My Snapback Collection in all its glory.
I have never counted all my Snapbacks until today and I am proud to say I have approximately 30 snapbacks!
I’m not sure what my attraction to snapbacks started and for those who don’t know a snapback is a hat with the snap lock mechanism at the back of the hat.
The first snapback I remember getting was my JIMMYD hat, at the time I was volunteering at a digital imaging shop where they custom made all types of apparel and I created a JIMMYD logo and had it put onto a t-shirt as my rewarding for volunteering there for a week.
Several years later I was messing around on Photoshop and I created another couple of logos based around my name and had two that I really liked. I ended up putting those designs on to trucker hats (snapbacks with the mesh material at the back) and I ended up wear those hats absolutely everywhere. I still wear them today although they are looking a little worse for wear at the moment.
It’s strange that I even bought a hat. I have a big head and hats worn traditionally never looked good me. Although when I flipped them backwards they always felt and looked much better on my head. With a thinning head of hair and my new love of wearing hats I found myself wearing them absolutely everywhere - expect the places that they were clearly unacceptable to wear but even then I still gave it a crack.
I worked out over time if I couldn’t get in somewhere with my hat, I would unclip the snap lock mechanism, throw it through one of my pant belt rings and lock it back up and we were set to go for the night again.
I began to start collecting snapbacks, all kinds, I loved them all. Being a lover of Australian hip hop music whenever an album from one of my favourite artists was released and I had an option to buy the snapback package I got it every time. Illy is the latest example of that. Even my Nanna got in on the action and Illy ended up retweeting my Nanna wearing the merch
Trips to Thailand would always end up in me bringing back another 4 or 5 hats at least, the Culture Kings Back Catalogue sales are one of my favourite websites for hats and even The Iconic have a great range of hats as well
Despite my love of Snapbacks and my growing collection I have to admit if I had a house fire and had to grab my most treasured possessions as quickly as I could, my hat collection would be the last thing I would grab. As much as I enjoy them, they are all replaceable. The only thing I would lose is the memories associated with each of them. They all have their own story to tell.
Some of these hats haven’t even made it onto my head yet. Some have made it on to my head only for me to realise that the depth of the hat isn’t quite where I would like it to be. It’s a shame before some of my would be favourite hats just don’t have enough depth for my big head and I hardly wear them at all anymore.
I use to hate hats as a kid, but now I get comments like ‘so that’s what you look like without a hat on’ from my under 11’s basketball teams, and one even said ‘Jimmy your hair is really thin you need to go to that hair place’ I couldn’t help but laugh and just told him I would be shaving all my hair off before I went to one of those places. When I was at Camp I had the same reaction I wore a hat everywhere.
The snapback is often linked to being unprofessional, skaterboy, and care-free and I like it because I am none of those things, other than maybe a little care-free at times. I always wondered why it was rude to wear hats in restaurants? Whoever decided that one day it was unacceptable to wear hats somewhere? I can see why they are ruled out of casino and venues like that for security reasons.
I look forward to showing you my ever growing snapback collection and who knows I might even launch my own line of snapbacks in the near future.