The Nike Air Max 90 has been a favorite sneaker of mine since it's original release. My first pair of 90's were hand me downs from my cousin June. I cherished them then and I still cherish them to this day. Although I've purchased many an Airmax since those days, from time to time I get nostalgic and pull out my original pair for a quick walk, then right back into their original box they go. So Imagine how excited I was when my good friend James, owner of famed Atlanta boutique A Ma Manieré, wanted to do something special to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the sneaker.
When coming up with the concept of what I would create I began to ponder about all the historic pop culture moments that had occurred since the original release of the Air Max 90. I then began to think that would be it difficult to believe that the airmax wasn't on someone's feet during those moments. I was rocking a pair of air max on 9/11. Thousands of people were jogging in Air Max's while listening to their tunes on the first iPod. There were air max in every theatre watching Harry Potter movie and they were even on the White House lawn during Obama's inauguration. This sneaker helped us to run through 25 years of pop culture so I knew I wanted to pay homage with 25 pieces. And what better way to commemorate an occasion then in a book. Thats when the idea for "We Were There" was birthed.
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Tinker Hatfield-designed classic, "We Were There" Highlights the Air Max 90 model in an illustrated form and reads as a time capsule collection of the people and events that made waves during the model’s run with the sneaker serving as a contemporary canvas. Check out a few of my favorite images from the project and view the Full gallery of images Here (Insert Link To Gallery)
Each piece is a Giclee on canvas with acrylic paint on top. I really wanted to oil point these but due to the limited time I created each piece digitally but I still followed with a glazing process. Each canvas varied in size from 27"x27", to 27"x46".
View all of the pieces here at the We Were There Gallery. Below is a video of me awkwardly explaining this project...