During the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico, two United States athletes held up their fists on the award podium during the National Anthem to show support for human rights. The gesture became an iconic symbol of the Black Power movement and is still considered one of the most important moments in Black History. There is more to BHM than African patterns thrown onto shoes to signify “heritage.”
Finally time to post these! I’ve been working on this pair for way too long (grad school = priorities?).
Anyway, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon so I decided to pay homage to THE dragon, Mr. Bruce Lee (In Mandarin, Li Xiaolong, which means “little dragon”). Arguably the greatest martial artist of all time, on screen and off, Bruce changed the way martial arts movies were made. When I thought to make this pair of shoes the colorway was obvious: the iconic jumpsuit from the film he didn’t get to see through to the end, “The Game of Death”.
When I leaked teaser pics online some people naturally thought of Quentin Tarantino’s film, “Kill Bill”. While I can’t deny Uma Thurman in all her big-toe-wiggling, hanzo-wielding, eyeball-squishing glory, no one wore it better than the Dragon.
“Be formless… shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You pour water into a bottle; it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot; it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or creep or drip or crash! Be water, my friend…” – Bruce Lee, 1940-1973
Made these for my mother’s birthday. Didn’t get a chance to deliver them until a few months after, but they say it’s the thought that counts, right?
She loves Oreos and her kids (not sure which ranks higher). This was my first pair of custom Vans but I definitely want to do more, so hit me up on Facebook (especially if they’re horror themed!!)