Woody’s Top 5 Snapbacks of 2012
The snapback game exploded in 2012 with tons of brands jumping feet first into the game in hopes of making a big splash. Needless to say it was hard as hell to narrow things down to a top five but after hours of contemplation I was finally able to manage to do just that. Without further adieu here’s what I my list in no particular order.
1.The Hundreds “Team” Snapbapback Cap
Winter fabrics have loomed large this holiday season. Corduroy in particular has been big this year but I couldn’t find a better use of the heavy duty durable fabric than the way it was used by the folks at LA based street brand THE HUNDREDS. This cap takes a fine whale corduroy fades it out and gives it a clean distressed look. Nice.
2. New Era “Political Party” 9Fifty Snapback Cap
The 2012 presidential election was hotly contested and pretty much split the country down the middle. It was a battle for the ages with both sides spending hundreds of millions of dollars in hopes of being elected president of the United States. The Political Party hat drop from New Era harnessed the battle in fitted form making it possible for Democrats and Republicans to sport their party affiliation on a fitted. In the Democratic nominee Barack Obama was victorious. That’s why the Democrat version of this fitted is on my list.
3. Supreme “Xodus” Snapback Cap
Legendary NY based street brand Supreme has been at the top of the street game for years which makes it almost a cliche to add them to any top 5 list. They’ve been on so many I almost feel obligated to give another brand a shot. With that said I couldn’t overlook this stellar release which manages to pay homage to the Rastafari movement and look fresh. Kudos to the Supreme crew.
4. Vans “Broloha” Strapback Cap
Vans dropped a number of memorable hats this year but few got more attention than the #4 cap on my list. In a genius design choice Vans manages to walk a thin line between novelty and street, making this cap a solid choice for any snapback collection. Who else but Vans would think to use an all over hula girl print.
5. Obey “And The Posse” Snapback Cap
When legendary brand Obey claims they have a posse, take them very seriously because they do. Obey is the brainchild of legendary artist and pioneer Shepard Fairey. The brand started as an experiment in propaganda and quickly exploded into a global phenomenon with millions of devoted followers subscribing to a cause that they knew little about other than the cool logo that featured the likeness of wrestling great Andre The Giant. Many years later Obey is still going strong and maintains a worldwide posse.