|15.6" Laptop Computer Bag (US)|
Also available in the UK
For this post, I will be discussing a range of very cool-looking, 80s boombox/ghettoblaster bags. However I'd like to start by taking a look back at just what it was like growing up in the ghettoblaster age.
If you were a teenager in the 1980s, then chances are you owned a ghettoblaster at some point. I seem to remember that it was the cool-looking black dude (who was strutting around with a massive boombox on his shoulder) in the first Police Academy film that inspired me to buy one. I bought one from Dixons, but was never actually brave enough to place it on my shoulder. Indeed, living out in the sticks in Gloucestershire, no doubt, I would have been a laughing stock had I chosen to do so. The guy I am referring to was, of course, Larvelle Jones who was played by Michael Winslow, and he continues to make a living providing those amazing vocal sound effects, apparently.
|JVC DC-33L Ghettoblaster|
More popular were the twin tape deck machines which allowed you to record from a commercial cassette to a blank one. You could also enjoy simultaneous and continuous playback of two cassettes on many models, and tape your favourite songs off the radio, of course. The more expensive ghetto blasters were sturdy beasts with metal buttons and built-in graphic equalizers.
|Ghettoblaster Shoulder Bag (UK)|
Also Available at Amazon.com (US)
One of the most exciting and quirky collections of bags can be found at Redbubble.com who ship worldwide. I've added a small example of what's available.
|Ghettoblaster Messenger/Postman Bag|
|Official Run DMC Boombox Messenger Bag (US)|
If you're an 80s hip hop fan then this retro Run DMC bag may be your thing. It's ideal for keeping your cassette collection in! This item is also available at Amazon.co.uk.
Here are some more awesome designs that I discovered...
Revel Paper Retro Boombox Wine CarrierRevel Paper Colorful Boombox Wine CarrierAquarius Boombox Large Tin Fun BoxWow! Boom Box Bean Bag Chair (adults)
MP3 Plug-in Boombox Bag with real speakers!Ghetto Blaster Weekend BagBoom Box Cooler Bag with real speakers for MP3sFydelity Sport Boom Box Bum Bag
To see everything available, I recommend using the following searches;
Boombox Bags UK
Boombox Bags US
Ghettoblaster Bags UK
Ghettoblaster Bags US
Boombox Bags at ebay (UK, US, Canada, Australia)
|Boom Box Bottle Cooler Bag at ebay|
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post. Whether you want to breakdance around it or simply keep your sandwiches in it, a ghetto blaster bag going to be a real talking point. And can you imagine the look on the faces of your friends or work colleagues when they feast their eyes on your uber cool bag - they'll all want one!
You can see many more retro bags with an 80s theme at my website SimplyEighties.com.