32 thoughts on “i want to look blue collar, what is the most authentic way to do this? and which trade is the most?

  1. Sieg says:

    The diffusion dickies pocket tees in safety yellow, a Matco tools or snap-on tools shirt, jacket, or hat,

    Dirty wool boots mostly redwings nowadays

    Denim, never shorts.

    We use denim because you can kneel in it, deflects dirt and stops hot weld slag or stops chips from embedding into your skin

          • Sieg says:

            > building America

            ….yeah … totally…I’m in uhhh aerospace

            > Raytheon and U.S. navy are my only 2 clients

          • Anonymous says:

            Years back I worked for about a month for a small job shop whose only contract was with Martin-Baker making gage and locator pins for aircraft ejection seat production but the owner scammed me, hiring me on as a bridgeport operator when he really wanted a grind hand for cheeper. Grinding works sucks, so I bailed.

          • Sieg says:

            That’s what I hate about this industry every boomer with a clapped out Bridgeport with more backlash than kunta kinte promises to pay a kid $25/hr

            But in reality it’s like minimum wage, buy your own tools … which I was used to as a mechanic growing up but wasn’t used to machinist prices…

            And like 9/10 shops are just boomers trying to make a quick buck off the military industrial complex with they themselves not knowing a line of gcode and I even had (female) bosses in the past who couldn’t read prints…just get the building and machines in a divorce and pay some college kid $500 a week to run your shop and pocket the profits

            The. You have changing standards, I learned inventor, autocad and surfcam jn college

            Then all of the sudden everyone wants 5-axis, master cam and solidworks which I had to go buy licenses to and learn in my free time

            That’s why I tell kids that come in as operators, heck this shit man go bar tend.. you’ll get laid and paid well

          • Anonymous says:

            >That’s what I hate about this industry

            Back in the 1990s, I started out running a radial arm drill then tested out for bridgeport working for Savair making robot mounted weld guns for the auto industry here in Detroit but we got bought out by Kuka and they were assholes, so I went to a small family shop making conveyor systems, works stations and guarding out of Bosch-Rexroth aluminum strut (cool as shit but expensive as heck) until the Wall Street housing bubble hecked everything up. The company laid everybody off and would call us back when there was work but this was a scam to prevent us from ever gaining enough time to get health insurance and vacation time and by then, I had become burned out with the machining industry. Still have all my tools but since I never learned CNC, there’s no market for old school manual machinist anymore.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am currently in training for my local masonry union. I wear Wranglers, a black Hanes/fruit of the loom tee, 6” Keen steel toe work boots, and some oil company trucker hat my wife gave me. I feel like I fit in wearing these clothes. A lot of the guys wear similar shit with hi-vis tees from other contractors or previous jobs.

    Masonry is a cool trade because it’s easy brainless work that you immediately see the fruits of your labor, mistakes are not life-threatening (like being an electrician) and you’ll get hecking JACKED so long as you don’t eat like a fat pig.

    Also my union (northeast USA) starts apprentices at $28/hour minimum. After four years, you become a journeyman and make upwards of $40/hour. Also comes with a pension, healthcare, etc.

    I highly recommend it. Any stupid can lay brick. I went to college for something unrelated, tried it, and hated it. I’m 29 years old and starting my career over and I feel great about it.

    • Sieg says:

      My grandfather was a brick layer, I have a ton of his old hammers, he loved this brand called PLUMB and a lot of SK-Wayne

      I’m Moore of a snap-on/Matco guy so I never used his old stuff but it’s in my drawer

      I should probably spend a few hours rebuilding those broken hammers thanks anon

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s sick man. There are a lot of tool refinishing tutorials on YouTube, get after it

        good shit brother, i did masonry for 5 years but switched over to carpentry recently because i was getting a bit bored of it and i eventually want to become a GC so i need some more general knowledge of construction before i can do that eg how to build foundations and frame houses

        masonry is hard on your clothes though, i recommend the carhartt double front pants too, they will last a long time in that trade.

        i mostly did stonework and blockwork. what kind of masonry are you doing?

        i disagree that any stupid can lay brick though. it’s one thing to just be on the wall laying to the line but being able to build leads, columns, arches, curves, etc and also doing layout and correctly working off plans is actually very skilled work. don’t underestimate the trade.

        I just started my training on brick. If I don’t end up liking it etc I’m gonna switch to tile or terrazzo, except bricklayers make the most money here. I’m definitely gonna hit the Carhartt store once I get my first check though

    • Anonymous says:

      good shit brother, i did masonry for 5 years but switched over to carpentry recently because i was getting a bit bored of it and i eventually want to become a GC so i need some more general knowledge of construction before i can do that eg how to build foundations and frame houses

      masonry is hard on your clothes though, i recommend the carhartt double front pants too, they will last a long time in that trade.

      i mostly did stonework and blockwork. what kind of masonry are you doing?

      i disagree that any stupid can lay brick though. it’s one thing to just be on the wall laying to the line but being able to build leads, columns, arches, curves, etc and also doing layout and correctly working off plans is actually very skilled work. don’t underestimate the trade.

  3. Anonymous says:

    TO LOOK BLUE COLLAR, YOU MUST FIRST SEEK OUT A PHYSICALLY UNCOMFORTABLE JOB. I WOULD RECOMMEND ROOFING OR CONSTRUCTION WORK, IT WILL GAIN YOU MUSCULATURE, AND A DECENT INCOME.
    FOR YOUR VICE, I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT YOU BECOME A PLUMBER, THERE IS NO LUST INVOLVED THERE, AND THE SOUND OF YOUR ASS CHEEKS CLAPPING WILL NOT BE OF ANY CONCERN.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Got five pairs of Red Kap work pants off Amazon a couple of years back that are comfortable and sturdy but I probably wouldn’t buy them again, as there’s only one cellphone pocket (which is also too low on the leg) and they don’t have a permanent press crease.

    • Anonymous says:

      Also got a dozen navy blue Carhartt pocket t-shirts from Meijers for only $14.00 each, though it seems to me that Carhartt stuff fades too fast, which I suppose is ok if you’re going for the fake /fashion/ blue collar guy look but for an actual blue collar guy, it tends to look sloppy IMO.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ll key you in on what *real IBEW union brothers* wear on big jobs only because I think it would be funny to see someone larping as book trash. The uniform for those guys is denim Key brand overalls, redwing or thorogood boots, a safety green/orange local union shirt, and a welders cap with some sort of crazy design on it.

    t. JIW

  6. Anonymous says:

    The peak is dressing like a tree guy without people thinking you’re still clinging to being a lumbersexual

  7. Anonymous says:

    The blue collar guys I know all currently want to LARP as cowboys and country music singers or early 2000s era punk/skaters. It’s wranglers, cowboy boots, t shirts, and hats or else Vans, Brixton t shirts, and so on. These guys are well into their 30s now.

    Personally, I think you blue collar guys should go for the juxtaposition. When you’re not working, dress prep or ivy.

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