Space Jam

Posted 25th Sep 2011 @ 4:54 am

I got me some new Jordans. Reissue Air jordan 3′s to be precise, blue and white. Nike have released a new Air Jordan design every year since 1985. I used to have an original pair in white and grey but I ran them into the ground. I know I know, the collectors out there will be tutting furiously that someone would actually wear such a great work of art and yes they are great works of art.

Nike very astutely reissued the whole Jordan range, well not very astutely, as 3 years ago, Adidas did the same with Superstars (or shell toes as they are known) and they cleaned up. Nostalgia sells

I used to be completely hooked on Jordans. I’d scour the world looking for box fresh versions from collectors, spending ridiculous amounts of money in the process.┬áThe first six models (1- 6) are the sneaker equivalent of the first 6 Prince or Stevie albums. You know, everything about them is perfect. And jus like said artists, it all went downhill pretty quick after that. In the case of Jordans, it went all high tech and Tron like. Really Naff. Jordans 1 to 6 were all lovely and B-boy style. My fav are the 4′s but they’re all great in their own way.

Fallen off the wagon again with trainer obsession, although when i think about it, that train spotter need to hunt out the latest and rarest has been in me throughout all aspects, music in particular.
Perhaps the Jordan obsession comes from being in the US so much where, Jordan himself is still mentioned in hush deity tones, along with Pop tarts and the fact everyone used to have a Job.

Jordan famously appeared in the Jam video for MJ, taken from the partly animated film, Space Jam. An obvious attempt by MJ to tap the jock market, about the only market he failed in. In retrospect, the sight of possible the greatest performer of all time flouncing around with possible the greatest Basket player of all time looks a little desperate, like they were both cashing in on the others fame when really they were heroes in their own right and didn’t need to resort to such trivialities. Perhaps he should have done a duet with Springstein.

Theres something very satisfying about a box fresh pair of Sneaks though. I’m not advocating their actions but I can understand the disenfranchised yoof of Britain rioting over the only meaningful currency they know. Would have been nice to have thrown in a bit of Social revolution while they were pinching boxes of Reebok’s (Reebok’s??)

So a decent pair is like a good suit (also a pet obsession of mine), makes u feel 10 feet tall, the male equivalent of the little Black dress.

I love Superstars, Gazelles, Stan Smiths, Rod Lavers, Jabbers, Fleetwoods, Forest Hills, AirForce 1′s, Dunks,Pro Keds and I love Converse but the first 6 Jordan models hold a special place in my heart.

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    Talking Using your Hat

    To speak nonsense in order to lie. c1885. [In an interview in The World entitled "How About White Shirts", a reporter asked a New York streetcar conductor what he considered efforts to get the conductors to wear white shirts like their counterparts in Chicago. "Dey're talkin' tru deir hats" he was quoted as replying.]

    Eating Your Hat

    There is no such thing like a sure thing, but that is where this expression comes from. Should you tell someone you’ll eat your hat if they make a move, make sure you’re not wearing your best hat-just in case. [The expression dates back a minimum of towards the reign of Charles II of Great Britain and had something to do with the amorous proclivities of 'ol Charlie. Apparently they named a goat after him which had his same love of life which included, in the goat's case, eating hats.]

    Old Hat

    Old, dull stuff; out of fashion. [This seems to come from the proven fact that hat fashions are constantly changing. The very fact of the matter is the fact that hat fashions had not been changing extremely fast whatsoever before the turn of the 1800s. The expression therefore is likely about A century old.]

    Mad As A Hatter

    Totally demented, crazy. [Hatters did, indeed, go mad. They inhaled fumes in the mercury that was area of the procedure for making felt hats. Not recognizing the violent twitching and derangement as symptoms of a brain disorder, people made fun of affected hat-makers, often treating them as drunkards. In the U.S., the problem was called the "Danbury shakes." (Danbury, Connecticut, was a hat-making center.) Mercury is not utilized in the felting process: hat-making -- and hat-makers -- are safe.]

    Hat In Hand

    A demonstration of humility. For instance, “I come hat in hand” means that I come in deference or in weakness. [I think that the origins come from feudal instances when serfs or any lower people in feudal society was required to take off their hats within the presence of the lord or monarch (recall the Dr. Seuss book "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins"?). A hat is your most prideful adornment.]

    Pass The Hat

    Literally to pass through a man’s hat among people in a crowd or group as a way for collecting money. And to beg or request charity. [The origin is self-evident like a man's hat turned upside down constitutes a fine container.]