Punks in Space

July 27th, 2009

Punks in Space - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

Generational differences can be put aside in a galaxy far far away.

(submitted by JennyAnn)

258 Responses to “Punks in Space”

  1. dianarchy says:

    This is awesome as hell. Up the punks!!

  2. Rubsky says:

    I just fell in love with the girl in the back =)

  3. jenna says:

    best picture ever. i wish i was this cool when i was that age.

  4. STEPHEN says:


  5. K says:

    and our teen girls these days think they’re being original…HA!…Love the looks…always wanted to, but didn’t have the nerve…and I was scared of my mom…LOL

  6. JennyAnn says:

    Thanks, everyone, for such thoughtful comments! This is in fact, me, my mother and my best friend, circa 1986. I was 14. I am the one with the black mohawk. My mom sure did take us “as we were”- she had no choice! Both of my kids think this picture is the most ridiculous thing they have ever seen.
    For a current picture, see my FB: JennyAnn Wheeler
    Yay for awkwardness!


    • ks says:

      curious to see a current picture of the best friend in the back. it’s crazy, my sister looks IDENTICAL to the girl in the back.. so much so, we’re convinced that it’s her face photoshopped into this picture. curious to see what she looked like now.

    • Timothy Leary says:

      I graduated class of ’86 and only a few of my classmates were as new wave punk as this. Serious excellence!!! I applaud your style and execution of it.

  7. skybolt says:

    + sigh +
    I wish I still had hair

  8. Katina says:

    We don’t have anything this my high school. I’m actually the girl at school with my whole head shaved wearing wigs. (I don’t have the courage yet to show up with a wig yet, I plan it my senior year). I have female pattern baldness, the reason to shaving all my hair off.
    But yeah, my dad used to be so pissed off at me when I came over to family reunions with pink or blue hair.
    Now I see girls with just red, long hair…so boring. Also emo/scene hair -_-
    I’m more interested about you and your friend shaving your eyebrows off. Wait, are they?

  9. Elsa says:

    I respect this mother so so much. Awesome that she captured a second in this families time… exactly. Hope it’s hanging on their living room wall!

  10. Gob Smacked says:

    Jenny Ann, you have the coolest mother ever. Ever!

  11. Antony Reklaw says:

    Both girls have great looks! Awkward? Not as far as I’m concerned.

  12. Antony Reklaw says:

    Both girls have great looks! Awkward? Not in my book.

  13. they really are looking out of this world… the rosary beads is looking good, i just love jewelry beads…

  14. Those girls will grow up to crunchy, uptight, businesswomen

  15. Christian says:

    Love it..is this around 86-87 man it takes me back..Rock On

  16. HyphyTime says:

    Falconnnnn punch!

  17. Nightowl says:

    I’m thinking this wasn’t taken in the ’80’s. I don’t think GBH was around then, were they???

  18. mr. happy says:

    LOL You can her the girl in pink thinking, “Why me?”

  19. Bill says:

    Lol. I’m a 68 year old man and I love how these girls look. I think it’s kinda sexy. They’re both beautiful if you’ll look beyond the way they look.

    • Anne says:

      “They’re both beautiful if you’ll look beyond the way they look.”

      I know what you meant but the way it came out is hilarious.

  20. ErickB says:

    As this is obvious a picture from the 80’s would love to see what the girls look like now in comparison.

  21. Pearlellen says:

    hahaha this is so bad ass, after seeing this i want to round up some street punks and make them take a in space family photo

  22. Lisa says:

    Mom looks so proud! Or frightened!

  23. DMM-K says:

    So now we know the inspiration for Kate Gosslein’s hair-do.

  24. Jess says:

    Better watch yourself Romulans! Willliam Shatner might send these ladies after you!

  25. Krissie says:

    What a proud moment for this Mom, I know my heart would have been bursting with pride!

  26. Fred Jones says:

    Never tell your kids they can wear whatever they want in the family portrait. You WILL be sorry.

    • Sorcha says:

      I wouldn’t be. Long as it’s clean and doesn’t show his naughty bits, my kid can wear what he wants for his pictures.

  27. graphicartist2k5 says:

    what the hell universe is this from? the universe where the 80’s never dies?

  28. Sorcha says:

    Jennyann, you rock. This is how I wanted to look in high school but my mom was a lot stricter about that sort of thing. This photo is awesome, not at all awkward.

  29. kush says:

    you’re just great!!! love that photo! and the one in the background is pretty attractive 🙂

  30. Michelle says:

    I wish I could do that with my makeup! I could never rock that as good as you girls do/did!

  31. RS says:

    This is a pefect family portrait. No joke.

  32. jennyann says:

    I was 13 in this shot. I thought I was the hottest sh** to walk the earth…lol. 🙂


    • Connie says:

      I swear you look just like a younger version of the girl now on LA Ink. I love that your Mom took this picture. She must be a great person.

  33. Collin says:

    I think it’s pretty great that the mom managed to pull off this portrait with the girls and achieved a merely amusing pose, not too pissed off to show up. Proves she has the ability to let her offspring express themselves. Truly a snapshot of the times. Thankfully we all move on!

  34. MissDroog71 says:

    Those girls are gorgeous. I wish I had more shots of myself from ‘back in the day’. Brilliant.

  35. ko_y says:


  36. ggAlien says:

    The one in the back is SMOKIN HOT!!!

  37. S_Rose says:

    J.W., how old are you in this photo? Your bf is the perfect transitional person between you and your mom, like on an Evolutionary scale between conservative and punk! She looks a bit like you both, too! This is a fabulous photo! 🙂

  38. Marcia says:

    The intensity of the gaze of the girl with the black mowhawk is what’s cracking me up. And the fake widow’s peak she drew in on her forehead. I literally laughed until I cried. I hope I’m this understanding when my kids start experimenting with their “looks”.

  39. The Anti Boop says:

    wow…that’s the best!

  40. cmfiowa says:

    And I run….I run so far, far away in a distant galaxy…..

  41. Marian says:

    Now that’s the kind of family I’d like to chill with…nothing awkward about it.

  42. mcr says:


  43. hellkitty says:

    At least one of the kids tried to comply with mom’s “wear a pink sweater for our family photo” request . . .

  44. hellkitty says:

    At least the “new wave” girl in the back tried to comply with Mom’s “Wear a pink sweater for the family photo” request . . .

  45. D says:

    lol the mom looks frightened

  46. jennyann wheeler says:

    my mom was so pissd that we showed up looking like this for our family photos. like she didn’t notice until just then what i looked like..lol. and yes, i am a girl. who used to have a big black mohawk.lol! and thats my best friend, not my sister.

  47. glasstabletop says:

    wow, make-up certainly does wonders.

    • rixter says:

      If you had children who looked like this, what would YOUR response be when JC Penney Portrait Studio called offering a deal?

  48. StrictTime says:

    I think everyone involved in this portrait is awesome, not awkward. Those girls really knew how to rock a look– did it with real style. Love Love Love

  49. HeHateMe says:

    Having dated many chicks like the one in the back when I was in HS,
    we would have referred to the girl in the back as “New Wave” and the girl
    in the front as “Punk”. The New Wave chicks weren’t as hard as the Punk
    chicks and still wore somewhat popular clothes (no leather or spikes).

    Watch the movie SLC Punk if you need further instruction on the differences…

Leave a Reply

View Mobile Site
spread the awkwardness