• 9 months 11 days ago
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    vkimo wrote:
    All my siblings were teens in the 90s. Try to watch the 1st season of MTV's The Real World.


    The first few seasons of Doogie Howser MD are good ones to watch too.
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      • 9 months 10 days ago
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      Here is a news story about taggers from KTTV Los Angeles.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPJIYfAMgHw&index=59&list=PLrDPLMp8YQd90CsHvV3abS9a9ywwJ7yDT
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        Teens of the 1990s did not start wearing flannel with a grunge band tee underneath until 1994. Before then, some of them either resembled Lumberjacks or joggers (this was the era of the Nike tracksuit).
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          • 9 months 9 days ago
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          moldyoldie1 wrote:
          African Americans in those times also wore shirts with sayings like "It's a black thing, you wouldn't understand". I recall seeing shirts that were made in response to those "2 Black 2 Strong" tops. There were articles with mantras like "You have your X and we have ours [the Confederate flag]" and "Work…It's a white thing, you wouldn't understand." This was during the time my classmates were pulling their suspenders (another trend) and donning long sleeved pocketed pullovers.


          A lot of black people where wearing those big Africa pendents at that time too.
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            • 9 months 9 days ago
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            Watch Juice.
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              • 9 months 9 days ago
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              bklynbren wrote:
              moldyoldie1 wrote:
              African Americans in those times also wore shirts with sayings like "It's a black thing, you wouldn't understand". I recall seeing shirts that were made in response to those "2 Black 2 Strong" tops. There were articles with mantras like "You have your X and we have ours [the Confederate flag]" and "Work…It's a white thing, you wouldn't understand." This was during the time my classmates were pulling their suspenders (another trend) and donning long sleeved pocketed pullovers.


              A lot of black people where wearing those big Africa pendents at that time too.


              They wore those and the African leather medallions from '88 until sometime in 1992. Caucasian teenagers that wanted to fit in with black people usually wore the leather peace medallions and made the peace out sign with their fingers. Then that led to black minors calling Caucasian youth "wiggers" for wanting to be "down" more towards the end of 1992.

              The New Kids on the Block wore all of the best fashions from 1989 to 1994. You may want to look any pin-up you could get your hands on.
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                • 9 months 9 days ago
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                Thanks everyone for all the suggestions and help! I'm in research heaven right now!

                I found this article a few months ago about how early 90's teens loathed nostalgia and hated having their "narrative" approximated, which has somewhat affected some of the preservation and presentation of the decade in present media/ entertainment. What are some of your thoughts?

                http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/magazine/the-gen-x-nostalgia-boom.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
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                  • 9 months 9 days ago
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                  1990 vs 1994 was a lot different. There was a big culture change as far as dress, music and television.

                  I was in middle school in 1990 and 1991 and high school after that. I was wearing Hypercolor and Jams in the early and more rock/alternative influenced dress in 1994. I also wore "no fear" and Mossimo brands to name a few. Nike and Jordan's were very popular though I couldn't afford them back them.

                  Music was rock and alternative like Nirvana, though I did like dance music like Technotronic and later Real Mccoy. I started getting more into rap by 1994.

                  My school experience was different than many. I lived in a minority area and experienced a lot bullying and racism when I first started high school. Racial tensions were high back then in part due to the LA riots. My school was very cliquish and very divided. Most of the white kids were either skaters or kickers. Many of the latinos were the cholo gang banger type and most preferred to talk to others in spanish. Many of the blacks were the stereotypes. Yes we had the wiggers too. The Asian kids were the smart ones.

                  Cars like the Oldsmobile Cutlass were very popular. So were mini pickup trucks. Stereo systems is cars started to get popular and I started getting into it around 1994 which is where my username comes from.

                  Young people as a whole were different back then. If you were a guy you had to act like one. You had to have skin too. While I knew many nice and friendly people, many were assholes looking for a fight. I think the high lead exposure in the 70s from leaded gasoline and paint was a factor. As you may know the early 90s was the most violent time in America.

                  While the early 90s wasn't that great the late 90s was. Hope this helped. Feel free to ask me any questions.
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                    bassman21 wrote:
                    1990 vs 1994 was a lot different. There was a big culture change as far as dress, music and television.

                    I was in middle school in 1990 and 1991 and high school after that. I was wearing Hypercolor and Jams in the early and more rock/alternative influenced dress in 1994. I also wore "no fear" and Mossimo brands to name a few. Nike and Jordan's were very popular though I couldn't afford them back them.

                    Music was rock and alternative like Nirvana, though I did like dance music like Technotronic and later Real Mccoy. I started getting more into rap by 1994.

                    My school experience was different than many. I lived in a minority area and experienced a lot bullying and racism when I first started high school. Racial tensions were high back then in part due to the LA riots. My school was very cliquish and very divided. Most of the white kids were either skaters or kickers. Many of the latinos were the cholo gang banger type and most preferred to talk to others in spanish. Many of the blacks were the stereotypes. Yes we had the wiggers too. The Asian kids were the smart ones.

                    Cars like the Oldsmobile Cutlass were very popular. So were mini pickup trucks. Stereo systems is cars started to get popular and I started getting into it around 1994 which is where my username comes from.

                    Young people as a whole were different back then. If you were a guy you had to act like one. You had to have skin too. While I knew many nice and friendly people, many were assholes looking for a fight. I think the high lead exposure in the 70s from leaded gasoline and paint was a factor. As you may know the early 90s was the most violent time in America.

                    While the early 90s wasn't that great the late 90s was. Hope this helped. Feel free to ask me any questions.



                    '90 and early '91 were a continuation to '88 and '89. People were wearing a lot of the same clothes such as Jams and oversized striped sweaters. They were different from the late 80s because of the high crime rate. There were high school boys who killed for Jordan sneakers and 8 Ball Jackets (worn first in 1990). I remember hearing of young men, in the Upstate area, stabbing folks to get their hands on the puffier Starter Jackets. In the Northwestern areas, urban youth would fire a gun for the most expensive item that was out of their reach.

                    Unfortunately for you, ttb1112, most teens of that time do not like to revisit it. I thought the early 1990s (1990-1993) had better pop culture than any other part of the decade. "This is, excuse me, a damn fine cup of coffee." Who forgets that?
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                      • 9 months 9 days ago
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                      Hard Rock Cafe shirts (80s - Today)
                      Party Animal shirts (Late '89 - Mid 1990)
                      Cardigans with Turtlenecks underneath (1988 - Late '91)
                      College Sweatshirts (Graduating from College was a big deal then.) (80s - Today)
                      Neon button ups (1989 - Late 1990)
                      Neon hats (1990 - Start of 1992)
                      Hobie shirts (1989 - 1991)
                      Body suits ('88 - Late '92)
                      Long shorts ('92 - Today)
                      Bongo apparel (1992 - Mid '92)
                      Birkenstocks (Late '92 - Late '94)
                      White overalls/shortalls with almost nothing underneath for girls (Summer 1991 - Late '91)
                      Vests with nothing underneath for guys (Summer 1991 - Late 1991)
                      Polka dot shirts (Late '88 - 1993)
                      Gold's Gym tank tops (Mid 1990 - Early 1991)
                      Leather Jackets ('86 - 1993)
                      Gecko shirts (Spring of '90- Fall of 1990)

                      Those are a few more off the top of my head.
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                        • 9 months 8 days ago
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                        RomanBlade86 wrote:
                        Can't you just ask people around where you live about their high school experiences? Shouldn't be too hard to find some people in their late 30s or early 40s and ask them.



                        I'm from that range leaning a bit more to the early forties. That been said we were in high school during the 80's. Not the 90's. Then again, the older you were in a certain decade the more you will remember stuff.
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                          The early 90s (1990-1993) were a time when the new culture from the late 80s was on its way out and new stuff that would define the 90s was brand new. I'll give you an example of what I'm talking about. Many people would say the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started to jump the shark with the change to CBS Saturday mornings or the second film; they would say it was last fine in the late 1980s. At the time, it was okay because all eyes were the Tiny Toon Adventure characters. Tiny Toons went on the skis and over the shark in the mid 90s (1993-1996) when they began doing specials without letting viewers know if the cartoon was officially over.

                          The early 90s were a pretty turbulent time. The styles of 1990 were dated in the fall of 1991. I remember "Bo Knows" shirts being donated after Bo Jackson had a hip injury. No two years were alike in this time.

                          Bear in mind, this was the era of older people looking down on rappers because of all of the noise. Teens of the early 90s were calling out Millennials for their taste in music. Some of them would proclaim, "MC Hammer is not real rap." The early 90s were within that golden age for rap music. You couldn't get away from it with advertisements, t-shirts, cards and billboards with the word "yo" on them. This was the last time parents payed attention to the music their children were listening to. Sure, there was that brief stint in the late 90s with Eminem, but this one was much longer.

                          In the words of the late Heavy D, "All of mankind danced to the exact beat." Almost everyone at my School was familiar with Bobby Brown and all of those New Jack Swing artists from 1990 to 1993.
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                            Here are some more fashions of that time frame.

                            Gitano shirts (1987 - Late '92)
                            Anything Adidas (Adidas Equipment shirts were new)(1986 - Early '92)
                            Baby-doll dresses (1990 - Mid '95 or '96)
                            Blazers (1990 - 1997)
                            Vests (1987 - '95 or '96)
                            All Turtlenecks (1988 - Early '93)
                            Gold Chains (1988 - 2000)
                            Two-toned and/or Generic Cross Colors shirts and pants (1987 - 1997)
                            All Over Print Shirts (Early 1989 - Mid '93)
                            Globe Earrings, Necklaces and Atlas coat - (1989 - Mid '92)
                            Rollerblades (Late 1990 - ???)
                            Stussy apparel (Mid 1990 - 1997)
                            Body Glove (Mid 1990 - Early 1991)
                            Triple Fat Goose (1990 - Mid '91)
                            Avirex Jackets (Early '91 - Early '92)
                            Imitation Dwayne Wayne Flip-Up Glasses (Mid '89 - Late '92)
                            Imitation Rhythm Nation 1814 Caps (Mid 1990 - Mid '92)
                            Undercut haircut (Late '91 - 1997)


                            That's all for now.
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                              Here's some more slang from the early 1990s:

                              Hella = excessive amount ('91 - '93)
                              Total Hottie = Nice looking young man or woman (Late '88 - '93)
                              Dope = Neat (Mid 1980s - 1993)
                              100 = definitely (Late 1980s - 1993)
                              Chicken Heads = Female companions (1991-1992)
                              Lifted = High (1990-1991)
                              Mark = Pushover (Late 1980s - ???)
                              Lame-O (Late 1980s - 1993/'94)
                              Legit (Late '88 - Late '92)

                              Even more trends of that time:

                              Tennis Visors (Summer of 1991)
                              Matching your socks with colored tops ('89-'93)
                              American flag themed clothing (Early 1990 - Early 1992)
                              Cosby sweaters with checkers on them (Late 1987 - Early 1992)
                              Black or White Blazer with a Red Shirt Underneath (Late '89 - Mid 1992)
                              Rave Wear (Mid '92 - Late '94)
                              Poodle Perms & Mall Bangs (Spring of 1990 - Mid '91)
                              Yo Mama jokes (Late '91 - 1993)
                              Dumb Blonde jokes [In the age of Kelly Bundy] (Sometime in the 80s - Mid 1990s)
                              Orange or Purple colored clothing (Early 1989-1993)
                              Torn jeans (Late '88 - Mid '92)
                              T-Shirt dresses (Mid '89- Late 1991)
                              Hard or Soft Headbands (Early 1990-Late 1992)
                              Black T-Shirts [Think Wayne's World] (Mid 1988- Late '92)
                              Shell Suits (Late '88 - Early '93)
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                                No offense but why try to write a book about a subject matter you really have no idea about? Sure you can research but why not just write about your own experiences and what you know from your high school years? It will be much more realistic and organic than if you just start dropping a bunch of references from the 90s that you never really knew about.
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                                  I definitely wouldn't say I have "no idea" about the subject matter (why would I start writing a book about something I had no clue about?). I grew up in the nineties and have harbored a love for the era long before I decided to embark on this endeavor. I've been planning the book for two years, reading up as much as I can about it. I know factual information, but came here for more first-person accounts to help link things and draw a bigger picture. Of course I'll be writing about my own experiences, just transmuting them to fit the era. I love everything about the nineties, the clothes, the music, the aesthetic, the emotional atmosphere, and want to write this book to indulge in my love and share it with others. I came here for that authenticity so it DOESN'T turn out to be just a string of references. There's a lot more to the story than it just being a nineties "period piece".

                                  But anyway, could everyone share some kind of memory of a song they loved from the early nineties and why it was so special to them? Pop, obscure, rap, anything! Thanks again for all the help!
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                                    ttb1112 wrote:
                                    I definitely wouldn't say I have "no idea" about the subject matter (why would I start writing a book about something I had no clue about?). I grew up in the nineties and have harbored a love for the era long before I decided to embark on this endeavor. I've been planning the book for two years, reading up as much as I can about it. I know factual information, but came here for more first-person accounts to help link things and draw a bigger picture. Of course I'll be writing about my own experiences, just transmuting them to fit the era. I love everything about the nineties, the clothes, the music, the aesthetic, the emotional atmosphere, and want to write this book to indulge in my love and share it with others. I came here for that authenticity so it DOESN'T turn out to be just a string of references. There's a lot more to the story than it just being a nineties "period piece".

                                    But anyway, could everyone share some kind of memory of a song they loved from the early nineties and why it was so special to them? Pop, obscure, rap, anything! Thanks again for all the help!


                                    To quote bassman 21:

                                    "1990 vs 1994 was a lot different. There was a big culture change as far as dress, music and television.

                                    I was in middle school in 1990 and 1991 and high school after that. I was wearing Hypercolor and Jams in the early and more rock/alternative influenced dress in 1994. I also wore "no fear" and Mossimo brands to name a few. Nike and Jordan's were very popular though I couldn't afford them back them."

                                    Tttb1112, you grew up in the mid to late 1990s, not the full decade. The pop culture that came out of the early 1990s (1990-1993) were far more memorable than that of the mid to late 1990s. In fact, I was nostalgic for the early 90s (1990-1993) in 1999. The mid 90s (1993-1996) and latter part of the decade (1996-1999) sucked ENTIRELY. Only a child of the mid to late 1990s would tell you other wise. They were children in those DULL times. The 90s definitely did not come together like a Historian would have you believe. Once 1993 came around, the Nineties weren't worth talking about anymore. People my age missed the 80s in 1994 for a reason.

                                    Here is a picture of someone from 1991: http://www.rad-dudes.com/?p=517
                                    Here is a teen from the bland mid 90s: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/hsquire/6584409951/
                                    Who even remembers who people dressed in the late 90s?

                                    The mid to late 90s tried too hard to be edger than the 80s and early 90s (1990-1993). They were nowhere near the 80s or early 90s in stature.

                                    Here are some great shows from the early 90s you should watch:

                                    Salute Your Shorts
                                    The first two seasons of Clarissa Explains It All
                                    The first three seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
                                    The first two seasons of Step By Step
                                    The first three seasons of 90210
                                    The first four seasons of Family Matters
                                    The first two and a half seasons of Blossom

                                    Here are some book covers you should look at:

                                    Girl Talk chapter book covers
                                    Babysitter's Club book covers
                                    Sweet Valley High book covers
                                    I can't think of anymore at the moment.

                                    1990-1993 still had great movies, music, toys, video games and food products. I can't say that everything was perfect in those years, but the pop culture was the last of its kind.
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                                      You're novel should take place from August of 1989 to June of 1993.
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                                        Oh boy I think we have another retro PH.D in here.
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                                          80s black guys vs 90s
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