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Oilfield Hard Hat Stickers    

  Much Coveted By Roughnecks, Boots and Coots Stickers Are Usually Given Out To Rig Workers After A Blowout or Well Fire    

 

What Is The Origin Of Oilfield Hardhat Stickers?

 

Oilfield stickers that roughnecks place on their hardhats, lockers, tool boxes, etc., have been around since the early days of the oil and gas industry. 

 Roughnecks are hard working and tough individuals who play as hard as they work and it shows in the kinds of slogans found on some oilfield stickers.

Roughnecks take great pride in what they do and the fact that they are part of a difficult and dangerous profession. In addition to oilfield stickers, there are many roughnecks with extensive oilfield tattoos that show their pride in the job they do. 

 Hard hat stickers are often displayed as kind of a badge of honor, showing the different companies the roughneck or driller has worked for.

You can tell a lot about a rig worker by the stickers he has on his hardhat, such as what areas of the country or world he has worked in. Many oilfield stickers use terms that are unique to the oilfield, such as "nipple-up" which can lead to some interesting and suggestive stickers to say the least.

Oilfield stickers are used by almost every oilfield company, to place the company logo on the front of the hard hat. Since they are also popular with roughnecks that collect them, they are popular "freebies" that the salesmen give out when they arrive at the rig to sell drill bits, etc.

On a typical change room locker door on an oil rig you will find hundreds of oilfield stickers from many companies.  Recently a lot of talented artists have begun to make their own, non-company stickers with tattoo like graphics and slogans about the oilfield life and being a roughneck.

Customizing one's hardhat has been done since the early days of the oilfield.

 

When oilfield workers had metal hardhats, they would often get them tooled with intricate designs from local craftsmen while working abroad. Some of the best detailed hardhat tooling was done by craftsmen in the Middle East and Asia.

An oil rig workers hard that that has been tooled overseas. These can be worth several hundred dollars.

 

Once plastic hardhats became the law, the only what to customize them was with stickers. Hardhat stickers are sometimes frowned on by safety men, since they could alter the protective properties of the shell, but it is unlikely they will ever go away.

You'll find that some long term oilfield workers may have sticker collections numbering into the hundreds. I saw one oilfield sticker collection, owned by a driller from Lake Charles Louisiana, that he kept in protective plastic sheets in a briefcase.

 He had many of the original Red Adair stickers, Halliburton, Gulf Oil, and other oil companies that were not even around anymore. He estimated the value to be several hundred dollars but said he would never sell it.

When collecting oilfield hardhat stickers, always place them in protective pouches, such as those for displaying baseball cards. Ones that are PVC free will help your sticker collection last for many years so you can pass it on to your children. For maximum collector value, do not peel off the backing.

You can often find whole collections of oilfield hardhat stickers for sale on eBay. Here are the most recent listings: 

 

Got any photos of your own oilfield sticker collection? Feel free to email them to me at the link at the bottom of the page and I'll post them on this page.  

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