June 2, 2009

Childhood In Color

It's hard to see 80's colorways on modern day products and not think it looks contrived. The whole 80's revival thing has been off and on for a while now, but these images bring us back to where it all came from. A lot of the colors so closely intertwined with memories of the 80's, were directly inspired by the surf, skate and BMX cultures of the day. It's always fun to take a look at where trends came from, to see what it looked like before it was forced into a mold, watered down and sprayed on the consumer population.

Thanks to this Flickr set from a recent BMX show, we are able to get up close and be taken back to a time when looking at a hot-pink bike wouldn't conjure questions such as, "why did you paint it that color", but rather the more likely, "well, why wouldn't it be painted this color?"