Archive for May, 2015
The Nike Air Max 90 originally released back in 1990. Now, on the 25th Anniversary of the sneaker Nike brings back the original Infrared colorway. The shoe features a white mesh base, grey nubuck and black leather paneling and infrared accents throughout. See more images below and pick these up in stores or online (10am EDT) Thursday, May 28th for $ 120. Check out Launch Locator for stores.
It All Started With The One
The timeless classic Air Jordan 1 returns in the original colorway celebrating Jordan Brand’s 30th Anniversary. See more images below and pick these up in stores or online (10am EDT) Saturday, May 30th for $ 160. Check out Launch Locator for stores.
Last week, we released our fourth installment of Footaction’s Style Means series starring Kid Ink. Preceded by G-Eazy, Hit Boy, and YG, Kid Ink joins an elite group of hip hop stars known for their signature style. During filming, Kid Ink, poised for super stardom, sat down exclusively with Star Club to discuss everything from style to his musical influences to his plans for the future. The full interview, picked up and reassembled from the editing room floor, can be read below and will give you even more insight to the psyche of Kid Ink.
On his personal style:
I think my style definitely changes. I might change periodically throughout the day based on certain situations. You have to be comfortable. Everything has its moments. During the day it’s more sports wear, more shorts, sweats, things that are more comfortable. I might start off with some tank tops and shorts and by the time night comes, that’s when there are flashy moments.
Cali and the West Coast has influenced my style a lot. High knee socks has been something I’ve grown up with throughout LA all my life. I was wearing high knee socks when everyone was wearing ankle socks just because that was something that me and my friends were always in to. I’ve watched how that now went all the way to people wearing the dry fit pants under shorts and that’s giving the same effect and look and I’ve seen that grow. Tattoos for me with tank tops and tattoos and cut offs are something that’s from LA just because it’s hot all the time. It’s not something I would have picked up from the East Coast because you can’t wear that all the time out there.
On what he wears on stage:
The number one go to is Jordan 1s because those are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn on stage.
I tried to step my show up to having a theme to it. My theme lately has been like a dark knight/vampire/Dracula type theme so I’ve been sticking to a lot of blacks and longer clothes and layers – stuff that looks more villain-ish. On stage it needs to be something you would never even wear off stage. It’s a show so you want to give people a show.
It’s more of the villain side of things, the vigilante thing. When you see the villains come through with the trench coats – I think that played a part in my stage presence. I feel like the villains are always more fashionable than the super heroes.
On how he got into music:
I got into music first just from it being around me from my mother. My mother was a writer herself and she used to play the piano and sing. I knew how to play the piano to an extent, I knew how to hold a tone to an extent, because those are things she did with us growing up. From there, always having a respect for music and loving the culture. It was later introduced to me by my friends in junior high who were all going to an after school type situation and learning how to produce, write and record music and I was just going there to have fun and be with my homies and it turned into a big thing to where it turned from doing that to bringing it to school and selling beats in school to selling beats outside of school to really becoming an artist and it just trickled down.
On his mindset on and off stage:
My mindset changes from when I’m chilling to “on” probably the opposite of what you think. When I’m chilling my mind is moving faster and it’s going and going thinking about stuff but when I’m on, everything is a little slower and I’m in that moment and not really thinking.
On his style influences:
I have picked apart different things. Whether it be Jay Z telling everyone to wear button ups or everyone in Cash Money running around in white tees and bandanas – even if it’s Cam’ron wearing pink. You pick it and make it your own. I’ve never had an artist wear something and wear the exact same thing. I look at everything and see how I can make it my own. I want to be a trendsetter.
On getting off the road:
I become a homebody for the first week. I have a lot of friends and family that come on tour with me but when we get back is when we actually get to just chill and not work and be our fun selves. We turn up all the time.
To check out for personal health is very important and it’s something I learned starting out this year having such a hectic last year with more than 220 [show] dates. Being on the road and then being in the studio every day I wasn’t on the road and really working as hard as possible – last year hit me as soon as the top of the year started and I found myself almost passing out at shows from not eating and not sleeping well. That’s the kind of stuff that comes back on your body.
On if he could tell his former self a piece of advice:
If there’s anything I could go back and tell my younger self back in high school is probably be a little bit more confident. Back in high school I was a little less confident in certain areas. Whether it be the work ethic side of things or just talking to people in general.
Now I’m a little bit more confident but it was something that was forced with being a producer at first and feeling like I was a lot more behind the scenes. I was a homebody sitting behind the scenes making beats all day and not really in the face or having to meet fans. As soon as I became an artist it’s more of me not only having to speak for myself but then you become the person who is speaking for other people – this movement, your group, and your fans – and they’re responsive about how much your songs meant to them.
You have to break out of that shell after a while.
On his future:
I feel like I see myself in a more comfortable space with the same craft. I don’t want to drift away and do too much outside of music unless it involves music. Even if I’m in to certain things, I don’t want to jump out of my character to be something else. I don’t ever want to be introduced as Kid Ink the rapper slash … slash …
On what he wants fans to know about him that they might now:
Their opinions matter more than they think. I’m definitely listening to the fans and making sure that everything that they’re saying is reflected back towards me because those are the people that I’m speaking for and the people that are going to buy my records and as soon as they get bored with what I’m talking about is when that stops.
On when he knew he “made it:”
There’s a lot of different moment where I felt like I made it. A time I felt like I made is when my family found out but not necessarily money or being successful. It’s when they started treating me like a celebrity – even when people I know aren’t calling me by my first name. It opened my eyes – it’s bigger than just fans now.
More Style Means interviews with Kid Ink:
Premium Mamba Style
The first colorway of the Nike Kobe X Mid EXT arrives tomorrow. The shoe features an all white upper with roman numeral ten perforations, gum bottom and a gold Kobe logo on the tongue. See more images below and pick these up in stores or online (10am EDT) during our Summer Launch party on May, 22nd for $ 225. Check out Launch Locator for stores.
Michael wanted to bring a more formal look to the court and the Air Jordan 11 was created featuring patent leather for the first time on an athletic shoe. The iconic ‘Bred’ Air Jordan 11 returns in a low and you can pick these in stores or online (10am EDT) on Saturday, May 23rd for $ 170. Check out Launch Locator for stores and see more images below.
Master The Fundamentals
Master the fundamentals to master your game. The Nike Kobe X arrives in a new clean black and white colorway. See more images below and pick these up in stores or online (10am EDT) tomorrow, May 21st for $ 180. Check out Launch Locator for stores.
While we’re in the middle of Spring and Summer is right around the corner, the range of outfits you can wear these days range from light jackets paired with shorts, to a tank paired with a beanie, to jeans paired with a t-shirt. Essentially: when the weather is good, the possibilities are endless. But the question is: how do you stand out when practically anything goes?
Color, layering and a diverse set of garments can put your stamp on your everyday style. We’ve put together a few looks for you to gain inspiration from—under the vein of “keeping it light.” And that’s utilizing a light color palette made up on white and grey and unique ways to pull those colors off with balancing dark shades of color and different textures.
With the first look, our model is wearing a light grey Nike tanktop with textured light denim along with crisp white sneakers. To complete the look, a black New Era cityscape cap rounds the look out with its subtle leather brim.
Our next look shows our model wearing eye-catching pants with zip-up pockets and a photo print of girls in swimsuits on the pants. The dominantly white pants are balanced out with a grey and black shirt up top and a black bottom section of pants.
Our next look reveals our model wearing a pair of colorful Asics arriving with pops of yellow/gold with colorful socks. While all of that attention is happening on his feet, a white-and-black palette is embraced for the rest of the outfit: all-whites shorts, a dominantly white patterned Nike t-shirt and a dominantly black snapback with pops of white.
Next up, our model is wearing a white Diamond Supply Co. tee with matching tiffany diamond colored kicks to continue the aesthetic. The pants round out the whole outfit as the texture and distressed look of his light denim complement his shirt and shoes.
And for the last look, the model is rocking a light-grey Alife pinstripe tee paired with light grey joggers with black accents. This look is important because although it’s not white, it’s a lighter consistent shade.
Elevate Your Game
The Nike Elite Series Collection arrives in brand new colorways for the Kobe X, LeBron 12 and KD VII. See more images below and pick these up in stores or online (10am EDT) Friday, May 15th. Check out Launch Locator for stores.
Nike Kobe X Elite Elevate – $ 225
Nike LeBron 12 Elite Elevate – $ 275
Nike KD VII Elite Elevate – $ 200
Eh, What’s Up Doc?
Michael and Bugs teamed up together back in 1992 for a Jordan Brand TV commercial. Their friendship has spanned 23 years and has seen six championships. The Air Jordan 7 Retro “Hare” returns in its original colorway. Check out more images below and pick these up in stores or online (10am EDT Release) Saturday, May 16th for $ 190. See Launch Locator for stores.
The Nike LeBron 12 Lifestyle combines a premium look with long-lasting comfort. The shoe features an all white upper and autoclave midsole. See more images below and pick these up in stores or online (10am EDT Release) on Friday, May 15th for $ 130. Check out Launch Locator for stores.