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November 25, 2008

Cermele: Joey From The Dock

By Joe Cermele

If you walk down 32nd Street towards NYC's Penn Station around rush hour, you will find the curbs lined with vendors selling a multitude of wares. These feature DVDs of films still in theaters, cologne and perfume that has either fallen off a delivery truck or been mixed in a Bronx basement, and Rolex watches that sell two for five dollars. Every day I pass this bazar without ever paying much attention to the merchandise. But while walking home last night, a table caught my eye and for the first time in four years of working in the city I stopped to check it out.

The table belonged to a graffiti artist named Spin 183 who was creating custom hats. Call it an impulse buy, but for some reason I decided then and there that a new one-of-a-kind fishing hat created by my boy Spin was a must. So he broke out the oil pens and got busy right there on the street. He created for me what he refers to as "vanity plates for your head."
Hat

Okay, okay, I know what you're thinking: the fish doesn't look quite mean enough and kinda resembles a dolphin. But give my man a break. He drew it up in 10 minutes in the dark in 36-degree wind chills. Besides, once I splash it with a little fish blood, all the suckas 'round the Jersey Shore will recognize that I'm still Joey from the dock. Think about it...would you mess with a dude with a tear drop tattooed on his cheek? I wouldn't. I think a dolphin splattered with a little bass blood will have the same effect. This hat will become legend.

Do you have any hats or T-shirts that have become your trademark on the water? You know, the ones the wife is dying to chuck but you never leave for a fishing trip without. Let's see who can represent.

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from Jesse E. Williamson wrote 5 years 20 weeks ago

Here's one for you, Joey:There once was a dude named Joey,Who dressed somewhat showy.He had two golden rings in his ear,But when fishing for swordfish he showed no fear,When reeling one in he never got doughy.

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from JC wrote 5 years 20 weeks ago

Trout...no email on your site that I could find. Hit me up at joe.cermele@bonniercorp.com

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from Matt Penttila wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Mine represents my favorite river and organization in one, It's a baseball cap with a leaping brown trout on it and above it it says"Trout Unlimited Miller's River Chapter 725"I wear that one about 75% of the time, my Orvis wide brimmed guide hat the other 25% of the time.

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from KD wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Branch River Air (King Salmon, Alaska)... Best in the Bush.

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from MULLDOGG wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Joe C,You look like you could be an extra in Entourage. This was phenom, I had to immediately have my wife read this as I was laughing like a mental patient when I saw that picture. She got a good laugh too.I don't have a pic of it, but a friend of mine from work that lives in westchester came down to fish and found a tee shirt in the local supermarket while looking for Heinekens to bring aboard the Filthy Animal. It read "Jersey guys rule" and had a cartoon picture stick figure guy with a marlin strung up on the dock with a beer in hand. We caught a bunch of fluke that day, and the next time I wore it, we caught a 120lb bluefin and 130lb bluefin on the Filthy Animal. Needless to say, I will wear that shirt again even though I need to lose a little weight to fit in it.

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from troutrageous1 wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Thanks for the kind words. Assuming since I have to type in my email address to post, you can see it (might be a bad assumption). Drop me a note with your addy, will send over a button gratis.Not a big fan of the quality of the hats the company that does the printing offers, so don't offer too many of them.

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from JC wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Trout...I want one of your Troutrageous Ink buttons for my chest pack. Sweet merch, but why no hats? Or am I missing them?

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from troutrageous1 wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Tight lid, love the street art yo.I'm not one to be a shill, but you served this up on a platter. Troutrageous has become my fishing alter ego, and I've got t-shirts I wear everywhere. It got to the point where other folks asked me to make some for them, hence troutrageous.com. I also have an Orvis cap I got for fathers day a few years ago, not quite Manny Ramirez's batting helmet nasty, but the ring of dried sweat is impressive. I will NEVER give it up!

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from tim romano wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

T-ShirtCaption reads: Meat Without Feet and has an iconic image of a trout.

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from Jesse E. Williamson wrote 5 years 20 weeks ago

Here's one for you, Joey:There once was a dude named Joey,Who dressed somewhat showy.He had two golden rings in his ear,But when fishing for swordfish he showed no fear,When reeling one in he never got doughy.

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from JC wrote 5 years 20 weeks ago

Trout...no email on your site that I could find. Hit me up at joe.cermele@bonniercorp.com

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from Matt Penttila wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Mine represents my favorite river and organization in one, It's a baseball cap with a leaping brown trout on it and above it it says"Trout Unlimited Miller's River Chapter 725"I wear that one about 75% of the time, my Orvis wide brimmed guide hat the other 25% of the time.

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from KD wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Branch River Air (King Salmon, Alaska)... Best in the Bush.

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from MULLDOGG wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Joe C,You look like you could be an extra in Entourage. This was phenom, I had to immediately have my wife read this as I was laughing like a mental patient when I saw that picture. She got a good laugh too.I don't have a pic of it, but a friend of mine from work that lives in westchester came down to fish and found a tee shirt in the local supermarket while looking for Heinekens to bring aboard the Filthy Animal. It read "Jersey guys rule" and had a cartoon picture stick figure guy with a marlin strung up on the dock with a beer in hand. We caught a bunch of fluke that day, and the next time I wore it, we caught a 120lb bluefin and 130lb bluefin on the Filthy Animal. Needless to say, I will wear that shirt again even though I need to lose a little weight to fit in it.

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from troutrageous1 wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Thanks for the kind words. Assuming since I have to type in my email address to post, you can see it (might be a bad assumption). Drop me a note with your addy, will send over a button gratis.Not a big fan of the quality of the hats the company that does the printing offers, so don't offer too many of them.

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from JC wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Trout...I want one of your Troutrageous Ink buttons for my chest pack. Sweet merch, but why no hats? Or am I missing them?

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from troutrageous1 wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

Tight lid, love the street art yo.I'm not one to be a shill, but you served this up on a platter. Troutrageous has become my fishing alter ego, and I've got t-shirts I wear everywhere. It got to the point where other folks asked me to make some for them, hence troutrageous.com. I also have an Orvis cap I got for fathers day a few years ago, not quite Manny Ramirez's batting helmet nasty, but the ring of dried sweat is impressive. I will NEVER give it up!

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from tim romano wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

T-ShirtCaption reads: Meat Without Feet and has an iconic image of a trout.

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