"This was a gift from a friend who makes hats. He knows about my Bart obsession and made it for my birthday."
"Only ten of these woven Aztec caps by Only Ny were made."
"This cap was given to me by a homie from SF."
"This Animal Bikes beanie was given to me by Edwin Delarosa (it's not in stores yet)."
"A vintage Coca-Cola long bill"
"My 'snitches get stiches' hat was given to me by a friend from SF who started his own company. It's very rare."
"Lil Mikey of Members Only gave me this vintage Giants cap."
Opening Ceremony exlcusive New York shirt
"This was given to me by a friend from Detroit. He told me he saw it and knew I was the only person who could pull it off, so he had to get it."
"This aNYthing eyeball-print cap often gets mistaken for Mishka. But I like it because aNYthing came up with the concept first."
"I call this the jailbird hat. It's by Katsue/Eriffs. I'm also wearing my custom Benrobey Bartman Ninjasonik T-shirt."
A bootleg Bart Jordan T-shirt from Thailand
Hanging from the wall: "My bootleg Bart chain—fun!"
Jah Jah with Itchy and Scratchy: "This leopard-print cap was given to me by the guys from Cult Bikes."
We admire anyone who has a look, and whose approach to fashion is as obsessive as ours. In this new column we ask OC friends and family to let us rifle through their collections and celebrate their hoarding situations.
Jah Jah Brown is the singer for NYC band Ninja Sonik. But long before gigs with friends like M.I.A. and Rye Rye, came his hat collection. Jah Jah has kept every cap he's owned since grade school; stacked bill-to-back they cover the floor of his entire bedroom. And those are only the hats he has on current rotation. Back home in the Bronx where he grew up, he has over a thousand more stowed away.
Brayden and I went to Jah Jah's Bed-Stuy apartment last week and unpacked duffel bags full of carefully folded caps. Ranging from custom-made snapbacks gifted by friends to rare, never-produced samples, the collection could keep you kitted out with a different piece of headwear every day for over three years. Jah Jah showed us his all-time favorites and introduced us to his other obsession and alter ego: Bart Simpson.
All photos by Brayden Olson Caps arethe flyest thingto me.
I ownover 1,200.
I also collect: Bart Simpson gear and toys.
At the moment, I'm wearing: an Animal Bikes hat, which isn't out yet.
Onstage, I like to wear: the last cap I found, or anything Bart.
My favorite piece is: a printed HUF hat. It's rad because it's a sample and even the dude who designed it doesn't have the one I have. It's pretty cool to know that friends understand my hat fetish.
The first piece in my collection was: a brown hat that I got in the third grade. I still have it—in mint condition.
The weirdest place I ever found a hat was: in a dollar store.
In a fire, I would save mypet gerbils Itchy and Scratchyfirst.
When I die, I will leave my collection to: my best friends.
I owncountless numbers of Barts.
I love Bart Simpson because: he's a bad boy but still respectful.
My IRL Milhouse is: my boy Dwayne. He's cool (not nerdy) and a good friend to my Bart Simpson.
...but we all know the best hat jahjah wears is that jimmy hat, even though girls be trying to poke holes in 'em all the time. "She said put it in, don't wrap it up/ [He] said i'm not trying to do that" Great piece!