‘Old’ Taylor Swift, ‘dabbing’ among ‘dead’ pop culture trends in New York artist’s Halloween graveyard decoration

1:16 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 Holidays
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“The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? ‘Cause her name’s on a decorative Halloween tombstone in New York.”

OK, OK, those aren’t the real lyrics to Swift’s hit single “Look What You Made Me Do.” But Swift’s old visage does decorate a fake tombstone in an artist’s yard in New York. It’s all part of a yard cemetery of pop culture trends that “died” in 2017, like the “old” Swift, “watching live TV,” “dabbing” and “ombre hair.”

The pop culture graveyard is the artistic product of New York artist Michael Fry, who told the Houston Chronicle that he has been decorating his yard with the fake tombstones for three years, ever since he went on a family trip to Disney World and saw a humorous graveyard containing tombstones with rhyming epitaphs. 

“I wanted mine to be funny, but current and about relevant things happening now,” Fry told the Chronicle.  I also wanted them to change every year so the cemetery would be fresh and new each Halloween.”

Fry said he does it for the laughs.

“There's a lot of bad everything out there and a laugh once in awhile can be very healing. I just want people to walk by, see the pictures and laugh a little, whether they agree or disagree.”

While we’re naming trends that have died in 2017, we in Austin would like to add “MoPac construction,” “cheap Netflix prices,” “moral victories” and “affordable South Congress rent prices.” 

Y’all got any dead Austin trends you want to pay your respects to? Let us know in the comments.

Check out more photos of the tombstones here

[H/T Houston Chronicle]

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