Friday, January 10, 2014

White Hats vs. Black Hats

January 10, 2014
   I've long been intrigued by the white hat vs. black hat symbols from Westerns. This led to the following scratchboards:

"White Hat"

White Hats vs. Black Hats
   As the Western movie genre developed in the early Twentieth Century audiences seemed to gravitate towards heroes who wore a white hat, and many times rode a white horse as well. This trend expanded and developed into a well worn cliche that good guys wore white hats and bad guys wore black hats. Never mind that Hopalong Cassidy among other Western screen heroes sported a black hat, but the die was cast and the cliche lingers to this day.

"Black Hat"

"Sometimes, good guys don't wear white. . ."
—Song lyric from sixties rock song I can't remember the name of