These Vintage Photos Will Transport You Back To The 1980s

The 1980s were a time of wild fashion and wilder hair, gaming at home or in the arcades, strange family photos, Walkman personal stereos and boomboxes, Star Wars, E.T., punk rock, boxed Halloween costumes, and so much more. Whether you remember the decade well or hardly at all, don’t just take our word for it. Travel back to the future (well, to the ’80s) with these vintage photographs that show life from the grim subways of New York to the street skateboarders of Los Angeles.

Tailgating At A Bruce Springsteen Concert

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Ebet Roberts/Redferns/Getty Images

Back before tailgating predominantly meant driving really closely behind someone, people tailgated at concerts and other social gatherings. This version of tailgating entailed gathering behind a parked car in the parking lot, playing music, snacking, and having a beverage before the event.

These young adults are waiting to see Bruce Springsteen live, as is indicated by the “Springsteen” bumper sticker. They were probably listening to the legendary rocker’s music on that big boombox in the trunk when this photo was snapped.