True story. One of favorites of all time however is the AJ 1. Doesn't get more iconic than this silhouette in these color ways. I'm a fan of the lows, though I understand they aren't for everybody.
My wife and I wanted to take a vacation and get away from Chicago. We landed in Raleigh, NC. We learned two things fairly quickly: cotton is king and beer is big business.
I love watching the creative process. The workshop does it all from start to finish. It was a treat to be able to walk around and see the magic that happens there! They let me snap a few flickaroonies and of course, I had to get some jeans. Sidenote: best jeans I've ever owned. I got the "Jones".
Photos were shot on Ilford HP5.
Winter means I'm indoors and booking for the Spring and Summer. It is time for other projects and creative ways to keep firing; seque to my latest restoration. I shared my love for sneakers in my last post, here is the most recent clean-up.
The AJ III represents a transition in athletic shoe culture. For most fans, they'll tell you that this is the shoe that jumped the shark. This is the shoe that Kid N Play rocked on album covers. Big Daddy Kane and others flossed their black cements in videos and magazine editorials that hung on bedroom walls. Tinker Hatfield and his elephant print did to athletic shoes what Dapper Dan did to custom clothes. We will never be the same.
This pair is a 2006 retro that were in 7/10 condition with some cracking. They only needed a repaint. I used a stripper to remove the paint this time around and it was much more efficient and hopefully will save some life for the midsole that acetone eats up. Below are some pics of before and after the strip.
After: I've gotten better with cleaning up my lines from my last few restorations and keeping the coats of paint thin. More like 8.5/10 now. Not bad for 10 years old. The toe boxes have virtually no creasing and the yellow heel tab ads character. Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Kicks are one of those things that I thought I would grow out of, but at 37, it hasn't happened yet. I supposed it has to do with how much time I spent as a kid studying the lines and shapes; the waiting and visits to the mall until I collected the money for the pair that I'd have to baby for the next 6-8 months. Even after I got my coveted school shoes, I'd keep them in the box just to take them out every day until the *second* day of school when it was time to make my mark. Then of course there are the players and moments that for me, are stamped by the shoes they were wearing. The KJs. The Barkleys. Agassi. Grandma-ma. Jordan. NBA Inside stuff to cap off Saturday morning cartoons. All very real memories.
Cleaning and repainting shoes is not new to me. I used to do it in high school with my Dad's acrylic paint (he used to build fine scale models and dioramas). The toothbrush and dish soap technique is old hat. I always got asked how I kept my shoes looking good. I never told people I cleaned them just about every time I put them on (still do. OCD much?).
I got motivated by a Youtube cruise (s/o to RetroSnickers) and a visit to my local cobbler (s/o Red Star Cobbler) to try my hand at restoring. This could be promising. Take a look at my first project. I don't know what possessed me to experiment on such an important pair of kicks, but I suppose that was a subconscious vote of self-confidence. Turned out pretty good. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Before: Probably a 6/10 before I started stripping paint. These picks were taken after the first cleaning and after I started removing the cracked paint.
After: Bumped up to and 8/10. No way to look brand new, but they look like well kept. Honestly, these might be iced forever. Curious to how the paint will hold up over time. I'll look to thin the paint next time and take care to keep it thin around the edges. Other than that, pretty satisfied with the lines an overall result. Follow me on snapchat (job_photo) for other projects and behind the scenes.
Photos have been published, so I can can finally show a few off! This shoot was for a colleague for a great cause and company! Just a couple day-jobbers connecting on their other passions! Thanks to Ham Glam for thinking of me and trusting me with the shoot!