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Basquiat x Reebok Pump Omni Lite ‘Undiscovered Genius’

January 27th, 2012 by | No comments

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It’s essentially impossible to truly replicate the fullness of one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings on a sneaker design, so for their latest Affili’art release, Reebok goes in the complete opposite direction and focuses instead on small fraction of one standout piece.  The latest Basquiat x Reebok Pump Omni Lite goes with a clean tonal black plus gold design that adds ‘UNDISCOVERED GENIUS’ script on the lateral heels as a tribute to 1983′s ‘Undiscovered Genius of the Mississippi Delta’.  These certainly aren’t the most audacious of RBK’s Basquiat drops, but adding just a touch of the Radiant Child’s brilliance to this iconic silhouette makes for a welcome twist on the familiar.  Look for these now at select Reebok retailers and check out some extra images after the jump in the meantime.  via Provider

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Jean-Michel Basquiat x Reebok Ventilator

December 13th, 2011 by | 1 comment

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Collection curator and Reebok Creative Director Swizz Beatz has ensured that the Jean-Michel Basquiat tribu-laboration keeps going strong, and for the latest drop, we see a model that’s been absent in its original form since some of last year’s Basquiat releases.  The Basquiat x Reebok Ventilator resurrects this classic runner in a couple of high contrast colorways that, the Neo-expressionist prodigy’s markings aside, remind us of this silo’s strong mid-’00s run that included what could be seen as one of the earliest Miami-inspired pastel looks from a trend that crested with the LeBron 8 ‘South Beach’.  It’s not art deco at work here, but something just as distinctive, and both colorways are available now at RBK retailers like Millennium Shoes.

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Basquiat x Reebok BB4600 – Black – Yellow

November 20th, 2011 by | 1 comment

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If you’re at all familiar with the late Jean-Michel Basquiat then you should shouldn’t be expecting anything ordinary from the Reebok collection inspired by his work. Indeed the pieces released so far have channeled the chaotic feelings that his art embodied, embracing the jagged lines and neo-expressionistic imagery. We’ve got the look at the latest from the collection, a second Reebok BB4600 this time with a stark black and yellow combination. Various piece of the sneaker pay homage to the fallen artist, with his birth year of 1960 scrawled on the back end and his ubiquitous crown logo stamped on the tongue. Follow us after the jump for the latest from the Basquiat x Reebok collection and hit up Allike to get yours.

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Basquiat x Reebok Pump Omni Lite – Black – Red

November 7th, 2011 by | 2 comments

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You’ve gotta give credit where it’s due to Reebok’s Affili’art Collection, a capsule that’s spawned some fairly forgettable collaborations, and yet, continues to give the spotlight to an artist with whom so few of our sneakerhead peers are familiar, some speak about the releases as if Tupac is still alive and recording.  But Jean-Michel Basquiat’s very essence is to a significant degree bound up in the fact that he passed at such a young age, and it’s that indomitably exuberant youthfulness that RBK captures so well in these Basquiat ‘collabs’.  The latest is a Basquiat x Reebok Pump Omni Lite that appropriates the artist’s signature crown emblem in the middle word of ‘I Am Basquiat’ on a bold bred backdrop, complemented by a silhouette of his easily-recognizable hair stitched into the heel.  Look at them more closely after the jump then find these and the other Basquiat Reeboks from this season at RBK retailers like Wish.

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Basquiat x Reebok Pump Omni Lite – Black – Brass

November 5th, 2011 by | No comments

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The New York Times must’ve forgotten that young artsy types still pass copies of Downtown 81 among friends, but they were at least on the right track in noting that it was “Not until the rapper-producer Swizz Beatz’s public embrace of [Jean-Michel] Basquiat did his presence begin to grow.”  Surely Madonna meant more to The Radiant Child’s career than the new curator of his Reebok Affili’art capsule, but there’s no doubting that Swizzy is schooling a whole new generation on Neo-expressionism via attention-grabbing kicks like the new Reebok Pump Omni Lites pictured above.  This one goes further than any before it in pronouncing the artist’s name; could we one day see a similar theme on the Kamikaze or Swizz’ upcoming Time to Hold Court?  Check them out in greater detail after the jump then grab your Basquiat Reeboks from Extra Butter.

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