Metals for Your Feet

air jordans

Air Jordan’s originated in 1984 founded by Nike. In the 1980’s gym shoes where I huge part of social media, most musical artist look to shoes to be sponsored at the time Nike was at the bottom of the food chain however they bet all their money on a newly started rookie basketball player named Michel Jordan. At this time the NBA had every strike guide lines to the shoes the players wore, they had to fit the uniform of the team but also had to have some symbolize of white on the shoes. The original Air Jordan ones where all white and black as are the Bulls color, Michel knowing this would take the fine and penalty just so he can wear the shoe every game, giving the shoe more of a desirable element. Two years after the Air Jordan where released the idea of the serious of shoes went into place, creating a new shoe every season. The 1’s designed by Peter Moore, air Jordan 2 designed by Peter Moore and Bruce Kilgore, air Jordan 3-13 by Tinker Hatfield. Now Tinker Hatfield who created some of the most recognizable Jordan’s had the idea of combining two unlikely things to make an every better. Shoes for the NBA where always made to only fallow their guide lines and for athletic purposed but now Air Jordan’s where changing that using materials like elephant skin print on the air Jordan 3s. Jordan’s at this point where just shoes that people would ware but a symbol. The between shoes being advertise and entertainment mixed. In 1989 Air Jordan had a contracted with director Spike Lee for Jordan’s to have a leading role in a movie (do the right think). The most amazing thing is that each Jordan has a special element to it something that makes it unique for example the Air 3s elephant print, Air 8 the straps, and the Air 10’s the amazing lines on the bottom of the shoe.  Each shoe also has a special name giving it more credible than just another shoe. Unfortunately the shoe also became every popular in the gang civilization, people would get into fist fight or even mugged for a fresh new pair of Jordan’s. Never the less Jordan’s never lost their value the shoe is symbolic to have this shoe especially ones that came out for the first time for the best material where the best. People might say well they are just shoes but they really aren’t just as some women brag over what name brand purse they carry or the type of heals they  ware Jordan’s had the same type of impact. They were a way to express one self, how clean and nice you kept your Jordan’s reflected on the type of person you were.

  • Do you have a favorite pair of Air Jordan’s and why? (link below that list all and shoes all the Air Jordan’s )
  • Can you relate the social status of Jordan’s to a person item like purse, art supplies, and etcetera?
  • Do you think the crave for Jordan shoes is a legit able thing or do you think its nonsense to have so much crave over shoes?

*Just For Kicks: a Documentary about sneakers, hip-hop and the corporate game. (must watch movie if you like shoes)

 Crystal Roman


Don’t Judge an Album by its Cover?–extra credit blog post

“A good record cover will stop you dead in your tracks, and make you curious not only about the music it accompanies, but about the artist who created it. Album art is often our first introduction to a band’s latest collection of songs, giving a visual aspect to the sonic creations inside the sleeve.”

Album cover art!  Yes, Hopefully we are buying albums for the Music and not for the cover; however, many of the albums playing in Starbucks or stuck in your parent’s basement had help from some serious album artists. I understand that although vinyl is making a comeback, actually buying a hard copy of an album is sadly a thing of the past. However, from a vinyl shopper’s perspective coming across a beautiful album cover can really grab some attention. (Especially when searching through crates and crates of similar looking records.) Although the true beauty of an album cover is more prominent when acting as a sleeve for a 12”, even digital downloads allow listeners to be taken by a great album cover.

Many artists take on the daunting task themselves! While others enlist help from friends, band mates or local illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. Unfortunately the masterminds behind these beautiful works occasional go unnoticed; however, a surprising amount of these artists are extremely well known in their field while are just used to holding a set of drumsticks.

Artist: Justin Vernon, Bon Iver, Bon Iver 2011


Artist: Samuel Beam, Iron & Wine’s Kiss Each Other Clean, 2011


Artist: William O’Brien, Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest, 2009


Artist: Toby Liebowtiz, Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues, 2011


Artist: Zack Nipper, Bright Eyes’ I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, 2005

  • Have you ever been drawn to an album because of the album art?
  • Are you ever curious to whom the artist is?
  • Do you think the art could possibly be an advertising technique?

Some interesting links!

Check out the stories and artists that go along with the album art:

Bailey Van Horne

“There is art. There is beer. This is where they meet.”

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As most of you over the age of 21 have noticed, there has been a recent explosion of different kinds of craft beers being made all throughout the United States that have been making your adult life even tougher by giving you an extreme amount of options to choose from. As a matter of fact, the US now has more beer styles and brands than any other market in the world, which was not the case just 30 years ago. Along with this mass production of different kinds of beer comes the mass production of their labels that represent them. As if their fun and witty names weren’t attention-grabbing enough, craft beer breweries now feel the need to go beyond a simple advertisement on their bottles. The beer label has now been incorporated into the “experience” of drinking the beer itself. It’s what catches your attention while walking up and down aisles and aisles of different branded craft beers.
The labels are one of the newest forms of art in that they try to portray the beer much like a CD cover tries to portray the kind of music on the CD. Artists come together and attempt to show the personality of the people behind the brewery and have that as the face of the craft beer. The Pour Curator is a site fully centered around the idea of craft beer labels becoming an art form, so much so that their tagline is “There is art. There is beer. This is where they meet.” They display different labels and discuss them thoroughly much like painting lovers discuss their favorite paintings.
Breweries like Three Floyds have hired comic book artists to create some of the labels to enhance the artwork and grab peoples’ attention even more, but I think more importantly to show that this truly is a new art form taking place in the modern day world. Comic book artist Tim Seeley created the label for the hard to find craft beer Zombie Dust. Zombie Dust is so rare that if you actually find it at a liquor store they will only sell you one six-pack per customer for about $15.
I chose to this topic simply because I have noticed the immense amount of new craft beers all over the place, whether it be at a bar, restaurant, or the obvious, a liquor store. Their labels have gotten so many positive reviews that clothing has been made with their images on them. This would be an example of print making since they make several copies of the same images over and over again.
Here’s the link to The Pour Curator
  • Would you consider these labels as a form of art more than an advertisement or vice-versa?
  • If you were to design a label, what would be on it?
  • Have you (if you’re over 21) fallen into their trap and bought a craft beer simply because of the artwork on the label? 

Sara Delgado