My contempt for most contemporary shoe-related documentaries is pretty well-documented here, but this Vice Sports documentary on Dunk SBs is good. Fifteen Years of SB Dunk: Stories From the Inside Out feels true to the original spirit of the shoe (which I always felt reached its apex in late 2005) and is a fine companion piece to the Air Force 1 production from 10 years ago. Having been interviewed for it, I was gutted that an appearance from me would mean I could never watch the film, but fortunately, my rambling answers were excised from the final cut. Which meant I can view it, take notes and talk about it right here. Wild that these things went from around 150 at Slam City to NikeTown status, but they were pivotal in creating the blueprint for contemporary hype.
As a kid, I was possessed by the same lower middle-class disdain for local private school pupils as the rest of my friends, and despite a poorly informed socialist phase, where I would’ve come undone at the lowest level of interrogation as to what my beef was, over time, eventually you’ve got to get that chip off your shoulder. Jumpstarts in life, crucial connections…I’ve seen many squander their good fortune at potential business level. A toy is a toy, regardless of class stature. Like most of these posts, this topic’s born of three subjects currently rattling in my cranium, all characters I hold in the highest esteem for just pushing their chosen field to its limits. The cash behind them and depressingly early passings are largely incidental, but it helps in the pursuit of mythmaking.
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I’m a printhead, yeah
Twenty pence a week
‘Printhead’ The Fall
More. T.M.I. blog oldness from April 2008. The magazine industry went into freefall even more than I ever anticipated a few months later.
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