The photo-book "Back In the Days", by legendary photographer Jamel Shabazz, is the inspiration of an illustrated journey and a project conceived by visual designer, art director and illustrator Farouq Samnani. The theme of the work is centered around the aesthetics of New York street culture in the early 80's, and pays tribute to Jamel Shabazz and the pioneers of hip hop music.
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 the hip hop style, from Cazal glasses and bamboo earings, at least two pairs, to the Kangol wool hats, and oversized boomboxes. The one thing that particularly stood out for me, were the kicks, the Nike Blazers and retro Jordan's, the Adidas Supertars, and Gazelles.
Legendary group 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 paved the way for the sneaker culture, and has influenced the success of today's shoe industry. The concept of the artwork is based on three elements of the hip hop culture: sneakerology, the architects of the music, and graffiti art.
Art Print / Original Black & White (31"x 23")
Art Print / Colour Remix (31"x 23")
A year ago I shared with my friend Theo Kim the creative for the "Back In the Days Project". I remember specifically telling him about an idea I had and a vision of how I wanted this to go down. 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 and I'm very fortunate to be given the opportunity to share this with you all. Bless!