I'm in the process of gathering all the work that we've done in the last 5 years of being in business, While digging I started to see some of our old ads. This was at the time of the big NBA Dress Code launch. No more wearing timbs and Sean John Sweatsuits. I remember Allen Iverson wearing a Bill Russell (Celtics) uniform on the sideline... and he was playing for the Sixers.
Anyone that knows me know's that I'm pretty emotional (thanks mom). Not that I would want any footage of me crying, I thought this was 1 of millions of pretty random things on the 24 hour live stream with Stephon Marbury....
Here are some of my favorite crying moments captured on video.
Congrats to the NBA for making the video of Kobe's emotional apology disappear off the face of the earth.
I remember growing up looking at the book SNAPS in the bookstore. I think I still have the book somewhere. During a random youtube search I stumbled upon this SHAQ interview that I thought was funny. This made me think about all the funniest snaps I've ever heard.
Here is my list for top 10 shit talkers of all time (SPORTS and NON SPORTS)
SPORTS (In no particular order)
1. Chad Johson - He raced a horse and changed his last name. 2. Gary Payton - I sat close to the court one time. He doesn't shut up. He's hilarous too. 3. Michael Jordan 4. Terrell Owens - I saw him play Hoop it Up 10 years ago with his boys. If I were his boys, I would not let him talk to me like that. 5. Rasheed Wallace 6. Sam Cassell - You just know he has tough skin.
Recently was in SOHO and walked passed the D&G store on Broadway. For such a design conscious brand it was pretty sad to see their doors. Hopefully they were tired of people pushing the doors when they walked in.
After watching a few matches of Wimbeldon a few weeks ago, it got me thinking... I grew up loving tennis shoes. I used to play tennis occasionally, but most importantly I used them to play basketball in outside on the concrete. They had a tougher outsole that lasted longer. What happened to the importance in tennis in our culture? The shoes now suck. Cool tennis shoe commercials are non existent. We used to have McEnroe, Agassi, & Chang. Before then Rod Laver, Stan Smith. They all had dope shoes. Reebok even took jabs at Agassi and his flavorful assortment of shoe colors with his pump. We need some more sneaker beef!
Coming up I bought Agassi's signature shoe every year. Just like I did with Jordans. So now, I'm in the process of photographing all of my shoes, (I have most of them saved in storage that I've accumulated since the early 90's) I'm seeing all kinds of old tennis shoes.
Here are my top 5 tennis shoes of all time. 5. NIKE AIR FLARE (great baskebtall shoe) 4. NIKE AIR TECH CHALLENGE (the first 2) 3. REEBOK COURT VICTORY PUMP ("The Michael Chang's") 2. Air Cross Trainer 1 ("The McEnroe's") 1. ROD LAVER (one of my signature shoes that I wear atleast 4 times a week)
Here were a few shoes that I did for Adidas a couple of years back when Agassi just signed to Adidas. (So weird I know, but gotta chase that check right?) Like a lot of streetwear ispired sports graphics, these shoes were inspired by his first Tech Challenges.
So last night as I was on my way to Rich Medina's and Bobbito's Happy Feet party, I noticed some street art for sale by West 4th St. Park. Not even sure how the piece I purchased actually caught my eye. They were all so similar.
Zorroz the artist himself was there selling them. When I inquired about price, pointing to the painting I was interested in, he quietly smirked and yelled out- "Oh you want the boooty- I just did that today... I had to get that booty just right."
As an ex artschool guy and an art collector, I know that the point of art is the story behind it and what it represents. I think "The Booty", will always be in my collection.
If you've been purchasing UNDRCRWN since 2005, you will remember that we used to package all of our T-shirts in cereal boxes. We go sued for them looking too much like some famous cereal brand, so we had to discontinue producing them. We have big plans coming soon with our packaging, so stay tuned. So if you have one of the old ones, they are collectors items. Also we did a special valentines edition box in collaboration with DJ Neil Armstrong that we only made 200 of.
21 Vlade Divac C 4 Chris Webber PF 16 Predrag Stojakovic SF 13 Doug Christie SG 10 Mike Bibby PG
31 Scot Pollard F - 51 Lawrence Funderburke PF 5 Hidayet Turkoglu SF 3 Gerald Wallace SF 24 Bobby Jackson PG
I was at the very first game Jason Williams played against the Warriors in his rookie year. He was so ill. I was a huge fan immediately. I still think he is probably one of the most entertaining player I've ever seen for the full 48 minutes. Even on the bench and in interviews. Dude is so hood. When we signed him when I was at AND1 we used to have to charter planes for him so he could have his medicine.
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PLease note that this drink is fictional and should remain fictional.
Last week UNDRCRWN fam, Jason Davis(twitter addy: @JasonDavis43), Fullback for the Chicago Bears along with Carey Davis of the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted a weekend Sportsfest in their hometown of St. Louis. (shout out to Ozzie Smith!) UNDRCRWN designed and prodocued the official t-shirt. In attendance was Adrian Peterson (Vikings), Nate Washington(Titans), Jason Avant(Eagles), John Broussard(Bears), Christain Morton(Titans), Matt Sinclair (NFL), Brian Scaffering (Browns), Martin Nance (Steelers).
This weekend Jason will be hosting a Football Camp in Chicago. We also did the tees for that as well. More photos coming next week. Be on the look out for the Bears this season.
PIctures are worth 1000 words... But how much are words worth? Here are some free ones...
The Roots Picnic was amazing this year. Not 1 million degrees like last year. The highlights were: - Santigold brought out Spank Rock on stage (he later shared the do-it-yourself barbeque grill with yours truly). - Public Enemy x The Roots-Flav without Chuck D and Chuck D with out Flav is like the NBA players without white girls. - seeing all of Philly back stage. - trying to figure out how many people actually belonged back stage. - Asher Roth wearing a Larry Bird Jersey until UNDRCRWN's Pete Small told him that Philly hates the Celtics... Asher eventually taped a piece of paper over the Celtics logo that read "PHILLY" - good move Asher! - seeing people on drugs getting hauled off on stretchers- it's not woodstock people. Save your drugs for encounters with young Hollywood. -Flavor Flav had the size label on his jeans still. (yes hipsters it was an accident-please do not try and add this to your scarf and dunks. It is not a trend) - Everyone that wore the AIR YEEZY's must have spent days picking out the matching outfit with their friends.
My cousin had a dope custom Georgia Bulldogs jacket.I wanted it so bad. So when I went to SF Pier 39 to buy it, I asked for it but the salesman must of thought I said "Georgetown" instead of "Georgia." I liked it so much that I bought it instead of Georgia. After buying it, I figured out what the Hoyas were all about. By then that they just won the national championship and Patrick Ewing was one of the best college players (shout out to Gene Smith/UNDRCRWN sales agency superstar. He was on the championship team) heading into the NBA draft. So since then I supported the Hoyas. When Allen Iverson got there, I just liked the fact that he was in jail before the season and was an All-American quarterback. Plus his crossover was crazy. Teaming up with one of my favorite/least known players Victor Page they had one of the illest backcourts ever. Buy the t-shirt here.