Kyle Baudour at the Sycamore Den
3391 Adams Avenue, San Diego
Street Artist Mikee Defiant
Hats can make a creative man. Pharrell's Vivienne Westwood vintage hat worn to the Grammys has since become a Halloween costume option. Slash’ has been wearing his iconic top hat, that he famously shoplifted prior to a performance, for decades now. Lastly, there is Frank Sinatra, who single-handedly put fedoras on the fashion map.
Out and about in San Diego, I ran into three men rocking the hat look. First up I found Kyle Baudour of Golden Hill sipping a craft beer at the Sycamore Den in Normal Heights. The 26-year-old photographer wore a Western-inspired hat that once belonged to his grandfather.
“After my grandfather died, my parents gave me this old hat of his. They knew I would love it,” said Baudour.
To sell his pin-up girl-inspired spray-and-acrylic art, Mikee Defiant paired a grungy look with a traditional newsboy flat-brim cap. The 32-year-old OB resident is a "jack of all trades."
“I write, I play music, and I draw. I’m starting up my own canvas-stretching business soon,” he said. He has a website that displays more of his artwork.
Lastly, a man who goes by the name Indian Joe wore a traditional cowboy hat. Joe plays the guitar in Dusty and the Lovenotes], a local Ramona-based band . They play regularly at the Ramona Farmer’s market on Saturday mornings.
Joe claims to only own a total of three pairs of pants, all blue jeans. As for his hat, he says, “I started wearing this hat to keep the sun off my eyes. When I was a kid I used to watch old Western movies. Now I look like those guys. I look in the mirror and say ‘damn, didn’t I see you on Wagon Train?’”