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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.

Feb 28, 2020, 10:48 pm*

Internet Culture


Jay Hathaway

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.

I tried.

— BooDoo (@BooDooPerson) October 5, 2016

mate some advice for ya @dril

— marben (@bonerman_inc) October 5, 2016

.@Wendys #RIPTom

— Howard Whosman (@FanSince09) October 5, 2016

— brian feldman (@bafeldman) October 5, 2016

— YOU GOT THAT WRONG (@NotFaulty) October 5, 2016

— Ed Jefferson (@edjeff) October 5, 2016


— chris (@BassoonJokes) October 5, 2016

— Howard Whosman (@FanSince09) October 5, 2016

— Bob Loss ☭ (@AlmightyBoob) October 5, 2016


— Derek Li 🇨🇦 (@derekdli) October 5, 2016


— Howard Whosman (@FanSince09) October 5, 2016

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:

the cutoff for doing lasergrid horizons with a shiny metal top text and a neon graffiti subtitle is tomorrow night so get yours in everybody

— DOCFUTURE (@topherflorence) June 14, 2016

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

— Christine Love (@christinelove) October 5, 2016

I’m glad you asked!

— A͜͞͏.͜͏̕ ̴̨͏̀K̷oford (@apelad) October 5, 2016

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

But as a reminder, if you look around on that site…

— Rogue Mike Sterling (@mikesterling) October 5, 2016

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.

— leon (@leyawn) October 5, 2016

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

Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on,, and the Morning News.

Jay Hathaway