Behind the Awkwardness: Purple Haze

June 5th, 2012

Behind the Awkwardness: Purple Haze - Family Portrait

“One day, back in ’81 or so, MawMaw thought it would be a good idea for us to all enjoy a few glasses of her fermented “friendship punch” before heading down to the photo studio at K-Mart.”

(submitted by Chuck)

28 Responses to “Behind the Awkwardness: Purple Haze”

  1. CE says:

    Looks like a colloidal silver overdose

  2. purpleshock says:

    LMAO!!!!!! I love this. This reminds me of those really really old ‘death’ pictures. You know, the pictures where they pose their dead loved ones with live family members, to help remember them. Crazy sounding, but it was very popular at one time. The old pictures, you could tell which ones were dead, because they were in focus. The really old cameras, you had to hold still forever in a pose because there was no ‘click’ action. So a lot of the pictures were slightly blurry, from slightly shifting. In this picture, the only alive is the baby………….

  3. Karen says:

    I think we’re gonna need a bigger coffin.

  4. Mike says:

    Why do I get the feeling that “Maw Maw’s Friendship Punch” was brewed in the bathtub? That looks like good stuff

  5. CCT says:

    So much awesome weirdness here, besides the purple. The strangely grown-up hairdo on the girl, and her professionally manicured nails. The drugged out looks on the boys. The strange puckery expression on grandma. The baby whose cheeks are so fat s/he can’t hold her/his head up. Love it.

  6. Kelly says:

    Heehee. GOT to love it!! MawMaw looks like she is trying to read a teleprompter!!

  7. oriza says:

    LOL-this is my family. I’m the fat baby and no, that’s not my mom, it’s my cousin holding me!

  8. Chuck says:

    So… yeah.
    We’re not all purple.
    My hair was blonde (I’m the stoned kid on the right)
    Beth’s was blonde.
    George’s was blond (dude in the back, cousin of mine).

    No idea where this was taken – I came across it while digging through old photos after my dad passed away. At the time, the laugh was really needed.

  9. Hank says:

    Willy Wonka had another bad batch of 4 course meal gum. Still has to work out the blueberry kinks

  10. K@rl says:

    Looks like the Adams family gone wrong

  11. Matt says:

    LOL’ing so hard right now. “Les Miserables”

  12. trace_faced says:

    It looks like they are suffocating on awkwardness.

  13. Laurelei says:

    It’s Dolores Umbridge.

  14. dianeygirl says:

    Purple Haze, all in my brain. And on my face and lips too.

  15. greyh25 says:

    that baby looks like the freaking Godfather

  16. Chris says:

    Minutes after the picture was taken, the family finally, tragically succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

  17. BeckyH says:

    Maybe a blood disorder (blue people do exist), but more likely is a problem with the developing. (Red came out purple- I am not seeing any real red in the whole picture.) I doubt they would all (including the baby and little boy) wear the same funky shade of lipstick and blush. I wonder what color their hair really is…

  18. Gina says:

    Another example of a poor struggling photographer unable to pay his heating bill. He had potential though… Mom obviously liked him!

  19. Alan says:

    “C’mon everybody. We’re late. Let’s mauve it”

  20. just sayin' says:

    The younger woman has the most glorious hair! I love it!

  21. BigKahuna says:

    Holy cow, they’re all cyanotic! Break out the oxygen tanks!

  22. Baffled says:

    Printed. They looked at this and said “Print it!” This was the best the family had to offer and said print it. None of them are looking in the same direction. print it. none of them are smiling. Print it.


    • house says:

      That is EXACTLY what I was thinking. They actully CHOSE this shot. This was actually the BEST picture of them. How fantastically sad!!!

  23. LCN says:

    You know, Mr. Wonka told them NOT to try out the new gum. Did they listen??? Noooooooo!

  24. Biribi says:

    Oh wow, I absolutely love this!! The sheer enthousiasm you can read in the two guys’ faces, grandma’s purple lips from swimming in a frozen pool or som’thin,… (well, everybody’s got the purple lips). They all look like there’s a CO2 leak in the house.
    Wow that baby’s got really nice, big, plumpy cheeks, I want to pinch them!!! And the other girl…? Can’t be mom? She looks sooooo young!!! Her hair is gorgeous, I’m jealous, seriously, no irony.

  25. Rahvin says:

    This is simply amazing.

  26. Wowzer says:

    Willy Wonka told you that the gum wasn’t ready…

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