Urahara Sanin: Nigo — King of the Hypebeasts

We go again

Enter Nigo

Nigo is such a massive superstar in the ‘streetwear’ space he has to be mentioned amongst the greats when it comes to Harajuku. Many speak of Nigo as the main Head of the iconic Nowhere Store, when Jun was right there.

Before Nigo was King of the Hypebeasts he was enamoured by screen printing camo and comfortable clothing that would be adopted by the most prominent culture Hip Hop.

Nigo and Hip Hop

Pharrell would link arms with Nigo after their jeweller in common Jacob would link them like a Cuban and they would share ideas and thoughts and Bathing Ape in Lukewarm Water would be part of the zeitgeist. we would get the most iconic Wayne picture above. Bape would even being the stem of a feud between Clipse and Cash Money of who really bought it to America first. The answer being Pharrell. Who said it in a song first? We don’t know. It just keeps producing great music.

Bathing Ape would Don Nike iconic Air Force 1 canvas never being sued either so Bape bad iteration after iteration better than anything Nike bought out at the time concerning the Air Force 1 Mould making Bathing Ape Bapesta part of the most iconic sneakers of all time having Kanye West Bapestas goon for upwards of $3000.

After Bape

Nigo would sell Bape to one of Japan’s biggest fashion conglomerates I.T and move on to Human Made and Billionaires Boys Club along with Pharrell. Now running his own music Label Toy’s Factory.

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A Dialogue on: The Air Force 1 — FOUR peak reasons Nikes Legacy is cemented with the Uptown’s

We go again,

The Air Force 1 is something I always wanted but didn’t know why since I was a kid. The influence black culture gave the AF1 and soon hip hop would match the shell toe in the air with Run DMC.

How I heard about the AF1 is my cousins in New York. They were about it, and said Air Force One was the flyest. At my first opportunity to shop for myself I got a black pair of AF1 with the gold trim to match my tracksuit. Was the first time I ever saw girls look at me different I was 12 years old I felt so mature then, like I discovered something for the first time, something no one else knew.

Cultural induction into Hip Hop

The reason for the feeling of greatness came years before that. Black culture in New York City was buzzing as you find terrible conditions you have people finding creative way to make it out. It’s the story of all generations, the best entrepreneurs come out of there, this is ’94 Harlem Ready to Die was about to drop, Post Alpo. A place of Go getters, hustlers, and the culture of hip hop, the most notable and cementer of the Iconic Shoe in Hip Hop was Nelly – Air Force Ones the greatest ad never paid for; The cultural currency this song held was like no other, it wasn’t just something for the streets it was now Hip Hops Sneaker and NOTHING has been able to replicate the effect of the song.

All whites

The summertime spectres/Casper’s/ Cocaine White’s. Sporting these meant you knew what you were doing you checked the weather and you knew no one would disrespect them by scoffing them; You were the man and these were a representation of such; You were brave; and you knew who you were.

Customs

These pearly criss whites were a reflection of great poise. Patent leather soon transformed into a canvas for those who would make the pair they owned individual so much so that there is an industry of people that clean customise and curate these sneakers. Retail price starting at £200 it is really lucrative for anyone that can circle the market for curating customs.

Curator Collaborations

The market for custom curation is so huge that Nike was losing so much money on resell and so forth they had to become a player in the market upping the number of collaborations they do almost ten fold in the past 3/4 years since the inception of AF1 they have had major collaborators with just the curation alone of the AF1 let alone the rest of The Air series or Jordan. Nike was no longer a place that collaborated with only “elite athletes” they inject themselves further into the narrative of streetwear by creating collaborations with other fashion influencers and houses.

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For the Culture

Being raised by Hip-Hop and seeing the different artist grow and develop through my development as a person. Literally growing up with these artists and learning living life vicariously through them I have seen the Rise & Fall Pain & Profits of success, fame, celebrations, and the vehement criticisms of artists. Of all genres encompassing Rap and Art (Self Development & Self Actualisation)from the past 3 decades of my existence.

The boom of the internet and transformation into social networking bought an even higher criticism of artist along with a wider spread group think, This is ultimately bad; This is ultimately good. Putting my take on things I’ve seen that people the average person is influenced by these so called “Influencers”. The exchange and repartee of people over social networks people just love to shit on art. Now me with my just serious view slightly witty and creatively endowed wordplay I feel my opinion matters on these subjects. Yes. I feel it and no one else needs to be involved with this opinion. I am happy being the person out there on my own “Banging” for an artist that I love can’t get enough of and just don’t  talk about the ones I feel need more time to breathe. My self-proclaimed ability to pick out talent and A&R is just one of those things that I play about with but can’t do anything about so in me deciding to use this platform to share what I love why not talk about the creatives that catch my eye and impact thought. I have seen many artist that I have loved in their early stages from Drake & Weekend in the late 2000’s to Migos & Chance The Rapper of today, Lil Uzi, XXXTENTACION the list goes on.

I am happy being the person out there on my own “Banging” for an artist that I love can’t get enough of and just don’t  talk about the ones I feel need more time to breathe. My self-proclaimed ability to pick out talent and A&R is just one of those things that I play about with but can’t do anything about so in me deciding to use this platform to share what I love why not talk about the creatives that catch my eye and impact thought. I have seen many artist that I have loved in their early stages from Drake & Weekend & Kendrick in the late 2000’s to Migos & Chance The Rapper of today, maybe just maybe I can put something in people’s minds as artists’ to watch or look out for. Also, I will be looking at ARTIST Creative Directors, Sculptors, Painters, and Artisans of the like that work with the  Physical realm who catch my eye hip hop influenced or not shine, however, dim my light is right now, is well deserved whenever it gets to me. I have love of other people in creative fields so why not give them whatever I can give them too, I would love to be suggested people, but, for now, it’s just me.

Writing this there have got to be blogs that do this already but I don’t write for them haven’t heard of them nor have they seen my writing to do such things. So I’ll have it, I have got many artist that I am looking at and listening to already so there is a great base for me to at least start. There is also the thought of Albums I listen to where I know in the old climate they used to let them breathe so there is a flavor in their eyes to talk about the work as a full body which is the sound of something I love to let an album cook and sit with it to listen in all moods let the albums “cook” to at least to be able to give myself a solid mindstate to write about this thing that people call abstract and artsy. ‘Frank Ocean – Blond‘, ‘Solange Knowles – A Seat At The Table‘, ‘Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book‘. To again name a few of the people whose work took me a while to understand.  Part of the repertoire of things that the industry force love or just haven’t clearly depict (to me) what the thing they made truly meant to me as a listener.

I, myself take after Will Durant in his essay ‘A Shameless Worship of Heroes‘ where he spoke only of greatness and propped the people up as they needed to be. The only difference would be these guys are alive and I can give Just do’s not being lost in the stew of the industry to be nice for the sake of it. These are things I truly like and enjoy to listen to, looking at, and people whose works I really enjoy.

So this has been

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