Left: the author in college; 2010. Right: Kanye West on set for Anchorman 2, 2013
Because I’ve been a Kanye West fan since day one, and I’m no stranger to talking about it on the internet, I’m going to pretend that Kanye specifically sought-out one of my signature vintage t-shirts when he decided to appear in Anchorman 2.
In fact, the whole style of ‘leather jacket black skinny jeans and looking totally fucking awesome’ in the film is basically how I’ve looked for years. And, because I bought my first pea coat after I saw the "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" video as a high school junior, and borrowed many stylistic cues from the man since, I’m pretty sure the Anchorman 2 outfit was an intentional “thank you.”
"Vinnie, you’re crazy, that’s just some wolf t-shirt."
No, fuck you it isn’t - do you realize how rare this shirt is? It’s not like you can buy this design new or anything, it’s vintage! My mom originally owned my wolf shirt in the 1980s. And, much like Kanye, my mom is also my favorite person.
And because Kanye is a millionaire and is very influential and powerful, he definitely had an assistant track this shirt down in his size. KW was stepping out of his normal persona and could play dress up in a comedy movie, and he was like, “Let’s make a nod to that Vinnie Massimino comedy video, Hey! Squirrel Pup! and I’ll dress like a hodge-podge of him/his characters.”
Tables turned for once: Kanye emulating my fashion instead of the opposite. Thank you Kanye. I look forward to Watch the Throne 2 or whatever you follow Yeezus up with.