25 Sep '13
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XVII | IN REMEMBRANCE OF BRIAN CHILDERS
It's been a sad past couple of weeks as I lost a good friend and fellow Sneakerhead, Brian Childers, a.k.a. NikeTyson. Some of you may have had the pleasure of meeting him at the Sneaker Pimps Hawaii event a few months back, as bits of his collection were scattered on display in the glass case as you walked in... Being that Brian was a fellow Sneakerhead (one of the most passionate Sneakerheads I knew), I thought it'd be cool to add a few tribute photos and videos of him... If you have time, go check out his instagram (@niketyson); I think any sneaker collector would be amazed at the caliber of his collection. Not only did he have one of the best sneaker collections I knew, but he entertained himself as a professional skateboarder throughout the 90's. It's quite hard to have words do him justice so hopefully this blog will help share a little about who he was... Also, I was lucky enough to contact a long time friend of his to participate in this weeks OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS interview (below)... Jason, a.k.a. Theinfader, grew up with NikeTyson and often shared booths with him at various sneaker events around the world. Enjoy his interview below, and above all else, appreciate life my friends...
adidas Originals Superstar 80ʻs "Derrick Rose"
Here's a good one for the Rose fans...
Uprise x Nike SB Dunk High
The color-blocking on these remind me of Bisons... New SB's have been quite tough for me to buy lately... Simple makes me happy.
Size? x Air Max 93+ Air Huarache
...and again. I never seem to get tired of Size? exclusives...
Nike Zoom Turf Trainer "Oregon Ducks"
I don't often like Oregon inspired Nike's, but these are pretty clean...
Air Jordan X - Cool Grey - Infrared - Black
01.25.14... No rest for the weary...
Air Jordan 1 Mid - Black - Court Purple - Flash Lime
Interesting choice of fabrics... Different is always fun... kinda. lol.
Reebok Classics Reserve Tech 90's Collection - Inferno
Glad to see these retros... Nice classic colors and style.
INVINCIBLE x Converse First String Jack Purcell Johnny
These have a nice edge to em...
FOTT x Onitsuka Tiger X-Caliber
FOTT X Onitsuka Tiger "On Tour" #2 from FOTT on Vimeo.
Gonna keep the sneaker section a little light this week... For those of you who don't know who Brian Childers is, please allow me the pleasure of introducing him to you...
Santa Cruz - Brian Childers
Santa Cruz - Brian Childers (1996)
Roofie's Grip - Brian Childers (1998)
The Vault: Brian Childers
Transworld Skateboarding - The Sixth Sense (1998) | Brian Childers - 0:32
Balance In The World Of Chaos (1996) | Brian Childers - 1:27
Skateworks (1996) | Brian Childers - 0:34
Sneaker Pimps Hawaii 2013
[caption id="attachment_27637" align="alignnone" width="640"] Me (Parkz), Brian Childers, Sneaker Pimps Pete at Sneaker Pimps Hawaii 2013[/caption]
Brother Brian Childers,
I remember the first day we met... My first impression was that you were one, crazy, mad cool, free-spirited fucker, and you lived up to that every single time we kicked it. Even though our friendship during this lifetime was short, the realness you treated me with made me feel like a brother to you. Iʻm sorry I didn't get to tell you all this in person, but knowing you, I'm sure you'll feel my genuineness up there... Stay laced up in the skies, Cuzzo. Ima see you soon...
...An unreleased Aloha Hype TV video interview of NikeTyson and I at Sneaker Pimps Hawaii. The cover art for this blog was inspired by Brian's favorite pair of sneakersof all time, the Silver Box Nike SB Dunk "Bison," which he mentions in this interview...
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: Jason A.K.A. Theinfader | A Best Friend/Brother to NikeTyson, Fellow Collector
Nickname / AKA:
Theinfader, DJ Infader
[caption id="attachment_27508" align="alignnone" width="640"] [above: UNDFTD x Jordan Retro IV. Production (left), and sample (right). Only 72 of the final production sneaker (left) were sold.][/caption]
Professional party rocker or DJ. Not that new school midi controller sync button BS either. Yes I still own & use technics 1200's! I come from the prehistoric breed of real DJing with vinyl! Ha!
[caption id="attachment_27510" align="alignnone" width="640"] [above: Reverse Lebronold Palmer (unreleased)][/caption]
My relationship to NikeTyson:
He was like the big brother I never had. My business partner & best friend. We grew up in the same city of Jacksonville FL & met around the early 90's skate era. Then he had moved to Cali & turned pro for many years. We linked back up about 5 years ago when he moved back. At that time we were just collecting kicks together, hittin up events to display & even had a few business ventures involving sneakers/clothing. A storefront was actually in the making right before his passing. I still plan on making that happen!
[caption id="attachment_27514" align="alignnone" width="640"] [above: @theinfader (left) and @niketyson (right)][/caption]
How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
I was hooked since day one! Begged & begged until I finally got my first pair of Nike Air Jordan's in ʻ89! they were black/cement grey IV's a.k.a. Bred 4's, one of my favorite models till this day. Sadly I don't collect Jordan's much anymore, due to the re-re-re-retro process and lack of quality. When I was a kid we rocked em till the soles fell off. Nowadays it's a whole different world.
[caption id="attachment_27516" align="alignnone" width="640"] [above: Original 1986 Nike Air Jordan I - White / Metallic Blue (left) and Original 1985 Nike Air Jordan I White / Black - Red (right)][/caption]
How many pairs I own:
Now! …About a quarter of what I once had. I was nearing the 300's in my highest peak, then I realized my hoarding stage just got outta control. I switched it to quality over quantity and sold a lot of decent pairs to buy more expensive pairs I missed out on… It helped me from coming outta pocket to pay that rapetail aka resell price.
[caption id="attachment_27518" align="alignnone" width="640"] [above: Nike SB Dunk High "FLOM" (For Love Or Money) (left). Only 3 of the 24 pairs made were auctioned to the public in Hong Kong. Nike SB Dunk Low "Paris" (right). Released for "'White Dunk: Evolution of an Icon'" art exhibition in Paris. Limited to 202 pairs.][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_27524" align="alignnone" width="640"] [above: Lebron 9 "Watch The Throne"][/caption]
If I had to describe, NikeTyson I'd say:
Brian was about as real as they came. A free spirit who lived life to the fullest. Always spoke his mind & had the facts to back it up.
Knowledge reign supreme!
[caption id="attachment_27521" align="alignnone" width="640"] [above: Brian Childers a.k.a. NikeTyson in front of one of his many Sneaker Pimps displays][/caption]
My Holy Grail and why:
There's only one pair I'm still searching for the past 4 years… It's the limited movie props version of the Nike Coraline dunks. That pair means a lot to me because of the connection with my daughter and the movie. We saw a pair on eBay four years ago for about $900 or so, but I slipped up on grabbing them right away and have never seen a pair for sale since.
My most despised footwear and why:
Fake, fugazi, bootleg, early release #teamearly whatever you call its.. Too much of that stuff floating around and its hard to tell what's what now!
[caption id="attachment_27533" align="alignnone" width="640"] [above: (left to right) Nike SB Dunk Low Pro "Tokyo," Nike SB Dunk Low "Pigeon," Nike SB Dunk Low "Paris," Nike SB Dunk Low "London." Considered to be the ultimate "City Set" of the Nike SB series...][/caption]
Currently hunting for:
Those Coraline dunks! …Everything else lately has been AM1's or daily comfort kicks.. Roshes & Flitknits.
If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:
Probably Stash 95's… I love the colorway! It's my favorite air max model, plus it can take a pretty good beating and still look good!
[caption id="attachment_27528" align="alignnone" width="640"] [above: Nike Air Max 95 "Stash"][/caption]
Amazing sneaker-related story:
Hmm.. I won Paranorman Foams! haha That was pretty exciting. But amazing?...I've met some pretty amazing people through sneakers… That's better than any pair of kicks to me.
[caption id="attachment_27531" align="alignnone" width="640"] [above: 1 of 6 Nike SB "Supreme" Dunk Low with an Air Force 1 Sole made specifically for the Nike SB Skate Team][/caption]
An unforgettable moment with NikeTyson:
Theres way too many... He will never be forgotten.
Aside from the dope trips of traveling to sneaker events, hunting for those pairs to complete sets in our collection. #kickflipsvault
I would have to mention a moment beyond just sneakers.. there was a time recently where he came to see visit me in the hospital. I had just made it through surgery & Wasn't doing so good. He made a surprise visit to check up. That meant a lot to me.
Sneakers, fresh gear.. all that stuff is cool but a true friend is hard to come by & can never be replaced!
[caption id="attachment_27529" align="alignnone" width="640"] [above: NikeTyson (left) and theInfader (right)][/caption]
Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
For the HYPE and money hunger to die down!! I think it's great that this sneaker thing is bigger than ever now, but all the buying just to resell over and over has just killed all the love for the game in my opinion.
What NikeTyson would wish for in the sneaker world:
More sneaker history & respect toward it. For these young "sneakerheads" to learn the roots.
A tip for my favorite footwear brand:
Go back to using better quality materials.
Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
Shout out to the people who actually still wear their kicks! …and for longer than a pic! Ha! And big shouts to my Laced Up - Heat Holderz crew! And rest in peace to my big bro NIKETYSON, a true legend in the game! May your name live on through us all!
All "theinfader" everythang lol
Email - theinfader@gmail
Website - www.lacedup.me
A question for Parkz:
How's the sneaker scene over there in Hawaii?
To be completely honest, I never really quite knew the enormity of the scene out here until recently… Up until the last two years or so, the sneaker community in Hawaii was really just a few groups of friends and acquaintances who really loved kicks. At one point back in the day, I felt like I could even name every "serious" collector in the state… Now days though, itʻs a whole new beast out here! Almost every kid who owns 3 or more pairs of Jordanʻs, considers themselves a "collector…" lol. No disrespect to anyone who has genuine love for sneakers, but sometimes the shit I see is just silly… Like you mentioned above, itʻs cool to see how big sneakers have gotten today, but that rapid growth has brought many negative things to "The Game."
To answer your question in direct relation to sneakers though… I honestly donʻt see too much "heat" around here. …Or at least what I consider "heat." I know a few homies who got more fire than a volcano, but theyʻre all smart dudes and keep it tucked away… The guys that keep their shit on the low are always the best to talk to because you can feel their love for what they collect; No bragging, all humbleness, and they donʻt care who knows what they got. Itʻs also quite funny to me what some people consider "heat…" To each his own though… Itʻs almost as if thereʻs different tiers of "heat" now days. I guess once you find your comfortable spot in what you collect, your perception of whatʻs "heat," changes.
My dude NikeTyson though… Man oh man did he have heat. He always amazed me with the ridiculously rare sneakers he acquired… Iʻm talking stuff that someone from Hawaii may never cross paths with in their lifetime; stuff that you can barely put a price on cause of itʻs rarity. Anyhow, I know you already know this being that you two displayed together, but you and Brianʻs level of collecting is amazing to me. Much respect!
Interview by: JJ Parkz