Old Man Armshelf

August 14th, 2009

Old Man Armshelf - Family Portrait
What happens when you grow up with a grandfather as badass as this? Tune in tomorrow for an update.
(submitted by Nathaniel)

55 Responses to “Old Man Armshelf”

  1. ik8tey says:

    The little blond kid looks like one of the Culkins

  2. marie bowles says:

    Deb from Napoleon Dynamite called. She wants her billowy background back.

  3. Melissa says:

    He looks like my precal teacher from last year……..

  4. Stacey says:

    Aren’t these the same kids from the leather coats photo????

  5. springjack says:

    This looks like a promo pic for a wacky ABC Family comedy starring Judd Hirsch.

  6. Fred Jones says:

    Hey, it’s the leather-jacket family!

  7. SweetPetunia says:

    I think it’s totally awesome that all three “kids” are on here, commenting. What year was this taken?

  8. Annitspurple says:

    I think that this pic is cute!

  9. lyndsey says:

    well, there are 10 of us grandkids now… i don’t think we’d all fit on grandpa’s fabulous armshelf 🙂

  10. KatieMB says:

    Ummmm… the background is awful, there’s way too much empty space in the foreground, the pants blend in with the floor and background… but at least there’s no trees growing sideways in the pic. 😉

  11. Meredith says:

    “the older boy…” there is only ONE boy. oh, tomboy years. they served me well.

    and no, it’s not photoshopped. we are just that awesome.

  12. haleysmomma says:

    so based on previous replies, poor nathaniel drew the short straw and got the “butt” portion of the shelf….must be that middle child syndrome rearing it’s ugly head again!!

  13. Susie says:

    I would call this guy an ‘old man’.

    Maybe I’m just getting old. ;0

  14. that guy says:

    I bet its photoshoped, lol

  15. Pocket Pal says:

    the next grandkid has dibs on the ankles.

  16. Nierla says:

    Don’t cha wish your grandpa was HOT like me?

  17. Bet says:

    The middle kid looks like David Archuleta.

  18. Pinky says:


  19. Jessica says:

    I like how middle arm crossbow kid’s feetsie don’t quiet fit against the backdrop. Although his crowbow body armshelf is like the yugi oh of family photos!

  20. laurie says:

    He looks pretty good for a grandpa.

    Supporting those kids like that.

  21. Denise says:

    Nice armshelf, excessive piling of bodies, and random bare feet. I even like the unique knuckle sandwich head support. I feel the love. But WHAT is up with that background?

    • casual friday says:

      It’s supposed to be clouds, but became an editorial comment on the inevitable doom of the children who will soon be graying and wrinkling from bearing the weight of their own future generations. Poetic, huh?

  22. kennedy n. says:


  23. Suki says:

    Good times with grandpa.

  24. Kurtacus says:

    “We clung to Father, who we’d raveled in seaweed and flotsam, and paddled our legs as if our lives depended on it, which they did. Eventually, we fell asleep, and when we awoke, we were washed ashore and surrounded by natives with gel and blowdryers. And that’s how we survived the downing of Los Aires, 4038.”

    • Pinky Tuscadero says:

      I think you are spot on with your depiction of what happened!!! I was there! The hair and make-up people DID ambushed them upon their arrival upon the back drop! Grandpa was their life preserver !

  25. jeb says:

    Well, primarily you get a much-wrinkled background. It must be due to the sheer force of the powerful armshelf.

  26. Matty says:

    Grandpa? Well I know he looks kinda old but why can’t he be their dad?

  27. Lurker says:

    What is with all of the bare feet in professional photography? Do they confiscate shoes as soon as the customers walk in and hold them as collateral until they get paid?

    • Jess says:

      yes. The honest answer is shoes don’t look good in photos. They look very very bulky and awkward and almost always never match the shoes everyone else is wearing. More then half of the time they are also dirty. 9 times out of 10 if a person chooses to wear their shoes for the photos they say “we should have don’t barefeet” while looking at the photos.

    • Beth says:

      Because dirty shoes will filthy up backdrops.

  28. Karen says:

    YES! Some of my favorite people in the whole world are in this picture! 🙂 And I always thought it was beautifully awkward.
    p.s. Lyndsey looks like she has nubs for fingers.

  29. qwerty says:

    Again w/ the bare feet.

    • rebelle says:

      I was born and raised in Fl. We all go barefooted unless we HAVE to wear shoes and that requires a court order! Lots of people enjoy bare feet, my question is why you have a problem with it? On Key West and Cocoa Beach very few places require the patrons to wear shoes unless made to by the health department.

      • Nanner says:

        Shoot, I grew up in WI and I went barefoot until there was a foot of snow on the ground (which, now that I live in WA, doesn’t really happen, so it’s flipflops year round for me. Woohoo!)

    • AuroraAma says:

      LOL You Kids dont know how lucky you are- Some of you had cardboard shoes! Some of you even had 2 feet each! My 2 brothers & I had 1 count em 1 foot that we had to share to walk to 3 miles to school in 2 feet of snow up hill & WE LIKED IT THAT WAY!!!!!!

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