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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).

Mainstream Marijuana

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

Get Out by Hassan Irshaad

Instead of: Pulp Fiction.
Go With: Get Out.

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Instead of: the periodic table of mixology.
Go with: a minimalist, graphic Manhattan.

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Get Shit Done

Instead of: Keep Calm and Carry On.
Go with: a colorful, Get Shit Done.

Vintage Apple Rainbow Logo Poster

Instead of: Albert Einstein sticking his tongue out.
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.

Beer Reading

Instead of: a beer-pong poster.
Go with: a beer tarot card.


Instead of: anything Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe.
Go with: Rihanna.

Andy Warhol After the Party Alcohol Poster

Instead of: an Andy Warhol soup can.
Go with: Andy Warhol’s far-more-fun after-party.

Booty 2

Instead of: that Pink Floyd poster with all of the painted butts.
Go with: a cartoon butt.

Rear Window

Instead of: any other Alfred Hitchcock poster.
Go with: a text-heavy Rear Window.

Maurizio Cattelan: “America” Exhibition Poster

Instead of: Starry Night.
Go with: Maurizio Cattelan’s gold toilet.

Kings Landing

Instead of: Kramer from Seinfeld.
Go with: Kings Landing from Game of Thrones.

David Bowie at Dunstable Civic Center, 1972

Instead of: a band’s vintage day-roll poster.
Go with: a graphic designer’s David Bowie poster.

Human Being Journal Vibrate Poster

Instead of: M.C. Escher’s optical illusions.
Go with: a poster that says vibrate and also looks like it’s vibrating.

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Migos T-shirt

Instead of: the Beatles.
Go with: the Migos.

Let’s All Go to the Lobby

Instead of: a vintage tin hot-dog photo.
Go with: dancing fast food.

Frank Ocean Poster

Instead of: Tupac or Biggie.
Go with: Frank Ocean.


Instead of: John Belushi in Animal House.
Go with: Jonah Hill and Michael Cera in Superbad.

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18 Alternatives to Those Played-Out Dorm-Room Posters