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I Spent An Entire Day Breaking Bread with Mr. Cartoon and Nike Sportswear Celebrating 45 Years of Cortez

photos & words // Ray P.:

Being born and raised in NYC, I never understood the Nike Cortez because we didn’t wear those. However, we always respected the silhouette because it was the Air Force 1 of the West Coast. This shoe is an example of a product that transcends sport and is representative of a culture. As a new resident of the city of angels, I can’t think of a better way to be welcomed to Los Angeles than with legendary tattoo artist Mark Machado, more famously known as Mr. Cartoon, celebrating 45 years of the Nike Cortez.

Kicking off the two part experience, Nike arranged lunch at Guelaguetza, Mr. Cartoon’s favorite Mexican restaurant, serving a special catered menu that included Mole, Quesillo Fundido, Empandas, and fresh fruit refreshments.

While enjoying all these cultured dishes, which by the way would get a 5-star review on Yelp from me, Mr. Cartoon broke down his connection to the Nike Cortez and how the sneaker became assimilated to culture. From being recognized as the choice of footwear for notorious gangs to being the go-to shoe for students, cheerleaders, and common people alike, the Cortez now in 2017 is symbolic of style with lots of heritage behind it.

We were into Low Riders and we looked at the Cortez as a car for our feet. We would find different ways to trick it out and that had a lot to do with getting creative with our pants that had starch ironed creases.

While recognizing what the Nike Cortez meant in decades prior, Mr. Cartoon is very accepting of all the new materials, shapes, and themes placed on the silhouette to keep it alive. Some may think hipsters are ruining the Cortez, but Mr. Cartoon loves how you don’t have to be scared to wear the shoe anymore. In fact, during our lunch Nike previewed a new collaborative collection designed by Cartoon that won’t debut until July. All I can say for now is Cortez lovers will go crazy about the details and the people of Los Angeles will be drooling.

Capping off the lunch, Nike and Mr. Cartoon gifted me my first pair of Cortez. Of course I had to have the OG sign the pair. What a true honor it was. Soon after Cartoon pulled out his low rider for a photo op.

Just when I thought the day couldn’t get any better, Nike brought me to Delicious Pizza for an exclusive pop-up party which hit max capacity in no more than half hour. Sounds provided by Soulection and DJ Mustard coupled with sangria, modelo beer, and tons of food on deck turned the party into an serious dance pit. And how could I forget a small bodega in a corner of the venue with free snacks, drinks and all the candy you could possibly want.

Los Angeles has a lot of love for the Cortez and I could show you better than I could tell you. Browse ahead as I recap my day and night with Nike Sportswear and Mr. Cartoon for the 45th anniversary celebration of the Nike Cortez.

Continue browsing for an exclusive inside look at the Nike Sportswear Delicious Cortez Pop-up Party


Fashion Girl of Today:29 years

29 years
by AgirlnamedNydia


Five Years Later, Remembering the Devastation Caused by the…

Five Years Later, Remembering the Devastation Caused by the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami

When the massive earthquake and tsunami hit northeast Japan in March, some 25,000 people were killed, many of them swept out to sea. Here is what happened to eight children who went to school that morning. 

(Photos by Richard Mosse)


What This Year’s Oscar Nominees Should Wear to Tomorrow’s…

What This Year’s Oscar Nominees Should Wear to Tomorrow’s Academy Awards 

The most stylish Oscars ever? It could be if these A-listers go all out this Sunday.


adidas Skateboarding Celebrates 30 Years of Skin Phillips

As with every year, the culmination of an anniversary is always due. Whether that is the form of a particular event, act of infamy or a relationship, anniversaries are a distinct marker in time. adidas Skateboarding is celebrating a landmark of their own by commemorating the 30 years of Skin Phillips. Phillips, who is a world renowned photographer, has been taking photos of various skaters for decades and his work is celebrated within this event. Taking place in Los Angeles, adidas Skateboarding featured exclusive photographs, plaques and more to celebrate the icon.

To see for yourself, check out the detailed images below.

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Shameik Moore, the breakout star of last year’s Dope. GQ,…

Shameik Moore, the breakout star of last year’s Dope. 

GQ, February 2016


CSS Spotlight // Wiz Khalifa Over the Years

Still young, wild and free, Wiz Khalifa is a decade deep in the game. Over the last ten plus years, the Pittsburgh product has put the Steel City on the map and achieved star status, winning over a core fan base with ever-evolving mixtape content while sweeping Billboard with big singles.

Just as his music has evolved, so has his style. While certain sneaker silos have remained relevant in Wiz’s rotation, his favorites in footwear and fashion continue to shift with the release of each album. On the day of the Khalifa launch, we take a look at Wiz Khalifa’s style and go-to kicks over the course of his come-up in this installment of CSS Spotlight.

Early Albums & Mixtapes

Show & Prove/Deal or No Deal

Wiz Khalifa mixtapes

Heavy Rotation: Air Jordan retros, Converse Chuck Taylors, Nike retros

Wiz Khalifa’s rise to the top has been a winding road paved by hard work. At only 16, Wiz was already getting attention from record labels and putting out mixtapes. His first album Show and Prove released in 2006, followed later by the success of the single “Say Yeah.” While Deal or No Deal would make noise, a string of acclaimed mixtapes saw Wiz rise up as one of the most buzzing young artists in hip-hop.

Early on, Wiz’s style was reminiscent of many of his next generation peers. Topical streetwear and retro sneakers were a staple of Khalifa’s wardrobe, with Flight Club apparel and grail status Jordans standing out on stage. Chuck Taylors also saw rotation early on, with many of his beginning footwear staples remaining relevant throughout his career.

Wiz Khalifa in the Nike Air Hoop Structure

Wiz Khalifa in the Nike Air Hoop Structure (photo via

Wiz Khalifa in the adidas Superstar

Wiz Khalifa in the adidas Superstar Black/White (photo via imgkid)

Wiz Khalifa in the Air Jordan 7 DMP Raptor

Wiz Khalifa in the Air Jordan 7 “DMP Raptor” (photo by Skavenger Brandon via The Shoe Game)


Celebrating 20 Years of GQ’s Women of the Year

Celebrating 20 Years of GQ’s Women of the Year


Celebrating 20 Years of GQ’s Women of the Year 

Celebrating 20 Years of GQ’s Women of the Year 


Celebrating 20 Years of GQ Men of the Year 

Celebrating 20 Years of GQ Men of the Year 


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