The origins of the trucker cap are inglorious to say the least, also known as a ‘gimmie’ cap or ‘feeder’ cap due to the nature of work the common wearer would do. It was frequently a promotional freebie (with a branding and logo’s on the foam) from farming supply companies to farmers and truckers alike. Not very long after the beginning of the new millennium the cap had become a fashion trend and was given the name Trucker cap.
The trend seems to be a bit of a paradox as most of the folks donning this trendy head gear are Suburban youth while the rural ‘blue collar’ average Joe who would use the cap for a more functional purpose would be of a slightly older demographic. Many claim that Ashton Kutcher was the biggest drive behind the styles popularity. Although an irritatingly arrogant Justin Timberlake claims in response to fashion Rocks magazine and I quote ‘that while Kutcher has been cited for originating its popularity, Timberlake had been wearing them since the age of seventeen.’ I bet he discovered America as well… Go Justin.
Today the caps come in varying colours and designs. Most come with some sort of design on the foam but there are the odd blank one’s floating around. I personally prefer the blanks, but Duncan has a few Iron Fist one’s that have awesome artwork on that I wouldn’t mind getting my grubby little paws on either. Hopefully Springleap can come out with a trucker cap range, I’m sure the local crew of designers would have a field day with a new medium.
P.S To all the metal heads in our community, the infamous Aussie band Parkway Drive, are touring and stopping off in Jozi for the Lucky Fish Music Festival that’s happening from the 3rd to the 6th of September. A must see for Lamb of God and In Flames fans.
Have a good one,