Sneakers like the Air Jordan XI don’t just happen. There’s a long process to it, one that starts a of 18 months before the shoe appears on shelves, one filled with false starts and fanciful ideas. What emerges from a designer’s mind is slowly refined and re-worked until a plausible product is born. On the occasion of the re-retro of one of the most iconic Air Jordans of all-time – the Concord XI – the good people at Jordan gave us an exclusive look at some of Tinker Hatfield’s early work on the Air Jordan XI. Recently, Tinker Hatfield shared some of his original Air Jordan XI sketches with Complex. Check out the multiple sketches Tinker created on the road to the Air Jordan 11′s completion in the gallery below to get a little peek inside the mind of a legend. (SOURCE)
Check the date: August 14, 1994. Not only was Mike retired, but the release of the Air Jordan X was still a couple months away. Still, the basic form of what would become the Air Jordan XI had already taken shape, and with two words – “shiny leather” – everything was about to change.
Same day, different colorway. While the laceless design didn’t make it to market (other attempts for a laceless Jordan have been made since then, and have also failed), the carbon spring plate did. It’s become a key structure in high-end basketball sneakers ever since.
Progress. Laces. The colorway is recognizable, as is the lacing system – although it wouldn’t make it to the finished product. Instead, it became a key component of a shoe worn by one of MJ’s teammates.
December 8, 1994. Things start to get more recognizable. And while the sketch itself is rough, it’s very cool to see how a designer – even one as accomplished as Tinker Hatfield – questions himself at every turn. This is the process.
More work from December. Every little detail worked out thoroughly. Those lace loops? They didn’t “just happen” Note the high cut and the one-piece “tongue”, things that changed before the official release.
Inspiration and design. Note the lawnmower in the middle. The lowly garden implement inspired the use of patent leather as a protective element. Designers are always looking for ideas, and sometimes they come from the most unlikely places.
More preliminary work. While the colorway weren’t set, the palette was coming together nicely. Many at Nike remained skeptical of wether Mike would even return to basketball, but Tinker kept faith and kept working. But we suspect not even he knew how it would pay off.
Hennessey Performance (HPE) is well known for taking fast cars, trucks and SUV’s and making them faster. The company will be offering their HPE800 Twin Turbo Jeep for 2013. Based on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, the crew from HPE takes the factory 6.4 L Hemi and increases displacement to 7.0 L (426 cubic inches) while adding a twin turbo forced induction system. The resulting 805 bhp and 823 lb-ft of torque will be enough to propel the HPE800 from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds.
Additional modifications include an upgraded transmission system and torque converter upgrade, 15.1 inch Brembo brakes front and rear, a lowered sport suspension system, lighter alloy wheels, carbon fiber front splitter and a custom leather interior with Alcantara steering wheel.
“We’ve built dozens of 600-800 hp Jeep SRT8s over the past five years, so we have an existing client base who will want to upgrade the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 to an even higher level”, said company founder and president, John Hennessey. “This vehicle is designed for the performance minded driver who lives in Aspen or Moscow and wants to be the fastest in all weather conditions.”
HPE will limit production at just 24 examples with pricing starting at $235,000. (SOURCE)
2013 HPE800 Twin Turbo Jeep – Specifications:
• 805 bhp @ 5,800 rpm
• 823 bhp @ 4,000 rpm
• 0-60 mph: 3.1 seconds
• 1/4 mile: 10.9 @ 130 mph
• 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
• HPE800 Twin Turbo Engine Upgrade
• Transmission Upgrade
• Torque Converter Upgrade
• HPE 20 inch Wheel Upgrade
• Custom Leather / Alcantara Interior Upgrade
• Brembo Brake System Upgrade
(6-piston calipers front and 4-piston calipers rear, 15.1 inch cross drilled rotors front and rear)
• Lowered Suspension System
• Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler
• Serial Numbered Dash Plaque & Engine Compartment Plaque
The ELMENDORF JACKET is Visvim’s adaptation to the classic A-2 flight jacket that’s reproduced with Visvim’s expected premium approach. Constructed from the finest leathers, the seasonal jacket comes in a tasteful deep brown colorway and features ribbed cuffs, waist and two roomy frontal pockets. In addition to the jacket’s *F.I.L. EXCLUSIVE drop, the piece is now available from the Visvim online store. (SOURCE)
Jacques Fournier, of Horology Design Studio in the U.K., used the inspiration from several racing cars to create these edgy and striking chronometers. Comprised of a variety of materials – from stainless steel to PVD to ceramic, and available in several attractive color combinations – this is timepiece is sure to gain the stamp of approval of those who like to pimp around in flashy cars with blingin’ wristwatches hangin’ out the driver’s-side window.
Ready to return to Middle Earth? The first full trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of The Hobbit adaptation, has arrived online in high def tonight via Apple; it’ll also be playing in front of Tintin. It’s a full trailer and, for Lord of the Rings fans. Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo, along with Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum, and many others, like Richard Armitage as Thorin and James Nesbitt. The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson in two separate parts, is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The Hobbit films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, will be shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera technology. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theaters in 3D on December 14, 2012.
In Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, Paula Patton joins Tom Cruise’s gang as a sexy lady-spy—as if there were any other kind—who vamps it up and gets dirty in equal measure, per the international lady-spy handbook Vamping It Up and Getting Dirty in Equal Measure: A Primer. “I was doing physical stunts,” says Patton excitedly, “feet in the mud, fingernails full of dirt, shooting and fighting for my life.” A cleaner, less violent Patton got her break in 2006 with a starring role in the OutKast period musical Idlewild and later played an inspiring teacher in Precious. Sadly for you, she is married to singer Robin Thicke—son of Growing Pains patriarch and proud Canadian Alan. Somehow she has figured out how to bridge the vast cultural divide between her and her in-laws: “Canadians are a lot like us, actually,” Patton jokes. “I’ve figured out how to blend in.” Spoken like a true lady-spy. Check out the pictures and video below…..
Guess who’s back????? Nike with it’s limited release of the Air Jordan 11 “Concord”, No matter what size you’re looking for (Adult, GS, PS, Toddler, Infant), the “Concord” 11s look extremely crispy and are a definite must-have. (SOURCE)
Over the weekend, “Saturday Night Live” poked fun at the headlines, invoking an appearance from Jesus himself – as played by Jason Sudeikis.
The skit begins in the locker room after the Broncos’ win, with Tebow thanking “the most important person in my life, my Lord and savior Jesus Christ,” and lo and behold – a bearded Sudeikis appears.
“First of all, you’re welcome. Yes, I Jesus Christ, am indeed the reason you’ve won your past six football games,” he says. “Here’s the thing: If we’re going to keep doing this, you guys gotta meet me halfway out there. Let’s face it: It’s not a good week if every week, I have to come in, drop everything, and bail out the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter. I’m a busy guy.”
His other instructions to an awestruck Tebow included stretching before the game, reading the playbook, and to take his displays of faith “down a notch.” This is a must watch funny video, LOL!
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the sequel that brings back only a few cast members like Channing Tatum from the original 2009 blockbuster and introduces new cast members like Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Ray Stevenson and Adrianne Palicki. If you’re looking for more ridiculous action, this seems to be the film to see. Watch!
G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation is being directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2 & 3D, “The LXD”, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) from a script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. Channing Tatum returns as Duke, along with Ray Park as Snake Eyes and Lee Byung-hun as Storm Shadow. Other newcomers to the cast include Bruce Willis as General Joseph B. Colton, Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye, Ray Stevenson as Firefly, Joseph Mazzello as Mouse, Arnold Vosloo as Zartan, D.J. Cotrona as Flint, and RZA as the Blind Master. Paramount is planning to release G.I. Joe: Retaliation starting on June 29th, 2012 next summer.