What Your First Apartment Poster Choices Say About You

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What's the telltale decor signifier of a first apartment? Posters. Quite possibly ones left over from your college dorm room. New blog The Toast (by Hairpin alums Nicole Cliff and Mallory Ortberg) takes a deep dive into our psyches and decodes what the posters you hung in your first apartment reveal about you.

The post, penned by Ortberg, tackles some of the most cliché first posters out there: Le Chat Noir, Reservoir DogsThe Great Wave of Kanagawa, "a black-and-white photograph where a single item is in color". It's all coming back, isn't it?

Here's a sampling of the psychoanalysis:

Fight ClubYou have never read a book by Chuck Palahniuk that was not Fight Club. You did own a centennial edition of The Fountainhead for a while, but it was mostly because you enjoyed seeing how upset it made your friends when they came over to visit. Even now, you often consider yourself a “devil’s advocate” and enjoy defending positions you do not actually hold during arguments.
Photographs of child models dressed as adults: You and your sister text each other every single day. You subscribe to more than 30 food-decoration blogs. You would describe yourself as reasonably happy, all things considered. You keep busy.

My own early poster, Van Gogh's Starry Night escaped Ortberg's dissection...but not a commenter's:

"Starry Night" - You LOVE art. No really you don't understand you LOVE art. That’s what your OK Cupid says. You studied abroad in Spain and complained the whole time about the differences in culture. "It would have been better if I went to Paris," you say.  (emilymorrisemilymorris)

Read the article and see if any of your first apartment posters made the list:  "What The Posters In Your First Apartment Say About You Now" by Mallory Ortberg on The Toast.


(Image: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh using show-in-room feature on AllPosters.com)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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