February 25th, 2013 by John Kim / 17 c
The Japanese influence in Tinker Hatfield’s personal style has never been more pronounced than with his latest revealed design – the Air Jordan XX8. It’s clear that the legendary footwear architect marches to a beat that we’re not entirely familiar with, yet we find ourselves following his lead willingly. Although not much of a Japanese influence is known with the design of the Air Jordan IV, a shoe that some may argue is Tinker’s best design ever, the muted and controlled colorway of the classic ‘White/Cement’ has that zen-like calm, making the customized ‘Samurai’ version by El Cappy a rather welcome fit. Going with traditional Japanese graphics on the midsole and on the upper wing with a Samurai mask logo embossed on the heel, this Air Jordan IV custom clearly took some Samurai-like discipline and focus. A gallery of this amazing work is just below so enjoy the fine details on one of the best customs we’ve seen this year.
El Cappy is probably my absolute favorite next to C2... And that's coming from someone who competes in custom sneaker industry with him! The dude is a master with the brush.
Very simple, it should've had more detail on it.. even though the paint looks detailed enough they just look like painted WC4s.. Isn't the best of his work.
Yo! Where's the straight-ahead pic of the shoes so you can see the tongue??? You can clearly see from the side that the jumpman has been replaced with the Japanese rising sun, so why would you not display that with a pic. These photographs are INCOMPLETE. FINISH THE JOB. We're not on ebay here, and you're not trying to sell a pair of fake J's with pictures from obscure angles, so give us a look at the tongue!
Really like these minus the face on the back. They should have just painted that panel where the jumpman is below the heel tab. Aside from that, the paint job looks amazing. Professional quality, great attention to detail, and a print that seems authentic as compared to actual Japenese art depicting samurais.
some nice paint....however there's something i don't like..not figured out specifically but don't find nice the final creation
i love the execution probably i prefer the back part to be painted as well... overall the simplicity makes it beautiful
totally agree. If they do a face back there, it should just be painted in that panel.