The Air Jordan 1 (I) – Black / Varsity Red are the definition of “Old Skool”. Originally released in March of 1985, they retailed for a measly $64.99, a price that we would all love to see today next to a pair of Air Jordans. These were the start of a beautiful era. They have been the inspiration for many shoes, as others have created shoes which featured many similarities to these. They were even banned because according to Jordan, “They didn’t have any white in them”, and he was even fined every time he laced them up. So not only are these pretty to look at, but they were part of a small movement, and are highly adored by Jordan fans.
At last Saturday’s B96 Jinglebash a very touching moment occurred when the entire B96 On-Air staff went on stage and asked the audience for a moment of silence while illuminating their cell phones for the victims of the horrendous act in Newtown, Connecticut. Simply Amazing.
An amazing weekend featuring acts like Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Usher, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Green Day, Swedish House Mafia, No Doubt, Brad Paisley, Pitbull, Deadmau5, Miranda Lambert, Enrique Iglesias, Linkin Park, Jason Aldean, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Prince, Calvin Harris, LL Cool J, PSY, Britney Spears, NE-YO, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and more..
While on tour in Chicago, Austin Mahone stops by the B96 studios in Chicago to perform live for a select group of contest winners. These acoustic performances of “Say Somethin” & “11:11″ are B96 Radio Exclusives… See more interviews and performances at B96.com
No NBA championship in Chicago this year, but at least i was fortunate enough to have D. Rose sign my artwork before the end of this season. Already looking forward to 2013. Superior frame work by Jon at Framers Alley, Park Ridge.
An energetic combination of Purple and Turquoise that may rival some of the best purple/turquoise sneakers in history (save the Air Jordan VIII ‘Aqua’), the LeBron 9 ‘Summit Lake Hornets’ is a definite must-have for any LeBron nut or anyone jumping on the bandwagon later than normal.
Achieved a career milestone in 2012 of 10 years at B96 Radio in Chicago. I can honestly say they have been some of the best years of my life, and I am proud to be a part of such a historic radio tradition. I grew up listening to this station and to think I have been given the opportunity to brand this station with my design expertise from the logos, photography, and concert visuals, to meeting some of the biggest stars in the music industry, it truly has been a one of a kind experience. Here’s to another ten…
Make no mistake about it: The Wanted are having the time of their lives. Only a year on from their huge Number One debut single ‘All Time Low’ and they have already become one of Britain’s biggest, most brilliant pop bands, living a dream that has far surpassed even their most optimistic expectations and all with their best mates at their side. Tom, Max, Siva, Jay & Nathan definitely had a great time hanging with us at B96 Radio today..
The 2011 B96 JingleBash was a huge success from beginning to end. Here is a view of the 2-day setup from morning til night, til the first act hit the stage, all the way through until the tear-down process….all from 50ft. above the main stage.
The 2011 B96 JingleBash was a huge success from beginning to end. Here is a view of the 2-day setup from morning til night, til the first act hit the stage, all the way through until the tear-down process….all from 50ft. above the DJ stage.
This pair of Air Jordan VIII Retro’s were released in 2003. They were the second colorway released. An all new colorway, they are known as the “Chromes” due to their colorway description. Retail was $135 and they were a general release. These came in the Jordan face box along with a retro card.
Air Jordan 8 Retro
This was one of the first Air Jordan XIII Retro Low’s released. They came out in 2005 alongside another colorway. Both were a general release available at chainstores as well as urban accounts. Retail was $130 and they came in the silver 20th Anniversary Jordan box along with a retro card.
While the ‘Silver Anniversary’ version of the Air Jordan XIII never made it past the sample stage, the silhouette did see a number of retail drops previously that teetered on the edge of that all silver and white colorblocking. One of which was this Air Jordan XIII Low from 2005, dominated by white and metallic silver on the upper which were matched with just a tiny bit of midnight navy and ice blue.
This rare colorway is impossible to find in this size and condition. Original Box and Retro Card included.
Air Jordan XIII Low
White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy-Ice Blue
Is the Nike Air Max 360 BB Low the surprise shoe of the season? So far it’s made a strong case with its low cut, high tech, and pop colorways. A Bright Mango/Crimson-White displays the latter, relying on a mango base with crimson accents. Full-length Air Max cushioning and Flywire construction give these the support of a LeBron with the build of a Kobe. Grab this member of the “Focus” Pack now at Nike.
Seems crazy to think that summer and baseball season are over, but sitting at a game when it’s 40 degrees just means its time for football instead…..let the tailgating party begin…Sunday can’t get here soon enough. #BEARDOWN
The Air Jordan 2.0 is a great new addition to the Jordan Brand family, using the classic Air Jordan 2 silhouette, but giving it serious performance upgrades with only slight aesthetic alterations. The first colorway, an OG-inspired white/black-red look, hit stores two months ago, but the Air Jordan 2.0 Cool Grey/Cement-Black is on-deck and it’s a perfect look both for the basketball courts, and the summer months. The shoes mixes a cool grey leather upper with black and grey elephant print along the toe, and black piping and piecing around the heel.
I survived the mayhem of Lollapalooza 2011 in Chicago, after all the music, all the rain and the hundreds of thousands of people…my Nike Air Max 90 Infrareds didn’t…thank goodness the closest is stacked with more…..
So far, the Nike LeBron 8 V2 has proven to be the most well-received out of the three-headed monster Nike has supplied King James with this season. We have witnessed the releases of sought-after colorways such as the “Stoplight” Nike LeBron 8 V2 and the “Entourage” Nike LeBron 8 V2. We will be able to add this never-before-seen “Sprite” Nike LeBron 8 V2 Low to this short, must-have list should a release date follow. This variation, which is obviously inspired by ever-so-popular soft drink, features an eye-catching Treasure Blue tone for most of the upper with hints of white and volt on the inner lining, Swoosh and tongue border. To coincide with those elements, Nike applied a volt-colored, full-length Max Air sole unit.
Check out the amazing time-lapse footage from GoPro cameras mounted to the DJ booth and the soundboard center stage at the 2011 B96 Pepsi SummerBash! The cameras ran for 12 hours and was set to take a picture every 5 seconds, and the movies run 30 frames per second.
The Jordan Retro 3 Slide is the perfect after-sport recovery slide to complement your favorite AJ IIIs. It features a full-grain and synthetic leather upper with hook-and-loop closure, embroidered Jumpman and Air Jordan III details. It also has a Vis-Air® unit in the heel, full-length polyurethane midsole and a rubber sole.
The Nike Air Max 90′s are already at the top of the list for many of us, I bring you a look at the Nike Air Max 90 ACG. The ACG theme is heavy throughout the entire shoe, with classic ACG colors like purple and hot red coming together on the upper. Different colored speckled laces are also included, adding a nice touch to an already unique combo.
Inspired by the poster for the HBO hit show “Entourage,” the latest Nike LeBron 8 V2 is surefire head-turner, much like walking past King James himself. A Photo Blue Flywire-infused upper is complemented by matching patent leather on the midfoot. The same material is used in a perforated variety on the backside of the collar, and the Max Air sole boasts the same bright blue hue. Tour Yellow appears on the outsole, Swoosh surround and other key accents, including the Lion on the tongue’s eyes.
The Nike Air Max 90 Infrared’s are the illest kicks of all time, so when they become available it’s a must to stock up!
“You ain’t gotta worry bout her, shorty straight
Been chasing her for 2 days, first 48
A bad bitch cost, she worth every cent
She look like the best money that I ever spent
Just watching my cutiepie get beautified
Make me want better jewels, a newer ride
Louis Vuitton shoes, she got too much pride
Her feet are killing her, I call it shoe-icide” – FABOLOUS
This is how nice and calm everything is the day before the big show. Tomorrow this arena will be packed to the ceiling with 20,000+ screaming fans..The B96 Jingle Bash has been sold out for months and features Justin Bieber, Nelly, Jason Derulo, my boy Mike Posner, Far East Movement, Bruno Mars and of course us, the Jump Smokers!
Love this time of year, waking up super early on a Sunday and arrive in the city to tailgate before 8 a.m. It’s a ritual, and only a few have the passion and desire to carry it out. Fortunately when you arrive and see everyone that shares that same feeling, it becomes a very exceptional reality. Overall what can I say, I absolutely love tailgating…
Had a chance to spend some time with a real good dude this weekend, Mike Posner. He was in town on his “Up in the Air Tour” with Far East Movement. “The Pose” as his label rep calls him, is one of the realist, most down to earth guys I’ve ever met in the music business and its glad to know that people like this still exist. Check him out here.
Whether looking out my office window or walking the streets downtown, Chicago is an amazing town to capture images for HDR work… also with Apple announcing today that the new IOS4 software on the iPhone will shoot HDR photos, tells me this type of work is gonna be around for a long time…
After attending Rihanna’s “Last Girl on Earth” Tour last night at the United Center in Chicago, it clearly reminded me how much different things were just less than 2 years ago… kinda crazy how things change…
I was able to shoot the Chicago Air & Water Show from both Gary Airport (Saturday) and Lake Michigan (Sunday). Overall I took over 2500 pics and I am still sorting out the best ones, but it was also my first attempt at a giant panoramic shot of the city and beaches during the airshow. The end result was made up of 14 total pictures and the file is over 20 ft. wide. This small JPEG really doesn’t do this image justice, but you can click for a slightly larger version. 6′ wide posters of this shot might even be available soon….check back..
Be sure to support this dude when his album drops on August 10th, after hangin’ with him at West End Chicago to watch a Bulls/Cavs game then heading to V-Live to see him perform in front of thousands of screaming fans, made me realize its hard to come by true talent and a true artist. This kid is the entire package and best of all, he doesn’t show it one bit. I’m a fan, point blank.
The Air Jordan 16 (XVI) Original (OG) – Black / Varsity Red (3/4 High Men) was released on February 17, 2001, and retailed for $160. They were the original colorway of the Air Jordan 16 (XVI). They feature an all black leather upper with a patent leather toe, as well as red accents, and a clear outsole. The only thing wrong with the Air Jordan 16 (XVI) is that they do not have great traction, as there is not enough rubber on the bottom. This specific colorway features a black leather shroud which hides the lacing system, and gives the shoe a more casual look, which is an added bonus. Features of the shoe include a hidden quick lace system, carbon fibre sheath, patent leather, Zoom Air insoles, and a Jordan shroud, which is a covering for the laces, made from full grain leather.
Air Jordan released a new Air Jordan Force V at Air Jordan Flight Club – the Grey Nurse. These Air Jordan Force Fusion V’s are loosely modeled on the Hyperion Spitfire MK VIII 253 Grey Nurse, which was Tinker Hatfield’s direct inspiration for the original Air Jordan V’s. The markings on the heel and toe are taken directly from the decorations on the plane itself, as is the overall grey and black colorway. For those who have criticized the Force Fusion line of shoes in the past, these kicks are completely true to the history of the Air Jordan V, as they use Hatfield’s primary inspiration as the primary motif of the design!
This retro Jordan 4 was something new for the Air Jordan line. The shoe was officially known as the Air Jordan 4+. The shoe had the same silhouette and sole as the other retro Jordan 4?s, but with a few cosmetic changes. First off, the plastic heel tab and “wings” were replaced with leather.Â Next, the netting on the sides and tongue were removed being replaced with a few air holes in the leather.Â Lastly, and most offensive to enthusiasts, the large Nike Air logo on the back was replaced with a Jumpman.Â The shoes did not sell nearly as well as the true Jordan 4 retros, but are next to impossible to find today in decent shape.Â Something special about this pair of Air Jordans is that the midsole was painted with a glossy finish.
The Air Jordan 14 (XIV) Original (OG) – White / Black – Oxidized Green was released on February 13,1999, and retailed for $150. They feature a white leather upper with black support wraps along the bottom of the shoe. The shielded Jumpman logo and “23? on the back feature an oxidized green colorway. They are light weight (the lightest Air Jordan to date), as well as a great basketball shoe, as the herringbone pattern on the outsole gives them great grip. The sleek design is actually based on Michael’s Ferrari F355F1, the first production Ferrari to be fitted with an F1 paddle shift semi automatic transmission. these inspirations can be observed in the shield- shaped Jumpman badge, the Rossa Corsa shank plate and midsole air vent. Other specifications include low profile Zoom Air units, a carbon fibre sheath, medial air vents, a phylon midsole, and a quick lace system. The Air Jordan XIV (14) was released in 1998/1999. This was the very last Air Jordan model that Michael would sport in NBA before his retirement. On January 13th 1999 Michael announced his retirement from the NBA basketball for the second and final time.
The Air Jordan 14 (XIV) Original (OG) – Black / Black – White – Indiglo was released on June 12, 1999, and retailed for $150. They feature a black upper constructed from a combination of leather and durabuck, as well as an all white sole, which contrast from the upper, drawing plenty of attention to the shoe. The Air Jordan 14 (XIV) has some interesting history behind it, as it was inspired b the Ferrari F355F1, the first production Ferrari to be fitted with an F1 paddle shift semi automatic transmission. these inspirations can be observed in the shield- shaped Jumpman badge, the Rossa Corsa shank plate and midsole air vent. They are also the lightest Air Jordans to date. Their other specifications include low profile Zoom Air units, a carbon fibre sheath, medial air vents, a phylon midsole, and a quick lace system. They also have great traction due to the excellent herringbone pattern on the outsole. The Air Jordan XIV (14) was released in 1998/1999. This was the very last Air Jordan model that Michael would sport in NBA before his retirement. On January 13th 1999 Michael announced his retirement from the NBA basketball for the second and final time.