Saturday, February 10, 2024

Nike OTC Meeting 2024 Part 3

Now that you know what the OTC meeting is about, I want to show a bit more what is happening there.
Of course we all meet to share our passion and collections, exchange knowledge and enjoy each 
other's company, but we also have a few activities taking place:

Each year every participant brings some vintage pieces they are willing to let go from their 
collection and they are being raffled. 
This year's raffle once again featured some incredible prizes, for example a pair of baby vintage 
Carmines or an amazing OG Blue Ribbon Sports longsleeve which Nic kindly provided.

Foxtrott Uniform also had a special moment when Mark revealed their first neo vintage collaboration 
with Asics and also raffled a couple of pairs of their X89 to the participants.

Since I seeded a few members of the OTC fam with my family & friends Conductor and many of 
them showed up with their pairs to get them signed.
I felt very honored signing my shoe and other personal items for people whose autograph I should be 
I also brought some memorabilia from my archive to give to the guys, which you will spot in the pictures.
They included a shirt the 3foil crew from Indonesia made for our exhibition in Jakarta in 2017 
and the booklet the Turnschuhzuhälter crew and I produced for our Formaganda exhibiton in 2011.

I already miss everyone and can't wait to return in 2025!

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Nike OTC Meeting 2024 Part 2

I prefer not to put all the pictures I shot into one post, as I feel it is devaluing the extreme heat 
presented every year at the Nike OTC meeting.
Also I realized that many might not even know what the OTC meeting is actually about.

If you are serious about collecting vintage Nike then you probably got your hands on the Lightning 
Nike Chronicle deluxe and/or Chronicle extra at some point and realized what incredibly precious 
and meticulous works they are.

Now imagine all the collectors who are listed in them as 'Special Supporters' meet in one room and 
bring some of their grails and all of their knowledge and love to the table. 
This is what's happening once a year in Tokyo and let me tell you it's as good as you imagine it to be.

So get your tissues ready for another round of Nike vintage heat and don't forget look for the details;
Like that white tongue labe on the displayed Sky Jordans, a complete set of the beautiful AJ I 
cardboard art by Tomotatsu Gima behind a Team Convention, Dynasty and Dunk Hi Rainbow (yes, 
those Terminators are crazy), all those SMUs (+Hatu Guni's Baby Collection!) or what everyone 
has on their feet and in their hands...

There's plenty to feast your eyes on and impossible to go trough everything in detail within one 
afternoon that passes like the blink of an eye. So I shoot my heart out as soon as I realize the day 
is almost over and after 5 or so hours we all stagger out of the meeting buzzing on a vintage high.
Once everyone has packed their collectibles we always go for dinner together, so we can thoroughly 
discuss the heat of that day ;)

These customs are on Mr. Sabotage's feet.
All pictures after the jump

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Nike OTC Meeting 2024 Part 1

Most of my readers probably know by now, that the annual OTC meeting in Tokyo is always a highlight in my 
sneaker year and I try everything possible not to miss it.

Making it happen turned out to be a real challenge this year, but after hustling through I finally made 
it to Japan again.
Words can't describe how happy I was to visit and see all my otaku friends, but my smile says it all.
Without further ado I of course want to share my pleasures with you, so feast your eyes on part 1 
of this year's gathering which had the theme: Nike The Sting and all shoes with similar uppers from 
that time, as well as the Nike Air Jordan 1.

A special thank you to Smits, Yusuke and Toshiya-Towa for all their hard work making this event happen!
I am so grateful for the whole OTC Crew, the insane amounts of presents I received as well as all their shared 
love and passion!
The only regret I take away from every meeting is not being able to spend more time with every individual. 
Learing more Japanese is becoming increasingly urgent.

Part 2 is coming very soon! All pictures after the jump

Monday, November 20, 2023

Approved by the King

When I created my F&F Conductor I had a list of people in mind who inspired me to get to this
point and to whom I wanted to pay tribute to and gift this special pair.

From close family members to international culture creators this list had a big influence on my
process and the final outcome.

Forever linked with Trefoil and sneaker history Jam Master Jay and @rundmc were an inspiration 
since day one of my collaborations. 
@kingdmc is one of the very few people, whom I had also seeded my Rivalry Hi SNEAKERQUEEN back in 2013.

So when @shakejmj blessed me with this picture of Darryl holding up my F&F Conductor and
our Collective Rivalry Lo it totally made my day!

Thank you for decades of inspiration and maximum #worldwidesneakerlove !

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

adidas x SneakerQueen F&F Conductor Seeding Event

Last week I celebrated my 42nd birthday by gifting my closest ones a pair of my Adidas x SneakerQueen F&F Conductor.

And when I say family&friends I really mean my core circle. 

Because luckily all of my family members are also my closest confidants. 

So of course my mum, my dad, my sister and their partners all came by to celebrate with me and my sneaker family. 

Beinghunted was so kind to give me their gallery space for an afternoon, I baked some cake and bread, handed out my sneakers to a very exclusive little round and set up a small photo studio for taking some cheesy yearbook like shots to remember the day.

It was the best feeling putting a big smile on my loved ones‘ faces by giving my shoes to people who really appreciate them!

Many even came with my first adidas collaboration on their feet!

Thank you for everyone who showed up and filled this day with love, laughter, good food and great company! 

It was the very best birthday I had in ages and everyone made me feel  so special with their flowers, gifts and endless support.

More pictures after the jump

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

More details of my adidas F&F Conductor

One of my favourite ideas for my F&F Conductor is the orange heel flex zone.

As a reference to the high-tech performance sports shoe the model debuted as, I assigned this little piece the texture and colour of a basketball.
Still can’t believe nobody ever thought of doing that, but I really love it. 

Another detail is the two slogans I put on the inside of the tongue:
‚Don’t believe the hype‘ the famous public enemy song starts with „caught you lookin’ for the same thing
It’s a new thing, check out this I bring’ 
and is not only a great poetic introduction to my pair, but the slogan has been part of my communication for a long time when it come to talking about my passion for sneakers. Because I don’t see sneakers as an investment and I certainly have little interest in shoes because of their common hype. 

Vintage VS retro represents my way of looking at today’s sneaker industry, the mass productions, the created hype and at all the remakes aka retros of sneakers. It is a hashtag I use on my social media to show how seldomly these releases live up to the originals and the sentimental value, the digging and networking for knowledge that I associated with collecting vintage in contrast to sneaker trend consumption.

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