Field Theory by Hadyn Green

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Field Theory: Not Watered Down

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  • BenWilson,

    What if your favourite band or sports team just has shit apparel?

    Like every national team in Australia, for instance? It explains why Ozzies have no shame.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    It can be hard to find a hat that isn't shit. I'm not surprised people wear things that they don't actually endorse.

    In part I agree. What if your favourite band or sports team just has shit apparel?

    But couldn't you just buy a blank hat then? And make your own fan apparel if you really needed to show team spirit?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    I support CSC cycling because of Tyler Hamilton in the 2003 Tour de France. And I wear the replica kit because it's one of the few cycling strips that actually looks pretty good.

    It was a common criticism of Brit indie bands in the early 90s that many of them sold more t-shirts than records.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    In thatHumvee? Dance on your knees? No, not dance.

    I made the assumption that the place to dance was on someone else's lap.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    But couldn't you just buy a blank hat then?

    Few ever seem to. Personally I wear one. But no one has ever accused me of having style.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    I wouldn't be surprised if a large number of people liked the clothes first and then the team/band

    See: Charlotte Hornets, mid '90s

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    See: Charlotte Hornets, mid '90s

    Getting a massive nostalgia headrush now - everyone seemed to have something Hornets branded back in intermediate.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    See: Charlotte Hornets, mid '90s

    Getting a massive nostalgia headrush now - everyone seemed to have something Hornets branded back in intermediate.

    Totally true. Despite most not knowing where Charlotte was. I was a Suns fan back then

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    Then I got down off my high horse

    In the humvee?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1645 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    And I only just found that they've been the New Orleans Hornets for the last 8 years! With quite a cool fleur-de-lis (sp?) hornet thingymawhatsit that would look great on a Starter jacket.

    http://www.nba.com/hornets/

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    They rebranded? Inconceivable! ... Well, no, not really. Just makes me feel a little old.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Then I got down off my high horse

    In the humvee?

    Whenever, wherever...

    And back to the clothing talk, my biggest omgwtf with athletics merch - since I was at an American school and most of the wearers were actually from the places they wore the stuff of - were the singlets for the '92 Olympics US basketball "Dream Team" because I still thought then that the Olympics was for non-professionals.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    They rebranded?

    And completely shifted cities. Still haven't won a damn thing though.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1727 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Cracking party, that Welly beerfest. SJD played a great set, as did the Tuts.

    For some reason particles of mud and grass are still on my ski jacket after a run through the washing machine.

    Do you have any pictures of the stage area?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    It always struck me that the whole point of wearing obscure advertising was to appear to be passionate about something, without anyone being able to hassle you about how shit it was. Which seems a bit shit all in itself.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Naly D,

    I have long since given up on assuming that anyone wearing the hat or shirt of an American team is, in fact, a fan of said team. It is vaguely annoying.

    Yeah, if it were true, half of Wellington would be Celtics, and in particular, Paul Pierce fans, apparently.

    To what Hadyn was saying, refer to the guy next to me on the train to Levin on the weekend. Might have been around 16, and was wearing a pretty nice looking Celt's hat. I got talking to him, and popped 'Oh, so you're a Celtics fan?' into the conversation - already had 'I'm a Cav's fan myself, reckon you guys can take it this year' lined up to follow, only he interrupted with a 20 minute story about how his hat blew away in town and it was only $30 for that one.

    I put my headphones back on and listened to Smashing Pumpkins the rest of the way to pretend he didn't exist.

    Awesome post Hadyn, very thorough round-up [well I feel like it is anyway, but I wasn't there, so don't take me as an expert or anything]. Just lay off the journo's huh! We'll take anything for free, we're slaves for marketing ploys

    Wellington • Since Sep 2008 • 307 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker,

    that last photo is a beaut!

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 645 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Sometimes people just wear hats to keep the sun off, or their head warm, or because they are bald. What's written on the hat is about as important as what's written on their socks.

    But getting bitter on hats is an old tradition. In Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841) there's a bit about how at one time it was considered a very funny joke to say "My, what a shocking bad hat" to anyone at all, and open season was often declared on the hat. For him to have written at the length he did, I figure he must have had a really shit hat. But the point he makes still stands today, that it's really quite strange how much we care about other people's hats.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Finally! Something to justify the existince of the Humvee!

    Sometimes people just wear hats to keep the sun off, or their head warm, or because they are bald. What's written on the hat is about as important as what's written on their socks.

    Then might I suggest the simple expedient of wearing a hat without anything written on it?

    It can be hard to find a hat that isn't shit.

    I can heartily recommend Lock & Co. For those who happen no to be in the vicinity of St James', they do mail order. For those who prefer to support local business, Hill's has a wide list of stockists.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Then might I suggest the simple expedient of wearing a hat without anything written on it?

    Sure. Having something written there really is asking for it. Come to think of, I really should blank out the word Billabong on my T-shirt, in case people think I'm really into surfing. Last thing I need is a belligerent drunk demanding I know who the current surfing stars are.

    Heh, I liked some of those hats. But such hats make even more of a statement, IMHO, than some weak logo on a cheap hat. They say "I picked out this expensive hat because I really like it". Which, if it's a still a shit hat, is even worse!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    I'm rather charmed by Lock & Co.'s pith helmet complete with chin strap. A bargain at £202 including shipping!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Heh, anyone wearing a 'provocative' unknown American sports team baseball cap would be totally upstaged by that. The chin strap is probably essential.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    White Ferns flog South Africa, will play Engerlund on Saturday!

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

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