Morning Bop: I Suddenly See John Mayer In A “New Light”

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Nike Air Max 90 “Black/Black/Volt” // Available Now

Continuing to add more versions of the iconic Air Max 90 silhouette, Nike just dropped an all-black iteration of the classic sneaker.

Dubbed the Nike Air Max 90 “Black/Black/Volt,” the sneaker is shrouded from toe to heel in blackness. Volt highlights can be found with Air Max branding and visible sole unit. Classic AM 90 styling and an icy black outsole complete the look.

Pick up the Nike Air Max 90 “Black/Black/Volt” from Sneaker Politics for $ 130.


Nike Air Max 90

Nike Air Max 90

Nike Air Max 90

Nike Air Max 90

Nike Air Max 90

Nike Air Max 90

Nike Air Max 90

Nike Air Max 90

Nike Air Max 90

Nike Air Max 90

Morning Bop: Strive To Be As Happy As Miley Cyrus

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Meet the Painter Who’s Taking Sneaker Art Back to its Origin

Cardboard has a strong significance in the history of sneakers and the hip-hop culture that helped birth the footwear fixation we know today. The material that made the boxes shoes were sold in became a vehicle for both branding and nostalgia, while the medium in more traditional sizing and storage was flattened and refashioned as a stage for break dancers in NYC and beyond.

For New York product turned LA artist Ryan Flaitz it is the canvas for all of his creations. Painting under the signature of Flaitz Whatever, the child of the ’90s has become the man with the brush, boxing out any outside expectations by reviving his favorite sneakers and pop culture icons one cardboard creation at a time.

Painting his whole life, the brush played the background to sports growing up. As an adult, they’ve intersected as his day job as the founder and artist at PSD Underwear — which houses Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Bulter and more as endorsers — collided as another creative outlet but also a base for clients. Always interacting with athletes, many sports stars have picked up his paintings with all others coming from referrals. Because of this, he has the freedom to do what he loves without having to worry about an outside audience. There’s no worry to get rid of things, so he’s able to turn down most offers and simply makes what he wants.

What he wants is to recreate the kicks he coveted as a kid while also playing to pop culture and his new home of Los Angeles. “I’m an LA artist, so I wanted to create an edgy collection by painting the clean-cut characters roughed up. I mixed Mickey with the movie The Crow, put him in Chucks, and after that it was on to the next and I have a 12 piece collection. I’m actually selling the Kermit piece I did which I’ve been holding onto since I did it when Cleveland won the championship and LeBron got his third ring. I finally got a good offer and it will be the first to leave the collection.”

The good offers may help validate the worth and hard work, but they don’t dictate the direction. For Ryan, it’s all about doing it for his own expression rather than the approval of the public, something that ironically mirrors his sneaker game.

“I enjoy being more underground than out there in the flashiness of the public. It’s funny, because this is based off of shoes and my favorite pair of shoes are those OG Nike Flights. Most people would say that’s crazy but I feel like they’re the realest pair of shoes I own because they’re originals, they’ve aged and I know when I wear them no one else is gonna have them. There’s a lot of life in them and they’re from the ’90s. I love ’em.”

The shoes may turn heads for collectors, but the work gets even more attention. “My work definitely gets a reaction,” says Ryan. “Once it’s framed it really takes it to another level.” While this proves true of painted recreations of shoes like the “South Beach” 8s or renderings of Sonic the Hedgehog, it even spans to a recent piece called Beast Mode that’s composed of over 200 pieces of cardboard, standing at 9 feet tall.

So, for any artist looking to come up or get on what advice would Ryan give?

“As cliche as it sounds, you’ve just gotta stay true to yourself and believe in your value. I remember the first time I painted on cardboard the first 20 people that saw it said, ‘That’s cool but you’ll never be able to sell it.’ But I knew that I could create the value because of the talent I was given and how hard I worked at it. The longer I held on the more the value increased and now I’m reaching numbers I never thought I’d reach. Just continue to do it if you enjoy it and don’t worry about what’s popular in the public eye because times change. When I was young, it was more about wanting to look cool and people to like you, but as you grow up it’s all about the people you care about and if you make them proud that’s all that matters.”

Keep up with Ryan’s work on the IG account @flaitzwhatever. All photography by @jpshotyou.

Morning Bop: Bri Steves Will Roll You Into A Summer Vibe

Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Wednesday’s #MorningBop is “Jealousy” by Bri Steves because sometimes it’s necessary to ignore all the negative static in your ears.

While you crank that up, here are 10 trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Kero Kero Bonito’s “Time Today” is bursting with good energy

    The trio has another bop on the loose!

  2. Bali Baby’s Baylor Swift album is out now

  3. Skepta drops new single “Pure Water”

  4. Westerman tackles the concept of absolute power on “Edison”

    My mind is now swirling with theories as I sway to this tune.

  5. Samia lets out all her growing pains on “21″

    Watch the accompanying Hyper House-directed visual.

  6. Watch Dizzy Fae’s gorgeous visual for “Her/Indica”

    Women really are wonderful creatures.

  7. Joji’s new song “yeah right” is a mood

    Love to self-loathe :) )))

  8. Nina Nesbitt’s “The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change” feels like a warm, summer breeze

    What’s not to love about this Scottish singer-songwriter?

  9. Blushh’s “Do I Look Tired?” will keep you wide awake

    The Los Angeles-based band’s Thx 4 Asking EP drops on June 15 via Yellow K Records.

  10. FORM Arcosanti releases free compilation ahead of the micro-festival

    Download the entire project right here.

Fashion Girl of Today:Ice cream crush

Ice cream crush
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Kanye West Reveals Original adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Sample

Recent as they may be, 2015’s adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove” serves as a classic to some. An event by most measures, the quite and comfy kicks caused quite a stir with many mimics to come.

Not a mimic but rather the origin, Kanye West took to Twitter to reveal an original sample of said shoe in on-foot fashion.

To even the obsessed eye, differences are slim. The shaping on the sample proves slightly higher yet chunkier, while black collar trim and a more pronounced print/lighter base tone are apparent. In addition, the laces also sport reverse contrast with black playing the base and grey serving as the subtle contrast.


adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Sample

Considering the retail version below, which do you prefer? Let us know on social.


adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove” Released Version

KYLE Opens Up About How Kid Cudi’s Music Saved His Life On TRL

TRL guest KYLE is slowly becoming the king of collabs, but Sway Calloway was most interested in a recent studio session with Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Rich The Kid and French Montana that he casually posted on Instagram. KYLE wouldn’t reveal too much about what went down, but he did share some highlights from the experience.

After that, he explained the origins of his strong bond to Kid Cudi’s music and how the rapper got him through a hard time in his life. “I felt like I found somebody who understood,” said KYLE. “He showed me the power of music. You can save somebody’s life with it.” Needless to say that meeting Kid Cudi at Coachella was the ultimate full-circle moment for him. He adds, “I was so happy to see my superhero in the flesh.”

KYLE also opened up about what it means to have his own holiday in his hometown of Ventura and the importance of giving back to his community. TRL airs on weekdays at 8:00am ET!

Fashion Girl of Today:Forget. Forgot. Forgotten

Forget. Forgot. Forgotten
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Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown” Takes Flight This Month

Over the last few years, Jordan Brand’s celebrated holiday offering has largely been anchored by adoring Air Jordan 11 releases. The latter months of 2018 likely won’t stray from that tradition. However, one of the most anticipated Air Jordan 11s of this year won’t release in November or December.

Taking on “Blackout” and “Prom Night” themes before being officially referenced at the Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown” edition, the noir centric style takes its inspiration from the shoe’s ability to play both on court and in formal settings.

Often times brand aficionados have laced up Air Jordan 11s at prom and other ‘tux and tennis’ functions. Thus, the Air Jordan 11 over time has become something of a dressy sneaker when given the opportunity. By all measures a premium iteration of the Air Jordan 11, the upper is enhanced with suede materials alongside a metal Jumpman logo and laces inspired by graduation cords.

The Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown” will release on May 26 and retail or $ 220.

Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown”

Colorway: Black/Black-Black
Style #: 378037-005
Release Date: May 26, 2018
Price: $ 220

Air Jordan 11 "Cap and Gown"
Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown”
Air Jordan 11 "Cap and Gown"
Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown”
Air Jordan 11 "Cap and Gown"
Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown”
Air Jordan 11 "Cap and Gown"
Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown”

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