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“The evolution of the Hollywood seat began in 2007, when the NBA allowed teams to shrink the size of their scorer’s table to boost the number of revenue-generating seats…

In New York, the Knicks have 145 floor seats priced from $2,850 to $3,600 per seat per game, or between $122,550 and $154,800 for a typical full regular-season schedule at Madison Square Garden. All are sold out and the majority of floor-seat ticket holders are individual ticket holders. Yes, Lee owns his seats.”

– From Sports Business Journal, 5/21/2012

Wilt Chamberlain Was Badass

Sad Chicago Bulls

JOHN STARKS THUG LIFE

FAT JONAH HILL COURTSIDE

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BLACK BART SIMPSON
August 29, 2011, 11:13 pm
Filed under: Art, Bread City, History | Tags: , , , ,

While he [Matt Groening] is “flattered” by the street response to “The Simpsons,” “I must say I have mixed feelings. You have to have mixed feelings when you’re getting ripped off,” Groening says.
– The Washington Post, 6/28/90

It was more than just a bootleg. Combining hip hop culture references with hand-drawn illustrations, black Bart Simpson t-shirts were an underground phenomenon in the late 80s and early 90s. A cultural meme before the internet even existed.

Not only did the shirts look cool, but they carried a whiff of black market cache. It was the opposite of rocking a label. Black Bart didn’t mean that you had money, but he meant you were in-the-know.

The shirts were hawked in concert parking lots, hung in boardwalk tourist traps, laid out on folding tables in the Fulton Mall, and crowded into Chinatown’s fake-rolex shops. They were sold in the small, unregulated economies between the cracks of the American retail landscape. There was no headquarters to shut down. The shirts were produced and distributed through a network of independent hustlers and small fries operating concurrently.

Matt Groening couldn’t stop it. 20th Century Fox couldn’t stop it. Black Bart shirts stopped because they belonged to hip hop subculture. When they entered the mainstream, their cred burned up in the light and production got big enough to shut down.

This is my undisputed Shangri-La of bootleg Bart shirts. The MC Hammer/Jordan Flight mash-up and the composition is so fresh. Can’t touch this!



GET ALONG TO GET ALONG
May 22, 2009, 12:47 am
Filed under: Bread City, Chicago Bulls, Photography | Tags: , , ,

On the private internet investigator tip, unearthing betrayal, infidelity, and double-crossing wherever whenever. Knicks fans shouldn’t wear Bulls jerseys.

spike lee bulls fan



FRESH TO DEATH
March 26, 2009, 12:32 am
Filed under: Bread City, Photography, Sneakers | Tags: , ,

I’m a Nike head
I wear chains
that excite the feds.
– Nas

12 YEARS AGO, TODAY.




SPORTSCENTER, 1997



THE FULTON MALL

suitcases packed with cigarettes
new sneakers sealed in plastic
men hustling umbrellas
hoping for the storm to break

FULTON MALL GOLD
photo by Bonnie Natko



GOOD VIBRATIONS

Classic Knicks set to the classic bar mitzvah dance-off jam. Memories of Hubert Davis and pigs in a blanket. If you from the hood I know you feel me.