How the Internet Turned Dadcore Classic ‘Afraid of Fish’ into Viral Fashion
The origin of “Women Want Me” is difficult to pin down. It is even more difficult to pinpoint exactly when the mantra “Fish Fear Me” was used and adopted by young people, especially queer youth.
In its early days, the phrase adorned T-shirts and pickup truck beds, along with other goofy fishing mottos, ranging from the chaste saying “Good things come to those who catch the bait,” to “Of course, soon.” There was even an impertinent saying, “I came and caught it.” Fish to catch! In a documented spotting, Alan Jackson in his 2002 concert and his 2009 column, Daily Oklahoman, whose writer Jackie Papandrieu said that her father “probably wants to be buried.” Fish Fear Me” shirt.
In the late 2010s, the fishing motto penetrated the mainstream when Bass Pro Shops hats became ubiquitous. But in June 2020, his Google search for “fish scared” really took off. Anika Padin, a student at Northeastern University and a fan of hats, once thought it was an inside joke from a mainstream show like: officeBut the birth of “Fish Fear Me” is much more elusive. Perhaps, in a Jungian twist, it has always been in us.
Know Your Meme, an integral chronicler of internet culture, credits the following photoshopped meme of a copypasta-adorned baseball cap parody of the “Women Want Me, Fish Fear Me” hat . You look away from me as I walk / Beasts dare not make noise in front of me / I am alone on this barren earth. to fit the giant brains of humans). Now she has one (her $40 from Cool Shirtz) exaggerated bill. These days, the slogan graces pixels and textiles alike, and is often paired with Grandpa’s sweaters, cargo, and New Girl’s Balance 990s.
Lesbians in particular have embraced the phrase. Queer indie Her musician Lucy Dacus has released her $30 official merchandise that reads, “Lucy loves me, Dad’s afraid of me.” It’s a feature.
“I have a relationship with my dad. I just find it really funny to use words like Dad,” she said, adding that her friend Mick Dietz “playfully makes fun of that kind of hyper-masculinity.” rice field. Lillian feels a sense of camaraderie in her, she says, when people recognize the hat.
A fishing hat is reminiscent of a platonic dad. Someone who takes pride in mowing the lawn. A person who eats the edges of bread. He never parted with his old-fashioned grass-stained jean shorts and considers fishing to be the best thing in the known world. he is simple he is macho he is irresistible.
A half-ironical embrace of fishing lore, such as Big Mouth Billy Bass wall pieces, witty catchphrases, and broader trends in fishing cores, bolsters mainstream appeal. And it’s not just bucket hats. It’s the corny mantra of chunky cargo, rubber boots, sea shanties and ragged T-shirts. Young people are embracing Dad’s core tenet of enjoying a light beer on the lake in comfort, even though they are fishing less frequently than previous generations. got to hilariously suggest his Wi-Fi in the park).
The ironic motto has split into many variations, giving it its own unique Cambrian explosion. There are DB Cooper enthusiasts and Animal Crossing fishing core products.Because I’m a harbinger of death, let the fish that come across my gaze learn the true meaning of fear.Dating back to 2009, Port Charlotte Sun The reversed saying “Fish fear me, women respect me” was seen on the back of the car, and since then the variations have been endless. Fish are evolving rapidly and are in a state of confusion and gibberish. Take care, “Fish and I formed an uneasy alliance against women.”
One day last summer, I ordered a black baseball cap I saw on Instagram that read, “Women like fish, I’m scared of me.” Of course, I don’t particularly like fish, and I’m not afraid of myself enough to wear a hat about it. Just fell victim to the temptation of semi-ironic meme clothes.
In just a few days, meme-inspired Photoshopped concept art can become a veritable piece of clothing on your doorstep. The path from internet jokes to tangible products is very fast compared to the days of dot com running virtual shops that required a computer his server, programming prowess and logistical commitment. Today, about 1.7 million people run shops on his Shopify. Other low-code sites like Redbubble handle the dropshipping logistics once you upload the image you want to put on your product.
“Fishing memes are hilarious and I’ve never actually been fishing. Women love me because instilling fear in aquatic life is sexy,” said the 24-year-old who runs Instagram meme page @hugeplateofketchup8. recruiter Jackson Weimer says.
Gabe Hockett, a 15-year-old high school student from Minnesota, bought a super tall hat because he likes to mess things up until it stops making sense. “Fishing hats are so silly, but they’re perfect for modern humor,” he says.
John Mannheimer, who runs various super-popular social media accounts about graphic tees, believes that much of the fishing humor fits into “the whole genre of ironic memes that are super-based super-fried memes.” increase.
“We’ve been using social media for over a decade, so it’s kind of wild,” he says.