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MInnesota Vikings - The Color Purple

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I discovered this a few days ago, but haven't had time to address it yet - the Minnesota Vikings have modified their Purple AGAIN. By my count, this is the fifth different Purple they have used (I'm referring to print colors, not fabrics). Here's the color scheme prior to 2010:

MinnesotaVikings_FRC_2009_SOL_SRGB.png

Now here's the new palette:

MinnesotaVikings_FRC_9999_SOL_SRGB.png

The Purple has changed, along with the official color description for the "Flesh" color in the logo. I guess they're trying to be a bit more politically correct by calling it Tan.

As I mentioned, this color change only affects the print version. The textile color has NOT changed. They are still using the same proprietary Reebok fabric color they've used since 2007.

Here's the progression - as I've been able to put together - of the various Purples used by the Vikes since their inception in 1961:

MinnesotaVikingsPurple_1979_SOL_SRGB.png

All NFL teams used custom match inks prior to circa 1980...this example is a very close match to an official Style Guide I have from that era.

MinnesotaVikingsPurple_1996_SOL_SRGB.png

Once Pantone colors were implemented, they used the above color.

MinnesotaVikingsPurple_2001_SOL_SRGB.png

A fairly radical departure from previous shades, I think.

MinnesotaVikingsPurple_2009_SOL_SRGB.png

When the helmets first starting (finally) matching the uniforms.

MinnesotaVikingsPurple_9999_SOL_SRGB.png

A much more purpley Purple. Less Blue, more Red.

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A much more feminine purple too.

(insert some lame joke someone will try to force about Favre being feminine or something stupid like that.)

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The Vikings were forced to change the tone of the purple for Brett, since his eyes were beginning to fail.

I know, laaaaammmeee.

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I thought it looked different this year. I like the bluer color better.

I'm with you on the this one.

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Are there any close matches to the 1961-79 purple in any of the Pantone libraries?

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I thought it looked different this year. I like the bluer color better.

I'm with you on the this one.

Ummm... did you read the part where he said the fabric hadn't changed?

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I like the original 60s darker purple better, but I'm not a Vikings fan, so my vote should only count as half.

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Matches Farves eye shadow.

Is that satisfactory?

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Is there a reason why they keep changing the print color so often?

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i like the color but it is more feminine. i wonder if they've done this to separate their purple from the Ravens???

anyone have a game day ticket or any other print to compare and contrast?

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How does this new purple compare to the Ravens' purple? Didn't they used to be the same?

Neither shades of Purple that the Ravens use have ever been used by the Vikings:

BaltimoreRavensLogoPurple_9999_SOL_SRGB.png

BaltimoreRavensUniformPurple_9999_SOL_SRGB.png

Baltimore uses one Purple for their logos, and a darker one for their uniforms.

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The first Vikings purple is the best one. Strong purple, not effeminate, distinct from the Lakers' purple.

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The first Vikings purple is the best one. Strong purple, not effeminate, distinct from the Lakers' purple.

I'm glad you mentioned the Lakers:

LosAngelesLakersPurple_9999_SOL_SRGB.png

Here's a fun fact: both the Lakers and the Vikings use the exact same Reebok fabric color for their uniforms. So even though their print colors are different, they're both using the same on-field color.

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All the more reason to wear the throwbacks full-time, then.

The throwbacks are using the same colors (print and textile) as the primary set.

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Textile too? I swore they were darker than the regular ones. Is it just the helmets that are the closer to the older shade of purple?

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Textile too? I swore they were darker than the regular ones. Is it just the helmets that are the closer to the older shade of purple?

It could be the finish on the helmet...I don't know. Some of the mini-helmet aficionados could probably answer that better than I can.

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A much more feminine purple too.

(insert some lame joke someone will try to force about Favre being feminine or something stupid like that.)

I was think more of the bandwagon jumping nickname used around here often...The ViQueens.

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