Filed under: Art, Basketball, Bread City, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, New York Knicks | Tags: 1990s Culture, Courtside, John Starks, Jonah Hill, Michael Jordan, NBA
“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
Filed under: Art, Bread City, History | Tags: 1990s Aesthetics, 1990s Culture, Basketball Art, Bootleg Culture, T-Shirts
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!
Filed under: Bread City, Chicago Bulls, Photography | Tags: 1990s Culture, Jerseys, New York Mets, Spike Lee
On the private internet investigator tip, unearthing betrayal, infidelity, and double-crossing wherever whenever. Knicks fans shouldn’t wear Bulls jerseys.
Filed under: Bread City, Photography, Sneakers | Tags: 1990s Culture, Heaven's Gate, Streetwear Culture
I’m a Nike head
I wear chains
that excite the feds.
Filed under: Basketball, Bread City, Video, Washington Bullets | Tags: 1990s Culture, 1990s NBA, Basketball Archeology, Basketball History, ESPN, Ghorge Muresan
Filed under: Bread City, Brooklyn, New York City, Photography, Poetry | Tags: 1990s Culture, Brooklyn Poetry, New York City Culture
suitcases packed with cigarettes
new sneakers sealed in plastic
men hustling umbrellas
hoping for the storm to break
photo by Bonnie Natko
Filed under: Basketball, Bread City, New York Knicks, Video | Tags: 1990s Aesthetics, 1990s Culture, Basketball History, Hubert Davis, John Starks, Marky Mark
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.