February 16, 2010 BY John Kim
Soccer is the unrivaled #1 most popular sport in the world; Europeans and South Americans go stark raving mad over their favorite clubs, and during the World Cup, proud countrymen wear their hearts on their sleeves and cheer on their Home National Teams. Soccer is gaining a lot of steam in the USA, and as part of the Nike Six Collaboration, Nike partnered up with long-time contributor and Los Angeles legend Mister Cartoon to put out a small collection of soccer kits and gear. The collection includes the Nike Tiempo, Nike Footscape Free Motion, and the Nike Rejuven8 Lunarlite Chukka, and a set of apparel with Mister Cartoon’s trademark artistic strokes. Each artist in the Nike Six Collaboration was asked to create their own mascot, crest, badge, and alphabet print; given Mister Cartoon’s great history of art on past Nike shoes, you’ll definitely want to check these out.
USA Artist: Mister Cartoon Calling himself “Mister Cartoon,” this Los Angeles street art legend has had a strong relationship with Nike for many years. His detailed black and white drawings, inspired by prison tattoos, are highly sought after in the music world and beyond. When presented with this project, Cartoon jumped at the opportunity to work on a uniform that would represent the country he loves. His eagle mascot is tough as nails, with a halo of stars and a look in his eye that says, “Don’t mess with the U.S.” On the crest, “USA” is written in Cartoon’s modified version of old English and scrolls remind wearers of the visual language of tattoos art.