Warning: Milleniwave visuals do have the potential to trigger seizures due to flashing, bright, and/or obnoxious colors and lights. Viewer discretion is advised.

Milleniwave is an aesthetic born from an overall sense of Millennial frustration and existential dread with the direction society is going by trying to put a happy face and a bright, colorful facade over it that does a piss-poor job of actually hiding it.  While most modern aesthetics stem from a desire to completely retreat from the seeming-downward spiral society is currently on, Milleniwave completely embraces that things suck right now. But, they don’t have to remain sucking, and that we can all rebound from the current societal gunk and ride crescent fresh into a new era inspired by the futures that never were. This aesthetic is a better way to facilitate change by present an alternative.


In many ways, the visual aspect of Milleniwave is a blend of Lo-Fi, Vaporwave, Synthwave, Y2K, Glowwave, and other bright, colorful, and surreal aesthetics. But it also blends dark and depressing elements to juxtapose the bright and colorful visuals; as if to put a colorful coat of paint on a world threatened by civil unrest, strife, catastrophe, and the destruction of the human race as a whole.  A Milleniwave photo edit can take media that was popular from the late 20th/early 21st century, turn the contrast up all the way to 100 so that the colors are as bright and vivid as possible, with the darkness turned down so that the colors can be the star of the show, with some shocking text (appropo of the time period, of course), but is by no means meant to be a shield for cowardly bigots to hide behind with “it’s a joke” claims. Bonus points if a grainy VHS filter can be applied over it to look like a degraded VHS recording of some old show that looks like it could be close to the point of no return in terms of being able to restore it (much like society).

Milleniwave aesthetics may also play heavily on New Age aesthetics, but with no actual meaning or purpose to them, just appreciating the visually-pleasing aesthetics associated with it while acknowledging that they have no intrinsic or meaningful purpose or value in your life.  Their usage of bright colors can also lead to some incredibly psychedelic Milleniwave visuals.


Milleniwave fashion draws inspiration from the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s, whether it be from the fashion trends at the time, or the media often portrayed around that time (for example, if somebody wanted to dress up like a Synthwave’d-out Batman, that is completely permissible within Milleniwave).  The key to Milleniwave fashion is “to stand out while hiding your true identity” and to be comfortable in the process as well.  Common fashion (outside of the cosplay example cited above) include:

  • Face Masks/Bandanas
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Phat Pants
  • Tank Tops
  • Tight T-Shirts
  • Hoodies (in winter time)
  • Mexican Wrestling Masks
  • Baggy Gym Clothes
  • LED Shoes
  • Fiber Optic Clothing
  • Any sort of clothing that can glow under a blacklight
  • Rainbow Reflective clothing
  • Tye-Dye clothing
  • Superhero-themed Zentais

If you are wondering why there isn’t a lot of clothing that could be considered female-coded in Milleniwave; well, that’s because it really hasn’t been defined through a female lens (a rarity among most modern aesthetics), but if anybody wants to attempt to try it out, they are more than welcome to (or if they just wanna wear what the males wear, that’s cool, too).

Milleniwave Vendors


A lot of Milleniwave strives to take the ideas and creations forged in the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s popular kid’s shows that were deeply rooted in shallow capitalism but using the more refined, complex storytelling devices discovered as one has gotten older to tell more complex, shades-of-grey stories where the simplistic idea of good-vs-evil isn’t as clean-cut as it once appeared to be as we were kids, and not being afraid to explore the darker sides of concepts that used to be portrayed as innocent and good.


A lot of Milleniwave music is either directly from or inspired by the late 20th/early 21st century and tends to have a slightly electronic sound and/or deals with heavy subject matter, drawing heavily from Ocean Grunge, Seapunk, Vaporwave, Industrial, and Synthwave music, as well as some modern and old school electronic music tracks.  Some popular Milleniwave artists include (but are not limited to):


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Can You Feel It?


Milleniwave’s philosophy is rooted in using the media of the past and the messages of sharing, inclusivity, anti-bigotry, honesty, and just overall not being a dick, and hopes to use that as a vessel to promote this overall positive message to hopefully steer society away from the iceberg dead ahead that is complete and total techno-dystopia the likes of which Cyberpunk literature of the past warned us about; a sort of tracing back our footsteps to see where it is we went wrong exactly and attempt to course correct in the process.  However, the closer and closer we get to crashing into the aforementioned metaphorical iceberg, the more that crawling negative sense of existential dread creeps in and one is forced to retreat into the comforting arms of nostalgia until things hopefully calm down and don’t burn down around us.



Some various Milleniwave activities may include, but are not limited to:


  • Parkour
  • Backyard Wrestling
  • Climbing up to the highest point in town and shouting “FUCK YOU” at the top of your lungs
  • Any form of the martial arts
  • Listening to music
  • Watching old or independent shows/movies
  • Playing video games
  • Writing fictional stories clearly inspired by the media you grew up watching
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    Coping with the never-ending existential dread one feel’s in their waking life in potentially unhealthy ways
  • Skateboarding
  • BMX Biking
  • Inline Skating
  • Laser Tag
  • Going to the Arcade
  • Black Light Golf
  • Black Light Bowling
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    Half-joking about wanting to drink ammonia and bleach
  • Sitting around a fire
  • Setting off fireworks
  • Playing with tesla coils and lasers
  • Cooking
  • Going out to eat
  • Learn about new cultures
  • Browse the deep web
  • Going out and doing good for other people
  • Meditating when things get too hectic in reality so one can remain mentally sane
  • Hanging out at a Cafe or Coffee Shop
  • Offending Baby Boomers
  • Speaking almost exclusively in sarcasm and non-sequitur; saying the most over-the-top stuff imaginable in the most deadpan tone you can muster
  • Black Light Yoga
  • Wandering around a dying mall an thinking about its glory days and thinking about your own glory days slipping by, much like the mall.
  • Stargazing
  • Walking alone at night while listening to Lo-Fi Hip-Hop music and just absorbing the ambiance.


Culinarily, Milleniwave is all about two things:

  • Paying homage to the snacks, treats, and food of the past
  • Playing with flavors from different countries and seeing what can work together and what can't.

This fusion of past and future & domestic and foreign is key, but important foods to Milleniwave include pizza, soda/energy drinks, sushi, steak, and various sweet candy. Milleniwave food should be bright, vibrant, delicious, and take you back to a simpler time.


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