August 3rd, 2011 by Aaron Hope
That it’s even debatable that the five Air Jordan III Retro releases in 2011 (six if you count the rainbow GS joints) make it the year’s top Air Jordan Legacy silhouette is a testament to the overwhelming mass of top tier releases this year, so with such an unprecedented landscape for sneakerheads to navigate, it seems apt that a surprise contender has emerged to take its own shot at the model’s ’11 best. SBTG has the custom kicks game down to a science and his Air Jordan 3 customs might make you care as much about the fictitious Deer Valley Titans as the Chicago Bulls. Everything from the level of detail to the high contrast colorway is next-level stuff with this one, a substantial release that even if taking a backseat to the Cement OGs, would have to garner serious consideration for the custom crown. US sneakerheads can expect to pay a premium for the few pairs that make it beyond collectors at the August 5th release event, so click through to get a glimpse and let us know if you’ll take the effort to procure a pair.
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August 2nd, 2011 by Aaron Hope
Sneaker News has profiled more custom kicks in the first half of 2011 than our entire history before that combined, and while there’s no doubting the talent of today’s emerging artists, it’s equally obvious that they owe quite a bit to pioneers like the guy (whose work is) pictured above. Mark Ong aka SBTG has been putting custom paint on Nike Sportswear classics and Air Jordan Legacy models for years now, his latest work commissioned to commemorate the one year anniversary of Philippine sneaker boutique Titan. The SBTG x UNSCHLD x Titan team-up extends the ‘Varsity Bones’ theme that we saw two years ago imagine what it could have been like had Kobe Bryant followed through on his plan to attend Duke University — this new collaboration extends the series into another imaginary underdog squad, the Deer Valley Titans. The collection includes an Air Jordan III, a Nike Blazer Mid and a Dunk High, each in the “school’s” red, black, blue and teal palette, and they’ll be available at Titan this Friday, August 5th starting at 6 pm local time. Click through to see SBTG’s latest customs and stick with Sneaker News for updates on the next DVT collection that we expect to release in October.
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