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09 Apr '14

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XL

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Aloha all,
Today's OSNT features the last part of the "Hoopin' and Sneakers" video interview series... I know it was long, but I really wanted to emphasize that there's importance in knowing what you're wearing... Whether you like shoes for their technical aspects, history, etc., all self-titled 'sneaker enthusiasts' should have a basic knowledge of what they're enthused about, right?! haha. Anyhow, I've been noticing a plethora of new running sneaker consumers bandwagoning the market lately... Just a few words: As long as you grow genuine, I won't be upset at you making my chances harder at getting releases I want. lol. Besides all the good runners dropping, I feel JB is starting to mellow out a bit due to their willingness to over-saturate a ridiculously stretched market. Are we soon approaching the end of a full circle? SB love slowly reviving? ...We shall see!
P.S. - To the very few of you who repeatedly stumble upon these OSNT posts for a midweek kick, I'd love to hear all your ideas / criticism / thoughts, or even see cool photos pertaining to sneakers... OSNT has been a fun and interesting learning experience thus far and I will never shy away from growing its enjoyability for all of you... jared@fittedhawaii.com Cheers!
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: "Hoopin' & Sneakers" Part Three

Old Sole New Tricks // Balling and Kicks PT 3 from Kash Akamu on Vimeo.


 
Video featuring: @mralexkim | @ryanyamz | @bobbyfilipino | @mykexknows | @thewong1s
Video by: @y2kash
Music by: @jimhurdle | @prizzyprie
Interview by: JJ Parkz | jared@fittedhawaii.com
26 Mar '14

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXXVIII

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Aloha all,
First off, please excuse my absence last week as I was quite sick and didn't get the chance to compose a weekly post for all of you... I'm sure all of you sneaker lovers are aware that today marks the 27th Anniversary of the Air Max line, specifically the birth date of the Nike Air Max 1. Because of this, I thought I'd begin this OSNT with a few photos of my personal favorite Air Max 1's to ever surface. Following this list you'll find the beginning of a new OSNT three-part video, interview series: "Hooping and Sneakers," where I'll be reviewing a few basketball-specific sneakers with a group of my hoop savvy buddies. Enjoy!
 
Nike Air Max 1 iD Clot x Kanye West x Edison Chen
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Nike Air Max 1 x Blue Ribbon Sports
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Nike Air Max 1 "Amsterdam"
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Nike Air Max 1 x Patta "Corduroy"
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Nike Air Max 1 "Wings & Waffles"
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Nike Air Max 1 x Patta "Chlorophyl"
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Nike Air Max 1 x Atmos
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Nike Air Max 1 x Kid Robot Hyperstrike
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Nike Air Max 1 "Skulls Pack"
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Nike Air Max 1 x Parra Hyperstrike
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Nike Air Max 1 "Curry"
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OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: "Hoopin' & Sneakers" Part One

 
Video featuring: @mralexkim | @ryanyamz | @bobbyfilipino | @mykexknows | @thewong1s
Video by: @y2kash
Music by: @jimhurdle | @prizzyprie
Interview by: JJ Parkz | jared@fittedhawaii.com
18 Feb '14

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXXIV

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Aloha all,
Glad to see the world survived the Tiff SB and Yeezy 2 madness... lol. I cringe at the thought of how enormous of an affect sneakers like these have on the world... Universe, please have mercy on mankind! haha!
Anyhow, very interesting interview this week! ...I'm sure the majority of you sneaker enthusiasts have came across Sneaker Gas Masks at some point, while sifting through the world wide web for pictures of your favorite sneakers. Great news; This OSNT blog post features the genius behind the whole operation! Check the interview below to learn what goes on in the mind of Gary Lockwood, a.k.a. Freehand Profit, who has been blessing Sneaker Culture with his art and innovation. As someone who partakes in attempting to customize sneakers, I most definitely have a deep respect for brother Gary; his attention to detail and endless creativity is more than a rarity! Enjoy!
 
Nike SB Blazer Premium SE - Light Ore - Wood Brown
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There once was a time when I had such a strong love for Blazers... I really miss that. I think it's fun for myself (personally) to go through my sneaker collection and reminisce of all the different phases I've been through as a sneaker lover. These Blazers right here remind me of those days...
 
Nike KD 6 "Liger"
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KD's are all starting to look the same to me...
 
Nike Zoom Sonic Flight - Black - Red
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I've always loved these as a youngster, but it was always that one shoe I admired through the window... Don't really know why I never picked one up, but maybe I can finally find a nook in my closet for these.
 
Nike Free Flyknit 2
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I'm digging all the new Flyknit stuff, but the rate they're debuting new silhouettes is too fast... I feel like I haven't had enough time to appreciate the last Flyknit runner that dropped...
 
Air Jordan 1 Retro KO High "Rival Pack"
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Here come the two-packs again... I'll be honest and say I was never really a fan of the canvas-bodied AJKO's. I will more than likely pass on these, but I think the inspiration is pretty cool; UNC Tarheels and Georgetown Hoyas in the 80's... Such an epic rivalry.
 
Air Jordan 11 Low GS "Aqua Safari"
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...Might as well been a TJ. Gah.
 
Air Jordan 4 Laser PE
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Happy belated, MJ! ...Now, can I have these?! LOL. In all seriousness though, take a second to realize what Jordan has done for the world... I hope the amount on his checks are just as rare as these PE's that Jordan Brand gave him for his birthday...
 
Saucony Grid 9000
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My first glance at these felt like a slap to the face! ..These are fire.
 
adidas Originals EQT Running Support "Oddity"
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adidas Running Program has been doing a great job as of late. I really dig their weird color ways that seem to work so well. I haven't bought any adidas in a long while, but I think I'm gonna need to give these a go!
 
Asics Gel Saga "Koi"
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Sagas aren't my favorite, but these are kinda interesting... I've been noticing their color ways are starting to look similar though...
 
Vans Half Cab Pro "Blackout"
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Half Cabs have always been really good to me. All black is usually a bit too strong for me, but these I would wear...
 
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: Freehand Profit | Artisan, Innovator, Creative Mind
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Name:
Gary Lockwood
Nickname / AKA:
Freehand Profit
 
Grape V Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
 
Hometown:
Centerville, VA
My size:
11
My hustle:
Artist / Designer / Illustrator
 
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Air Jordan "Toro IVs" Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
 
My brief background:
I never thought, despite a lifetime as an artist and designer, that I'd become a sculptor. But through a year long daily creative project in 2010 & 2011, I developed a whole new way of thinking. I've long combined my passion for Hip-Hop with my artwork, initially in the standard methods of depiction and documentation - portraits of influential artists, infusing Hip-Hop symbolism or style. However these masks created from the deconstruction of highly coveted sneakers also tap into Hip-Hop's creative process, like a DJ scratching a break beat, a producer sampling a groove or a graffiti artist twisting his letters into unique characters. Both the masks and the photography intertwine to form a much bigger picture, one influenced by artists like Sandy Skoglund, David LaChapelle, Brian Jungen and countless graffiti and street artists as well as the 4 decades of continually evolving Hip-Hop culture. My work explores issues of materialism from the point of view of a repenting sinner, both glorifying the object of desire (the sneaker) as well as sacrificing it on the artistic altar.
 
A Look At Unreleased Masks - FREEHANDPROFIT.com 1/1/2014
Nike Lebron X (10) Cork Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
 
My favorite mask I've created and why:
That's a tough call, most artists would describe it like picking their favorite kid. The Lebron IV Dunkman mask was a major milestone for me, even got it tattooed on my forearm. The new work holds a lot of promise for me, the Toro Bravo Jordan IV Mask is a great example of where I'm going to go from here so that holds a special place for me. The Lebron XI King's Pride mask is noteworthy too, that's one of the best examples of how I'd like the work to come together for the photo shoot.
 
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A Look At Unreleased Masks - FREEHANDPROFIT.com 1/1/2014
 
How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
My love for kicks comes from my love of Hip-Hop. I didn't always have an exciting collection, it was always about having those staple pieces - the all white Uptowns, Timberland boots, Air Maxs, Adidas shelltoes... and then came the Jordans and then the SB Dunks. The mask work really changed the landscape of my collection as I expanded my taste to explore the possibilities that other sneakers held.
 
A Look At Unreleased Masks - FREEHANDPROFIT.com 1/1/2014
A Look At Unreleased Masks - FREEHANDPROFIT.com 1/1/2014
A Look At Unreleased Masks - FREEHANDPROFIT.com 1/1/2014
 
How many pairs I own:
Last count was about 120. To be honest I'm ready to thin the herd.
My Holy Grail:
The "Red Tails" Jordan 5 samples, 5s are my favorite from the Jordan line up and I'm a sucker for a vintage military feel - add in it's inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen and that suede ooOOWweee! Plus I really dig subtle tones with a pop of bright color.
My most despised footwear and why:
Fakes. Maybe that's too easy of an answer but as a creative, biters, fakes and knock-offs just piss me off.
 
Adidas Top Ten 2000 Mask by Freehand Profit
White Cement III Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
Air Jordan "Raptor 7s" Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
"Bred" Jordan XI (11) Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
 
Currently hunting for:
Chrome 6 Lows.
Amazing sneaker-related story:
Leaving Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family to wait for the release of the Black Cement IIIs, sounds pretty standard but getting that pair to chop up for a mask was a big sacrifice at the time. My family thought I was crazy to go wait overnight for a pair of shoes I was going to "destroy" anyway. Like I said, nothing too out the mill for a "sneakerhead" but in the scheme of things that was a real game changer. Although I had already made more than 10 sneaker masks (even one from a pair of Jordan 1s) - that Black Cement III mask made a big impression on a lot of folks.
 
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Nike SB x Supreme Dunk Gas Mask
 
If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:
Guaranteed it'd be a pair of Air Max 90s. I've often been tempted to start collecting AM90s only, right now I'm anxious to UNDS my pair of Atmos "Tiger Stripe Camo" 90s (they're on ice until the photo shoot of the mask).
Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
There's a lot of potential as the sneaker community grows. I hope to see folks looking to innovate instead of chasing trends, both by the brands and by those of us buying and collecting. Of course I'd like to see the swelling of the resale market go down but I learned long ago not to knock the hustle. I want to see more people rocking their kicks and embracing the creases - a lot of kicks look even better broken in.
 
USMC Combat Book Gas Mask
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A tip for my favorite footwear brand:
Fuck wit me! Haha, but seriously - Nike knows what they're doing, they're really on top of their game in my opinion. I'd like to see some different direction of new color ways from Jordan, maybe some interesting materials like what we see from Nike.
 
Asics x BAIT x Freehand Profit - Wolverine Mask
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Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
Big thanks to you guys at Fitted Hawaii and to the homie Curtis from DXC for putting us in contact. And a truly heart felt thank you to all the folks who have come to support me and my work over the past few years. The outpouring of folks who enjoy the masks I make is overwhelming, I count my blessings to be able to do what I love for a living.
 
Galaxy Zoom Rookie Mask by Freehand Profit
Galaxy Zoom Rookie Mask by Freehand Profit
 
Contact:
Follow me at @freehandprofit on IG/Twitter and on FB at facebook.com/mask365.
How and where you can purchase a mask:
My contact info and information about purchasing my work can be found in the FAQ on freehandprofit.com.
 
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Boba Fett SB Helmet by Freehand Profit
 
A question for Parkz:
Freehand Profit: What shoe do you think would make a dope mask?
Parkz: Damn... Good question! haha! Honestly, I don't think I could think of one particular sneaker that is better than any other; Your work is amazing no matter the shoe! However, I can tell you that I'd very much enjoy to see how you incorporate multiple pairs of sneakers into one single mask. Maybe a Bred 1 + Royal 1 combo? ...A mask of strictly Air Maxes? ...Or even a "What The Mask" mega production? That would be quite interesting and you're definitely the right person to pull it off! Aside all that, we do have some FITTED shoes coming soon that I'm sure would be amazing with your added creativity... *hint* haha! Thanks for the interview homie! Keep killin' the game!
 
Interview by: JJ Parkz
jared@fittedhawaii.com
18 Dec '13

OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS: XXIX

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Aloha all,
...It's been a lot busier week than I expected! Hope all of you are enjoying your holidays! A lot of good sneakers surfacing just in time for Christmas... My wallet has been taking a beating! Shouts to all those who scooped products from our Holiday Delivery One and Two releases; I hope you guys enjoyed it! Also, the @oldsolenewtricks IG has been getting a lot of love lately, so thank you to those who follow that as well! Feel free to IG message me any sneaker photos and they may possibly go up!
Anyhow, gonna open this weeks blog with my first ever Asics custom I had the pleasure of doing for one of my best friends, DJ XXXL from Japan... It was a fun project! I'm keeping this weeks post fairly light so we can all go out and finish our last minute X-mas shopping! Before you leave though, make sure to scroll to the bottom and read brother J DUB's interview! You ain't an OG in the Hawaii sneaker game unless you know this slick buggah right here! Gonna open Cheers homies!
 
Asics Gel-Lyte III "DJ XXXL" Parkz Custom
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Nike Air Foamposite One "Oregon"
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Ohhh no... Here we go.
 
Air Jordan VI "Toro"
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Not too into new color ways of retros, but I dig...
 
Air Jordan XI Low
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Umm... maybe, maybe, eek!
 
Nike KD 6 "Energy"
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Lookin pretty nerfish... I still haven't put a KD on til this day...
 
Puma Future Disc Blaze Lite "New Year's Eve Pack"
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Ehhhh.... shinny.
 
Extra Butter x Asics Gel Epirus #DL5 "California Mountain Snake"
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I love the Death List concept and I think that's what swayed me to get the first two, even though I was on the fence about them leading up to the drop... These, ehh. They're cool, but if I end up getting a pair, I'm definitely X-ing the piping and cross on the back!
 
Sneaker Freaker x adidas Originals Torsion Integral S
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I've never owned a pair of these, but they look pretty dope... Sneaker Freaker did an awesome job with the color ways too!
 
8FIVE2 x Vans Syndicate Authentic S + Cab Lite S

Introducing the exclusive 5th A and 5th B Vans Syndicate x 8FIVE2SHOP shoes; AUTHENTIC ’S’ and CAB LITE ’S' from Flow Points-Jordan Mayfield on Vimeo.
 
OLD SOLE, NEW TRICKS INTERVIEW: J DUB | Triple OH sneaker GEEnius, X-Niketown Honolulu Employee
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Name:
Jason K. Wahineokai
Nickname / AKA:
J DUB
Hometown:
Depending on your definition of "hometown", born in Rome, New York, raised in Kahalu'u O'ahu and graduated in Tokyo, Japan.
My hustle:
Sales
How many years I've been in an affair with sneakers:
33+ years
 
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How many pairs I own:
A few...
My Holy Grail:
Original J Rod (reasonably priced), I come upon good prices for small sizes never my own.
My most despised footwear and why:
If you know me, you know I'm a diehard Nike fan. If you like something else, that's cool. It's just not my style.
 
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Currently hunting for:
Right now just trying to get thru the holidays. After that, we'll see...
Amazing sneaker-related story:
The story I have isn't amazing but amazingly painful. It was when we were closing Niketown. I had to de-brand everything (destroy anything branded with a swoosh). It was like killing a family member. Saddest day of my professional career.
 
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If I had to choose ONE pair to wear for the rest of my life, it would be:
it all depends on how I'm feeling at any given moment. If it were a J it would be between the 1,3,4,11,12,13,14. If not a J then either Air Kukini or Air Rift.
 
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Changes or surprises I'm hoping for in the sneaker world:
I would love to see the quality go back up but as long as kids are willing to pay 3x retail for used/dirty shoes, Nike is going to capitalize on it and not worry about the quality and keep raising prices.
 
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A tip for my favorite footwear brand:
I would like the swoosh to come back to Hawaii. I miss my old job!!!
 
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Additional comments, shout-outs, big ups:
Mahalo to Mr. Parkz for the interview and a big Aloha to all in the game without greed and looking out for others.
 
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A question for Parkz:
J DUB: Being that you've been in the game for a while, what bothers you the most about how things have changed?
Parkz: Well to be honest, I used to gripe about all the negative things dealing with how times have changed... I was just telling you the other day that I really miss how times were when I used to visit you at Niketown Honolulu almost a decade ago. Being engaged in this blog and reaching out to respectable individuals and friends such as yourself has helped me to not only reminisce about those good ol' days, but also help me accept the changes within the sneaker community. Now days I like to look at the changes in a positive way; sneaker love has escalated into something unimaginable. At any given moment you may see something epic just cruising down the streets on the feet of a stranger. A few minority of "collectors" tightened their game or got forced into digging for things that were unobtainable by the general public, which in return, produced amazing collections. There's so many good drops these days that it's nearly impossible to get everything one wishes for... On the opposite side of thinking this is a bad thing, it actually creates individuality by forcing kids to choose what they really care for (i.e. one may stick to "runners" or maybe strictly Jordans). Individuality is key to sticking it out through these present sneaker days... Being able to plan my financials according to my "pick-up priority list" and drop dates has allowed me to let go of sneakers that I may have wanted, but missed... That's a positive. I've learned that for every shoe I've missed, I'll want another new release within a couple days or so anyway! Haha! Also, retros have made a huge resurgence, thus allowing younger generations to relive the same feelings OG's got when they first laced up that specific pair for the first time... Positive. We all just gotta realize and appreciate that there could've very well been no sneaker culture at all in this world... Then what would all of you have done?! lol... In the end, there will always be quarrels with something going on with the sneaker world, whether it be because kids snag pairs for resell, or Nike is retroing too many classic sneakers... That's just the game... and I'm just having fun with it. Cheers old friend!
 
Interview by: JJ Parkz
jared@fittedhawaii.com