So what’s the big deal about the poster? It’s not super rare, or remarkable, so what’s the big deal? I got the poster for my 14th birthday from my bestie, of my favourite band, GnR. I had tons of posters of various metal bands, (it was the late 80s after all) and it wasn’t my only Guns one, but for some reason it was my fave.
Being the 80s, it was also the age of the “satanic panic” unfortuantly. My parents being very religious and my father decided that heavy metal/hard rock was the devil. I came home one day, when I was 16, and all my posters, music mags and cassettes etc had been tossed out. And I had lots of stuff. It was what I spent my hard earned babysitting money on. Between Catholic school and being the oldest girl in a large conservative family (which made me second mom basically) I felt trapped and frustrated. As a creative person with entirely different values than the traditional family and school around me, music was my outlet and saving grace. It was the lighthouse that told me I could escape the conservative religious environment I was in. So of course, when I came home one day to find it all gone, I was devestated.
The poster framed and up on the wall!
When I had that dream I decided that almost 30 years later I would buy it back for myself. I did it for my inner teenager, to let her know I didn’t forget what happened, or how depressed she was after that. It doesn’t matter that it’s almost 30 later, it made me happy to get it back again.
If there was something you loved as a kid, or a teenager, that you lost, or was it taken from you, or that maybe you weren’t allowed to have it in the first place, then I encourage you to go get it. It doesn’t matter how old you are now, you’ll be happy you did.
You can watch the Unboxing below.