And Erlich (T.J. Miller) is one of these gold-digging guys looking for
the next big thing.
However, Erlich is not hugely successful, but earned some money with AVIATO – one of his own startups – and now runs an early tech startup incubator in his house where he supports young developers while they work on their own cool and pioneering apps.
In his chaotic bachelor pad, among all the computers, video games,
drug accessories,energy drinks, books and developers, there is a white and green camouflage snapback cap hanging on the coat rack.
Screencap via Youtube, ©2014 by HBO
The hat is interesting because it features a
Quit Your Day Job logo, which fits perfectly with the Silicon Valley Bay Area vibe.
Even more interesting is that this quote is from the popular book DO COOL SH*T (2013) with the promising subtitle:
Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After, by serial entrepreneur and author Miki Agrawal about how to run a successful startup business.
With this background knowledge, the baseball cap message fits even better with Erlich’s attitude as a wannabe-badass who is desperately seeking the
next big thing.
Another curious piece of trivia that shows Erlich’s real character is that the snapback hat is created for girls by the rebellious female designer, Jac Vanek Marin, for the skater fashion brand, ELEMENT.
This little detail subtly underlines Erlich’s sometimes embarrassing attempts to be cool, tough, sporty and masculine, while he tries desperately to cover his soft feminine side.
Of course, it’s not clear if the Silicon Valley creators around Mike Judge or costume designer, Suzanne McCabe in particular, had all this in mind when choosing this hat.
However, it’s a nice bit of trivia and reasonable assumption that this costuming choice was intentional.
Click here to watch an interesting behind-the-scene video where Erlich shows his incubator house in Silicon Valley.
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