1980s: It’s a style, it’s a gimmick

Whether it’s video games, fashion, music or wrestling I have been finding more and more aesthetics on Instagram that continue to influence and inspire the way I dress and the way I appreciate this decade of technology, style and music: The 80s. Here are a few of my favorite entrepreneurs and content creators that feed my personal style.

1) LASER KITTEN

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I think I discovered Laser Kitten when I started following artist, Yoko Honda on Instagram. More on her later… Laser Kitten is the cute purveyor of 80s textile nostalgia. Think neon lights, clear landline phones, bold earrings and glitter. My favorite products of theirs are the patches and pins of stilettos, nail polish and the late and great musicians: Amy Winehouse and David Bowie riding a unicorn with Prince. Creator of Laser Kitten, Marisa has her showroom on Melrose Ave in the West Hollywood suburb and sells online of course. She hosts DIY sessions in the shop where people can come in and flair the fu*k out of their denim jackets or whatever accessories they choose to bring in. Her latest big collaboration is with Forever 21, where she is selling a few graphic tees, onesies and an acid wash denim jacket adorned with patches and original pins. Pick that ‘ish up! You know I got that onesie on lock.

2) Neon Talk

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I was born in 1989. The end of the era of technological and revolutionary decade of computers. Television ads were the main form of marketing and advertising, social media didn’t exist and the Internet was barely functional. NeonTalk is a spectacularly hoaky feed of 1980s advertisement goldmine including: ski fashion, celebrity throwback photos, makeup and technology. I never know whats going to come next from this feed, which is the fun part, I always remember the early 90s when I scroll through this feed, just because I distinctly remember my Dad having a beeper.

3) Robots With Rayguns

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I can’t remember when or where I even found this guy’s music, but it must have been on Twitter. Robots With Rayguns is a music account I’ve been following just for the shear joy of 80s neon designs and music mixes. Robots With Rayguns is Lucas, who makes “fresh tunes” and is available to stream on Spotify and Soundcloud. I couldn’t agree more that “Electro Isn’t Dead” because it’s my primary source of workout music, whether it’s current or a couple decades in the past. His Instagram feed is full of sound bites, Robots With Rayguns designs, and shadowy vaporwave prints. So Fresh.

4) Platinen & Plunder

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Look at this beat up OG Gameboy. This one looks like the first of its kind to live through the trial of times. The original Gameboy was released on April 21, 1989. Just a few months before I was born. My brother had one, which was then passed down to me, in which I played games like Paperboy, Metroid II, Super Mario Land, and a handful I can’t remember their names. This Instagram is all things Gameboy related, the evolution, pixel art, games this girl is playing and Nintendo stuff. As a girl growing up with Gameboy Color and the second generation of Pokemon games, it makes me miss all these stories and systems! I’m now on the hunt to collect them again.

5) Yoko Honda aka Yoko Pium

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Love, love, love this artist. I discovered her when I was on a blog that she was featured on. Instantly loved the work, I made it my cover photo on Facebook for forever and began following the feed on Instagram, Think about Miami Vice, Grand Theft Auto, and South Beach Art Deco motel-scapes. This is why I love hospitality that appreciates this aesthetic. Only a few exist in Las Vegas and this is why I love the California coast and would love to go to Miami to see the architecture. Most recently, Yoko Honda just collaborated with Urban Outfitters to put her prints on men’s board shorts. Love it!

 

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