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18 Alternatives To Those Played-Out Dorm-Room Posters

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The struggle of the dorm-room poster: You need something to represent everything that you are to all your new college friends, but you can’t have the same picture every other room down the hall has. It’s about marking where you fit in, while still standing out. So instead of leaving you to desperately sift through your school-hosted poster sale for something original (spoiler alert: You won’t find anything original there), we’ve collected alternatives for the posters you’re likely to see everywhere else (you can also check out more of our favorite posters on Amazon, here).

Go with: a pack of cigarettes that are actually joints. (Obama smoking works, too.)

Mainstream Marijuana

Instead of: Pulp Fiction.

Go With: Get Out.

Get Out by Hassan Irshaad

Instead of: the periodic table of mixology.

Go with: a minimalist, graphic Manhattan.


Buy it: $18 at Spring

Go with: a colorful, Get Shit Done.

Get Shit Done

Go with: a vintage Apple poster, because you’re fun and like new technologies and sciences. Or, for something more affordable, keep it simple with a brain.

Vintage Apple Rainbow Logo Poster

Buy it: $100 at eBay

Instead of: a beer-pong poster.

Go with: a beer tarot card.

Beer Reading

Instead of: anything Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe.

Go with: Rihanna.


Instead of: an Andy Warhol soup can.

Go with: Andy Warhol’s far-more-fun after-party.

Andy Warhol After the Party Alcohol Poster

Buy it: $12 at Amazon

Instead of: that Pink Floyd poster with all of the painted butts.

Go with: a cartoon butt.

Booty 2

Instead of: any other Alfred Hitchcock poster.

Go with: a text-heavy Rear Window.

Rear Window

Instead of: Starry Night.

Go with: Maurizio Cattelan’s gold toilet.

Maurizio Cattelan: “America” Exhibition Poster

Instead of: Kramer from Seinfeld.

Go with: Kings Landing from Game of Thrones.

Kings Landing

Instead of: a band’s vintage day-roll poster.

Go with: a graphic designer’s David Bowie poster.

David Bowie at Dunstable Civic Center, 1972

Go with: a poster that says vibrate and also looks like it’s vibrating.

Human Being Journal Vibrate Poster

Instead of: the Beatles.

Go with: the Migos.

Migos T-shirt

Instead of: a vintage tin hot-dog photo.

Go with: dancing fast food.

Let’s All Go to the Lobby

Instead of: Tupac or Biggie.

Go with: Frank Ocean.

Frank Ocean Poster

Go with: Jonah Hill and Michael Cera in Superbad.


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