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(The New Republic)   Guy travels the country in 1989, taking pictures of people in shopping malls. Then he waits 24 years to publish a book of those pictures. Result: Insane, big-haired photo collection that will melt your eyes   (newrepublic.com ) divider line
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2013-11-07 11:43:49 AM  
If my nearest Hallmark store had a Golden Axe cabinet, I'd stop by more often. -_-
 
2013-11-07 11:44:07 AM  
Golden Axe!
 
2013-11-07 11:44:56 AM  
I love these. At first I'm all "Meh, I'd hit it!"...but then I remember she's like 55 now.

And I dont drive no 55.
 
2013-11-07 11:47:49 AM  
Tape World! I forgot about Tape World! Buy 12 tapes in a year get the 13th Free.
 
2013-11-07 11:48:34 AM  
Golden Axe has held up better than anything else in those pictures.
 
2013-11-07 11:51:10 AM  

Tom_Slick: Tape World! I forgot about Tape World! Buy 12 tapes in a year get the 13th Free.


What's a tape?
 
2013-11-07 11:52:00 AM  
I feel like I've been to all of those malls.
 
2013-11-07 11:54:07 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Tom_Slick: Tape World! I forgot about Tape World! Buy 12 tapes in a year get the 13th Free.

What's a tape?


This rectangular thing with a narrow ribbon attached to 2 wheels that get's wrapped around the wheels in your Walkman (a device 10 times the size of your MP3 player that often came with a shoulder strap) and breaks 5 days after you spent $15.00 on it to listen to 3 songs.
 
2013-11-07 11:56:13 AM  

Tom_Slick: Three Crooked Squirrels: Tom_Slick: Tape World! I forgot about Tape World! Buy 12 tapes in a year get the 13th Free.

What's a tape?

This rectangular thing with a narrow ribbon attached to 2 wheels that get's wrapped around the wheels in your Walkman (a device 10 times the size of your MP3 player that often came with a shoulder strap) and breaks 5 days after you spent $15.00 on it to listen to 3 songs.


What a strange, sick world you come from.
 
2013-11-07 11:56:21 AM  
www.newrepublic.com

i'm pretty sure this was taken at the paramus mall yesterday.
 
2013-11-07 12:03:32 PM  
 
2013-11-07 12:03:33 PM  
My sad comment is that this would probably get you arrested today. Go to a mall and take pictures of groups of people (or worse, groups of teenage girls with insane hair) and you'll get a visit from security at the minimum. They might bring you up on terrorism charges.
 
2013-11-07 12:09:08 PM  
img28.imageshack.us

If I'd invested all the money I wasted on this game I wouldn't have to worry about keeping this place open......
 
2013-11-07 12:09:57 PM  
Anyone else really enjoying that new TV show `The Goldbergs'?
 
2013-11-07 12:21:10 PM  
 
2013-11-07 12:22:25 PM  
www.newrepublic.com.

snltranscripts.jt.org
 
2013-11-07 12:23:17 PM  
I was a sophomore in high school. Memories flooding back.
 
2013-11-07 12:34:05 PM  

Walker: A few more pics from him in this DailyFAIL article:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2480247/Michael-Galinskys- Ma lls-Across-America-book-sheds-light-shoppers-defined-1980s.html


Speaking of Daily Fail --

i.dailymail.co.uk

With the caption: "Unraveling the mystery: The only indications of place are in the clothes the customers wear - like this man sitting by a payphone in a Stetson hat"

Clearly that phone number on the wall is just a red herring
 
2013-11-07 12:34:59 PM  
Some other favorites.

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-07 12:35:55 PM  
i1048.photobucket.com
I'm thinking time has not diluted the douchiness of this fellow.
 
2013-11-07 12:38:13 PM  
img.fark.net

I wonder how many pairs of Zubaz this guy has worn to destruction in his life.
 
2013-11-07 12:40:20 PM  

JerkyMeat: [i1048.photobucket.com image 827x551]
I'm thinking time has not diluted the douchiness of this fellow.


Anthony Kiedis turned his head and pretended he couldn't hear. She can be so cruel sometimes, he though Meg Ryan continued to call out insults after him. "Mickey Mouse?! Are you a f*cking child? Keep walkin' Tony, that's right."
 
2013-11-07 12:41:04 PM  

UrukHaiGuyz: JerkyMeat: [i1048.photobucket.com image 827x551]
I'm thinking time has not diluted the douchiness of this fellow.

Anthony Kiedis turned his head and pretended he couldn't hear. She can be so cruel sometimes, he thought. Meg Ryan continued to call out insults after him. "Mickey Mouse?! Are you a f*cking child? Keep walkin' Tony, that's right."


FTFM
 
2013-11-07 12:42:05 PM  
Honestly, outside of the fashion, the hair, and the fact that there are actually people in the mall doing shopping, it doesn't really look THAT much different than the mall does today. I've worked at a General Growth Properties mall for over a decade now, and not much has changed outside of the fact that foot traffic and sales have declined year after year, and many of the chain stores have either gone out of business, or left the mall, and either been replaced by an empty store front, or stores selling bootleg cell phones, t-shirts, or other made in china crap.

When it comes to malls, you can usually tell what your experience will be like based on who runs it. GGP runs crapholes in the ghetto, and usually has high turnover with stores because they won't negotiate on rent, which is why they've been in and out of bankruptcy for years now. Westfield runs nice places, usually in mid-scale area, their malls are usually nice, don't have too many empty storefronts, and are usually located in nice areas. Taubman runs upscale places that are nice to walk around in, but usually full of high end stores you can't afford to shop in.
 
2013-11-07 12:53:02 PM  

spman: Honestly, outside of the fashion, the hair, and the fact that there are actually people in the mall doing shopping, it doesn't really look THAT much different than the mall does today.


Yes, trippy.

People...in a building...shopping.   That shiat is timeless.
 
2013-11-07 01:24:13 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: If I'd invested all the money I wasted on this game I wouldn't have to worry about keeping this place open......


Next time just buy the machine.
 
2013-11-07 01:24:20 PM  
80s mall photos are incomplete without:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-11-07 01:31:49 PM  
A lot fewer fat people than I see in the mall these days.
 
2013-11-07 01:34:27 PM  

sigdiamond2000: [img.fark.net image 414x275]

I wonder how many pairs of Zubaz this guy has worn to destruction in his life.


img.fark.net

That girl is totally checking him out though.  Ya gotta give him that.
 
2013-11-07 01:34:49 PM  
Still see the young punks hanging out
 
2013-11-07 01:35:08 PM  

Target Builder: A lot fewer fat people than I see in the mall these days.


I was also going to comment on the distinct lack of fatties.
 
2013-11-07 01:36:49 PM  
Focus you sonnabich!  FOCUS!
 
2013-11-07 01:37:57 PM  
Haven't been to a mall in years. Are the malls going the way of the drive-in movie theater?
 
2013-11-07 01:38:36 PM  
Come on Jessica, come on Tori,
Let's go to the mall, you won't be sorry
Put on your jelly bracelets
And your cool graffiti coat
At the mall, having fun is what it's all aboot!
 
2013-11-07 01:39:05 PM  
Whar leg warmers? Whar?
 
2013-11-07 01:39:09 PM  

Target Builder: A lot fewer fat people than I see in the mall these days.


Sadly, that's the first thing I noticed.
 
2013-11-07 01:39:14 PM  
I was actually a little surprised to see the large Samsung display in 1989. I know they were on the scene by then, but I think their electronics were something akin to Kia at the time, if not at the level of the now defunct Daewoo products. I was selling Samsung electronics when I worked at Best Buy in 2002 and even then it was just on the cusp of when their products become high quality.
 
2013-11-07 01:39:30 PM  

farkingismybusiness: Come on Jessica, come on Tori,
Let's go to the mall, you won't be sorry
Put on your jelly bracelets
And your cool graffiti coat
At the mall, having fun is what it's all aboot!


FARK YOU!
 
2013-11-07 01:40:35 PM  

Donnchadha: Walker: A few more pics from him in this DailyFAIL article:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2480247/Michael-Galinskys- Ma lls-Across-America-book-sheds-light-shoppers-defined-1980s.html

Speaking of Daily Fail --

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x476]

With the caption: "Unraveling the mystery: The only indications of place are in the clothes the customers wear - like this man sitting by a payphone in a Stetson hat"

Clearly that phone number on the wall is just a red herring


The idea that area codes and exchanges actually indicate where you live might be a piece of telephone history unknown to the writer.
 
2013-11-07 01:40:37 PM  
Wasn't this story just doing the rounds 3 or 4 months ago?
 
2013-11-07 01:40:38 PM  

FlashHarry: [www.newrepublic.com image 625x417]

i'm pretty sure this was taken at the paramus mall yesterday.


I new keyboard ... you owe me one.  :)
 
2013-11-07 01:40:51 PM  

spman: Honestly, outside of the fashion, the hair, and the fact that there are actually people in the mall doing shopping, it doesn't really look THAT much different than the mall does today. I've worked at a General Growth Properties mall for over a decade now, and not much has changed outside of the fact that foot traffic and sales have declined year after year, and many of the chain stores have either gone out of business, or left the mall, and either been replaced by an empty store front, or stores selling bootleg cell phones, t-shirts, or other made in china crap.



Well, the people in the malls are so much fatter today.

I have a relative of mine who moved to a different country during the early 90s. He hasn't been back to the US since then. He was back last year for a short visit and we went to the mall.

The first thing he said was that people had gotten ridiculously fat. It was like the first thing he said in the mall after walking in a minute or two into the mall.

I was looking around trying to find super-fat people and my brain couldn't even register that the average people were now super-fats of the early 90s.
 
2013-11-07 01:40:54 PM  
Isn't that Mickey Mouse t-shirt guy Steve Perry from Journey?

/Don't stop believin'
 
2013-11-07 01:41:04 PM  

noitsnot: sigdiamond2000: [img.fark.net image 414x275]

I wonder how many pairs of Zubaz this guy has worn to destruction in his life.

[img.fark.net image 827x551]

That girl is totally checking him out though.  Ya gotta give him that.


That's Robin Sparkles, just after she finished recording 'Let's Go To the Mall'
 
2013-11-07 01:41:20 PM  

Rev.K: Golden Axe has held up better than anything else in those pictures.


I played Golden Axe two days ago, so I cannot disagree.
 
Bf+
2013-11-07 01:41:41 PM  

gweilo8888: Wasn't this story just doing the rounds 3 or 4 months ago?


Welcome to Fark.
 
2013-11-07 01:41:52 PM  
Good times, man, good times. I for one miss the 80s/early 90s.
 
2013-11-07 01:42:01 PM  

mjohnson71: Target Builder: A lot fewer fat people than I see in the mall these days.

Sadly, that's the first thing I noticed.


to be fair, the photographer seemed to be focusing on a pretty young demographic.

/no, I don't see many hambeasts in the background either.
 
2013-11-07 01:42:19 PM  

Fubini: My sad comment is that this would probably get you arrested today. Go to a mall and take pictures of groups of people (or worse, groups of teenage girls with insane hair) and you'll get a visit from security at the minimum. They might bring you up on terrorism charges.


If you used a big DSLR camera, sure.

Using a smart phone camera, not so much.
 
2013-11-07 01:42:25 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: [www.newrepublic.com image 625x414].

[snltranscripts.jt.org image 160x120]


Beat me to it.

*shakes tiny fist
 
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