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Grails: The hard to get, so imma brag about it, super thread!

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Another personal all time favorite... Never figured this color way would work as well as it did, but yeah... I wear my shit and wore the fuck out of this pair.

 

Probably one of the first pair of shoes that crossed over from just being highly desirable, to being recognized as a grail before “grails” were a thing: Heineken Dunks.

 

And caught out in the rain on the streets of SOHO, no less... LOL!

 

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@misteravenyour dunks game is on point man.

These only released 2 years ago but was a super interesting collab between extra butter and Saucony based on a drive in cinema.

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Okay, maybe should have led with this... 12ozProphet x Nike - AKANYC Wet Look Dunk Set.

 

This was an opportunity that came up after . the success of the first collab worth Nike, the aforementioned AKA AF1s. Nike was looking to add legitimacy to their NikeID program and discussions was that the market sort of viewed NikeID as a bootleg version of itself. At the same time, it was a pretty incredible program (still is) as it allows people to be a part of the design process. More than that, however is that the way manufacturing is set up, you can swap materials fairly easily without the massive retooling and supply chain issues inherent with standard manufacturing. The end result, is the same, if not better, since the runs are short and there is more eyes and physical labor involved. Anyhow, Nike was starting to consider rolling out a patent leather story that completely aligned with a concept I had based upon some photos we shot for the Also Known As v1 book that included vintage spray cans. Most notably, I loved the colors and names of the Wet Look cans (still the palette I gravitate towards - earth tones with a pop, that often lean towards 70s color schemes). So with some help from friends I'd made at Nike, we managed to fast track this project under the radar to avoid all the complications of senior staff having to approve and interject.

 

Originally my plan was to insert a series of golden tickets into the AKA book. On these golden tickets would be a 12ozProphet / AKANYC logo and a swoosh. The other side would be an 800 number and a local number that ring through to an answering service that simply requested your name, address and show size. The result would have been you'd be sent one of the pairs from the set. Unfortunately, there's massive legal complications with global distribution and since we were selling the book outside the USA, we could never get the concept through Nike legal. So at the last moment, we decided to simply auction a pair off for charity and I chose FreeArtsNYC, which was a local non-profit that helped rehab kids from extreme family situations through art. Together, Nike and us managed to raise $14,900 and then donated it all to them.

 

That remains the only pairs ever made public. I was given two sets, one in my size that I've worn and another sample set (size 9) that is short one pair (was told Mark Parker requested the missing pair). There's another complete set in Nike archive and then theres several random sample pairs that are floating around, which were scooped up by Nike staff that were involved. We also threw a party at a private downtown Nike space in the LES and I invited a select group of people that were involved or featured in the AKA book as a sort of thank you. Nike allowed each guest to design a pair of shoes in their size using the materials used for the Wet Look dunks, but did not allow a fully color blocked shoe like the Wet Look Dunks. Then with those materials still loaded, rolled out that years Fall / Holiday NikeID program and anyone could chose one of the Wet Look Dunk materials as the accent colors to the shoes on NikeID that season. Ended up that sales that season eclipsed what the program had done previously and it held the record for a good long while from what I was told. I was later told that this collab was the right project at the right time and helped tip over the NikeID program from something sort of on the fringe to being a viable program.

 

The Wet look Dunks were later selected by Nike during their celebration of the Dunk called the Dunk Chronicles as one of the best releases of all time along with a pretty impressive lineup.

 

Anyhow, was a pretty amazing opportunity that lead to an incredible collaboration. Was in the era long before social media and even before style blogs like HypeBeast had really blown up, but it still generated tons of hype in NYC, Japan and on the sites, blogs and forums of its day. I always wanted to follow it up with a few ideas that never made it into the first collab, so hopefully some day we can see that happen.

 

In any case, 12ozProphet x Nike - AKANYC Wet Look Dunk Set

 

More here: https://www.12ozcollective.com/12ozprophet-x-nike-wet-look-dunk/

 

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The Michigan Dunk H "be true to your school" i. Still mad I chose the the UNLV when they did the re release recently 

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I think the majority of shoes I consider to be my grails are dunks. I own none of them tho. With that said, I was super glad to pick these up on release day at the skate shop. 

 

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Was the last one in line to get their size. Not exactly grail status but something I had to have and be there for.

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Where are all .those wet look cans now? I can't believe the dollar signs attached to those. I've found a bunch of IllB wet paints, but never a wet look.

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*Dude probably has the largest collection of anyone else on earth, including PJay who's generally recognized as having the largest collection of vintage paint.

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I'll post my hat collection soon but in the mean time...

 

I have a pretty big tee shirt collection

Not from any one brand, but if i see a tee shirt i want, I'm copping it.

 

Here is my vintage shorty's collection

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Good Shortys collection. Their offices were almost next door to my father in laws office. Thought that was kind of funny after years of looking at their naked chick ads.

 

Got a shitload of shirts I could post, but will need to dig them out.

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3 hours ago, misteraven said:

Good Shortys collection. Their offices were almost next door to my father in laws office. Thought that was kind of funny after years of looking at their naked chick ads.

 

Got a shitload of shirts I could post, but will need to dig them out.

I was obsessed with their videos....muska rode the smaaaaallest board I ever saw

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16 hours ago, glorydays said:

I'll post my hat collection soon but in the mean time...

 

I have a pretty big tee shirt collection

Not from any one brand, but if i see a tee shirt i want, I'm copping it.

 

Here is my vintage shorty's collection

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So awesome. I love copping old tees. Got any hookups online outside of eBay?

 

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20 minutes ago, delv said:

So awesome. I love copping old tees. Got any hookups online outside of eBay?

 

theres a lot of vintage stores in Los Angeles...really its all about exploring

And it depends on whether that store got lucky and was donated really good stuff

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8 minutes ago, glorydays said:

theres a lot of vintage stores in Los Angeles...really its all about exploring

And it depends on whether that store got lucky and was donated really good stuff

Ah right. I'm down under and these stores don't really exist. I'm always scouring eBay and classifieds for old surf/skate shit. Not always much out there. I think dudes here mostly throw old clothes out or wear em into the ground. 

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11 minutes ago, delv said:

Ah right. I'm down under and these stores don't really exist. I'm always scouring eBay and classifieds for old surf/skate shit. Not always much out there. I think dudes here mostly throw old clothes out or wear em into the ground. 

theres a lot of vintage stuff sold on instagram

i'll link you after I get off work

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9 hours ago, glorydays said:

theres a lot of vintage stuff sold on instagram

i'll link you after I get off work

Fuck yeah, please do!!

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On 7/25/2018 at 9:23 PM, misteraven said:

Those were borrowed from the collection of Zeus MTA.

That dude is indeed a character.  I think he told me he started collecting in the 80s (pjay too), so he's been collecting cans longer than I've been alive, let alone been into graffiti. 

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On 7/21/2018 at 2:54 AM, Decyferon said:

Love those ugly Christmas sweater dunks 

Which store did These? Was it Concepts?

Yeah, and thanks.

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