Archive for the ‘Sneakers’ Category

Some Favorite Kicks

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Here are some of my favorite Kicks that I want to get a hold of.. Since class is winding down thought I would share some of my favorite sneakers.

Nike Air Max 90 Royal/Obsidian

Jordan 8′s Aqua

Asics Gel Lyte iii Alvin Purple

Nike Air Hoop Structure Black/Hot Red

I have a pair of air max LTD’s which look similar to the air max 90′s but I am going to buy a pair of the 90′s later. I just also ordered the air structure a little Christmas present for myself.  The Jordan 8 are expensive like $229.99 so I going to hold off on those.  As far as for the Gel Lytes the Alvin Purple is limited addition so I’m going to look at other colors and see what I can get a hold of.

Just for Kicks

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Since class winding down, I wanted to post a documentary which I think is really good about the sneaker culture. It talks about the sneaker heads and how people go about searching for that perfect pair. It has alot of information given by hip-hop artist, graffiti artist and also just big name sneaker heads. For some it is more than an obsession and in this documentary you meet someone that keeps searching for the perfect pair of kicks. Some people in this are true true sneaker heads. While I also like sneakers and the art behind them, I don’t compare to these people, at least not right now money is tight haha. Yet maybe one day I will be a collector of $500-$1000 sneakers one day who knows.

If you haven’t seen my last post here is the link “Sneaker Music” the video I made with to things I love sneakers and music. Check it out

Sole Searchers

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Here a short documentary about the sneaker culture, for these people sneakers are a part of their every day lives. Searching for the newest exclusive stuff is the name of the game.

Nike Laser Project

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

These were designed by a Nike designer and curator named Mark Smith. Using a a computer and a laser machine which works in the same way as a tattoo gun, they used lasers in a line Burn setting to be able to create these detailed lines and textures. Only 200 pairs where made and each had a tag like the second picture, which indicated pair 10 out of 200. Here link ti more images of the shoes Air Force 1 Smith and also more info on the shoe here sneakernews. The article in sneaker news says  “The art of tattooing separates on individual from another, and consequently each of the 200 pairs of the Nike Air Force 1 Mark Smith laser is unlike one other.” Like a tattoo on an individual which showcases one self and how they represent them selves. Nike has done same by creating these unique shoes, not only producing 200 pairs but each pair being different from the other.  Art is art but for me on a shoes its just something else, an art piece that one can hangs up on a wall can only be seen by those in your place. Yet a sneaker can be seen by many more, it is an art piece one wears.

Air Max 90

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

These are some of the entries of an art competition held by FootLocker, which celebrated the air max 90 success and 20yrs. Here the link to info to the artist which made the images. FootLocker art competition. The air max 90 is also one of my favorite shoes. I had a pair back in the day.. and I’m bout to buy another pair.

Haze

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Eric Haze is a graffiti artist and designer. He collaborated with Nike and produces the shoes you see above. He designed the shoes and the shoe box. Here a link to his website Eric Haze. He produced these Nike Dunk Haze in 2003, using airbrush. Meaning that not only was each pair unique but each shoe itself was different. Only 250 pairs were made, which were raffled on LA and NY.

Here some more of Eric Haze work…..

Dave White – NikeHead

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

These are Canvas artwork inspired by sneakers by Dave White . He is a UK artist which does a lot of work with sneaker pimps which are the worlds largest exhibition of sneakers and sneaker-related artwork.  He said

“I have explored sneakers as a vehicle for my painting as I find them incredible objects to look at. Whether it’s the line, the silhouette, colour, shape, form or texture, I believe sneakers are some of the most beautiful things ever designed”.

Sneakers are not only a canvas but also inspire work on to a traditional canvas. Here is a link to another blog freshness it has Dave White in action. All the paintings on shoes which I’ve seen him do are Nike so it is fitting to add this song because I’m pretty sure he is a NikeHead. here a link to the lyrics

Sneakerheads

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Here is a video about sneakerheads and the sneaker culture, which was on a ABC morning show awhile back.

There is a sneaker documentary that is very good  called “Just for Kicks” which came out in 2005. I will post that documentary on a future post because I want to showcase some more sneaker artwork first. Stay tune for that, it is a good documentary explaining this culture.

Confederation of Villainy

Monday, October 4th, 2010

These are a collaboration of New Balance and Crooked Tongues called the Confederation of Villainy. Crooked Tongues is a online sneaker resource and store. They based in London, have news on the hottest kicks on the streets and also interviews with designers. Here the link to there website Crooked Tongues. Here a break down of each shoe individually, each shoes also has its own design for the shoe box and is inspired by a villain in history. I have also placed links about each individual villain in the descriptions. I think the shoe boxes are cool, its not just about the shoe but also the presentation. My favorites is the 991 and 575 check them out.

Black Sword NB 577  inspired by Chinese outlaw Son Jiang (aka Black Sword)

Black Brat NB 575 inspired by Black Bart the Gentlemen crook of the Old West.

Black Beard NB 1500 Inspired by Black Beard the Pirate

Black Tom NB 991 Inspired by Black Tom the mysterious highway man of Bedfordshire.

Sneaker Freak

Friday, October 1st, 2010

My idea for my digital story is going to be on the sneaker culture and art. I am a bit of a sneaker freak, I own a pretty good amount of sneakers and most of them I barley wear. I also own some that I wear like once a month just because they were pretty expensive haha, but I believe that shoes particularly sneakers speak a lot about someones style. You can have different colors and styles, but also portraits and other artistic designs. There is a large culture around sneaker art and most of it also leads into and comes from urban culture. I’m going to show some of the sneakers and the artists through out the rest of the semester. I’m going to use my book Art and Sole as a reference but also sneaker head websites like http://www.sneakerfreaker.com/, http://nicekicks.com/, http://www.kicksonfire.com/, and http://solecollector.com/ just to name a few. I’m also going to continue to post some music here because sneaker and hip-hop go hand-n-hand, maybe even some tunes inspired by sneaker themselves, anyone ever heard My Adidas by Run DMC….here you go.

Here some of Adidas 35th anniversary collection that came out awhile back