March 1st, 2010

Punked - Family Portrait

And one of them grew up to be a priest. Guess.

(submitted by Lea)

133 Responses to “Punked”

  1. chris says:

    I think it’s wonderful that the boys still love their mom and dad enough to dress up and be happy on family picture day. Shows they have respect for their parents… much more important than hairstyle.

  2. Chris says:

    No really, not photoshopped. Also, to make it better, this was the pictorial directory picture for the church annual.

  3. Patrick says:

    For those who know the family, I’m curious to know what church the young man is a priest in. As a Catholic, and long ago punk rock fan (1970’s anyone) I’d love to meet a priest w/ that background. Also, yes I know I left a dangling participle. Grammar freaks just need to get over it.

    • RentaDad says:

      Episcopal Church

      • Patrick says:

        Thank You. I envy the kids at his church, having a priest who understands that not all rebellion is wrong or bad.

        • Chris says:

          Depends on the kind of rebellion. Though my past haberdashery was a little on the eclectic side, my kids see me in full formal clerical attire – cassock, collar, biretta and fascia – every Sunday (and when I can get them to Holy Mass on Wednesdays). Youthful rebellion is fun and all, but the biggest testament I owe to Mom and Dad (by the way, what’s with Mom gettin’ all the love and Dad gettin’ left out? That ain’t right.) is that when it came time to grow up and be a role model for life after being a teenager, I stepped up to the challenge. There’s nothing more sad than a man who can’t get over being 16.

  4. Jakub says:

    I think its just a fake

  5. Lynda says:

    OMG, I know these people! That’s my sister, brother-in-law and nephews. That is absolutely not photoshopped, and I’m pretty sure it was a church directory portrait.

  6. rhi says:

    Know them… I’m related to them 🙂

    And yeah, it’s a real picture. And the parents love them just as much as it looks like. I assure that there were no red eyes and crying just before the picture was snapped.

  7. kay says:

    Lovin it! I bet greenhawk is a GREAT priest, too! (Whether he still has the mohawk or not). Our Vicar showed up at the Diocese Choral Festival in his riding leathers. We need more people like this family who know JESUS ROCKS!

  8. eva says:

    ”Mom knows that parental approval is the best way to end a non-conventional hair choice.”-@ sharon..you are so right..cant really judge just a snapshot,but i do love hoe they all seem to be harmonious. same goes for dad btw..

    talking from my own experience wayy back;it was always my dad,who freaked out over my choices..never my mom

  9. Jesse says:

    I’m guessing the kid with the mohawk and suspenders is now a member of the priesthood.

  10. yevonde says:

    This isn’t awkward at al, it’s sweet. 🙂

  11. agneau says:

    nothing says “punk” like Grampappy’s suspenders

  12. JME says:

    I’m so glad that I got Dad to scan this one.

  13. bho says:

    jme what up!!

  14. SandraLou2 says:

    I know them too! Great family!

  15. kat says:

    this looks incredibly photoshopped to me… but still gave me a pretty good laugh

  16. Woman's World says:

    Their parents must be so proud!

  17. David says:

    I knew the dad and the son with the green mohawk (I’m pretty sure). They lived in North Carolina and the dad was an expert euphonium player and the son played as well. I played in a local brass band with them. I think the dad was a high school band director. This was about 14 years ago. Wow – what a small world!

  18. Sharon says:

    Mom knows that parental approval is the best way to end a non-conventional hair choice.

  19. Jane B says:

    I went through that punk phase when I was in jr. high/high school too. I remember one of my mom’s friends asking her, “Doesn’t it bother you that she does that with her hair?” My mom’s reply was, “I’d rather have her experimenting with her hair than with drugs.” She made me so proud! 🙂

  20. Kristin says:

    As much as they look like they love their kids, some families are REALLY, REALLY GOOD at looking one way for a camera despite having been crying and beet red 10 minutes before. My family was one of those families, with fights over every church photo ever taken of us.

  21. Nitakins says:

    I have one almost exactly like this! My hair was bleached and ratted out while my sister’s was dyed jet black with a hairstyle a la Robert Smith. We both had heavy black eyeliner and white lipstick. My Dad was an officer in the Navy wearing his dress whites. I really need to find that picture…

  22. beentheredonethat says:

    Mom: “I pick my battles.”

  23. peder says:

    that is actually my junior high band teacher…. seriously.. its mr guptil!

  24. iknowthem! says:

    I’ve met every member of this family. this picture is 100% real. The younger son with the green mohawk is the priest. The dad is a hs band teacher, the mom is a nurse.

    • Shari says:

      Nice – when people would give my kids stares and snorts in Church for their multi-coloured hair, and their jeans and their….., I would smile sweetly and ask ” and why is it we don’t see your son here today?” (or grandchildren…)

    • Kristin says:

      Well, I retract my comment then, since you know them and it seems to be legit. I just have too many pictures in my past where my mother was yelling at me until the flash went off about what I was wearing, how my hair was, how much makeup I had on…

      • Bunnyluv says:

        I KNEW it was the younger one! His expression seems just a little more sensitive and introspective (despite the mohawk thang) :->

  25. Joey says:

    I love how Mom looks like “Church lady” and the boys look like those guys I saw on the wall of the post office yesterday 😉
    I think they just rented the dad.

  26. D'OH says:

    Its ONLY hair…it will grow back and the boys will grow out of the phase…no big whoop…

  27. Emily says:

    Aw yeah I love how they all actually look happy!! The parents look proud and the boys look happy to be with their parents in the photo…it’s adorable.

  28. mommymae says:

    i was going to say the same thing about the parents. they seem to love these boys. refreshing to see that love show in a picture even when the kids are individualizing themselves.

  29. Pookie says:

    just shows you – no matter what, parents still love their kids – even with mohawks or in prison or both

  30. Tim S says:

    A visual example of a mother’s unconditional love. You rock, Mom!

  31. volkschick says:

    I love the suspenders and skinny tie with the green mohawk! If my parents had only been half that cool…….

  32. Christina says:

    I want a copy of this picture just to hang up in my house. Even though I have no idea who they are, I LOVE this picture!

  33. Aubrey= says:

    I agree. What an awesome pic. Not awkward at all. <3

  34. Amy G says:

    Cute boys! My money’s on the fellow with the suspenders for eventual priesthood.

  35. Jon says:

    This looks funny, but also photoshopped. I wonder if the heads were pasted on or if they were just altered.

  36. LilJ says:

    WONderful! And I’m guessing the priest is the one on the right – blond, floppy mohawk. Here’s to parents allowing personal expression – woohoo!

  37. Melanie says:

    “okay boys, you can leave your hair like that, BUT YOU HAVE TO WEAR A SUIT!!” Cute family.

  38. carol says:

    “I got them to wear ties. I’m so happy I could cry!”

  39. El & Mo says:

    Dad (thru clenched teeth): “Just look at the camera and smile and don’t look down at the green thing”.

  40. El & Mo says:

    The boys are just as aghast at mom and dad’s ultra-conservative look.

    • schneiderella says:

      And moms probably remembering when she was a teenager back in the 60’s. Back when kids never did anything “shocking”

  41. Tim says:

    I just love the conservative mom paired up with the … “not so conservative” look of her boys.
    Too good.

  42. Gina says:

    OMG…LOL…I can’t imagine…I Love this picture…These parents are soo Cool to be so happy and allow there kids the freedom…Everyone looks happy!

  43. Mommato2 says:

    I love the moms face!! She’s like “Yes, they’re my kids. I love them. And I pray this is a phase!” lol

  44. Michelle says:

    This is hilarious! BAHAHAHAHAAAA

  45. Yvonne says:

    nice… 😉

  46. mmcrazy773 says:

    They must be so proud!

  47. Freak Speely says:


    Ok, with that laugh aside, I really love how the mom looks so proud! That’s sweet. 🙂

  48. David says:

    The mom?

  49. Aimes says:

    I actually think it’s sweet that the parents look like they adore their boys — even with the mohawks!

  50. amalink says:

    I live how the Mom looks so proud to be with all her men. It’s awesome to see that parents do believe in allowing self-expression.

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