Johnny Cash spent a career brandishing his toughness by dressing in black. Big whup. Snooty scholars with hands as soft as day-old croissants have been wearing black forever.
You want to really be tough? Wear shorts.
Wear them for 2,135 days straight (as of yesterday). Shovel snow in shorts. Whistle past a glacially cold graveyard in shorts.
You want to know tough? Go into The Snap Shop in Great Barrington. There you’ll find Steve Carlotta and his bare knees. He’s been wearing shorts everyday since Feb. 26, 2000.