February 25th, 2013 by John Kim
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.