19 April 2012 @ 10:32 am
Thursday Threads: Poor Choices - just the guys  
This, believe it or not, is an ad for

Mongoose BMX Bikes, 1986

Miami Vice has a lot to answer for.

OMAR of Hollywood

For "California's comfort-lovin' men"  (and the apostrophes don't stop there, no sir!)

The Bay (department stores), 1980s

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Disco citizen: Wood:  Janto gooseteamrodent on April 19th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
Mom's keeping a guy in the basement? :O
Man Writing Slash: little old lady LOLwrite_light on April 19th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
LOL - a popular website of vintage ads! VERY worth browsing.
pikkewyntjiepikkewyntjie on April 19th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
Definitely! It was through her site that I found this one. She also has one for current ads, too. It's not quite as fun, but still worth a look now and then.
murakozi: pornovisionmurakozi on April 19th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
And he looks to be a very svelte and oddly shaped guy.
tink_queen: pic#94440660tink_queen on April 19th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Not sure I wanna be 'hot' like those 'dudes'.
That bike's pretty dope, though.
roxymissroseroxymissrose on April 19th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
They just all remind me of young Jensen Ackles...poor thing.
Pat Bpbrim on April 19th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
Growing up, I knew some guys, friends of my parents, who wore jumpsuits. They all had their first name embroidered on the pocket, though.
Amy: Adam Antafranjes on April 19th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
Wow...just wow.
Me.cremepuff on April 19th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Anytime I try to comprehend our nation's love affair with neon and pastels in the 80s, I think of Rick James' quote on the Chappelle Show:

"Cocaine is a hell of a drug."
Pseydtonnepseydtonne on April 19th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Pastels made sense in context. There is an historical contrast to the loud colors that dominated the 1970s. There is also the move from polyester back to cotton clothing, which looks softer and more comfortable in lighter colors.

This may be hard to believe now, but cotton used to be a shunned fabric. It was stiff and resisted ironing, it was the fabric made from slave labor, it was old-fashioned. Meanwhile plastic fabrics resisted wrinkling and washed off stains with a sponge. We weren't working out as much then.

Pastels promoted cotton. We may have moved to primary colors and thinner cotton clothes, but we're still not all that keen on plastic clothes unless they wick sweat.
Me.cremepuff on April 20th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Very good point. I do, however, have to wonder about the pants in the very first ad. :)
Miss Tia's Journal: arty memisstiajournal on April 20th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
hutchloverhutchlover on April 19th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
The only guys that should be wearing a jumpsuit are those that might get dirty or greasy. In other words, the opposite of the guy in this ad.

Not only does MIami Vice have things to answer for, but so does Tom *gag* Cruise.
An Ethel Among Mermansthornwolf on April 19th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
That first one is glorious. I imagine everything in that picture tastes like rainbow sherbet.
impulsereaderimpulsereader on April 19th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
This is - priceless? I have no words. This ad gives me hope that I know what I'm talking about when I sneer at some of today's commercials. Someday, everyone else will agree with me. Thanks for sharing!
Miss Tia's Journal: arty memisstiajournal on April 20th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
haha! i watched this on youtube last night!!! perfect timing!!!

Lardvarkcionaudha on April 20th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
You are awesome!
Kim, Meezer Queen and Equestrienne: nectar of lifemeezergal on April 21st, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
One of my nephews had a Mongoose bike back in the day. My sister bought it at a garage sale for $5. She had no idea it was a cool bike.

Edited at 2012-04-21 04:44 am (UTC)
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