August 17th, 2009

Tie-Dyed - Vacation

“This is a photo of my family on a cruise a number of years ago. My mom wanted to make sure she could spot all of us when we got off the cruise ship, so she made us all wear tie dyed shirts. I was almost 13 at the time, so it was even more embarrassing to me!”

(submitted by Anneka)

89 Responses to “Tie-Dyed”

  1. Pippa says:

    Tie-Dye Overkill. Looks ’90’s to me…

  2. Leslie says:

    Reminds me of some of the pictures my husbands family has from their trips…they had 7 kids, so they would all wear the brightest, matching t-shirts they could find so they could be spotted in a crowd. It makes sense in theory, but it also makes for some REALLY strange photos (Think 9 people, all in bright orange, piled onto one of those mini train cars at the park…)

  3. Stacey says:

    Our shirts are soooo bright, we hadda wear shades!

  4. feelinz says:

    This is so something that my family would have done. But we weren’t rich enough to afford these fancy store-bought tie-dye numbers, we’d have to make our own in the backyard. Show offs.

  5. joe says:

    U.S.A tourists???

  6. Mr Taste says:

    American’s on vacation – you spot them (or hear them) a mile away…

  7. KLB says:

    Aww, that’s a handsome family (except for mom’s bangs). I think the Beatle child is a girl.
    She’s wearing earrings.

  8. Jeff says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the 2009 paintball champions!

  9. OSUDamian says:

    Willy Wonka tunnel scene… creepy color explosion

  10. Cheryl says:

    Love the mom jeans.

  11. Abs says:

    The one little dude looks like the 5th Beatle. They brought him in for Sgt. Pepper.

  12. Clucky says:

    Since I own about 10 tie dye shirts I have much love for this picture!

  13. mel says:

    Tie dye should be worn with caution. Clearly this family like to throw caution to the wind. If I were that teenage girl I would have beat my mother w/ all my “slapper” bracelets for that knot in her shirt and the cuffs on her shorts. Yikes.

  14. AJ says:

    I’m sorry but how can anyone think this is ok? Dad’s the only one wearing acceptable sunglasses, and he messed it all up with the hat. Love Mom’s 10″ zipper, no better way to accentuate her slim waistline, and her bangs are turning me on so much. 20 bucks there is a fanny pack on the older sister.

  15. JJ says:

    The tie dye spy family

  16. Lauren says:

    ok… so the middle boy is rockin’ dad’s sunglasses, while the older boy is rockin’ dad’s hat AND sunglasses…. playing favorites are we???

  17. pingham says:

    do these shades make me look short?

  18. gruven_reuven says:

    cool! How many nights are the Grateful Dead playing!

  19. Amelia says:

    will they adopt me????
    coolest family ever.

  20. Taree says:

    The best thing is that they all seem happy and unselfconscious. None of them seem to have a problem with the situation.

  21. ox says:

    Dude ack..Flashbacks…
    I know woodstock was 40 years ago. Still….Keeping it real….


  22. Maya B says:

    “No tourists here…just us locals.”

  23. hcw80 says:

    Kudos for raising a teen age daughter who would actually smile in a family photo where she is dressed like the rest of the group.

  24. Frank says:

    My eyes hurt.

  25. Emma King says:

    Seriously digging the backwards cap kid’s really tightly velcro-ed backwards cap.
    It’s so awkward.

  26. ralph says:

    What are the two youngest up to there? Hmmm…

  27. NorandaPete says:

    MY EYES, MY EYES, THEY BURN!!!!!!!!!

  28. hannahbanana says:

    I think every family from the late 80s to early 90s has a photo like this. I know my family has several. Hell, I remember making the shirts with my family.

  29. Garrett says:

    I’m not sure what is more dated, the tye die or the sunglasses.

  30. puckish says:

    Did they eat a bunch of skittles and then go on the tilt-o-whirl?

  31. laurie says:

    Backwards Velcro cap kid FTW.

  32. M says:

    I love how that one boy is wearing a hat that’s way too big for him so it’s tightened to the absolute smallest size with the looong flap of Velcro hanging off.

  33. Gee says:

    Well… that’s an explosion of awkwardness right there…

    Glad to see the dad’s getting in there with tie-dye-hat-action too 🙂

  34. Jock Butterscotch says:

    Do you think the kid could get his hat strap any tighter?

  35. Angie says:

    you think they dyed those themselves? (not that I can judge…I used to tie dye my socks)

  36. Awkward Turtle says:

    Between the brightly-colored shirts and the sun, the little kid’s retinas had to have been burned out of the sockets!

  37. Dawn says:

    Family by Ben and Jerry.

  38. Jimmy says:

    Gotta love the Mom Jeans brand capris.

  39. Justanobserver says:

    Love the way mom has her heart tie dye design tee tied to the side old school style. It just gives me the uncontrollable urge to tease her hair!

  40. JH says:

    Aw, no sunglasses for the youngest kid? I just love the rolled up mom jean shorts. Classic.
    And what is up with the dad’s hat?

    • emm says:

      hey, dad worked hard to find a hat that went with the shirt! now, the kid on the right–hat backwards, brown lenses–clearly the rebel in the family…

  41. Cee says:

    I can certainly understand the need for the sunglasses!

  42. Tim says:

    “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be Deadheads…”

    Is the kid in front wearing a Beatle wig? Groovy!

  43. C B says:

    Awesome. LOVE the rolled cuffs on mom’s cut-offs.

    These guys sure were rocking the 90’s.

  44. Angel says:

    I remember when Tie Dye use to be cool. When I was in like 1st grade.

  45. Kathleen says:

    Oh, please, I have a family photo with at least ten of us in tie dye; from six month old baby to 66 year old grandpa.

    So bring it on, tie dye families! We rule!

    • foxypup says:

      Oh, please. Send it in!

    • sidekick says:

      Let’s see it!

    • c says:

      My son’s first school (nursery) photo was in a tie-dye t-shirt. They informed us that he should have been wearing a dark, solid color polo or collared shirt… so I asked them, then why did they tell him (a 2yr old) the day before, that he HAD to wear his best shirt? We made the shirt together, so in his opinion, it was the best shirt ever. You aren’t gong to win such an argument with a 2yo – and still have a happy face to photograph – so he wore his tie-dye. They used a (that!) turquoise background and actually turned out very good!

    • Tracie says:

      I’m with you, Kathleen! We go on a beach trip every summer with my family, and I tie dye shirts for all of us. We take a family photo in them instead of those dippy pictures with everyone in white. We love ’em!

  46. stefan says:

    haha great caption! good job

  47. Cindy says:

    Who can spot the odd one out??

  48. Beth says:

    The title would be funnier if it said “To Dye For”

  49. Denise says:

    This has to be due to the proximity to the water. That always explains it.

  50. Pat says:

    LOL!! They wanted to be SURE there would be no ambiguity about the fact that they were TOURISTS!

    • Rick says:

      This was 1996 on a Cruise. We are on Catalina Island. My brother made the shirts so we wouldn’t “lose” each other. Pretty cool.

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