September 13, 2002 8:11 PM   Subscribe is, well, ummm, a gallery of mesh caps. You can almost smell the fried dough at the county fair as you peruse such fashion statements as this, this, this or this.
posted by machaus (10 comments total)
I have a real fear of writing on my clothing...something like logotogaphobia. I shudder to think that people actually pay money to adorn themselves with these hats or their crappy sidekick friends-- the goofy T-shirt.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:18 PM on September 13, 2002

i like hats, they keep the sun off your face and the hair out of your eyes. What i can't stand is novelty headwear.

At what point does someone walk into a store and think 'Damn, i would look awesome in that!' because i'm thinking that that would be a great marker to consider heavily medicating these folks.

Of course heavy medication may also be to blame here.
posted by quin at 8:31 PM on September 13, 2002

Very cool link, thanks! Especially for those of us whom grew up in regions where these were very popular in the 80's. Maybe even still now... who knows. Imagine what future truckers will dream up.
posted by asterisk at 8:31 PM on September 13, 2002

I live in a college town, and I never want to see another baseball hat as long as I live. The frat boys could go on a crime spree, baffling the cops: 'Suspect is a young smug-looking white male wearing a t-shirt, khaki shorts, and a baseball cap...'
posted by crunchburger at 8:41 PM on September 13, 2002

Thank you asterisk. My thoughts exactly. I envy this cap collection.
posted by puddsharp at 8:44 PM on September 13, 2002

*Shudder* Wow- this brings back many upsetting late summers spent at the Franklin County Fair. Well, actually every day was a mesh cap day in Franklin County.

Thanks, machaus. I think.
posted by evanizer at 8:55 PM on September 13, 2002

Love their mission statement:

" is dedicated to overthrowing what now passes for apparel-based speech. To replacing mass-marketed brand images with their opposite: insignia of defunct organizations, cryptic titles, gutsy social commentary and expressions of pure thought.

" is dedicated to the personal exchange of messages. Messages created on a neighborhood scale, for an audience within spitting distance. Messages that fill in the gaps between ourselves and others. Messages that involve people in conversations they don't necessarily consent to join, but that are too compelling to avoid.

"The Medium Is the Mesh."
posted by mediareport at 8:42 AM on September 14, 2002

I shudder to think that people actually pay money to adorn themselves with these hats

Ahh, but that's why the mesh-back variety of cap is commonly referred to as a "gimme cap." They're the kind that are/were usually used as free promos at the time.

But yes, I acknowledge that some of these would have to have been purchased in a truckstop.

As for a resurgence... Pharrell from N.E.R.D. is wearing a gimme cap with the band's logo pretty much every time you see him these days.

Oh, and the prize of my own personal collection lets the world know that "I CAUGHT A WHOPPER AT THE FISHING RODEO!" Beat that, suckaz.
posted by El_Gray at 10:59 AM on September 14, 2002

mesh caps are all the rage, get used to it. and [this is good].
posted by donkeysuck at 5:12 PM on September 16, 2002

William Gibson picked up on this in All Tomorrow's Parties, referring to rednecks as "meshbacks."
posted by adamrice at 6:23 PM on September 16, 2002

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