55 Vintage Photos Of Your Parents Being Cooler Than You Will Ever Be

Published October 19, 2017
Updated June 22, 2020

Our parents used up all the cool and left us with none, as evidenced by these ridiculously cool vintage photos.

Cool Vintage Photos Beers
Circa early 1980sskeleton-spotted/reddit

Girl In Rush Hat
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Vintage Photos Flowers For Sale
1973reddit

Couple Drinking And Smoking
Early 1960s2g00d2btru3/reddit

Vintage Photos Horse Wheelie
TheMasterOfDonuts/reddit

Woman On Motorbike
myparentswereawesome/tumblr

Man On Motorbike
Circa late 1960scherrycherries/reddit

Dj At Work
myparentswereawesome/tumblr

Teens At Pensacola Beach
1970Caesar100/reddit

Punk Skater
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Couple Getting Ready
myparentswereawesome/tumblr

Woman At The Beach
myparentswereawesome/tumblr

Suave Couple
myparentswereawesome/tumblr

Cool Vintage Pictures
stranganjn/tumblr

Woman In Mod Dress
myparentswereawesome/tumblr

Hiker With Mustache
myparentswereawesome/tumblr

Marching Band
1985DrGirlfriend93/reddit

Guy With Snake
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Helicopter Pilot
Circa 1980scompletedesaster/reddit

Coal Miner With Puppies
fifteentango88/reddit

Man With Beard
Circa late 1970sJesusCriminy/reddit

Woman With Hair Over Her Face
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Detriot Couple
Meunderwears/reddit

Disneyland Mermaid Tryouts
Tom Simpson/Flickr

Tall Model
myparentswereawesome/tumblr

Kids Cruising In Van Nuys
FNaXQ/reddit

Suave Computer Guy Cool Vintage Photos
imgur

Pierced Punker
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Man In Moccasins
corey_m_snow/reddit

Three Girls
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Cool Vintage Photos From The 1980s
myparentswereawesome/tumblr

Mechanic Girl
myparentswereawesome/tumblr

Man With Tattooed Hands
Circa early 1970sWhooperSwan/reddit

Classy Hat
myparentswereawesome/tumblr

Sunbathing On Car
Meunderwears/reddit

Vintage Photos
beentheredidntdothat/tumblr

Man Wearing Aviator Sunglasses
imgur

Curly Frizzy Hair
internetkholeblog/tumblr

People At The Beach
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Woman In Sleeveless Top
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Activist Volunteers
1964niknaktoo/reddit

Black Lace Gloves
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Young Hippies Playing Instruments
Paul Townsend/Flickr

Woman With Albums
1968Kent Kanouse/Flickr

Black Sabbath Shirt
Circa late 1970s8eMH83/reddit

Man Posing On Motorcycle
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Blonde Deejay
internetkholeblog/tumblr

New York Mom
1982funestm/reddit

Dad Smoking In Robe
1977buttsmuggler69/reddit

Woman In Denim Jacket
foundphotosofwomen/tumblr

Guy Leaning On Pontiac
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Woman With Blonde Mop
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Woman Skateboarding In Dress
internetkholeblog/tumblr

Man At The Beach
1979mollyme123/reddit

Motorcycle Woman Cool Vintage Photos
internetkholeblog/tumblr

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.


For even more cool vintage photos that reveal just how hip life could be in the 1970s and 1980s, check out these raw photos from Internet K-Hole. Then, check out these vintage hippie photos that capture flower power in full bloom.

Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.