Students can feel the pressure when choosing an outfit to wear for their yearbook photo – but one solved the problem by wearing the same t-shirt seven years on the trot.
As a sixth grader, Justin Taylor chose to wear a navy t-shirt to have his annual picture taken – then stuck with the same one right up until his senior year.
Justin Taylor, now the Global Director of Digital Marketing at Nike Basketball, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Portland, thought the commitment to the same dark blue Billabong t-shirt ‘was pretty hilarious,’ but admits his parents didn’t appreciate the joke.
Picture perfect: Justin Taylor played a long-running joke of wearing the same signature dark blue Billabong t-shirt in his school photos from 6th grade all the way to senior year
Justin Taylor, now as a graduated adult trying on his now famous surfers t-shirt captioned: ‘Still fits!’
After sharing a picture on Twitter showing his school photos from the sixth to the twelfth grade, each featuring the same t-shirt from surf company Billabong, Jason Taylor received over six thousand retweets and comments from dozens of Twitter users praising his bold decision.
However he said that his parents ‘weren’t fans’ of his seven-year commitment.
Speaking to TeenVogue, Justin said that when he was growing up in a small surf town all he wanted was to fit in and sporting the coolest surf brands was ‘the thing to do to fit in.’
He also said that the large surf brands such as Billabong were expensive, so his parents only bought him a couple of key pieces from the popular surf brand at the beginning of the year.
Justin was thanked and praised by Twitter users who enjoyed and laughed at his long-term joke
The originality of the stunt delighted twitter users with this person calling the prank as ‘fantastic’
The plight of the school photo, what to wear: Twitter users hailed young Justin’s confidence to keep the laugh going
Justin certainly played against the stereotype that young people don’t usually plan for the future. Nevermind saving for college, Justin needed to plan ahead to set up the ultimate school photo prank
The well planned joke happened coincidentally when Justin wore the t-shirt two school photos in a row, then decided to keep his stunt going.
The picture features a print of the first school photo where Justin debuts his favourite t-shirt, and each following photo shows a young man gradually growing up, with the beginnings of a beard in his senior year photo.
The t-shirt becomes stretched and faded in its later years, but Justin felt so comfortable in his now famous signature dark blue Billabong t-shirt that he still has it.
Sharing a photo of himself in the present day still wearing the same t-shirt, he said: ‘Still fits!’
In a reply to an admiring Twitter user, Justin said that he wore the same t-shirt ‘in my drivers license and passport photos as well.’