The popular wristband of today that is now sold as a bracelet is really one of a great variety of custom wristbands. Not to be confused with the custom wristbands used to detain one borrowed from your local police, these custom wristbands are worn as a sign of protest and you have to buy one or get one as a gift unless you really want to borrow the ultimate in custom wristbands loaned out occasionally by the cops.
The custom wristbands that we are interested in have become part of the fashion world and are worn as a symbol of some group or as a decorative accent to costumes. The origin of the costume custom wristbands appears to have its origin with the yellow wristband originated by the famous Lance Armstrong. He designed the yellow wristband to remind the world and himself that he had beaten cancer. Feeling a bit like you are wearing a cold jelly fish, Armstrong's custom wristbands probably scared the cancer right out of those wearing them.
His custom wristbands sold for one dollar and made a fortune for the manufacturer and for Lance Armstrong who donated all of his profit from his custom wristbands to the laboratories that are doing cancer research.
The yellow Armstrong wristband was seen as a protest against cancer led by a survivor of cancer, Lance Armstrong. Many off the custom wristbands that are selling today have similar meanings much like wearing an armband or holding a leash. The first yellow bracelet was made by the Nike corporation and was made from yellow plastic that was soft much like the silicone used in artificial breasts implants.
The wristband sells for a price, one dollar which is much cheaper than their double the silicone breasts implants not to mention that custom wristbands are meant to be worn outside the skin not under. The Armstrong wristbands were sold to make money for cancer research. It was very fortunate that these custom wristbands also made money for Nike since they had to pay for the raw materials from which their custom wristbands were produced.
Wearing custom wristbands helps one to feel connected to some group or cause. Wearing custom wristbands can help one to get over the need of wearing a wrist watch. The facts are that they have become a great money maker. It is estimated that the Armstrong wristband made more that 27 million dollars in profit from its sell in the first six months it was put on the market.