If you think back to the memes of 2014, you may remember Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posting an Instagram throwback of himself in 1994.
In the now viral picture he sports an iconic turtleneck and chain, a singular silver hoop earring, and an ambiguous 90s-esque poof of hair sprouting from his head. As his own caption states, the “fanny pack and lean take it to a whole other level.” His super self-consciously placed arms, one of which is being shielded from stairwell dust by a protective tissue, are arguably the most hilarious part.
From that fateful moment on, the image of The Rock has been circulating Tumblr and Facebook. People have even gone as 1994 The Rock for halloween.
This image of the Rock, a kinda serious buff guy, has remained as a longstanding meme since its initial posting. And The Rock doesn’t exactly seem opposed to that
This past Saturday, Johnson hosted Saturday Night Live. This was his moment for a recreation of the legendary shot. For the SNL weekly promotional photo, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posed at a stairwell rocking (no pun intended) a turtleneck, chain, silver hoop, and yes awkwardly-placed-hand-on-fanny-pack. He even took time to, again, place a tissue underneath his shirt in order not to dirty the shirt.
Have a look, because side by side the recreation and the original are golden. The added eyebrow raise is a new and welcomed aspect to this aesthetic. We can only imagine how amusing this photo shoot must have been. Wonder if he had to buy a new turtleneck and chain, or had the old ones waiting in the wings for just the right time…
Ultimately it seems to be that The Rock is just as amused by his own 90s fashion faux-pas as we all are. And let’s all take a moment to be grateful for that!