The ’80s and ’90s were a time for bold visual experimentation anyway. Vivid patterns, neon accents, and statement motifs populated the era and Nike’s own art department played its part, experimenting with color and technique to produce some of the era’s more iconic textile colors and prints. With digital technology in its early days, prints were shaped by hand before then being digitally copied or textured and played with through light, exposure, and different transfer techniques – giving garments a genuine made-by-hand feel. Even key collaborators such as Mr. Jordan himself, as well as director Spike Lee (who directed several of the brand’s ads during this period), reputedly pushed the department’s designers to new creative heights as well.
Nike’s Tech Pack is arguably the culmination of these various strands, traditions, knowledges and innovations. Developed from decades out on the street, in the court and on the track, Nike’s Tech Pack is a collection that seamlessly blends the modern tech the Swoosh has at its fingertips with the essential functional requirements of today’s streetwear.
The infamous East Coast–West Coast hip-hop rivalry of the late 1990s helped solidify Tupac and Biggie Smalls as not only legends of their respective turfs, but icons of an entire generation.Biggie’s style sensibilities in particular played a pivotal role in defining ’90s hip-hop culture as the rapper was notorious for repping colorful knitwear from Australian label Coogi, thus igniting one of the biggest fashion trends of the decade.Upping the nostalgic factor even further, Sprayground has partnered with children’s legend Barney to drop a Biggie-inspired backpack that sees America’s favorite purple dinosaur decked out in a signature Coogi sweater complete with sunglasses and gold chain.
This unmistakable limited-edition homage to Brooklyn’s finest drops today, July 27, and you’ll be able to find it on Sprayground’s web store.Danny Hogg, the man who tagged D.C. with “Cool ‘Disco’ Dan” has died this week.Renowned for his signature — Cool “Disco” Dan — the marking was visible on just about any surface throughout the D.C. in the late ’80s and early ’90s.According to Roger Gastman, the artist and filmmaker who co-directed the documentary The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan — Hogg, 48 years old, passed away on Wednesday due to complications from diabetes.While few actually knew who Cool “Disco” Dan was, Hogg immersed himself in art and drawing as a young child, and his struggles with mental health issues and homelessness are discussed in the aforementioned documentary, but also explores how Cool “Disco” Dan was very much a part of D.C.’s culture and history.In other news, one of the most influential street art sites just re-launched.