Painter’s Caps

Seriously, how did some of the best fads of the 80s get started?

We’ve already tackled Flock of Seagulls haircuts, pegged jeans, and Day-Glo clothes, but painter’s caps? Well, they still have us scratching our head… 30 years later.

Apparently, someone saw some dude painting their house one day and thought, “Huh. I dig the hat, but it would be totally awesome if, instead of saying ‘Frank’s Paint’, it said ‘Def Leppard’. Dude.”

It must have been just that simple, because the early 80s saw more painter’s caps on young kids’ heads then you’d see at a Sherwin-Williams convention.

Coca-Cola, rock bands, skateboard companies… they all jumped on the bandwagon. And hell, if you weren’t sporting a painter’s cap with some snazzy logo on it, you may as well have been Gilbert Lowe (…and don’t tell us you need to look that name up.)

Lightweight, stylish, and oh-so-80s, the painter’s cap was as much a part of the 80s as Members Only jackets.

And, yes, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the even-awesomer painter’s caps- – the ones that came complete with double flaps in the back. Dude, pop a couple rock star pins on it, and you were Good. To. Go.

Nope, we never painted a day in our life, but we were damned if we’d been seen at the Burger Hut on Friday nights without our painter’s cap.

We ♥ Painter’s Caps.


~ by weheart80s on September 2, 2011.

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