As any fan of Westerns is aware of, the hat could not make the person, however the flawed one can certain spoil the authenticity of a movie or TV episode. Generally the hat, just like the hero’s sidearm, is of a mode that didn’t exist within the Previous West. Extra usually the hat appears contemporary from the shelf of the native tack store.
“It actually obtained me indignant,” says actor-cum-hatmaker Travis Lee Eller of his personal on-set brush with the flawed hat. “I used to be alleged to be this outlaw on the run, stranded within the desert with out my horse, no water, 100 levels and on the verge of loss of life,” he recollects. “The wardrobe woman mentioned, ‘Right here’s your hat’—and it was clear as a whistle!”
“That was the final straw,” recollects Eller. “I made a decision I’d begin making my very own hats.”
The result’s Ugly Outlaw, Eller’s customized hat store. Every of his handcrafted creations is exclusive and, extra essential to the actor, distressed to look as if it has been owned for many years—or maybe to the desert on a horse with no title. Like veteran hatmaker to the celebrities Tom Hirt (see “Hats Off to Tom Hirt,” by Johnny D. Boggs), Eller additionally makes hats for movie, together with a number of indie Westerns.
As a visitor on a forthcoming episode of the podcast How the West Was ’Cast, Eller will converse concerning the historical past of hatmaking and record a couple of favourite movie hats—amongst them, maybe, those Hirt crafted for Tombstone (1993). Tune in. Eller hopes to make an identical splash along with his distinctive hats—coming quickly to a display screen close to you. WW