Bad Decision Tuesday: Sean Edition

My birthday was terrific. My birthday was tremendous. My birthday was legen--


--dary (see, I told you we'd been on a bit of a How I Met Your Mother kick lately.) Thank you all for your lovely birthday wishes, which I imagined you reciting personally and individually to me in dulcet tones while a harp played poetically in the background (hey, much better than scrolling through them on my iPhone.) 

Today, however, I don't want to talk about my birthday. No, no, that will come tomorrow (oh, I know, you can hardly wait.) Today I want to talk about this picture.

Actually, on second thought, I find it very hard to talk about this picture, due in large part to the fact that I am SPEECHLESS when I look at it. Well, that's not true, I'm not entirely speechless, but I do find that I am only able to think in acronyms, those acronyms being OMG and also WTF. 

That, my friends, is my husband at his senior prom in 1994. It is also a very compelling advertisement for why Sun-In should be banned from all suburban drugstores. Like, forever. And also retroactively. Someone get on that, please.

(Oh my god, there is also so much I want to say about the GREEN BOWTIE and the MULTIPLE HOOP EARRINGS and the BACHELOR-ESQUE BOUTONNIERE and the BANDANNA-ED FRIEND TO THE RIGHT. And also the undeniable truth that Sean's hair is sort of TRIANGLE-SHAPED. Did all boys look like this in 1994 and I just didn't realize it because I didn't know any boys? Also, how hilarious would it be to frame this on my desk at work and pretend it was one of our wedding photos?)

Feb 09, 2010

Yup, all boys totally looked like that back in 1994, I'm afraid. My Husband must be really close in age to Sean- and I can still visibly see the holes in his ears from when he too wore multiple hoop earrings. *cries*

Feb 09, 2010

yeah, thats what half my friends looked like - 92

Amanda Blog and Kiss
Feb 09, 2010

I would laugh, but I found a photo of me circa 1994 and it was HORRENDOUS. Long stragly hair, baby barettes in my hair, a HUGE baggy striped t-shirt, and baggy jeans. I was trying AT ALL COSTS to hide the fact that I was a female, apparently. YIKES.

Feb 10, 2010

Photoshop you into that photo. Now. Wearing a ridiculous 90s wedding dress. Then put it on your desk at work immediately.

Feb 10, 2010

Here's what I want to know: WHO ON EARTH WAS HE EMULATING? Is that a Color Me Badd haircut gone wrong?

(Disclaimer: I was still curling my bangs under in 1994. We all were guilty to some degree.)

Feb 10, 2010

Trust me when I could have been worse. Chalk it up to the it being the past. And while there are plenty of things coming back from that time period, Sean's hair os not one of them. Yay!

Feb 10, 2010

Wow, his hair IS triangle shaped. What's scarier is that I had that same triangle haircut, only longer, with accompanying Sun-In. The '90s were a bit rough on hair.

Feb 10, 2010

I thought it was a wig. And then, I thought, Huh, why would he be wearing a wig? Is this a play? Because I can't IMAGINE what play this would be, but I bet it's a musical.

Feb 10, 2010

Oh yes, they all looked like that. At first glance I thought you'd somehow snagged a photo of my boyfriend circa 1995.

Feb 10, 2010

I totally dated a boy with triangle hair in 1993 or 1994.

Feb 10, 2010

First of all, happy belated, and second of all, stay on the HIMYM kick.

Third of all, I totes love his hair. So vintage 1990s. I don't know where Sean is from but pretty much Suburbia, USA is the same where its outside New York, Detroit or... I dunno. LA probably too, except they're warmer. Point is, This was a nice little reminiscence for this NJ girl.

Lastly, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pretend that picture is your wedding picture?

operation pink herring
Feb 10, 2010

Yup, that's what boys looked like in the mid nineties. I'm betting the pictures of him with his date are eveen more hilarious. I know MY prom dress was pink, poofy and... well, it was really, really pink. And I wore a metal arm-band bracelet with it.

Feb 10, 2010

is the bandana-ed friend wearing a dinner napkin?!

Sean's HAIR!!! The EARRINGS! I have no words. But yes, I'm pretty sure most boys did look something like this in 1994. Not that I have much more to go on than Beverly Hills 90210 because I was also hidden away at an all-girls boarding school at the time. I'm very happy about that fact, if Sean's hair is representative of all boys at that time, I might have been put off for good!

This picture, and a current picture of Sean should be shown to all awkward teenage boys as an "it does get better, I promise" lesson.

Caitlin D
Feb 10, 2010

I definitely cracked up at the end when you mentioned framing it on your desk, please do it! You'll be able to smile and laugh a lot at work because of it and imagine what people will think!

Feb 10, 2010

In my defense, I was 8 in 1994, so I have no memory of boys looking this awful. But OMG Sean!

Holly, you should feel fortunate that you got to marry him with awesome hair instead of this day-glo triangle of horror on top of his head.

And yes, you absolutely need to pretend this is a wedding photo when you first meet someone who has yet to meet Sean.

HIp Hip Gin Gin
Feb 10, 2010

Oh. Wow. I suppose I did have a scraggly perm at the time so I shouldn't really talk, but dude, wow.

I would frame that bad boy ASAP!

Locusts and Wild Honey
Feb 10, 2010

This photo just changed how I see the world. Drastically.

Feb 10, 2010

LOL. Also, how i met your mother is the best show! I also have a crush on barney stintson! Have you seen neil patrick harris in Dr. Horrible? Hilarious and so cute! If not, it's on hulu!

Feb 10, 2010

Yes, I graduated in '93 and that's what a lot of guys looked like.

Oh boy, hindsight is 20/20, isn't it?

jennifer in sf
Feb 10, 2010

Wowza that picture is SO 1994. It should be on Wikipedia to illustrate the way things were.

And as lesson that we can NEVER let the 90s come back, not even in an "ironic" way. Please. I don't think I could take it.

Feb 10, 2010


My husband and all of his friends had this haircut in the mid-90's. they now refer to it as....

wait for it...


(because it looks like 2 butt cheeks, obvs.)

Feb 10, 2010

I always thought of this hairstyle as the "mushroom".

Feb 10, 2010

That is horrifying. (Sorry, Sean.) (No, really, I'm very sorry for you.) I kind of like the green bowtie, though, but maybe only because it matches the dress I wore to prom in 1996.

Feb 10, 2010

I'm not sure that all the Sun-In in the world could have turned his hair that color - I'm thinking Manic Panic. Or Clairol.

Feb 10, 2010

My boyfriend tried to grow his hair long in the early nineties (grunge era therefore loads of guys were growing their hair and forming bands). His hair did the same thing as Sean's, growing out sideways in two 'wings', and one day someone yelled across a busy street 'hey, airplane head!' and he was so mortified that he had it cut off and never tried again.

Feb 10, 2010

I remember thinking that "our" style in the 90s was SO much better than the 80s. Then I got older and looked at old pictures from HS and college and they all look like that. I used sun-in on my hair too and had the multiple ear piercings. Does it matter that I'm a girl, but then who could tell because we all wore mens jeans 2 sizes too big with XL t-shirts.

Feb 10, 2010

Am I the only one who is okay with this look as long as it is kept in context? No? Just me? Ok.

Camels & Chocolate
Feb 10, 2010

WHOA. I must say it took me a minute to figure out which one Sean was!

Balkan Girl Down Under
Feb 10, 2010


(Oh, and Triangle Hair should totally be a band name.)

Oh man...thanks for sharing that with us, dear Holly! I can only imagine how cringeworthy this is for Sean, heh heh.

And dear LORD the hair colour! It positively glows. Hee!

Feb 10, 2010

yes, Triangle Hair, also known as the Plateau/Stepped Bowl Cut (shaved on bottom third of head with SEVERE layer close to the ears) was indeed prevalent in Southern California's San Fernando Valley as well, says the girl who wore oversize plaid shirts, combat boots and sported nearly the same haircut as Sean in 1995.
I'd like to think that the 90s won't come back style-wise, jennifer in sf, but everything seems to come back. In about 4 years, someone should start specializing in Triangle Hair.

Feb 10, 2010

Now, see, I can't throw too many stones because several of my haircuts in the day can only be called *experimental*. However. I had the same haircut Sean sports in the picture. And I am very much a GIRL!

Sensibly Sassy
Feb 10, 2010

There are no words.
Not One.

Feb 10, 2010

my brother looked EXACTLY like that in high school. I die when I see those pictures. DIE.

April G.
Feb 11, 2010

Whew. The 90s were rough.

Feb 11, 2010

This is RAD.

I totally thought the guy next to Sean had underwear on his head. And the best part is that the tighty-whitey headwear didn't even give me pause.

Tracy D
Feb 11, 2010

I definitely have high school pictures that look just like that, except I was the one guilty of overusing sun-in. Fortunately though for me, it didn't turn my hair orange but it did leave this nasty white residue on my fingers (peroxide?).

Feb 11, 2010



Feb 12, 2010

OMG is the only thing I can think of that fits. Wow, Sean.

Feb 17, 2010

It really could have been worse. Around this time, my husband had something I like to call "the reverse perm-mullet." The permed and gelled curls cascaded gently in triangle form over his forehead, meeting in a point at the bridge of his nose.

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