You can't bring back the past. But you can recreate it. And when you do, take a photograph and submit it to the subreddit r/PastAndPresentPics. Everyone else does.

Whether it's a quirky childhood memory, a romantic teenage moment, or an honorable ancestral tribute, these guys welcome it all. 

To give you an idea of how to pull it off, we at Bored Panda hand-picked a selection of the best posts we could find on the subreddit and even managed to have a friendly chat with its staff about everything that goes on in this wholesome online community.

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#1

Same Pride, Same Couple 25 Years Later (2017)

Same Pride, Same Couple 25 Years Later (2017)

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

You make a beautiful couple, here’s to 25 more

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#2

It's All I Wanted For My 60th Birthday

It's All I Wanted For My 60th Birthday

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Monday
Community Member
2 months ago

Damn I hope I can look that good at 60.

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There are two people running r/PastAndPresentPics — the founder u/NateTrib as well as the moderator and CSS u/enfrozt. Luckily, both of them were kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

"If you sort the subreddit by 'Top' you'll notice our most popular pictures are from 2 years ago, 7 years ago, and 4 years ago," u/enfrozt told Bored Panda. "The subreddit has been around for a long time, and some of our front-page posts were from quite a while ago."

"Recently there was a post that I'm really fond of," the moderator added. "It features a past-and-present picture of a person that is a cub scout to eagle scout. Really cool to see them grow and still have the same outfit."

#3

The Most Poignant Pastandpresent Pic I've Seen To Date

The Most Poignant Pastandpresent Pic I've Seen To Date

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Konpat
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2 months ago

Fierce ladies. The last picture is heartbreaking.

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#4

Faithful Little Desk Buddy

Faithful Little Desk Buddy

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MrOwlAteMyMetalWorm.
Community Member
2 months ago

My favourite.

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According to u/NateTrib, the fan favorites are photos recreating a past photo where the person tries to nail every aspect, including the background, the pose, and the outfit.

"Shout out to my dad who still had his same shirt 25 years later when we did a family Christmas photo recreation!" u/NateTrib added.

"The subreddit is pretty niche so when someone takes the time to do a legit Past And Present Pic, the community definitely shows them love!"

#5

Couple At Woodstock 48 Hrs After They Met And 50 Years Later

Couple At Woodstock 48 Hrs After They Met And 50 Years Later

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A B C
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh her devious smile in the first pic. Gorgeous :D

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#6

Me As A Baby Wearing A Ridiculous Wig vs. Me At 21 With The Hair I Ended Up Growing

Me As A Baby Wearing A Ridiculous Wig vs. Me At 21 With The Hair I Ended Up Growing

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Yvonne Dauwalder Balsiger
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2 months ago

Her hair! 😍😍😍

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#7

34 Years Apart.

34 Years Apart.

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Riddhi⭐
Community Member
2 months ago

Adorable!🥰

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Currently, the subreddit has 62.2K members. u/enfrozt thinks people are so interested in/entertained by other photo recreations because we all have a soft spot for nostalgia. "Whether it's walking down the road of your childhood neighborhood, the smell of your mother's homecooked food, or eating an ice cream from the shop near your house that tastes the exact same as when you were young, memories from the good times can spark positive emotions," they explained. "I think the older we get, the more we reminisce about the 'good times,' the fond memories of growing up."

#8

40 Years Later...

40 Years Later...

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Awwwww

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#9

My Mother Made Me The 2 Year Old Outfit And The 39 Year Old Outfit

My Mother Made Me The 2 Year Old Outfit And The 39 Year Old Outfit

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Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

You mean it's not the same outfit!? LOL

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#10

My Sister And I Graduating Headstart vs. Us Graduating College

My Sister And I Graduating Headstart vs. Us Graduating College

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
2 months ago

Congrats!

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The moderator thinks this quote from Andy Bernard is very fitting when talking about r/PastAndPresentPics: "I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them."

"Partake in a hobby, learn a language, practice an instrument, visit a country," u/enfrozt said. "It's never too late to do that one thing you've been putting off, make every day matter."

#11

When The Student Pulls A Reverse Uno On The Teacher..

When The Student Pulls A Reverse Uno On The Teacher..

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

HEY, , YOU..,yeah, YOU.., all teachers are super heroes in my book

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#12

On The Left Was Mother In 1980. Now In 2014, Her Daughter.

On The Left Was Mother In 1980. Now In 2014, Her Daughter.

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Shea
Community Member
2 months ago

twins??

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#13

My Son And I Planted Our Faces On A Copier, Then And Now

My Son And I Planted Our Faces On A Copier, Then And Now

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Lav Oravaf
Community Member
2 months ago

love this one !

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#14

My Parents Took Pictures Of Us Asleep In Weird Positions When We Were Kids. We Recreated The Photos As Adults, But Just Look Like A Bunch Of Drunks!

My Parents Took Pictures Of Us Asleep In Weird Positions When We Were Kids. We Recreated The Photos As Adults, But Just Look Like A Bunch Of Drunks!

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Kids are part liquid before 12 years of age

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u/enfrozt highlighted that the subreddit has infrequent posts, but the ones it does are usually really good. So it's not about quantity but quality. "I think the subreddit is a perfect sweet spot between a small enough community to not attract too many trolls, and large enough that we get content. Our little corner on Reddit has a great community."

If you're lucky to have any old photos lying around, the moderator highly suggests to try and get your family and friends together and reenact your pictures. "You can create some new memories from the old ones," they added. "See where you are today from where you came from and have a laugh or two while doing it!"

#15

From A Ten Your Old Cub Scout To A 27 Year Old Eagle Scout (Even The Hat Is The Same. Go Braves!!!)

From A Ten Your Old Cub Scout To A 27 Year Old Eagle Scout (Even The Hat Is The Same. Go Braves!!!)

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fire bug
Community Member
2 months ago

Congrats!

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#16

Biff Got What He Deserved After Almost 35 Years.

Biff Got What He Deserved After Almost 35 Years.

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SykesDaMan
Community Member
2 months ago

The actor grew up to look just like it was predicted in the 2nd installment. Great job by the makeup artists

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#17

My Wife And I During A Dance In Sixth Grade And Then On Our Wedding Day

My Wife And I During A Dance In Sixth Grade And Then On Our Wedding Day

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Riddhi⭐
Community Member
2 months ago

They look beautiful together!❤

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#18

Only A Few Months Apart.

Only A Few Months Apart.

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Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

Old habits die hard. :D

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#19

For My Mom’s 60th Birthday, My Brothers, My Cousin And I Recreated A Photo From My First Day Of Kindergarten.

For My Mom’s 60th Birthday, My Brothers, My Cousin And I Recreated A Photo From My First Day Of Kindergarten.

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A B C
Community Member
2 months ago

One apparently didn't get the dresscode memo :D

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#20

I Came To This Courtroom With My Class In Kindergarten. Today, 14 Years Later, I Finished My Internship With The Judge In The Same Courtroom.

I Came To This Courtroom With My Class In Kindergarten. Today, 14 Years Later, I Finished My Internship With The Judge In The Same Courtroom.

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kasa alex
Community Member
2 months ago

Love the happiness in the left photo (well, both photos, really)

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#21

My Grandpa In The Middle With His Sister Annetta On His Left With Their Best Friends 1927 vs. 1992

My Grandpa In The Middle With His Sister Annetta On His Left With Their Best Friends 1927 vs. 1992

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Yelena Yardeen
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful to see friendships last all these years

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#22

They Were Neighbours Since The Birth, The Photo Was Taken On The Bride's 3th Birthday By Her Parents

They Were Neighbours Since The Birth, The Photo Was Taken On The Bride's 3th Birthday By Her Parents

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MrOwlAteMyMetalWorm.
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

3rd. Just had to.

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#23

Steve And Robert Irwin Feeding The Same Crocodile 15 Years Apart

Steve And Robert Irwin Feeding The Same Crocodile 15 Years Apart

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
2 months ago

It's still wonderful to see how secure and loving Steve was with every animal. You can see here that Robert is more afraid and cautious of the croc, while Steve is just happy and enthusiastic (and probably a little careless).

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#24

15 Years Later And We Still Have That Mall Photo Shoot Swagger!

15 Years Later And We Still Have That Mall Photo Shoot Swagger!

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Riddhi⭐
Community Member
2 months ago

They still look so similar!😄

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#25

My Grandma And Dad 1966 And 2020

My Grandma And Dad 1966 And 2020

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Mina Sommerville
Community Member
2 months ago

Great looking mum and son!

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#26

This Famous Photo Of A 12yr Old Afghan Girl And Her 18 Years Later (Photo By Steve Mccurry)

This Famous Photo Of A 12yr Old Afghan Girl And Her 18 Years Later (Photo By Steve Mccurry)

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
2 months ago

The photographer (Steve McCurry), attracted to this child's (Sharbat Gula) eyes, approached her teacher. He convinced the teacher make Sharbat remove her hijab and look at him - both actions generally condemned in her culture. Sure, it's a good photo. But we have to remember this child was terrified because she was instructed to ignore her cultural norms and basically disrobe for the camera. It's appalling ethics from the photographer. I don't think any art, no matter how good, should force and capitalize on the vulnerability of children.

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#27

My Sister Got Married Over The Weekend, So We Recreated This Gem From Our Childhood

My Sister Got Married Over The Weekend, So We Recreated This Gem From Our Childhood

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Susan Bosse
Community Member
2 months ago

She's just beautiful and I know y'all will both cherish these pix. Lol

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#28

I Found An Old Pic Of Me Playing Computer Games. As It Turns Out I Haven't Changed Very Much

I Found An Old Pic Of Me Playing Computer Games. As It Turns Out I Haven't Changed Very Much

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Mazer
Community Member
2 months ago

Still have that pesky cowlick!

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#29

My Dog, In The Same Spot, At 1 Year Old And 11 Years Old.

My Dog, In The Same Spot, At 1 Year Old And 11 Years Old.

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Laura Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

aww cute

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#30

Perfect Past And Present Strangers

Perfect Past And Present Strangers

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fire bug
Community Member
2 months ago

I used to love that show.

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#31

Brothers In A Bathtub. 20 Years Apart.

Brothers In A Bathtub. 20 Years Apart.

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ThoughtsAreNotFacts
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol, a little less wiggle room now!

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#32

My Mom Holding Me 1979, My Mom Holding My Daughter In The Same Dress 2019.

My Mom Holding Me 1979, My Mom Holding My Daughter In The Same Dress 2019.

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

Aw! How cute!

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#33

15 Years Of Anniversaries. Can You Tell When It Stopped Being Taken With A Digital Camera And Began Being Taken With A Phone?

15 Years Of Anniversaries. Can You Tell When It Stopped Being Taken With A Digital Camera And Began Being Taken With A Phone?

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Francis
Community Member
2 months ago

i really love this :)

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#34

Same Beach, 25 Years Apart.

Same Beach, 25 Years Apart.

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ThoughtsAreNotFacts
Community Member
2 months ago

Hahaha! Great sense of humor

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#35

My Sister And I, 1992 And 2014

My Sister And I, 1992 And 2014

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
2 months ago

Her face did say...."Are you sure he's adopted?"

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#36

Passing Down The Baby Express To My Own Son

Passing Down The Baby Express To My Own Son

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Riddhi⭐
Community Member
2 months ago

Awwwww😍🤗🥰

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#37

I've Never Been Particularly Photogenic...

I've Never Been Particularly Photogenic...

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Yvonne Dauwalder Balsiger
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2 months ago

I feel you!

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#38

Every Five Years From 1982-2012, Five Men Take The Same Photo At Their Cabin At Copco Lake In California. They Plan On Adding A 2017 Photo This Summer.

Every Five Years From 1982-2012, Five Men Take The Same Photo At Their Cabin At Copco Lake In California. They Plan On Adding A 2017 Photo This Summer.

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Riddhi⭐
Community Member
2 months ago

Cheers to their 30 yrs(probably more🤞🏻) of friendship!!🎊

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#39

24 Years In Between

24 Years In Between

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Robin DJW
Community Member
2 months ago

They look so happy, and happy together. I wish I had a similar pic of me and my brothers.

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#40

My Grandma’s Lebanese Passport Picture From 1955 (Left) And Me In The Present (Right). Christmas Gift To My Dad Last Year

My Grandma’s Lebanese Passport Picture From 1955 (Left) And Me In The Present (Right). Christmas Gift To My Dad Last Year

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Monday
Community Member
2 months ago

I can't believe how good that passport photo looks....I thought the rule was you had to look awful in it

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#41

17 Years Apart - 2004 Cicada Brood —> 2021 Cicada Brood

17 Years Apart - 2004 Cicada Brood —> 2021 Cicada Brood

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Camilla Koutsos
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful smile.

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#42

Timeless.

Timeless.

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ThoughtsAreNotFacts
Community Member
2 months ago

Super fans!

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#43

23 Years

23 Years

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Riddhi⭐
Community Member
2 months ago

I like how the father is even more annoyed the next time😂

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#44

My Daughter, Age 2 In 1998 On The Left, My Granddaughter, Age Two In 2019 On The Right

My Daughter, Age 2 In 1998 On The Left, My Granddaughter, Age Two In 2019 On The Right

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Robert T
Community Member
2 months ago

More twins lost in time. :D

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#45

My Boyfriend And I Discovered We Had Matching Photos As Ninja Turtles-Obsessed Preschoolers. We Knew What Had To Happen Next.

My Boyfriend And I Discovered We Had Matching Photos As Ninja Turtles-Obsessed Preschoolers. We Knew What Had To Happen Next.

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Alex Luiz
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2 months ago

We not going to talk about the epic hair?

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#46

Picture On The Right Went Viral Recently. 33 Years Later The Same Protagonists Recreated It

Picture On The Right Went Viral Recently. 33 Years Later The Same Protagonists Recreated It

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
2 months ago

I guess the picture on the left went viral :)

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#47

Tony Hawk Around 1983 And Earlier This Year At Sanoland In Cardiff, Ca

Tony Hawk Around 1983 And Earlier This Year At Sanoland In Cardiff, Ca

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago

Excuse me, kid, but did anyone tell you that you look like a young Tony Hawk?

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#48

My Son's First Days Of School, K-12

My Son's First Days Of School, K-12

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Naruto Fan
Community Member
2 months ago

My 7 is tomorrow

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#49

Pop Wanted To Recreate His Childhood Santa Photo

Pop Wanted To Recreate His Childhood Santa Photo

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I am avoiding my homework
Community Member
2 months ago

Santa looks a little bit annoyed

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#50

He's Come Such A Long Way. Much Love For Steveo

He's Come Such A Long Way. Much Love For Steveo

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Devil's Advocate
Community Member
2 months ago

Still smoking, or is that a carrot stick, can't see with where the photo is cropped

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