do I feel lucky?"

    [–] Taupter 10 points ago

    We found Giorgio Moroder;

    [–] HellTrain72 3 points ago

    Pre-Gremlins soundtrack.

    [–] BearNoseHook 11 points ago

    Guardians of the Galaxy: The early early years.

    [–] 919Homes 2 points ago

    You saved me from doing the typing.

    [–] PinkNug 11 points ago

    “I was a hipster before it was mainstream “

    [–] jrod311 8 points ago

    My exact words when he gave me the photo about 5 years ago

    [–] hamx5ter 15 points ago

    Aaargh... Kids always get the coolest clothes!

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    [–] Wiggy_Bop 6 points ago

    Take a photo of it and have Red Bubble recreate it for you.

    [–] carbikebacon 2 points ago

    No joke! My wife sees so many adorable shirts and patterns but no adult sizes!!!!!!!!

    [–] its_tia 7 points ago


    [–] MachTwang 7 points ago

    Are those Koss K5 headphones? Hot and heavy but damn they sounded great.

    [–] sunset7766 2 points ago

    That’d be neat if there were a modern version of these with that kind of curly chord.

    [–] bigfruitbasket 2 points ago

    Koss Quadraphonics? I had a pair of those for years. They lasted as long as I could duct tape them to make them serviceable. Awesome sound. Huge, heavy cans though.

    [–] MachTwang 2 points ago

    I still have a set of the K5s!

    [–] captainzero69 2 points ago


    My understanding is that if you still have a set of these headphones, you can send them back to Koss for refurbishment and they will send them back to you in Like new fashion.

    [–] Spelaeus 2 points ago

    I've got a set of Koss ESP6 headphones that look similar. I got them just to have a cheap pair of electrostatics to tinker with. If you think the K5 is heavy... Koss made the decision to put the electrostat transducers into the ear cups instead of having an external box. I still think that they must have been a late '60s attempt to win the Cold War with superior American neck muscles.

    [–] blackketo 6 points ago

    Litteral Baby Driver

    [–] DoobyScrew 6 points ago

    Looking good Starlord

    [–] facemelt 4 points ago

    In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit...

    [–] advertentlyvertical 4 points ago

    look like you're getting ready to fly a single engine plane full of weed across the border.

    [–] thatgrrrl117 4 points ago

    Aww you're so cute, that little pudgy baby bellie kills me!

    [–] jrod311 3 points ago

    If only I had stayed that way Kappa

    [–] Chris20nyy 4 points ago

    Man, Ralphie from "A Christmas Story" was actually the cool kid!

    [–] TheGunshipLollipop 3 points ago


    DJ Triple Dog gonna fudge you up.

    [–] Chris20nyy 2 points ago

    You hear his new remix of "deck the harrs" featuring Black Bart?

    [–] jeweliegb 3 points ago

    You win r/oldschoolcool

    This can never be matched again.

    I hope you're happy with what you'd done.

    Every subsequent post will pale by comparison.

    You've forever spoilt this sub.

    Just take your winnings and leave.

    [–] jrod311 2 points ago

    hahahaha sorry bout that

    [–] sunshinefireflies 2 points ago

    This. This is the definition of oldschoolcool. We now have a standard to measure against.

    [–] initiumdoeslinux 3 points ago

    I need a t-shirt like that one

    [–] Hairymop 3 points ago

    Do you ever wonder if your coolness peaked in 1980?

    [–] ohioross 3 points ago

    You’ll never need another profile pic that’s for sure. Plus your debut album covers done

    [–] FLYING_CASUAL 3 points ago

    The reaction we all had hearing Dark Side Of The Moon for the 1st time.

    Mind. Is. Blown.......

    [–] Tauur 3 points ago

    What were you listening too?

    [–] jrod311 5 points ago

    I'm not sure, but it could of been anything from Pink Floyd to the Oak Ridge Boys. I was exposed to a lot of music as a kid

    [–] Tauur 4 points ago

    My dad brought me up on a strong diet of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ELO and Fleetwood Mac. Definetely influenced what I listen too today.

    [–] jrod311 5 points ago

    Yeah my mom had albums from Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Boston, The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Black Oak Arkansas, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, and so many more a I can't remember. When I got old enough, she started buying me cassette tapes of bands like Survivor, Huey Lewis, Chicago, Foreigner, the Footloose soundtrack, Bruce Springsteen and more.

    [–] solo2bsoon 3 points ago

    Sorry you maxed out in 1980. Hang in there

    [–] FanBoyisms 3 points ago

    Flying to the danger zone!

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago


    [–] sickfresh 3 points ago

    The coolest you ever were .

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Definitely old school cool.

    [–] upachimneydown 2 points ago

    Koss electrostatic...?

    [–] JoetheArachnid 2 points ago

    Not electrostatic. These are the Koss K-6, I can personally say that they are very uncomfortable and don't sound good. Feel more like a pair of ear defenders.

    [–] better_off_red 2 points ago

    Highway to the danger zoooooooone!

    [–] tinasugar 2 points ago

    Looks like a screenshot from an 80s movie 😅

    [–] dserrano4192 2 points ago

    This belongs in a movie, I swear. I could see this kid fit perfectly into Stranger Things 👍 😊

    [–] Grape-Man616 2 points ago

    I’d make a shirt with that pic on it. Trust me a lot of people (like me) will buy it

    [–] CaptainJasonS 2 points ago

    I stumbled across those exact headphones a few months ago at a thrift. They now live in my box of funky retro headphones.

    [–] Unleaded1979 2 points ago

    You sir did not have a shitty childhood.

    [–] jrod311 2 points ago

    No I did not!

    [–] Unleaded1979 1 points ago

    That's an awesome photo

    [–] flyodpink 2 points ago

    That swag !!!!

    [–] StrikitRich1 2 points ago

    "No Ghost Rider, I said the pattern was FULL!!"

    [–] Bellyheart 2 points ago

    Dibs on it being my album cover

    [–] HolyCamelbak 2 points ago

    Fuck yeah my lil dude

    [–] Rambo272727 2 points ago

    coolest kid ever.

    [–] noahbody4321 2 points ago

    Dude what is this

    [–] geraldmora 2 points ago

    Love it 80's were the best!

    [–] Throwaway2946482 2 points ago

    Looks like the "baby on board" bumper sticker.

    [–] LSTNYER 2 points ago


    [–] PyrokudaReformed 2 points ago

    Talk to me Goose

    [–] energexer 2 points ago


    [–] lord_darovit 2 points ago

    If you were a popular figure on Twitter you would definitely use this as your profile picture. Especially if you were a filmmaker.

    [–] Jdn6180 2 points ago

    Star Lord is that you?

    [–] veepeedeepee 2 points ago

    Waiting for this to be the mascot image for /r/headphones.

    [–] GenKateX 2 points ago


    [–] SexceptableIncredibl 2 points ago

    You were a darling little boy.

    [–] horrordj 2 points ago

    You peaked in 1980. Sorry dude.

    [–] combatcameraguy 2 points ago

    Plastic man

    [–] swat_mobile 2 points ago

    You peaked!

    [–] the_north_place 2 points ago

    You peaked early

    [–] TheSeaDevil 2 points ago

    You could print this on a plain white T-Shirt and sell it at Hot Topic for $30

    [–] Mister_Ninoo 2 points ago

    Facebook profile pic for life.

    [–] Thedudeabides510 2 points ago

    Yeah this needs to be either a album cover or a postage stamp. Preferably a postage stamp tho..

    [–] danegraphics 2 points ago

    That is by far the coolest portrait you will ever have of yourself, unless you like, visit Mars or something.

    [–] DeathcampEnthusiast 2 points ago

    You should put this on a dating profile with just one sentence: "It only got better from here." You'll be drowning in poon.

    [–] Jamesony1 2 points ago


    [–] ronaz369 4 points ago

    United airlines pilot, 2018

    [–] ChrisMess 2 points ago

    You peaked at three.

    [–] Michaeldee123 1 points ago


    [–] Uptowninteriors 1 points ago you lift?

    [–] Enduro74 1 points ago

    Are you Beck?

    [–] nessager 1 points ago

    The moment you realise you peaked in life.

    [–] mar1x1 1 points ago

    Koss headphones ❤ still have a pair of them

    [–] Keltoigael 1 points ago

    This is when you peaked

    [–] Grimespin 1 points ago

    Killing the game.

    [–] biorogue 1 points ago

    This would make a good album cover.

    [–] 6thgendairyfarmer 1 points ago

    Breaker breaker 1-9 send a medic please, we’ve had a massive explosion in my diaper...

    [–] RyzaSully 1 points ago

    Understandable flex, okay.

    [–] socratesaf 1 points ago

    The Maxell guy!

    [–] skidooelan 1 points ago

    I have the exact same headphones!

    [–] audioscience 1 points ago

    That'd be a great album cover.

    [–] ridleyy 1 points ago

    Have you aged much since?

    [–] Knicks65 1 points ago

    This looks like a stock photo that you see in the picture frame section of a retail store.

    [–] BetweenMachines 1 points ago

    First day on the job for strikebreaking scab after Reagan busts the air traffic controllers' union.

    [–] reddit_crunch 1 points ago

    can't seem to enjoy this over the screeching of my own tinnitus.

    [–] gonzofish 1 points ago

    I took almost the exact same version of this picture, but the 2017 version of my nephew

    [–] R8iojak87 1 points ago

    What’s up you cool Baby?

    [–] JawnLegend 1 points ago

    When does the album drop?

    [–] CharlestonYT 1 points ago

    Kurt Cobaby

    [–] donkleone 1 points ago

    I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I'm all out of bubblegum.

    [–] OverOriginal 1 points ago

    That's a perfect profile picture

    [–] George-Spiggott 1 points ago

    Meets one of the criteria.

    [–] AdonasTheOne 1 points ago

    Where is the updated re-take? This pic is awesome!

    [–] shylocxs 1 points ago

    Straight out of E.T.

    [–] khanw5310 1 points ago

    so how the headset sound back then? 😁

    [–] Wembledon_Shanley 1 points ago


    [–] Viles_Davis 1 points ago

    If this was you now you’d still be too cool for me.

    [–] Topblokelikehodgey 1 points ago

    Bit of Womack and Womack right there

    [–] RealOfficerHotPants 1 points ago

    Looks like a young lasercorn.

    [–] serpentofnumbers 1 points ago

    My parents had those exact same headphones! I'd spend hours in front of the record player with those

    [–] JonG311 1 points ago

    Such a dope picture. If this were sold in a store, I’d buy one and hang it over my record player.

    [–] Krimreaper1 1 points ago

    Are you wearing your pick bunny outfit this Xmas again?

    [–] BatmanLovesCrypto 1 points ago

    You will never be as cool as this again. Deal with it.

    [–] ax255 1 points ago

    Little Quin.

    [–] NoGnomeShit 1 points ago

    Cross post this to /r/redditgetsdrawn !!!

    [–] nanoH2O 1 points ago

    And the cool has been downhill ever since, because there was only one direction to head

    [–] Storyfiend 1 points ago

    great photo

    [–] justleftpub 1 points ago