March 12th, 2011

Winning - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

You know you’re better than everyone else when you just are.

(submitted by Meredith)

84 Responses to “Winning”

  1. Theron says:

    Recreate. Recreate. Recreate! C’mon Austin….

  2. Helen says:

    By day, he’s just little Johnny with a mullets; by night, he’s **Jazz Man!** Bringing sparkle to bad dance parties everywhere. “Thank you, Jazz Man!”

  3. Barry says:

    Punky Brewster never went out of style…

  4. Nyet says:

    LOL… Screw the comments. This girl is rockin’ that outfit. GOOD FOR YOU!

  5. Fotograf says:

    Brilliant shoot, for sure back to the future πŸ™‚

  6. Neodymium says:

    I’m beginning to doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!

  7. Jim says:

    I had this ensemble for a dance recital too, I was also the only boy in my dance dance class! I danced from 1988-1992 so it was sometime between then, I am so glad to see another guy had to suffer through that awful outfit!

  8. 80sgirl says:

    Time: 1989-90
    Costumes supplied by: Curtain Call
    bunch of 6-year-old girls wearing form-fitting (sleeveless top, capris) “pop rockstar” outfits similar to the one in question. Differences: hot pink, not yellow. Rainbows are not geometric in pattern.

  9. Diana says:

    It was just another plain casual outfit before the sequins but after it became FABULOUS!!!!

  10. ABbaby says:

    Omg! I had that dance outfit as a kid! Glad those photos are gone now!

  11. Jamie says:

    OMG! I had a shirt and shorts made out of that EXACT SAME FABRIC sometime around 1990. I had hoped never to see it again. But it lives on…!!

  12. Austin Brister says:

    This picture is of me. My friend Meredith posted this! ha ha ha….

    Story: When I was in kindergarten, my mom was a dance teacher. My dad worked heavy industrial construction, so he was out of town during the week. My mom didn’t have enough money to pay a babysitter, so she made me take dance lessons instead. I thought I was such a bad-ass being the only boy in a group of 45 girls taking dance lessons. 6 year old PIMP!!!! Anyway, my mom found this picture a few months ago and mailed it to me

    • dezertheart says:

      rock on!

    • aLeSiTa says:

      I must ask… r u the Lord of the Dance?? do u still have a mullet?? WHAT KIND OF SHOES WHERE U WEARING?!?!?!? geez… so many questions in my head…

    • esackman says:

      Thank-you for the backstory, Austin. One question, though. Are you as cool now, as you were, when you were six?

      • Austin Brister says:

        No. I am no longer nearly as cool as that 6 year old kid. There’s no way I can even match this. EVER.

        Just asked my mom, apparently I was wearing “jazz dancing shoes.” They were black.

        Am I Lord of the Dance? Unfortunately, I only danced for 2 years. So my destiny was never fully realized. I do swing dance a lot now though…

        I no longer have a mullet. Another picture I may post is from Junior High. I had a HUGE helmet looking bowl cut with a part down the middle.

        • Suzanne says:

          We really seriously need to know what you look like now :-p I’ll go search Facebook. I’m not scared πŸ˜‰

    • Rattrap007 says:

      I’m guessing this is from around 1990-1993 judging by the clothing.

  13. dezertheart says:

    Regulation outfit: check.
    Regulation mullet length: check.
    Regulation Christmas tinsel sewn onto said outfit: check.

  14. Amy says:

    Has to be a dance costume. Nothin’ wrong with it at all! I love it. Look at the gaudy attire the girls wear for dance shows and competitions (not to mention beauty shows, etc)- now THAT stuff is hideous.

  15. MemoryLane says:

    Scary how much this reminds me of my younger brother ca. 1991. Same hair, same sunglasses, slightly less ostentatious clothing…but close. Ah, the memories!

  16. Attitude, Shmattitude says:

    When you wake up in the morning and the light is hurt your head
    The first thing you do when you get up out of bed
    Is hit that streets a-runnin’ and try to beat the masses
    And go get yourself some cheap sunglasses

  17. Snowrider says:


  18. Foto says:

    Nice Photos – 80’s style πŸ™‚

  19. mark says:

    Did anyone notice that the shorts were once pants!!!! LOL

  20. Mark says:

    This needs to win some sort of award. CLASSIC!

  21. Tred54 says:

    $10 says the shoes have sparkles.

  22. natkat says:

    William H. Macy…..can be fooled again apparently.

  23. justme says:

    Little Mr. Sunshine — 80’s style!


  24. Laura says:

    The caption is PERFECT!!! HAHAHA

  25. loverboy says:

    Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend
    Everybody wants a new romance
    Everybody’s goin’ off the deep end
    Everybody needs a second chance, Oh

  26. JerseyPam says:

    Could the background be any more inappropriate?! Looks like . . . just yuck.

  27. melany says:

    Simon Cowell as a child. He tried so hard to make it as an entertainer, but, alas, he just couldn’t make the cut.

  28. zipper says:

    I am betting he has roller skates on those feet!

  29. Wainscott says:

    When the photographer laughingly said “nice outfit”, young Rick Vaughn felt the rush of pure tiger blood mixing with his Adonis DNA for the first time resulting in a serious staredown of attitude and the spawning of a superior ego.

  30. Jeff says:

    Not awkward at all. He went on to make millions as Lord of the Dance.

  31. Mel says:

    I think we may be dealing with Way Cool Junior himself.

  32. Ali says:

    Dance Recital TONITE!! ….is that green Christmas tree garland lining his jazzercise outfit?! He’s the cat’s Meow! MEEE-OWCH!!!

  33. M.A. says:

    What a great photo of a great kid. Gender doesn’t matter here. Fabulous knows no gender!

  34. Ally says:

    Is that a boy or a girl? I just can’t tell!!! Either way, that’s one unfortunate dance outfit.

  35. Andi from NC says:

    photographer with British accent: “Give me FIERCE!!! Give me ‘Take no prisoners!!’. Give me UTTER DISDAIN!!!!!”

  36. Lano says:

    Guy 1

    Look into this kid’s eyes. He has the confidence to pull off this outfit, do you?

    Guy 2

    Why would I want to?!

  37. janelle says:

    is that Christmas tinsel sewn down the front of his/her costume?

  38. dawsonct says:

    It’s as though the Partridge Family bus exploded and he couldn’t get out of the way.

  39. Cristina says:

    You’ll need a way cooler outfit if you want to sport THAT attitude

  40. pittipat says:

    This photo is awesome! Wait…is this a boy? Still awesome!

  41. Ducky says:

    Sweatbands – Awesome. Green sequins – Awesome. Cheap orange sunglasses – Awesome.
    Having the tipped up shades make your ears stand out like bus doors – AWKWARD!

  42. Ommmmmmmm says:

    Boy or Girl? There’s no way to tell.

  43. VBuff says:

    So many thoughts spring to mind. But the one that keeps pushing itself to the front is “Why??”

  44. Tim S says:

    Meredith, you are THE Disco Diva!

  45. serg says:

    I’m gonna live forever
    I’m gonna learn how to fly….high!
    *insert jazz hands*

  46. Dola says:

    His outfit looks like the stained glass window at my church!

  47. Linda says:

    Love the stained glass motif – Church Lady meets Elton John.

  48. Joe Phillips says:

    Does holding my glasses like this hide my mullet?

  49. Stacey says:

    Ohh, I am so excited to check back tomorrow — while the pictures (especially Mr. ‘Tude here) are priceless — it’s the comments that ice the cake

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