Behind The Awkwardness: Tick Tick Boom

January 17th, 2013

“My (then) fiance (now new hubby!) and I decided to compile childhood pictures for a slideshow to have at our recent wedding reception.  When going through his stack of photos, nothing could have prepared me for this gem I came across! And to my surprise, he thought it was an awesome picture and wondered why I was laughing so hard!  (His words – “That is a really cool picture – I love that picture!” )  I still don’t understand what a ladder and boom-box have to do with beachwear. And why is he posing like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model?”

(submitted by Rebeka)


26 Responses to “Behind The Awkwardness: Tick Tick Boom”

  1. diane says:

    maybe he took protein powder after that and now he looks like a bodybuilder? lol

  2. Nick says:

    Rebekah, you better sit down. There’s something you need to know.

  3. Roni24 says:

    My first thought when I saw this picture was of the movie “Risky Business.” ~Just take those old records off the shelf~

  4. Cross says:

    OMG. I cant stop laughing.

  5. karen says:

    Perfect, we need more young men like him today.

  6. Matt says:

    I love the wisp of a mullet, just waiting to grow into full plumage.

  7. Ann L.B. says:

    Duh. When you went to the beach you TOOK a boombox with you.

  8. Kevin Wilson says:

    Everything about this pic screams “give me a break, it was the ‘ 80′s”. Certainly glad a young teen had no qualms about putting himself out there for all the world to see round about 30 years later.

  9. Ayla says:

    Love it !!! such a great sense of style and confidance.
    Rebeka, you have got a keeper there .
    One cool dude and no club will be able to handle him.

  10. meri says:

    My son totally would have posed in this exact way, but he would have had gel in his hair! I love this photo!

  11. Mayrose10 says:

    I think I remember someone striking that exact same post in Tiger Beat. Probably Mario Lopez.

  12. Robert says:

    Yep, the white ladder is supposed to be some sort of lookout for his lifeguarding duties. For those saying that there must be a reason for his baggy shorts and no explanation for the boombox, I can answer both of those questions with one statement. Because the 80′s frickin’ rocked.

  13. ginger says:

    He’s adorable, just plain adorable!

  14. Anna Krueger says:

    That IS a Really Cool picture. He’s right.

  15. mrs5180 says:

    ‘Cause he’s sexy and he knows it! LOL

  16. Caroline says:

    Surely his mom was laughing behind her hand when he posed for this.

  17. Ethel says:

    Obviously, he is a lifeguard. All lifeguards back then wore baggy trunks. Only missing the white nose.

  18. Julie says:

    There is no explanation for the ’80s.

  19. Donna says:

    It’s even funnier when they don’t understand why it’s so funny.

  20. Genny says:

    “Bay Watch here I come”

  21. Even the colors are pretty awkward: a white ladder against a white backdrop? I’m almost glad the ladder needs a paint job.

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