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.