It’s not like the old west anymore. No longer can we get around on horse, duel at high noon or play poker in the saloon, these times have passed. Admittedly, there are inconveniences associated with a life full of such activity; in fact most of the cowboy way of life is probably a bit of a pain. Sleeping under the stars sounds romantic, but in reality it is cold, the ground’s hard and you might get eaten by wolves. Being a modern day cowboy is far better, but it isn’t easy to pull off.
Getting your fellow a pair of winkle-pickers is a sensible way to indulge his cowboy fantasies. They’re a cool and subtle way to show an affinity for the Wild West way of life. Obviously they’re also a fashion statement so be sure to not buy anything too flamboyant. Yul wouldn’t have been the man he was had he wore red boots with pink stitching and rhinestone eagles emblazoned on them.
Tougher to pull off, but definitely doable and there is of course nothing wrong with just keeping it at home. Wearing it on those occasions where you feel the need to channel a bit of The Duke or Clint. If you’re buying a Stetson for someone you need to consider the fold. That’s the shape of the hat, including the brim; each style is designed for different type faces and also has connotations regarding social standing and livelihood. Not entirely sure there is one specifically associated with graphic designers though…
If you can afford it, then why not buy your wannabe cowboy a stead on which to ride into town on? It’ll need a name of heroic proportions akin to Silver and a lot of looking after but a cowboy is nothing without a horse. He’ll obviously need a western saddle and probably a few lessons to get that long-legged one hand riding style down, but it’ll be worth it. Now if they miss the commuter train they can gallop alongside it and leap on!
An Elaborate Leather Belt With A Huge Buckle
Obviously if your friend already has a penchant for all things American and ranch based then he’ll be rocking a hard wearing straight-legged pair of jeans. To hold them up kit him out with a hardwearing leather belt, preferably with the odd bit of detailing. And ensure it has an awesome buckle. This needs to be brash but not shiny and bejewelled. It needs to be a brass long horn, or tarnished steel mixture of the US flag, crossed rifles and an eagle. You know the sort of thing.
If you sort out your modern day fellow with these things, maybe hold fire on the horse for now, it’s a little impractical for a centre of town flat, he’ll only be a star shaped badge away from making deputy!
Freddy Jones when not practising his lasso skills, works writing about and researching gifts