24 Vintage Pictures Of Your Parents Being Cooler Than You Will Ever Be

Proof that our parents used up all the cool and left us with none.

If you’ve ever looked through your parents’ vintage photos from when they were younger, you might have stumbled across some jarring images — proof that, in a different decade, some of them were kind of… hip, perhaps even edgy or downright cool.

Nowadays, so many of us covet all things vintage. We wish we could live in the 1980s punk scene or the 1970s disco era or the free love 1960s. And, for many of us, these are precisely the decades in which our parents got to be young and hip.

While our parents didn’t have the internet back then, they did have cameras — and the fashion sense and attitude to look good in front of the lens. Of course, what our parents also didn’t have was smartphones, cyberbullying, and YouTube celebrities; our parents lived their lives in the real world and in the moment and were all the cooler for it.

That’s not to say that any generation, even theirs, is without worry and woe. But the pressures then weren’t quite the same — your parents only had to keep up with the Joneses, not the Kardashians.

Without Facebook and Netflix, our parent’s generation had time to learn to ride unicycles and go to mermaid tryouts at Disneyland. They grew epic beards and wore stylishly chic outfits without an Instagram profile to show it off. They lived for their friends and their cars, and they swore to never, ever be as un-cool as their parents.

Even if your parents weren’t as “hip” as those pictured in the vintage photos from the 1960s-1980s above, they probably didn’t even care. And that right there puts them in the upper echelon of cool.

1960s Chillin’ with the Chianti

Drinking Smoking Couple

The Early 80s were all about jogging shorts and feathered hair.

Girls Rush Hat

1973 Flower power and free enterprise

Vintage Photos Flower Sales

Late 60s classic look on a motorbike

Hip Barefoot Dad

1980s Skateboarding

Punk Skater

1970s Style never dies

Getting Ready Couple

1980s Awesome boombox style

Boom Box Paint

1960s Epic fashion

Mod Dress Mom

1980s Badass

Hiking Mustache Man

1970s but looks like it could be today

70s Hawaii Beard

1960s Love with style

Detriot Cool Couple

1960s Mermaid show? Cool!

Disneyland Mermaid Tryouts

1980s Awesomeness

Tall Model Pants

1970s El Camino hang out

Kids Cruising Van Nuys

1970s Computer cool

Suave Computer

1980s Punk era

Pierced Punker

1970s Corduroy casual

1960s Sunbathing like a boss

1980s Big Hair style

1960s Civil Rights Movement

1960s Hippie Vibe

1960s Fashion and music

1980s when you had to carry your music

1970s Expression

With some of these photos, it can be hard to tell what era they are from. It seems time, like all things, goes in circles.

Based on materials from ATI