Three Ways to Make Your Home a Nostalgic Paradise

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's The World's End will hit theaters on August 23, and anyone who is a fan of sci-fi or a major proponent of the first two of the Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, should certainly see the film. Pegg has made a career of writing movies for the inner fan boy. His first show, Spaced, was full of Star Wars and comic book references, and Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz played tribute to the zombie and buddy cop genres respectively. Pegg will be the first to admit that he hasn't grown up and become and "adult" – nor does he want to – and his movies cater to a similar minded group of individuals.


And the real question then becomes, what's wrong with that? As soon as you earn your first real paycheck, get married or put a down payment down on a home, does that mean that you should throw away all of the things that have helped shape who you are? No, of course not! In fact, you should celebrate these parts of your childhood that taught you the difference between right and wrong, helped you develop problem solving skills and got you through those awkward adolescent years. However, how does one do this under the guise that you're a "responsible" adult? Here are three simple ways:


Put an arcade machine in the garage: The garage is the pristine lair of most men. This is where they fix things and work on their cars. It's also the place that they could work on their Space Invaders score. The arcade was the haven for many children of the 80s and 90s, and many quarters were spent trying to topple Donkey Kong or get the high score in Pac-Man. Although video games have cut into the arcade's market share, there's nothing like grabbing a joystick and saving the world. Looking into arcade machines is a fantastic way to go back to this time.


Get pop art: There are a growing number of artists who are using our nostalgia of pop culture and transforming this into quality art. Brandon Bird is one of the most prominent of these pop culture artists, and his Christopher Walken print is a favorite among many, but there are a wide variety of artists out there that are taking our favorite pop culture icons from the 80s and 90s and making them into masterpieces. And the best part is that you can pass it off as a piece of art to your highbrow friends.


Celebrate your comic book collection: This is one that you don't have to hide. With the success of the Walking Dead and superhero movies like The Avengers and The Walking Dead, there's no stigma against comic books, and critics and audiences alike realize the depth of story and character that can be achieved in comic books. Showcase your Sandman or Preacher collection, and feel free to put The Dark Knight Returns and Marvels right there with Austen and Twain. If you have Archie books, though, you still might want to keep those hidden.