The Beastie Boys
Visible Influence: VW Hood Ornament Necklaces, Skater Style, Punk Sensibilities
Given their impressive history of style, the Beastie Boys were the original "hipsters" in the sense that their clothes both sampled from and parodied the very culture they were participating in. Mike D's Volkswagen medallion was his personal take on rapper bling, while Ad Rock aimed to channel classic Greaser style and punk rockers like The Ramones. MCA's sleeveless shirts and turned-up caps formed the archetype for the hard-partying "alt-bro," while their music provided a soundtrack all these intersecting subcultures could relate to. Even the old-school adidas kicks predated the whole "sneakerhead" thing, and they got in early on the streetwear movement with the guys from X-Large.