The Morning GIF: A toast to Rihanna

You want seapunk? Atlantic Wire will give you seapunk.

Mar 3, 2020, 12:43 am*


Lorraine Murphy 

Lorraine Murphy

Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

Rihanna and Azealia Banks have recently raided the Wayback Machine to steal inspiration from seapunk, itself inspired by aqueous, super-saturated Web graphics from the distant past. Well, the ‘90s.

But this half-hearted co-option of the Grungiest Decade is only half what it could be. Even in the white-hot peak of the dolphin trend, it was still considered rather esoteric, a Lena Olin rather than a Daryl Hannah. For full ’90s effect, The Atlantic Wire has placed the songbird from Barbados on the ultimate early Web background.

Flying toasters were part of After Dark, a screensaver package (yes, people used to buy screensavers) that came out in 1989 and was the first and last screensaver package to cause an actual sensation because … flying toasters!

No, really, this was a thing.

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*First Published: Nov 15, 2012, 9:27 am