Anyone can get involved with a trend when it’s trendy. What were you into BEFORE it was popular? A movie, TV show, band, fashion, catchphrase, whatever.
For me it would have to be South Park. When this show premiered I was a junior in high school. Most of my friends didn’t get Comedy Central on their cable, so a couple of people and myself were tasked with telling everyone else how great it was and taping it for them.
Put it another way: once I asked a clerk at Spencer’s if they had any South Park shirts and he replied, “South Park? Never heard of it.”
Of course, the show is now just the political rantings of its creators and has been more or less irrelevant since the movie, but that’s another thread.
So what did YOU get into before anyone else?