A fan club can be mean different things. What comes to mind is a group of friends who get together one day of the week and pay homage to (most often) ironic icons of the past or present. Perhaps it’s the late-great 1990’s baseball has-been, or The Backstreet Boys, or Paul Blart, you name it. The annual comic convention is a nursery for fan clubs. It’s great for advertisement and candid spontaneity of any fan-base to boast 25 or greater fraternity boys in support of The Simpson’s fictional Duff Beer. What also happens is the more enthusiastic fan clubs may actually be recognized by their almighty deity via social media, the popular press, copious attendance to press conferences, etc. Nothing would sell your commitment short like showing up to Matt Groening’s press conference without a personalized fan club ball cap on your head.
First of all, let’s observe the fact that ball caps have become embedded in the formal workplace as part of the required dress code. Never before has the ball cap seen this much reverence. A once outlawed accessory now puts $7.25 in the working mans pockets per hour. Society recalls a time when ball caps were worn in rebellion, a response to the repression of fashion in the workplace. They are an all-in-one homeopathic remedy for a bad hair day.
Wearing custom ball caps certainly boosts the morale of the fanclub. When an identity is discovered, that identity thrives. With all members in the fanclub wearing the colors, they are bonded like brothers. Their ridiculous support will not go unrecognized.
Personalizing ball caps yields an advantage to people outside the club as well. It familiarizes them with the prevailing role of sub-cultures within the mainstream. Many people who weren’t familiar with whatever was printed on your ballcap are now tempted to investigate. For those who were familiar, all of their memories of that niche are confronted.
With online printing and design resources such as Spreadshirt, personalized ball caps are a thing of the now. The process is quite simple too, anyone with an idea and a photo manipulation software like Photoshop and Gimp can create a vector image, render it to regulation size, and submit it for printing at a very low cost. In fact, Spreadshirt offers reasonable prices that are proportional to quantity. The more you buy, the better deal you’re getting.
Customizing ball caps for your fan club makes about as much sense as eating when you’re hungry. The Ball cap represents what you and your friends represent. It is a symbol that carries your tradition near and far and that will legitimize your pop culture efforts.