Category Archives: Heroes

GEOFF

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If Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog has set you on a quest for extra knowledge of Nike’s early days, there’s some gold on YouTube. Nike employee #3 and University of Oregon runner Geoff Hollister was integral to pushing the company forward in its early days and made some significant moves in the 1980s too with his promo know-how and creativity (the short-lived but excellent Aqua Gear line was his brainchild) before bolstering the brand’s grassroots running projects the following decade and penning a post retirement memoir called Out of Nowhere that’s an essential supplement to Knight’s book. Continue reading GEOFF

NOSTALGIA FOR ANTI-NOSTALGIA

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Most things that are given a punk prefix are pretty terrible. Right now — in an era of carefully curated nihilism — brands and contemporary culture seem to be trying to poorly resurrecting a packaged version of the spirit that inspired Malcolm McLaren all those years ago. They want to be GG Allin but most seem to be coming off more like the moody kid from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie wearing his Sid Vicious tee in the bad guys’ warehouse with the ramp and video games. Continue reading NOSTALGIA FOR ANTI-NOSTALGIA

THE SPIRIT OF COMPETITION

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For a while, Phil Knight interviews were few and far between. There was him having his lunch interrupted by Michael Moore, a Sports Illustrated cover story, that piece on The Word about his son’s brief rap career, some business shows, a scattering of speeches and that Oprah appearance. Continue reading THE SPIRIT OF COMPETITION

HUNTER

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The ThamesTV YouTube account keeps unleashing gold from the archives and Show Down At Aspen is no exception. This 25 minute documentary charts Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 bid to become Sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado on the back of his The Battle of Aspen article the previous year, wherein he engaged in some high quality trolling of the establishment by pledging to tear up the streets, ban policemen carrying firearms, not punish honest dope dealers and change Aspen’s name to ‘Fat City.’ Continue reading HUNTER

ALPO’S COAT

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For a while, Dapper Dan was a near-mythic figure beyond NYC, but over the last four years he’s been making some necessary appearances to remind folks that he’s the a father of the high fashion and streetwear crossover that’s been the wave since Alpo was buying ten jackets at a time to Puffy’s finest excesses to the current mix and match zeitgeist. Continue reading ALPO’S COAT