In 1997 Nike commenced its first line of skate shoes. After being rejected by many skate shops around the country they worked on a re-launch and in 2002 Nike SB was born and launched the Nike SB Dunk Low. Since that moment Nike SB has made a huge impact not only on skateboarding but fashion and streetwear as well. In the last 15 years the Nike SB brand has gone global and been in collaboration with many well known skaters, athletes and other brands. Nike teamed up with GORE-TEX to create a seam sealed Coaches Jacket that is entirely waterproof. The jacket also features a drawcord at the hem and hook-and-loop straps at the wrists make the jacket versatile enough for wherever your day takes you. Storage? Not a problem, an internal, zippered pocket with a media port helps keep your mobile device secure and dry during rough-weather sessions. After grabbing the new SB gear from Black Sheep skate shop photographer Ryan Barnett and myself headed into NODA next to Coast To Coast Tattoo in an area recognized as Area 51. The rustic setting with vibrant painted walls made for a great backdrop to showcase the leopard print camouflage.
Next up Nike SB teamed up with legendary skateboarder Brian Anderson to bring us a modern style hockey jersey based off a wild hair sketch. As the 40-year-old boarder recounts the moment, saying “I just was sitting at a café while we were filming for our last video in Seattle, and I just drew up a hockey jersey.” When Anderson felt the need for a new size shirt, “large extra” — to fill a void for those who require a little space but don’t want to be overtaken in a boxy cut — he sent a rock ‘n’ roll merch-style hockey jersey to Nike as an example of what he is most comfortable wearing. “I sent it to campus to be like, ‘Hey guys, let’s follow this pattern,’” Anderson said. “The wrists and the forearms are not super baggy and wavy. The fitting is great.” The result is a yellow or black hockey jersey-inspired top featuring a jaguar head, captain’s “C” and a Swoosh, hand drawn by Anderson himself. “When I did that, I looked up old ’80s Nike stuff. And some of the logos were so huge,” he explains. “So I thought, ‘Why not make it that way, instead of some subtle thing…just put the logo on blast." After grabbing this jersey my first and only thought was Bojangles Coliseum and a slab of fresh ice to skate on with yellow and red accents to help pop the jersey off the crisp white ice. Unfortunately after getting in touch with one of the coaches of the Charlotte Checkers I was informed the arena was being used for other events at the time, so off we headed to the Pineville Ice House. Once we arrived I grabbed a pair of skates and stick and hit the ice to showcase how incredible this jersey really is.
If you enjoyed this period of Nike SB x Brian Anderson hockey jersey collaboration stay tuned as I have an exciting collaboration myself that will soon be facing off! Until then stay rad!