A spontaneous moment on my research trip in the pursuit of men’s headwear was stumbling across this dude on the streets of New York painting custom made hats on the sidewalk.
He had a brisk trade in spraying logos onto his blank truckie caps. Rap tags and New York skylines were his favorite themes. He was very adept with the spray can, creating on a very small space, logos with clever perspectives and his silver pen highlights finished the images in a slick shiny apple way.
This gig had taken him to Japan where he demonstrated his skills in the hat shops in Tokyo. This has been his living for the last 7 years. He claimed to be the best hat maker in New York!
I paid up and commissioned one for the road.