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TINKER HATFIELD Tinker Hatfield is a designer at Nike responsible for countless classic sneakers, the likes of which include the Air Jordan III-XV, the Nike Air Max 1, the Nike Air Safari, and many more. Tinker began his career at Nike as an architect, having received his degree in that field from the University of Oregon, later transitioning to sneaker design after his early success.

Air Jordan XX8 “Dare to Fly” Event Recap

December 4th, 2012 by | 18 comments

jordan dare to fly event Air Jordan XX8 Dare to Fly Event Recap

Today’s official unveiling of the Air Jordan XX8 was a top secret event by all accounts, with industry folks tight lipped about what exactly the sneaker media should expect going into their exclusive set up in midtown Manhattan today. As folks from the blogosphere filtered into the dimly lit room, things became more and more apparent. Jordan Brand president Larry Miller kicked things off, bringing out the one and only Spike Lee to get things started, with Carmelo Anthony eventually taking to the stage as well to talk the game of hoops with Mars Blackmon himself. After that portion wrapped up, attendees were ushered upstairs via freight elevator to see what Jordan Brand had in store next. Once the crowd was made to converge, following the endless ogling of the Air Jordan ‘Blackout Collection’ display, a projection played on the walls of the room, the massive doors at the center broke away, and there it was: the Air Jordan XX8. Spike Lee again picked up the narrative from there, rapping with Air Jordan architect and sneaker design guru Tinker Hatfield along with project designer Josh Heard about the new model.

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Nike Basketball Comes Alive in NBA 2K13

October 1st, 2012 by | 4 comments

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The role of sneakers in the sport of basketball are no longer limited to the confines of mere function and comfort; sneakers are as much of a visual statement as they are a performance enhancer, with the big-boy brands and the energetic colorways giving one’s feet a distinct swagger. NBA 2K13 brings us into the world of basketball sneakers more than ever before thanks to Nike Basketball and the entertaining Nike iD integration, giving us full reign over one-of-one colorways of all the sickest upcoming Nike kicks like the Kobe VIII and KD V as well as the recently launched LeBron X+ and presenting the opportunity to share designs with others.

Aside from the the iD-able nature of the shoes, NBA 2K13 even brings in some of Nike’s most influential pioneers like Tinker Hatfield, who invites the user into a virtual Nike Innovation Kitchen to design a new pair of shoes. The Career Mode of NBA 2K13 also brings to life to ‘shoe deal’ side of pro-athlete perks, with Nike and Jordan Brand offering up nice contracts should your game be up to par with their standards. It’s like a game within a game, especially for sneakerheads, so don’t think twice about copping NBA 2K13 and keep your virtual sneaker game tight.

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Nike Air Raid “ParaNorman”

September 30th, 2012 by | 22 comments

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Joel Colley and David Trujillo of Laika Studios presented the sneaker community with the Nike Air Foamposite One ‘ParaNorman’ – truly one of the most memorable sneaker releases of all-time. For their outstanding work, Tinker Hatfield and Tiffany Beers presented both Colley and Trujillo a special edition of the Nike Air Raid in ParaNorman fashion as a reward for the design (which raised over $200,000 for the Born This Way Foundation). Colley and Trujillo originally selected the Nike Air Raid to represent ParaNorman, but in the end the Foamposite was the final model of choice (not that anyone’s complaining). This incredible limited edition version of the Air Raid is set off with autographs by Tinker and Tiffany, making these even more incredible than what they already are! More shots of this unique Air Raid below and stick with Sneaker News for potential updates on this ParaNorman classic!

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Tinker Hatfield Interviewed by GQ Magazine

September 12th, 2012 by | 6 comments

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The term ‘GQ’ has been used to describe the serious sartorialist that pays attention to every possible detail, from the hem of the double-breasted sport-coat to the meticulous fibers of knee-high socks. But are Air Jordans considered ‘GQ’? Do they carry the level of high-fashion importance like some of most well known design-houses in the world? Air Jordan has gone from exiled outcast to basketball icon, but today, the Air Jordan is a darn-near MUST-HAVE in shoe collections around the world. Not sneaker collections, but shoe collections. Finding a pair of Air Jordans sprinkled among fine italian shoes or casual tennis shoes isn’t as far-fetched as it once was, and Tinker Hatfield, the architect behind the greatest Air Jordans (or athletic sneakers) in the history of sneakers deserves the proper credit for penetrating the otherwise uncharted territory of men’s fashion. GQ recently sat down with Tinker and picked his brain bit by bit, so check out the full feature at GQ and let us know if you think Tinker Hatfield deserves mention among the greatest fashion designers of all-time.

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Original Nike Air Bag Patent Drawings

August 16th, 2012 by | 2 comments

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1987 was a big year for Nike by all accounts. We were reminded of that just a bit during this 25th anniversary with bringbacks like the Nike Air Safari, but one no doubt more momentous model from that pivotal year has been relatively quiet. That model is the Nike Air Max 1, the Tinker Hatfield designed masterpiece that first introduced the world to the concept of Visible Air which has stayed stuck on the bottom of countless sneakers ever since. And yeah you’ve heard the stories of Tinker’s travels out to France and the skeletal structure of the Pompidou Centre that inspired its bare-all design, but have you seen the building blocks that got the Air Max technology on shelves?

We have. Pictured here is the original patent request for the innovation, described at wordy length without title we know it by today (Although we appreciate the switchup-Nike Viscoelastic Unit Comprised Of A Resilient Gas Inflated Insert Within A Shock Absorbing Foam Material just doesn’t doesn’t have the right ring to it). Interestingly enough it’s not Tinker’s name on the patent papers but first and foremost that of another powerful Nike name: Mark Parker. Click through with us to check out the original sketches that built a legacy of so many sneakers afterwards, complete with the original rationale for the Nike Air Bag that serves as a reminder that once upon a time your Nike Air Max 1′s and the like truly were state of the art and intended for the purposes of running.

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20 Years Of Nike Basketball Design: Air Raid (1992)

July 25th, 2012 by | 6 comments

nike air raid 1992 20 Years Of Nike Basketball Design: Air Raid (1992)

Nike Basketball continues its march toward the London Olympics and the Dream Team 20th anniversary with another look at a classic design that changed the game.  That the Nike Air Raid is the third such entrant from 1992 is an indication of how prolific the Swoosh and particularly designer Tinker Hatfield were that year.  And just like Hatfield’s Air Flight Huarache became associated with the Michigan Wolverines, his work with longtime associate Mark Smith on the Air Raid’s X-strapped streetball sensibility came about at a time when multiple cultural movements converged to create a perfect storm.  Click through to see the TM of HTM’s sketches, how the Air Raid was built from the ground up to add durability without sacrificing comfort and let us know where this iconic streetball sneaker ranks on your list of the all-time great Nike Basketball styles.

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20 Years Of Nike Basketball Design: Air Flight Huarache (1992)

July 24th, 2012 by | 6 comments

air flight huarache 1992 20 Years Of Nike Basketball Design: Air Flight Huarache (1992)

Following up on yesterday’s debut, we see the next entrant in Nike Basketball’s ’20 Years’ retrospective pick up right where the Air Force 180 Low left off.  That model commonly linked to Charles Barkley could be seen as the first step in Nike embracing the ’90s attitude, and here we see more evidence of Tinker Hatfield’s impeccable timing.  Hatfield and assistant Eric Avar saw basketball shorts getting longer, and following the 1980s arms race that had court kicks higher and heavier than ever before, it was simply time for a change.  The Nike Air Flight Huarache came onto the scene in 1992 with a neck-breaking ankle cutout to highlight its exoskeletal construction, and their connection to notable ballers of the time including the infamous ‘Fab 5′ Michigan Wolverines makes these an all-time classic.  Click through for some words from Tinker himself and a rundown of the OG colorways, and stick with Sneaker News for the next milestone in two decades of Nike Basketball brilliance.

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