Back In The Days Project is an illustrated journey paying tribute to Jamel Shabazz and the emerging New York Hip Hop scene in the early 80's. A multifaceted project conceived by Farouq Samnani, the Visual Artist and Illustrator shares the inspiration behind his artwork and talks about the beginnings of sneaker culture.
In the 80's, Brooklyn was synonymous for Hip Hop culture, its streets became an urban catwalk for the people and faces who gave birth to Hip Hop style. From Cazal glasses and bamboo earings, at least two pairs, to the Kangol wool hats and oversized boomboxes. But the one thing that stood out for me were the kicks, the Nike Blazers and retro Jordan's, the Adidas Supertars, and Gazelles.
Run DMC became most notable for wearing their Adidas Superstars with no laces and the tongue pushed out, imitating how felons wore their kicks inside a prison. This endorsement by the legendary Hip Hop group paved the way for the sneaker culture, and has influenced the success of today's sneaker industry. The concept of the artwork and project incorporates graffiti art, Hip Hop music and retro sneakers.
Art Print / Original Black & White (31"x 23")
Art Print / Colour Remix (31"x 23")
About a year ago, I shared with my friend and Director Theo Kim the creative for "Back In the Days Project". I remember telling him how I wanted to show the process on Film. Fast forward a year later, this project is now something I can keep as a reminder of a very important time in my life. I'm grateful to TK and his team at TGK Films for capturing that memory on film. I'm also very grateful and happy to share this with you all. Bless!