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October 13, 2017

69 Badass Photos Show Times Kids Realized That Their Parents Were Cooler Than Them

A lot of us are obsessed with vintage stuff nowadays, from clothes to music to generally wishing we had grown up in the 60s. We often forget, however, that our dear old parents were the ones who started all those trends we now admire.


Internet users are now sharing photos of their parents when they were young and hip, and it's pretty much safe to say that they were about a hundred times cooler than us. Maybe it was all the psychedelic rock, Mustangs, and mullets. Either way, the days of peace and love certainly look a lot more blissful than where we're at now.

Scroll down to take a walk back in time, and if you've got photos of your parents looking too cool for school, add them to our list.


1. My Mom Lounging On A Car (1980s).



2. I Found A Photo Of My Dad Cooking A Barbecue On Top Of A Moving Submarine.



3. My Dad Sculpting A Bust Of My Mom, ca. 1980s.



4. My Dad Skateboarding At Hyde School 1982. I Think He Was Cooler Than Me.



5. A Friend Of My Father’s, Telling Off A Klan Member. Auburn, AL, 1985.


6. My Mom At 16 Yrs Old With Her Camaro In 1975.



7. My Dad Being Infinitely Cooler Than I’ll Ever Be (1980).



8. My Mother When She Was A Tank Instructor In 1984.



9. My Dad, Taken For Surfer Magazine. Peru, 1977.



10. Late 1960s, My Dad.



11. My Mom In Moscow 1975. From All The Stories She’s Told Me About Her Travels, I Wouldn’t Be Surprised If She Was A Spy.



12. My Dad’s First Car, A 1939 Ford. He Bought It With His Own Money That He Earned Farming (And Drove It Daily). He Was 11 When He Bought It, So This Photo Was Taken In 1948.



13. My Dad Wasn’t Famous, But His Moves Were Pretty Cool (1977).



14. My Dad In Saudi Arabia In The 70s Working As A US Military Contractor Diving In The Red Sea.



15. My Dad In The 70’s Doing What He Loves. Father To 4 Boys. More Man Than Myth Or Legend.



16. My Dad Teaching Math In Southern California (Late 70s Or Early 80s).



17. My Moms Selfie Before It Was Cool (1989).



18. My Mom When She Lived In Alaska With Her Husky Puppy, Okie.



19. My Mom And Dad On Their Wedding Day – 1980.



20. 48 Beers And A Unicycle. My Dad In The Early 80s.



21. My Dad Holding Magic Johnson And Looking Incredibly Badass While Doing It.



22. Me Looking Up To My Fighter Pilot Dad In The Late 1980s.



23. My Mom Working At Nasa, 1974.



24. My Mom Skating With A Broken Wrist In The Late 70s.



25. My Dad In Alaska, Circa 1980. I Hope To Be Half The Man He Is One Day.



26. My Mom Winning The Pie Eating Contest By Beating All The Boys, 1950.



27. Mom Wasn’t The Pilot, But She Was A Tech On The F-4 Phantom Back In The 80s.



28. My Dad In France Is The 70s (Ryan Gosling Might Need A Paternity Test).



29. My Father In 1982. When I Asked Him What He Was Doing In This Photo, He Said, “Shooting An Album Cover. Duh”.



30. My Dad And His Cousins, Back In The Day. I Don’t Think The Cool Gene Was Passed Down To Me.



31. My Mother And Father Being Young And Awesome On Santorini Island, Greece, 1985. I Was Conceived There.



32. My Friend’s Dad Trained Seals In The Navy. This Was What His Everyday Job Looked Like.



33. When My Dad Was 16, He Entered His Name In A Drawing, For What He Thought Was A Sports Jacket, At A Local Shoe Store. The Drawing Was Actually For A 1967 Shelby GT500. He Won.



34. My Cool AF Dad At 19 (1973).



35. My Dad And His Pet Monkey In Vietnam, 1966.



36. My Mom Thinks She Is So Hardcore In Her Fleetwood Mac Tank Top At Age 18, 1982.



37. My Dad And Uncle At Their Joint Wedding, 1970s.



38. My Mom Circa 1986.



39. Dad In 1969. I’d Love To Know How This Happened.



40. My Mom Being Infinitely Cooler Than I’ll Ever Be… Without A Saddle (Late 70s).



41. My Dear Mom In The 70s With Her German Shepard And Manta.



42. My Mom Bought A New ’63 Corvette On Her Own At Age 20. She Owned Her Own Hair Salon In Midland, Tx.



43. My Father Got Drunk With Some Friends And Caught A Record Breaking Tuna In Newfoundland, 1972.



44. My Dad At Marching Band Practice, 1985.



45. My Dad Was A Legit Ski Instructor In The 1970s.



46. Apparently My Dad Used To Ride 3 Wheeled Unicycles In Parades.



47. My Mom Looking For Her Prom Date 1969.



48. My Girlfriend’s Dad After Flipping His ’73 Mustang On The Highway.



49. My Badass Mom In 1979.



50. My Dad In Northern Montana, 1989.



51. Here Is A Badass Picture Of My Dad From The 80s. Gatorade In The Can Doing A Control Burn. He’s The Shit And My Hero. My Grandfather Was A Firefighter Too Rip. The Real Heroes Are Firefighters, Cops And All Military!



52. My Dad, The FBI Agent, At A Bahamas Airport, Late 1960s.



53. My Dad When He Was 17 In A Small Village In The Netherlands, 1981. He’d Meet My Mom A Year Later.



54. My Dad Claims That’s “Oregano” Above My Mom. 1978’ish.



55. My Dad In Hawaii, Late 1970s.



56. My Dad And His Firebird In The 80s.



57. My Dad In 1971.



58. My Mother Skateboarding Barefoot In California In 1974.



59. Came Across This Photo Of My Dad In The 70s With His Mustang And I Had To Share It.



60. My Dad The Undercover Cop In The 1970s.



61. My Dad When He Was A Surfer Dude Sleeping On The Beach For 3 Weeks With Only A Sleeping Bag, Somewhere In The Southern Europe, 1989.



62. My Dad Squaring Off With A Cheetah, 1979.



63. My Dad In His 20s.



64. Mom In The 80s.



65. My Mother, 1968.



66. My Mom When Se Was 20 At The End Of 60s.



67. Dad In The 80s, Italy.



68. My Dad Shortly After Arriving To Australia From Vietnam In The 80s.



69. My Step-Dad Is Convinced He Was The Coolest Guy In The 80s.


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