Nick Cave is known for his work as a performer, artist and educator. His work spans a diversity of media. The Hustle Coat is a critique of contemporary culture. Hustle coats or their facsimile are objects often associated with the American depression era. Serving as outposts when salesmen would sell anything from knives or cards, to drugs or gems from inside their coats. In contemporary culture however being hustled has transcended economics, being as familiar to Wall Street and investment trading as depression era street vendors.