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“…I’m way harder than the concrete; I say what my mind speaks…”
I can’t front. I’m not a fan of the Lebron 9. It just doesn’t work for me. But I have to admit, they’re dope for customizing! The paneling really lends itself to some creative options. This is just the first of many custom 9’s on deck.
For this pair, I used the black cement III’s as my point of reference. An all-black upper surrounds panels with the infamous cement/elephant pattern and red swooshes. The tongue is grey carbon fiber with a red liner. To play to the Jordan III theme even more, I added red eyelets.
To some, crossing a Kobe shoe with a Jordan color way is blasphemous. To me, it’s not that serious.
In this instance, I applied the air Jordan “Aqua” VIII theme to a pair of Kobe VI ID’s. Sitting on top of a clear outsole, is a black snake scale upper with purple and teal accents. To top it all off, AQUA is embroidered on the tongues.
“where my killa tape at…?”
I’m an old head. In this day and age of mp3’s and cd’s, I actually kinda miss cassette tapes. I mean they’re inconvenient if you wanna hear a particular song, but as far as a tangible music source, I dig em.
A few years back, one of my first reconstructed sneakers was the “Purple Tape AF1”, based on Raekwons Only Built 4 Cuban Linx cassette tape. Aside from being a certifiable classic, I always thought it was dope that the tape was purple, and I wanted to pay homage.
Thing is, the craftsmanship wasn’t the best. The concept was there, but I needed more practice. Fast Forward to 2011, I was asked to recreate them, and a pair based on Nas’ Illmatic cassette as well. With my reconstruction skills up to snuff, I was ready for the task.
Both pair feature lined paper graphics with song lyrics from each respective tape. On top of that, there’s actual cassette tape strewn across for added realism. “…one love keep it real yo…” The mid panels are transparent images of the actual tapes and are topped with transparent swooshes to boot.
When Nike developed a series of LA-centric Kobe VI’s (3D’s, Orange County/Sunsets, East La)
in relation to the NBA all-star game being in LA, I decided I wanted to make a few of my own LA themed Kobe’s, since I’d be in LA for the festivities.
The 1st pair I did was based on the LA smog…you can see those here:
Once I saw the “Glass Blue” VI’s,
I felt they’d be a perfect base shoe for my next concept…Venice Beach!
Ever since I saw the movie White Men Can’t Jump, I’ve wanted to play at Venice Beach. The idea of hooping right off the ocean was so dope to me, so Venice has always held a special place in my heart.
But Nike threw me a curve ball and didn’t release the Glass Blues in time for my LA trip. I was still determined to make this shoe a reality, so when I hit LA, I visited Venice, and was able to bring back some sand with me. I held onto it till I was able to get my hands on the base shoes…
This is also my “response” to the Lebron 8 “South Beach” shoes,
but in keeping with my need for “realism” or authenticity in my work (see Magneto AF1 with magnetic swoosh, tennis ball customs made of felt, Hardwood Classics with genuine basketball rubber, etc), I wanted to go further than a colorway and actually incorporate sand…and sand from Venice Beach no less. These shoes feature sand colored paint work, with sand on each individual scale. The glass blue midsole, and glitter filled outsole, perfectly represent the Pacific Ocean. To finish them off, I dyed the tongues and liner black and painted the swooshes black as well.