By DJ Semtex with forward by Chuck D.
Got this one from the local library. I just paged through the whole thing. This might be one of the greatest books I’ve ever seen. This book connects hip hop with clothing brands and dates back all the way to 1973. Nothing has been missed or left out. It takes me back to my childhood, that’s when rap music started for me. Strongly suggest this book.
I bought this book many years ago. It is a collection of Shepard Fairey’s work from this school days until 2005. It is pretty exhastive. I would say it is 90% images and the rest copy. If you try to read the whole book it might take two hours. It is a very impressive book. All the graphics are very strong and the images he chooses can be political. His artwork started as stickers around his colleges campus and town. He started to do graffiti art with his Andre the giant image. His graffiti morphed into political figures and making huge murals in cities across the word. The range of graphics shown is impressive. To president Obama to famous musicians like Bob Marley and Joe Strummer. Before shipping the book cost $60.00 – completely worth what you pay.
Just went to see Lego Batman with my 7 year old daughter. It was worth it if you are 7, any older it is hard to focus that long. I liked the original Lego movie better, Mr. Evil Business was truly evil, and fun to watch. I just expected more from an animation movie. We probably won’t purchase it, but we will see.
This is a great book if you want to know the full background of sneakers. There are many many pictures taken of shoes that are in the Bata Shoe Museum. The shoes they show are over 100 years old. The book has interviews with Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz from the Beasties Boys, it has a section written by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and many more. This books is basically a library of the history of sneakers. This is the perfect book about the history of every sneaker brand and when they started. Great book for sneakerheads. Would strongly suggest this book.
Just finished the Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide. Attached to this post is a model of the different parts that make up a shoe. The book was good. I think I knew the most about Nike, just growing up in public school and playing in a few sports. Nike Air Max 95 is my favorite I was never really into basketball shoes, usually just running and tennis. It gives a good over view of all the major brands like Adidas, Asics, Converse, New Balance, Nike, Air Jordan, Reebok, Vans. Good book to keep on file, to see what other designers have made.
Just found this gem in Netflix. It’s all about different forms of design. Graphic, Industrial, Illustration, and Architecture – just to name a few. One of the designers interviewed is a former architecture major who did pole vaulting at Oregon – under the direction of Bill Bowerman. His name was Tinker Hatfield. Sounds to me Bill has a hell of a guy. Tinker gets choked up just talking to the guy. Tinker went on to be the main designer at Nike. He designed at least 15 different Air Jordans over the years. He also designed Andre Agassi’s tennis shoes and clothes. The shoes and clothes he created totally changed the game for sneaker culture. It all began with the first set of Jordans, and today people collect and pay thousands of dollars just for one set of his shoes. I think I will be talking more about Tinker as time goes on. We owe a lot to him.
Just ordered this book from Barnes and Noble. I am still working on it. I never realized how many Adidas shoes had about 90 different options. Some shoes only have 100 copies made for them. I can only image how much those cost. From what I’m realizing is the market for sneakers is larger than the supply. I’m going to do some research on the web for some shoes and see what I find. I have never considered myself a sneakerhead, but I am a fan. I just don’t like people not wearing the shoes they buy for $2000 bucks. Maybe one day I’ll understand, until then, I’ll just appreciate my really old worn down shoes.
Just got this one from Redbox. Didn’t think it would be great, but it had great special effects. Benedict Cumberbatch, can really bring it on. I was never into comic books growing up – was more into baseball cards. Stan Lee cameoed in yet another Marvel movie he created. It was worth the rent, tried to watch it on my computer, but it is so old, blue ray doesn’t work with my CD drive. I have a feeling their will be another version coming out sometime next year. I don’t know if I’ll buy the movie, but it was worth watching. Best regards.
As much as I like my new wordpress responsive theme, its not perfect. I can only have one gallery. It pretty much repeats itself if I put a portfolio button on the top. I can’t setup separate galleries for example, I can only have one gallery for clothing, not separate ones like web, print, and miscellaneous. I don’t think it makes much difference. It is good for now, I don’t want to do websites anymore anyway. I will discuss this further in future posts.
I’m going to try and listen to a lot of music and talk about as many books as possible. I don’t buy a lot of music like I have in years past but I will try. I almost forgot movies. I am a big fan of each. The movies don’t have to be design orientated, just good movies with good stories. I just bought a few books on sneaker design: 1:Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide 2: Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture. I’ll read them and tell you what I think.
There are two Netflix movies I suggest you viewing. They teach you a lot about sneakers and their history. They are called: Abstract the art of design – it talks about many designers, but the one I’m interested in is Tinker Hatfield. He design many of the huge designs sold by Nike. The other movie is called Sneakerheadz – a movie that talks about the extremes people will go to collect athletic shoes. Both I strongly recommend.