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The Best 80s Winter Fashions

The Best 80s Winter Fashions

We’re in the middle of winter and for most of the Northern hemisphere it is a very drab affair. It didn’t always used to be this way, in the 80s neon and bright colors were a staple of the fashion, especially in winter. Fashion in the 80s often added accoutrements that were there for their own sake. Do your shoes need fat laces? Are moon boots practical? Do you need to wear a coat that makes you look like the michelin man? Probably not, but then again does winter need to be a dreary affair with an absence of flair?...

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80s Holiday Party Lessons From Trading Places

80s Holiday Party Lessons From Trading Places

Trading Places is a movie replete with lessons whether you’re on the up and up or down in the dumps. It also has one of the best Christmas party scenes in all of film, certain to entertain even the biggest scrooges among us. But before you head out to your respective New Years celebrations, remember the timeless party lessons from this 80s classic.   Come Prepared Sure we all go to holiday parties armed, how else do you avoid a lot of boring stories? But the point is to not have to use it. When you go to a party,...

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Knit Picking: 9, No, 12 Famous Sweaters Drawn From Pop Culture

Another week brings another curious list, in this case, one spotlighting famous sweaters and cardigans from film, television, and music. Featured below are 9 12 memorable examples of the form, as illustrated by our crack squad of graphic artists (and conceived by yours truly with a nod to the NYT). And for the record, we have no plans to reproduce any of these distinguished garments (see our: 80’s movie t-shirts). For now… UPDATE: by popular demand, we’ve refreshed our sweater initiative with three additional entries! And printed them on t-shirts!!! 12 Sweaters, 12 Stories The original graphic: 9 Sweaters, 9 Stories On a torso:...

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“X” Marks The Spot: 30 X-Men Tees

“X” Marks The Spot: 30 X-Men Tees

Between Captain America, Thor and X-Men: First Class, 2011 promises to be a banner year for Marvel superheroes on the wide screen. Of the three, the latter holds the most appeal for this writer, as it promises to explore the early origins of the relationship between Professor X and Magneto. Interestingly, it’s also been positioned as a period piece with mutant mod trappings, set in the late 60’s and juxtaposed against real historical events of the era. Naturally, there’s been some heated fanboy chatter online about the casting (not so much the actual actors, but the roles they will assume), the plot, the rushed...

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A Pictorial History of the Dookie Chain

A Pictorial History of the Dookie Chain

An obvious antecedent to today’s so-called “bling,” the ostentatious dookie chain (gold ropes of varying length) emerged as the fashion prop of choice for hip-hop artists — both aspiring and established — in the 80’s, thanks in large part to the growing influence of Yo! MTV Raps (which yours truly watched with some regularity as a teenager from the safety of his parent’s suburban living room). Like other messy historical conundrums, it is difficult to pinpoint or establish the true origins of this phenomenon/trend, but certain figures, long associated with this look, come to mind as possible candidates. Below, I’ve embedded five...

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