NEW YORK - A shopping expedition for budding soccer fan Nathan Ostness lead to an aesthetic and style dilemma as an attempted flat cap purchase threw the 38 year old man into a tailspin.
"I grew up listening to old-school hip hop and associated my early clothing and style with that subculture," stated Ostness to The Nutmeg News. "Adidas equaled b-boys, hip hop and eventually skateboarding. Flat caps are something that I associated with Grandmaster Flash and LL Cool J. Then, I was into mod culture during high school and I realized it was pretty much the same thing with some subtle differences. Then, much later, I got into soccer, casual culture and terrace wear; and I realized that there was a middle ground between all three."
Reportedly, a trip out to J.J. Hat Center for a seasonal purchase lead to this introspective battle as Ostness couldn't decide what he wanted his hat wear to say about him with his current interests.
"I decided I wanted to get a flat cap for the winter time but was torn apart deciding what culture I wanted to reflect in my head wear. Do I want to talk about Lambrettas, The Specials and Blur? Or do I want to talk about Lambrettas, Grandmaster Flash, Uprock and Big Daddy Kane? Or do I want to talk about Lambrettas, The Specials, Northern Soul, Milwall, the Bushwackers and Among The Thugs?"
"It was then I realized I'm too old to give a shit anymore and went with the one I actually wanted. And now I'm being made fun of by everyone I know for trying to look like Samuel L Jackson. Apparently there are some unwritten rules about wearing them forward and backwards these days."
The Nutmeg News will have more on this as Mr. Ostness debates what his Adidas Gazelle purchase says about his current style aesthetic.