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Everyone’s going crazy for this totally rad ’80s text generator

Put your weirdest ideas and references into a retro lasergrid, for some reason.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 5, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 8:55 pm CDT

On Twitter today, it’s all laser grids, stars, shiny purple, and chrome. Everyone’s become obsessed with an ’80s text generator that’s basically the visual equivalent of the Drive soundtrack.


It’s a retro cousin to the “aesthetics” design movement that goes with Vaporwave music and Tumblr—which also loves grids and purple hues, albeit softer, more “chill” ones.

There are hundreds of these messages floating around, and many of them are abjectly weird, kind of funny, or just references to other memes.

So, yeah, that’s happening. It’s happening to the point that people are already sick of it, and it will soon die of overexposure. In fact, it may have died before it ever got big. This tweet is from June:

But if you feel like living out your neon-and-chrome retrowave dreams, just go ahead and do you.

I’m glad you asked!

There you go. And if you get bored of this one, the same website is a deep, timesucking rathole of stylized text designs.

So far, none of them has the popular appeal of ’80s neon graffiti, but if the Stranger Things title graphic generator proved anything, it’s… that people love a vintage Stephen King vibe.

But if it proved anything else, it’s that text generators as a form of expression are alive and well, and their meme possibilities are far from exhausted.

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*First Published: Oct 5, 2016, 3:32 pm CDT