Some of you may have wondered why I call myself “The Man with the Hat,” or how it came about. Well, I’d never planned to come up with such a moniker, but as time went on, that’s what I picked up. Settle down for storytime kids, it’s time for grandpa to tell you the story of the hat.
I had always liked fedoras. Whether in style or not, it didn’t matter, I look good in them. But I didn’t start putting pins on my hat until after I made one of my most amazing friends. See, one time when I met up with him, he sported a fedora with pins in it. He had even created a fun story connecting every pin together (before you ask, he got the idea from a different friend). I liked that idea so much that decided to do it too (but I haven’t created a story like he did).
However, that didn’t give my the title “The Man with the Hat.” It wasn’t until I went to college did I place more value on my hat. Being in college, especially as a freshman, made me cling to my hat as if it were my identity. I wore it constantly, even when I worked my job on landscaping. It kept the sun out of my eyes and controlled my hair. Well, that gained me and my hat exposure on campus.
Of course, I wore it for everyday use too. I have made friends through it. You would not be surprised to know that people have inspected my hat many times. I enjoy expressing my interests with my hat. If I may say this without being arrogant, I believed I was the first person on that particular campus to have such a loud fandom hat.
As time went on at college, when introducing myself I’d say that I was “The Man with the Hat.” Then it would click as to who I was. Interesting enough, since my arrival, I’ve seen a lot more pins around campus, although I still have the only fedora pinned hat.
From all of this, I created my logo of my hat as a pin (look to the top left of my blog). With my logo, I went a simpler route than trying to add lots of pins. It keeps my logo cleaner looking. As to the amount of pins on my hat, I currently have 70+ pins, and I don’t plan on stopping. I get pins that I like, rather than collecting pins wherever I’ve been. Is this like wearing your heart on your sleeve? Wearing your fandom on your hat? Heh, I wonder if I’ll eventually gain so many pins, that I would have to get multiple hats dedicated to particular fandoms? If that happens, too bad I don’t have multiple heads to wear them all!