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Postby donna martin » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:57 pm

In 6th grade I convinced my parents to buy me a Charlotte Hornets Starter jacket for Christmas. Those things were not cheap. I begged and told them I'd wear it all the time. It was the mid-90s so I picked out a comically oversized one and was so happy.

I wore it for ... a month? My parents never stopped giving me grief until my younger brother started wearing it in hs 10+ years later. By then the Hornets were long gone and I told my parents it was an investment in a collectors item (people offered my brother money for it -- I told him over my dead body that's a family heirloom).

For context, 12yo me was 5'3" and 120 pounds. It later fit my muscular, 6'4" brother. I cannot imagine how ridiculous I looked.
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Postby emotional fascism » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:09 pm

never cool. never got help from my parents to try to be cool - in fact, their 'help' attempts definitely would have contributed to me being less cool and not like myself at all

example: mom bought me a gold necklace with an Italy boot charm with my name on it for my birthday. as an 8th grader. who had just started listening to NIN and Jane's Addiction. to her credit, it was a nice gift and probably very $, but not me at all and definitely not cool outside of guido circles - people who definitely had a distinct dislike of the people I hung out with in middle school/high school
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Postby nautical hyperblast » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:56 pm

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Postby DasLofGang » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:05 pm

donna martin wrote:In 6th grade I convinced my parents to buy me a Charlotte Hornets Starter jacket for Christmas. Those things were not cheap. I begged and told them I'd wear it all the time. It was the mid-90s so I picked out a comically oversized one and was so happy.

these were absolutely A Thing when I was in 6th-7th grade but that was 91-92. I didn't understand why at the time, and still don't. I did not live anywhere remotely near Charlotte.
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Postby Bernie » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:06 pm

The purple and teal color scheme was very much a 90s brand thing
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Postby DasLofGang » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:08 pm

that's it? just the fucking colors? lol
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:09 pm

The Hornets's color scheme, teal and purple, was VERY 90s. I remember kids in middle school wearing their Starter jacket more than any other team's except maybe the Bulls.
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Postby gauchebag » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:09 pm

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in hindsight maybe it worked as i became senior class president after sowing these seeds in 7th grade
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:10 pm

Ah, I see this was addressed during my slowly typing that post
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Postby crime » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:28 pm

diamondbacks had the same 90s purple/teal, but with fake arizona ice tea native flair. i didn't know it was widespread.

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Postby DasLofGang » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:48 pm

somewhat off topic but I was just reminded of when I moved to an upper middle class neighborhood full of kids doing tricks on their haros and diamondbacks and shit, and there I was with this rusty-ass ross from like the 60s with monkey bars and a banana seat

I was already no stranger to being made to feel like shit because of things like this, but my own disgust with what a piece of junk it objectively was added a novel hint of darkness to it, like "fuck...those kids are right"

walking everywhere was no picnic but I was secretly relieved when some huge middle schoolers knocked me off it and tossed it into the path of an oncoming dump truck
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:52 pm

crime wrote:diamondbacks had the same 90s purple/teal, but with fake arizona ice tea native flair. i didn't know it was widespread.

The NBA's "cool" factor certainly helped, but it had to be the color scheme. The Hornets had some pretty good teams in the 90s, but nothing to push it to near-Jordan-era Bulls levels of fashionableness.
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Postby mancubz » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:54 pm

my older brother had the nike swoosh shaved into the underside of his bowl cut and he was "cool" so i guess that's what i shoulda done
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Postby figaro » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:55 pm

i got my baseball number shaved into my hair one time

god i was a loser
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Postby DasLofGang » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:57 pm

aw man I wish it didn't take so long to grow out a nice bowl
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Postby mancubz » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:59 pm

Hey figaro was it at least a cool number
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:59 pm

I remember a kid in high school showing up one day with the Playboy bunny shaved into his hair. He was sent home and not allowed back until he got rid of it.
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Postby donna martin » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:03 pm

DasLofGang wrote:
donna martin wrote:In 6th grade I convinced my parents to buy me a Charlotte Hornets Starter jacket for Christmas. Those things were not cheap. I begged and told them I'd wear it all the time. It was the mid-90s so I picked out a comically oversized one and was so happy.

these were absolutely A Thing when I was in 6th-7th grade but that was 91-92. I didn't understand why at the time, and still don't. I did not live anywhere remotely near Charlotte.


I actually lived near Charlotte and went to their games, so makes more sense in my case. The Hornets were a big deal at the time if you lived in North Carolina. I also recall that the Hornets color were pretty hot n fresh at a time of really basic NBA colors, right when merch was really taking off.

I'm pretty sure the jacket went to my knees.
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Postby doublethink0 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:10 pm

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still one of my favourite posts of all time


but for me, it was JNCOs, Pac Sun graphic tees, Sam Goody band tees, Abercrombie/American Eagle, frosted tips and just about every other late 90s fashion trend you can think of
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Postby Buddy Knox » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:26 pm

Wow how did I forget about my Hornets jacket? I didn’t even ask for mine. I doubt my parents would have bought it for me so it must have been a birthday or Christmas gift from an aunt or uncle.
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Postby Buddy Knox » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:27 pm

This was in Chicagoland, too.
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Postby figaro » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:58 pm

mancubz wrote:Hey figaro was it at least a cool number


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Postby Riverchrist » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:10 pm

Georgetown gear was also very popular in the Chicago burbs.
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Postby jalapeño ranch » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:11 pm

Anaheim Ducks Starter jackets were also fairly popular IIRC.
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Postby Viz » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:20 pm

I spent a lot of time at the local library when I was a kid. One time I was in there, when these three cool neighbourhood kids walked in. I wanted to impress them on "my turf" so I tried showing them where the "cool" books were like the Star Wars stuff and so on. They were actually kinda into it surprisingly, but we all got pretty loud and shit looking at these different cool books. The librarian of course came to where we were and told us to keep it down. Before she leaves, she smiles and looks at me and goes, "Hey Viz!". The other kids just stared and said, "She knows your name?"
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Postby crime » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:23 pm

jalapeño ranch wrote:Anaheim Ducks Starter jackets were also fairly popular IIRC.



oh yeah, i had a ducks branded hockey stick too, to signal that i lived in LA at some point and not from central valley bakersfield
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Postby VHB » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:55 pm

Riverchrist wrote:Georgetown gear was also very popular in the Chicago burbs.


yeah, Georgetown, another curious but very strong nationwide trend for those couple of years. And that little cartoon bulldog that I Guess answers my eternal question of what a "Hoya" was.

I assumed at the time the team was suddenly very very good and/or the player they were built around was sure to be highly drafted & be the NBA's next Star Of Tomorrow but I guess it wasn't even that?
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Postby loaf angel » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:48 pm

spiky hair in 9th grade that was about it i think
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Postby figaro » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:50 pm

is the the butt cut due for a come back?
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