People Are Posting Their Most Embarrassing Childhood Photos (202 New Pics)

Ah, to be a teenager again. We didn’t know what the fudge we were doing back then when it came to our clothes and our hairstyles. We were constantly moody, anxious, and looking for our ‘real selves’ (some of us never stopped searching). We were given a blank cheque to be as edgy and ‘unique’ as we liked… but our fashion sense really does come back to haunt us sometimes!

People are posting the funniest photos from people’s awkward childhoods on the aptly named ‘Blunder Years’ subreddit. The online group proves that we all go through some major ups and downs, twists, and loop-de-loops when it comes to our fashion identities. Sometimes, it really is just a phase, but the photos are here to stay. Remember to upvote your fave pictures as you’re scrolling down. Share these with your friends to get a giggle out of them. Oh, and you can find Bored Panda’s earlier posts about the hilariously brilliant r/blunderyears community right over here, as well as here.

We wanted to learn more about why teenagers want to be independent and stand out from the crowd, how not to be overwhelmed by peer pressure to follow trends, and how to stop being embarrassed by our old photos, so we reached out to the friendly and talented Lenore Skenazy. She is the president of Let Grow, the nonprofit promoting childhood independence, and the founder of the Free-Range Kids movement and she went in-depth with Bored Panda about all of our blunder years. Read on!

#1 This Is How I Showed To To University. I Wanted To Make A Statement. Apparently That Statement Was Cross The Street With Your Kids When I Come Walking Down The Sidewalks Oh Muggles…

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According to Lenore, the president of Let Grow, teenager’s desire for independence is rooted in our biology. “Think of what used to happen during the teen years throughout most of human history. Those young people weren’t going to high school. They weren’t making TikTok videos. They weren’t eating candy bars and playing Call of Duty. They were foraging for food, trying not to become some other species’ food, and they were having babies.”

Lenore even reached out to Dr. Robert Epstein, the author of ‘Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence,’ to get his take on teen independence as well. “Teens strive for independence because they are genetically and developmentally ready to start their own families. Throughout most of human history, teens did in fact mate, have children, and became full members of their communities, thus fulfilling their genetic destinies. Romeo’s Juliet—the one in Shakespeare’s play, not the Juliets we see in modern movies—was 13.”

#2 Highschool, 2011. Why Yes, I Did Own A $15 Butterfly Knife. How Did You Guess?

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He continued: “Over the past century, especially in Western countries, we have prevented teens from entering adult society, typically holding them back until they are 18 or even 21. Thus the natural tendencies they have to grow up are thwarted and frustrated at every turn. They therefore not only strive for independence, they must struggle for it, often coming into conflict with their parents and other authority figures who hold them back. When a teen looks you straight in the eye and says, ‘Stop treating me like a child,’ you need to listen.”

Lenore explained that teenagers’ desire to create a fresh, new, unique persona might also arise from the disconnect “between being ready for adulthood and being grounded because of your C- in algebra.” She told Bored Panda: “To make the break more obvious in a culture that keeps treating them as kids, they sometimes adopt a new look, one they probably hope makes them look much older and more sophisticated or sexy—that is, adult. Need a real-world example? See timeline of Cyrus, comma, Miley.

#3 15 Years Ago We Called Our Senior Photos, “Senior Sweeties”. I Only Had 75 Of These Bad Boys Printed And I Thought They Were Lost Forever After I Handed Them Out Like Trading Cards. But One Of My Friends Sent Me This Picture The Other Day. This May Be The Last Smgulz Senior Sweeite In The Wild…

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While it might seem that there’s a lot of tension between teenagers’ desire to be independent and their wish to fit in with the crowd, Lenore told us that there’s no real tension there. “The ‘independent’ part is the part of us that wants to be recognized for who we are—not just another jock, or nerd, a whole person. That’s why The Breakfast Club is a movie for the ages. (See this great essay by high school student Maggie Isabel Seabrook who won Let Grow’s Think for Yourself essay contest.) John Hughes’ classic shows how none of the teens is just the one simple label everyone sees them as—they’re all lonely, they’re all smart in their own way, and they have problems others have no clue about. Teens (and the rest of us) long to be seen for who we really are.”

Lenore continued about how our desire for independence comes after we become accepted by others: “At the same time, that longing comes from a desire to connect: ‘Don’t write me off—get to know me!’ As humans, we are acutely attuned to what others think of us—and particularly attuned to any put-downs or humiliation. So we may adopt some styles that we hope will keep the scorn at bay. People are wearing a certain shoe? So will I. Everyone’s growing their hair long? I’ll grow mine, too. We want to be accepted, so we look at what others are doing/wearing/saying and adopt some of these things. But once accepted, we also want to be seen for the real person we are, not just a ‘type.'”

#4 My Friends Daughter Found Me In Our Junior High Year Book. And They Laughed, And Laughed…

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#5 I… Oh Boy. I’ve Thought About This Picture Ever Since I Joined The Sub And Today It Came Up On My Facebook Memories

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#6 Prom 2009, I Was A Sophmore In High School And I Took School Dances A Litte Too Seriously. Also I Didn’t Have A Date

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In Lenore’s opinion, the past is “nothing but fashion mistakes,” she joked with Bored Panda. “Even the old styles that look cool to us now would not look cool if you copied them perfectly—the eyebrows then are not the eyebrows of today, no matter what era you’re iconizing. That’s why no one can look back on their adolescent photos and say, ‘Wow, that was a great look.’ Sure—your waist was thinner and your hair was thicker—but: that haircut? Those lapels? That dress with the giant belt? How did you ever think it looked good?” she said that no trend is forever.

“Well, the same way you may think giant sneakers and ripped jeans look good now. Trust me—take a selfie today and save it along with this Bored Panda article. Set a reminder to look at them again in… let’s say 13 years. The article will be as accurate at the day it was born, your selfie will look as dated as a flip phone, and you will have learned—verrrrry slowly!—that there is no way to escape the era you live in. Living in 2021 means you think a certain look is timelessly attractive, but in fact it is startlingly specific, right down to the way you tuck in your shirt.”

Lenore had some advice for us as well: “My best advice? Just don’t do anything to permanently alter your looks, because at some point you will be embarrassed or bored by it. Otherwise, just accept that time marches on but photos don’t.”

#7 At 16 I Was A Seasonal Employee At Hot Topic. I Got 3 Hours A Week And Spent More With My 20% Discount Than I Made

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#8 My Best Friend Wanted Me To Show Off This Beaut To This Subreddit, Dated 15 Years Back. Our College Dayz.. To Answer Your Question, Yes She Had An Assortment Of Bob Marley Posters In Her Dorm Room And Yes Her Parents Gave Her A Full Ride To Pursue An Art Degree

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#9 13-14 Year Old Me During My “Eminem Phase”. That’s A Hairbrush Hanging From My Lamp And All Of My Pictures From That Time Are Made Black And Grey With Gimp. Good Times

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“Come and share your dusty treasure for the world—and you—to laugh and regret together,” the ‘Blunder Years’ group invites their fellow redditors to bare their awkward phases and the times they assassinated style with their wardrobes. 

Operating since 2013 and with 755k members, the subreddit is large enough to get a lot of attention online, but it’s also intimate enough for it to be a close-knit community. You can also tell that by the fact that r/blunderyears only has two moderators. In our experience, that’s usually a sign of a very welcoming subreddit that doesn’t over-stress their mods.

#10 My Actual Senior Photo, Yes That Is A Real Sword I Worked For A Year To Buy

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#11 Good Ol’ Facebook Reminding Me Of How Cringey I Was In Highschool. Hot Pink Fishnets Stuffed With Grass

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#12 First Day Of 5th Grade, Looking Like I Walked Out Of A Limited Too Catalog

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That doesn’t mean that ‘Blunder Years’ doesn’t have any rules, though. They really do. They’ve set out some guidelines so that people don’t, well, blunder while they post their blunders. For example, wearing glasses because you thought you were a hipster just isn’t enough. It won’t do at all!

The blunders have to be real and you have to hear that ‘whack’ as the embarrassment hits your soul at 300mph and makes you want to hide under the covers until your cheeks aren’t glowing beet-red anymore.

#13 Had A Blonde Mohawk, Cut The Rest Of My Hair, But Still Wanted Bangs. Behold

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#14 The Year Is 2006, My Dad Found This Fly Ass Shirt At Walmart And I’m Ready To Get Down At The Middle School Dance

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#15 My Mom And I On Christmas… Around 2010

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I have to say, though some of these photos, while absolutely hilarious, are just great. Even though some of these fashion (I’m using the term loosely here) choices are objectively unaesthetic, they really do prove that confidence makes all the difference between looking cringe and embracing the cringe and ascending to become Super Blunderers. Before you put on your clothes (and gel up your hair), you need to put your confidence on first.

Fashion trends will continue to change as long as humankind exists. We’ll be seeing lots of different, weird, and eyebrow-raising mainstream style cultures, counter-cultures, counter-counter-cultures, and so on. The times might change, but teenagers’ desire to stand out from the crowd and be unique really, really don’t.

#16 My Mom Calls This Photo A Family Heirloom Lol. 16 Yrs Ago, Me (F 13) And My BF (M 13) At The Olive Garden

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#17 My Dad Found My 2011 High School Id Card In His Closet Today

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#18 July, 2005 – My Okcupid Profile Picture Really Captured My Intellectual Ability To Think Critically

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But here’s the paradox (though Lenore told us this isn’t a paradox). Even though teens want to stand out, they also want to fit in and be part of the ‘tribe.’ Nobody wants to feel left out, after all. So it’s between these two radically different poles—being unique yet one of the crowd—that teenagers might find themselves getting lost. But at the core lies a desire for acceptance, whether overt (“wow, look at what they’re wearing—they’re so cool”) or more covert (“finally, they’ve got the same flavor-of-the-year haircut we all did”).

Being aware of social norms and what society thinks is useful and, in fact, necessary. However, bowing down to the latest trends and changing your lifestyle just because of social pressure is the perfect way of destroying any individuality you might have.

#19 In 1987 I Permed My Mullet To Look More Like Patrick Swayze. I Ended Up Looking Like A Lesbian Biker

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#20 Me At 11-12 Trying To Look Too Cool For The Pirates Ride At Disneyland While Simultaneously Dressing Specifically For It

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#21 This Picture Haunts Me Every Year On This Date. Got My Drivers License Though (2009 vs. 2019)

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Nobody wants to become just another grey (or whatever color’s fashionable now) blob/brick in the wall like the rest, but we also don’t want to become outcasts. So we’re stuck. Ironically, the best way to be unique is to stop wanting that and doing what you love doing and dressing how you love dressing while also being aware of the rules and trends floating about.

#22 I Think I Was The Youngest Loan Shark In History

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#23 When You Go For The Kurt Cobain But End Up Getting Called “Mmm Bop”

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#24 Those Who Cannot Remember The Past Are Condemned To Repeat It

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The best way to handle embarrassing or awkward moments (and people seeing your old photos in your childhood albums) isn’t to pretend that they didn’t happen. Psychology Today explains that confronting your embarrassment directly is the best course of action. Being able to laugh at yourself and embrace the awkwardness in public will win you everyone’s favor; trying to avoid others thinking less of you, ironically, will make others think less of you.

#25 I Call This Look “Christian Granny Goth” And It Was Pretty Bold For A 12 Year Old In 1995

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#26 This Was Me At 16… I’m A Dude

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#27 Here I Am At Six Years Old, Going On 40, Looking Like I’m Ready To Do Your Taxes

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#28 2010 When My Boyfriend Broke Up With Me On Xmas For My Friend Lmao I Was 13

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#29 I Was Like 9 And I Got A Little Obsessed With The Hippie Aesthetic

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#30 Me In The Late 80’s… So Edgy

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So, dear Readers, which photos were your favorite and why? Do you have any stories (or photos!) from your own ‘blunder years’ to share? Did you commit any massive fashion faux pas when you were a teenager? We always love hearing from you, so drop us a line in the comment section below.

#31 Me At The Twilight Gift Shop

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#32 Halloween 1998 When I Thought Dressing As A Giant Milkbone Would Make Dogs Like Me

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#33 Playing In An Irish Folk Band 2002, At 15 Or 16 For The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations In The Local Rec Of My Hometown. I Went On To Say “God Save The Queen And Her Fascist Regime” Down The Mic. The Violinists Parents Went Mental At Me

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#34 I Liked Turtles Before It Was Cool

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#35 Tractor Punk Goth In Germany 1990 Edition

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#36 Me And Friends Before A Disturbed Concert In 2006. We’re So Cool Posing In Front Of Mom And The Van

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#37 My Sister And I Had These Shirts Custom Made In Middle School. Yes We Also Used To Cut Our Own Hair

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#38 My Parents Kindly Supported My Peak Edgelord Phase

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#39 Somehow Removed The Period Of Time That I Would Draw Glasses And A Smiley Face On My Face Every Day From My Memory

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#40 My Boyfriend Rawring Hard In The 8th Grade

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#41 Back From 2007, We Are Now Married With A 2 Month Old Daughter

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#42 I Worked As A Dancing Fish Outside Of An Aquarium Store For A Little Bit As A Teenager. I Thought It Was The Coolest Job Ever

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#43 Found My Ninth Grade School Photo And It Turns Out I’d Repressed Ever Having That Haircut

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#44 The Difference A Decade Can Make

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#45 Bieber Hair, Double Hollister Shirt, Always Some Kind Of Leather Necklace. Circa 2010

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#46 98 vs. 2020 I’m Still 100% Skateboarder

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#47 My Middle School Held A “Dress Badly” Day. While The Blunder Was Intentional, I Got The Date Wrong. 2006

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#48 Me, Circa 1991. My Mom Let Me Get The Laser Background. I Am So Proud Of This Pic!

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#49 On The Left Is My Son Callum At 8 Years Old On Halloween. He Is Dressing As Eminem. On The Right Is Me At 8 Years Old. I Dressed As Steve Urkel. I Stand By My Choice

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#50 Before Going To See Linkin Park, Korn, And Snoop Dogg, With My Mom

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#51 My Kindergardern School Pic. My Mom Asked Why I Didn’t Smile I Said ” I Was Embarrassed To.” 5 Y/O Logic

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#52 I Was 14 And Had Behavioral Issues After My Dad Passed, My Mom Tried To Solve Them By Taking Me On A Tour Of The Castles Used In The Harry Potter Movies. I Refused To Look At The Camera B/C I Thought It Was Cool To Have A Distant Stare. Bonus Pooka Shell Necklace

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#53 I Lived Nowhere Near Cows Or A Farm

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#54 Age 8 Or 9, Cosplaying As Marie Antoinette. I’m A Guy

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#55 I Asked My Mom To Take A Picture Of Me With All My Pokemon. (2000)

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#56 Me, Age 14/15, Leaving A Catholic Convention Looking Like I’m About To Join The Amish Army

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#57 I Wasn’t Very Popular At Catholic Youth Group

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#58 My Childhood Bowling Team Posing With Our Trophies From The Season

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#59 It Just Kept Getting Worse. I’m 14 Here

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#60 I Was Going To Explain This Photo, But I Think I’ll Just Let It Open To Interpretation

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#61 We Invented Drip Back In 03’

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#62 My Mom Was A Middle Aged Secretary At Age 7

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#63 In Case You Couldn’t Tell, I Was Really Cool In High School

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#64 Me In Middle School After Learning How To Use Photoshop. I Thought I Had Mad Skillz™

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#65 Tbh, I Am Not Even Ashamed Of 2001 Me. I Miss Her

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#66 “It’s Not A Phase Mom, We Will Be Juggalettes For Life” 2006 Edition

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#67 My Now Husband And Me Circa 2004, A Year Or Two Before We Would Meet

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#68 Me, Looking Like A Second Grade Spinster

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#69 Me (On The Left) With A Friend And My Manager From Hot Topic At The Mall In 2009 Lmao

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#70 Tamagotchis: The Fashion Statement Piece You Never Knew You Needed

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#71 Even After 8 Years, My Hover Fist With These Porn Stars At A Rock Concert Still Haunts Me At Night

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#72 I Wore A Tuxedo T-Shirt And A Flat Billed Hat To My Senior Prom. Yikes

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#73 At My School This Tan Line Was A Status Symbol

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#74 Me In High School As Smee In A Low-Budget Peter Pan. Complete With Bowl Cut

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#75 I Thought I Was The Coolest Kid At My 8th Grade New Year’s Party

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#76 9 Year Old Me Looked Like I Backed Brexit

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#77 In 1990 Something I Was In A Band. Our Name Was Big Daddy Mac And The Little Nugget Buddies And We Played One Show, Which Just Happens To Be A Mcdonalds Employee Banquet

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#78 Me At Age 11 Playing Someone’s Mother In A School Musical. I’m A Guy. I Did Love My Big Boobies Though

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#79 Anytime My Wife Sees This She Burst Out Laughing… I Thought I Looked Cool

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#80 My Mom Made A Creative Decision For The Nude Shade Of My Tights

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#81 Back When I Badly Needed Corrective Lenses And Couldn’t Be More Than 6 Inches From Any TV. Circa 2003

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#82 My Family Photo -1990. The Transition From 80s To 90s Was Interesting. I’m The One In The Back, Age 10

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#83 Surprisingly, My High School Crush Was Not Impressed By My Hair And Makeup Skills (Update Pic At The End)

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#84 I Was Straight Drippin

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#85 2005, Heading To A High School Band Concert

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#86 Man I Was Weird

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#87 This Was A Classic Look For Me In 98

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#88 I Present To You My First Grade School Picture Complete With Lazy Eye And Granny Glasses. The Beginning Of My Awkward Years

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#89 I Know A Lot Of Us Went Through A Goth Phase. Here’s A Few Of My Goth/Jrock Phase In Highschool, Was 1 Of 3 Goth Kids At My School, Circa 2005-2007

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#90 20 Years Ago, When I Thought The Karen Haircut Was Edgy, Thin Brows Were Sexy, And Smiling Was Definitely Uncool…

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#91 Edward Cullen And Hannah Montana For Spirit Day ‘09

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#92 Are You There God? It’s Me, Mullet

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#93 This Was My First Profile Picture On Myspace In 2008

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#94 Back Off Ladies! This Stud Muffin Is Taken

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#95 A Christmas Blunder From When I Insisted We Bring Our Cat To The “Dogs-Only” Holiday Photo Session At Our Vet Because I Felt They Were Being Discriminatory Against Felines. Shout Out To Santa’s Blank, Dead Eyed Stare

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#96 Me Off To School In The Early 80s. My Mother Cut My Hair. I Thought It Looked “Smarter” To Pull Your Pants Up High

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#97 Apparently I Was Such A Huge Fan Of The Movie The Crow, That I Decided To Do My First Cosplay. I Was 6 Years Old

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#98 First Grade 2003. I Was That Gay Kid

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#99 S**tty Webcam Photo Of 14-Year-Old Me Dressed As Avril Lavigne For Halloween And Wondering Why You Had To Go And Make Things So Complicated

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#100 Blund, James Blund

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#101 In 1990, I Was A 17 Yr Old Kid From Omaha Nebraska That Wanted Nothing More Than To Be A Socal Surfer Dude. Kowabunga Dude

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#102 I Wore Vampire Teeth Every Day Year Round (17)

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#103 I Bet You Were Tough. But Were You Gothic Kids On A Trip To Florida With Your Loving Grandparents Tough? So Much Cringe In One Picture

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#104 Me, 1989. There’s A Lot To Process Here. I Carefully Curated My ‘Look’ As You Can See

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#105 Felt Cute Did Not Delete Ever

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#106 Thrilled To Meet The Guitarist Of Mindless Self Indulgence From Behind A Barrier. (The Barrier Was For Kids Like Us!)

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#107 Im Glad Myspace Isn’t A Thing Anymore.. Still Found This Tucked Away To Remind Me Of My Own Cringe Today

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#108 Don’t Worry. We All Turned Out To Be Functioning Adults. (1995)

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#109 1997 I Had A Vampire Phase, Can You Tell? That’s A Marilyn Manson Family Necklace. I’m Pale Because I Spf50’d For A Year

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#110 My 15th Birthday Party Was Old Hollywood Themed

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#111 Yes, My Mother Immortalized My Childhood With A Picture Of Me Dressed As A Dog

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#112 Whilst Taking A Passport Photo I Was Told To ‘Open My Eyes And Smile More’…

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#113 Me Circa ‘09/,10 Fresh Out Of High School. Who Let Me Out The House Like This?

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#114 I Really Thought I Was Doing Something With This Look For My Year 7 Disco

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#115 Me In 8th Grade Circa 2012-2013. I Thought Bangs Were The Coolest Ever, And Pokémon Black And White 2 Had Become My Life’s Obsession. I Gave My Friend $10 To Make Me That Shirt, Still Have It

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#116 At 15, I Thought If I Shaved My Eyebrows Off It Would Be Easier To Make Them Symmetrical. For This Heinous Act, I Am Sorry

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#117 Every Year My Mom Would Photoshop My Valentines Cards For Me To Hand Out In School. (Circa 2003)

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#118 I Don’t Even Know What Happened In 6th Grade

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#119 That Time I Change My Gamestop Name Tag To The Name Of An Inuyasha Character

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#120 You Merely Adopted The Swag; I Was Born In It, Molded By It

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#121 Did These Sick Stars Myself When I Was 12. Almost 22 Years Later They Still Look Savage

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#122 Went To My Cousin’s 21st (Age 12) Dressed Like This So All The Boys Would Fall In Love With Me

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#123 Throw Back To 2004 When I Decided I Wanted To Be Martha Stewart In Jail

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#124 Apologies For The Poor Quality. Me Around The 15. I See Lots Of Goth, Emo, Metalhead Phases Here But Did Anyone Else Have A “Cowboy” Phase? I’d Wear My Hat All The Time And Thought I’d Be The Next Garth Brooks. Oh Yeah And That’s A Giant Ass Bowl Of Ice Cream I’m Eating To Boot

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#125 My Best Friend And I (Right) In 2004 Having A Photo Op After Shooting Our First Back Street Boys Music Video. We’re Both Girls

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#126 Really Captures My 16 Year Old Self- Trying To Be Wistful And Lovely But Ending Up A 10/10 Awkward

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#127 Puffy Headband, Jeans With Pleats, And So Broke I Couldn’t Afford The (Optional!) Passenger Side Mirror On My New Saturn

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#128 It’s Not A Phase Mom! Narrator: It Was Indeed, A Phase. Sometime Around 2006

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#129 1972 Calm Down Ladies, A Fine Woman Married This 20 Years Later

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#130 Water Shoes – Check. Headgear – Check. Monochromatic Sweatsuit – Check.

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#131 If Only I Could Show You The Tap Dance Routine That Went With This Getup

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#132 My Little Brother And I Circa 2007. Sad Pirates

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#133 My Mother Was A Saint For Putting Up With Me

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#134 Looking Like A Total Nerd With My Bible, But I Did Have Jordan’s Lol

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#135 I Peaked When I Was But A Small Child

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#136 Just Embracing Being Trapped Under A Pile Of Drunk People (2003). Side Note: I Do Have A Full Set Of Teeth

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#137 Just Two Friends Celebrating The Release Of Nirvana’s Unplugged (1994)

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#138 Circa 1999, Cloud Strife From Final Fantasy 7- Made With Cardboard, Duct Tape, Coat Hangers, And Yellow Crayola Paint. Why Yes, That Is A 12 Pack Mountain Dew I’m Carrying

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#139 I Had The Karen Haircut Before It Was Cool. It’s Called Fashion. Look It Up

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#140 I Think It Was Like 2001, It Took About 2 Hours To Get My Hair That Color. I Shaved It Off Not To Long Afterward And It Looked Like Camouflage

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#141 1995. Played Bass In A Ska Band

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#142 I Thought I Was So ~edgy~ In 2010

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#143 Check Out Those Bangs! I Spent Way Too Long Creating That “Look”. Also, That Dress… Those Sleeves. The… Everything

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#144 Lock Up Your Daughters, It’s Me. Hot Outta ‘99

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#145 Just Your Average 14 Year Old Experimenting With Photoshop

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#146 My 16th Birthday. I Was Obsessed With Korn And Slipknot And Wanted Jonathan Davis Hair. Biggest Blunder Here Was Smiling For A Photo

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#147 Imagine Throwing A 13th Birthday Party In North Carolina And Having This Crew Show Up. I Miss My High School Friends… I’m 5th From The Left

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#148 Me In 1999, Sporting My Kittie Shirt, Faded Red And Black Hair, And Black Choker. I’m 38 Now, Have A Desk Job, And 3 Kids!!! Time Flies Lol

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#149 My Fiancee Says I Was A Pretty Cute Lesbian For A 13 Year Old Boy

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#150 Circa 2002, I Thought I Was Rocking The Gelled Hair And Off Brand Track Suit For Thanksgiving. Hence The Cat In A Tiny Pilgrim Hat

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#151 My Loved Wife 1986 When We Went To Stroll Near By A River In Switzerland

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#152 Thought I Looked Like Some 70ties Folksinger

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#153 1999. We Thought We Were So Cool

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#154 First Year Out Of Catholic School. Discovered Neil Gaiman. You Can Probably Tell

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#155 Throwback To When I Was A Working Man On My First Job. Was Actually A Good Job When Not In The Suit

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#156 14 (Me Right) And Destroying The Ozone 1 Can Of Hairspray At A Time

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#157 S**tty Long Hair – Check. No Ability To Grow Facial Hair – Check. Obnoxious Facial Piercings – Check. Throwing The 2s At Anyone Who Would Look – Check.

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#158 Ahh, The Magic Of Middle School

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#159 Well, Someone Had To… My Outspoken And Overconfident 9 Year Old Self Circa 2001

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#160 Temporary Tattoo, Cornrows, And A Bathing Suit That Went Halfway Down My Calves. I Clearly Peaked At 9 Years Old

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#161 2001 Smh

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#162 That Time Mom Let Me Dress Myself On Thanksgiving

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#163 Grade 8 School Photo. 2006. Age 13. I Got A Mohawk Like A Week After This Was Taken. I Wanted To Fit In So Badly, I Failed Horribly Lol

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#164 My Wife’s Grade 3 Picture. Back When The Toni Perm Was In Fashion. Just Before The Picture Was Taken She Added The Hair Clip Because She Thought It Made Her Look Pretty

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#165 Best Man At 15, Too Nervous To Give A Speech But At Least I Had A Skinny Bow Tie With Matching Cummerbund

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#166 My Senior Picture As I Thought “I’m Not Spending Money On This Give Me A Camera” 2015

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#167 2005 – Year 12 Formal. Ill-Fitting Suit, Terrible Square Shoes, Wallace And Gromit Tie And Smug Af Look On My Face

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#168 When You Want To Hoola And Bazinga At The Same Time. Me At 15 (2013)

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#169 I’m Surprised I Wasn’t Bullied For Looking Like This During Middle School

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#170 … Yep. Haha Oh My. Me In Grade 1 Or 2. Some Mean Girl Pushed Me Off A Metal Slide

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#171 Mind You Don’t Cut Yourself On All That Edge

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#172 2001: A Goth Odyssey

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#173 Spy Gear 99 I Believe

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#174 The Absolute Trainwreck™ (2008, 17 Years Young)

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#175 Can I Be Apart Of Your Myspace Friend Train? Xd

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#176 Is See Your Pepsodent, Raise You A Toothbrush

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#177 2004 And If I Had To Do It All Over Again I Would. No Regrets

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#178 Looking Bad In A Playground Before A Motley Crue Concert, 2007

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#179 I Remember Thinking That I Looked “Bad Ass”

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#180 I’m Sorry Guys, I Was Like 9 And Loved Rap. I Truly Apologize

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#181 Excuse The Mobile Upload, But Look At How Deep And Introspective I Was

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#182 Found This At A Friends House. Her Little Brothers Made A Rap Album When They Were Younger

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#183 Another One From Me. Me And My Best Friend Before My Senior Prom, 2002. Yes, We Are Still Besties. No, We Never Dated. Queers At Prom. Also Yes, My Dress Was From Hot Topic. Lol

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#184 Me. 8th Grade, 1983. Collar Up Because I Was Cool, Even With Those Huge Glasses…

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#185 I Just Came Across The Mother Load Of Old Photos And Couldn’t Have Found This Subreddit At A Better Time! I’m Excited To Have A Place To Share & Laugh About Them. This Is Me, Circa 2011. Full On Mohawk With A Terrible Temp Dye Job

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#186 My Sister Used To Tell Me I Looked Like John Lennon And I’m Beginning To See Why

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#187 Oil Painting Of My Brothers And Me Looking Dope In 1976

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#188 I Was 11 And Thought I Was Going To Be The Next Nba All Star. Roast Are More Than Welcome

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#189 “I’m Sorry, I Can’t Hear You. I Have A Banana In My Ear” … Favorite Shirt, Favorite Vest, Bad Hair, Body Art. Ca. 2006

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#190 Hi My Name Is Jacob And When I Was A Kid, I Didn’t Have To Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Street

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#191 Amazingly I Am 18 And At A Party In This Photo And Not A 40 Year Old Yelling At Her Kid To Behave

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#192 I’m In The Orange Hat Flipping Everyone Off

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#193 On My 14th Birthday I Told My Mom To Just “Bake Me Something I Like”

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#194 I Laughed So Hard I Cried When I Saw This Picture. I Remember Putting This Outfit Together And Hair Spraying My Perm Into Perfection. I’m So Thankful My Mom Took This Sassy Picture And Also Saved It For 30 Years To Remind Me Of My Youth

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#195 Should I Be Worried About My Baby Pics?

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#196 My Cousin’s Parents Were Obviously Influenced By Lloyd. It Was Her Birthday Yesterday And She Gave Me Full Permission To Post This Keeper

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#197 1992, The Peak Of My Theatre Kid Years

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#198 My 2003 High School Senior Picture!

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#199 Handmade Keyblades And My Handmade Lolita-Style Headband. Ahhh To Be 16 Again

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#200 Total 1980’s In One Photo! Coolest Dudez Evar!

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#201 Thankfully, It Was A Phase Mom

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#202 The Year Was 1990. Spiral Perms And Shoulder Pads

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