After last week, I’m not entirely sure where we go with things this week. Once you’ve posted a picture of a man with Dancing Guy and said man has a pierced belly button with a Hooter’s outfit on, it’s tough for anyone to email you something that makes you say “Yep, that’s better.”
But I believe in you, KSR readers. I believe in your senses of humor. I believe in the aUKward pictures your Mom made you take against your will when you were young. Most of all, I believe that we here at aUKward Fan Photos have our best yet to come. Continue to send in your photos to me at [email protected] or tweet them to me @AFlenerKSR.
This week’s entry comes to us from Justin Prather.
Along with the photo, Justin writes:
“What’s up Aaron? My name is Justin Prather. I’m 26 years old and have lived in Lexington my entire life. This is a picture of my dad and I taken in the early 90’s. I think this picture shows where today’s “die hard UK fan” came from and what it was like growing up in the early 90’s in Kentucky. I don’t believe I would have the fanhood I have today or the UK Logo that’s tattooed on my back if it wasn’t for my father raising me how he did. He was as die hard as die hard gets and he made sure my brothers and I grew up bleeding blue just like he did. He had me Go Big Blue’ing at a young age. I think all of us who grew up in Kentucky during the early 90’s share a similar childhood and were raised to bleed blue and always love our basketball team, but only my dad and I did it with mullets. Go Big Blue!!”
Well hey there, Justin. Not much is up. Just writing Chapter 5 of aUKward Fan Photos. Thanks for asking. I love this picture of you and your Dad. While I can appreciate your Dad having you “Go Big Blue’ing” at a young age, I have some questions and observations about this photo you have passed along.
1.) While riding around in what I assume was some sort of minivan or family station wagon, how were people supposed to know who you guys supported if your Dad kept the car flag in the house for photo opportunities? Wait, don’t answer that. I bet you all had two.
2.) I’m not a face paint guy. Never have been. Never will be. (Didn’t like how it felt when it dried. I am also a forehead sweater. Forehead sweat is detrimental to face paint. Also, I’m now a grown man.) But if that’s how kids want to show their support, I’m fine with it. However, I’m not sure how I feel about a grown man painting his face. And not only did he paint his face, HE PAINTED HIS NECK. I realize this is in the privacy of your home, but I hope you still make fun of your dad for this.
3.) I want to point out that Dad has not one, but TWO t-shirts tucked into his sweatpants. He’s formal, but he’s here to party. I’m a fan of that.
4.) It’s hard to tell in the picture, but you said you and your Dad both had mullets in this picture. I guess we have Rex Chapman and Uncle Jesse to thank for making those okay.
I think most Kentucky fans have similar stories of their families influencing their UK fan hood. I know I do. Being able to share a passion for the Big Blue with family members is what makes being a UK fan so cool. Whenever I meet UK fans, especially outside of the state of Kentucky, I always ask how they became a fan. Almost 100% of the time it is because they were brought up in the UK faith. The remainder just got lucky and happened to see the light a little later in life.