Every week a different FADER staff member will pick a clothing item or accessory that he or she has lately been spending a lot of time with—or would like to—and write a little love letter to it. We would’ve done a column on who we’re dating but that seemed a little bit much. This week Deidre talks about the ONLY NY Sewer Surfer Baseball Tee.
Literally, I had to google “sewer surfing” to see if it were a real thing. Granted if it were a sport, this might’ve been the one time that NY would’ve one-upped LA in any surfing capacity. What a crazy idea, right! And then I thought about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the fact that they were turtles that surfed through the sewer systems of NYC. But truly, I really couldn’t begin to think of what kind of dystopian aquatic fantasy inspired the dudes at ONLY NY to make an old-school baseball tee about hanging ten in the intricate yet filthy network of train tracks. I’ve been riding the trains in the city all my life and couldn’t imagine climbing down onto the tracks and escaping down a tunnel for anything, much less mounting a brown wave. I also googled “mole people NYC subway”, freaked myself out and then shut off my computer. I’m likely over thinking this thing and probably don’t need to understand the what’s, when’s and why’s of this crisp cotton tee. I accept it and will wear it proudly now armed with a weird, meandering little story about what my shirt says.