Sunday, February 27, 2022

1980 Nike Cascade Run Off Geisha Artist Proof

The Cascade Run Off is a 15km marathon event that was held every June from 1978 to 2007 
in Portland, Oregon, home of Nike. 
In the vintage collectors community nowadays the run is mostly known for one of the most 
famous merch Nike ever produced; The "Ukiyo-e" / Geisha T-shirt.
The artist Scott McIntire also printed some limited artist proofs for himself, one of which you can 
see below.

Apparently the design came about because Mt.Hood near Portland looks a bit similar to 
Mt. Fuji in Japan. Also Sapporo had been the a sister city since 1959, so these two connections 
with Japan inspired the Geisha Motive for the 1980  Cascade Run Off.

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