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The Masters: 10 Favorite Nike Air Jordan Posters

With the release of the Air Jordan 12 The Master coming this weekend, the hype for the drop has also brought along with it a newfound appreciation for classic Air Jordan posters. Ok, there’s a lie in that sentence. Sure, there is an excitement for The Master colorway, but my guess is that excitement would be a lot more palpable if the price wasn’t damn near $200. But what it has done has made people aware of an Air Jordan poster that up to this point that has really been lost to time – “The Master”.

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It’s… a poster of Michael Jordan. Great, right? He’s wearing the Air Jordan 12, but it’s not The Master colorway. It could be the Cherry Red or the Taxi but it’s hard to tell because the picture went through a Sepia filter. He’s dribbling the ball and getting ready to break you down with his killer scowl. He’s not dunking over you, he’s not flying over your head and he’s certainly not smiling while he’s doing it. Nope, this is a different MJ. Older. Wiser. More cerebral. Sure, it’s a better representative of Michael Jordan during that time, but let’s be honest, it’s also kinda boring and probably wouldn’t make anybody’s top 10 list of the best Air Jordan posters.

But we’re thankful either way because here is our my list of favorite Air Jordan posters. Don’t forget to check out our Air Jordan 12 The Master launch page for more images, videos and much more.

Windmill (Wheaties)

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As one of four collectible Nike posters found in Wheaties cereals back in the late 1980s, this is a picture taken from the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk that Jordan famously robbed won against Dominique Wilkins. Yeah, everybody remembers the free-throw line dunk, but this was an equally classic image that shows MJ at the peak of his athletic powers. Also, White Cement 3s.

Air Superiority

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Jordans Daily

Another lesser known poster, I would have put that famous billboard of himself that Jordan walks by in Barcelona on this list were it an actual poster. Anyways, this simple picture depicts MJ getting ready to lay some serious hurting on the rest of the word since he is quite simply superior to the competition. Note: This is what happens when Reebok has the Team USA license. Nike should always have the Team USA license.

Playground

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Wait, let me find my Laserdisc copy of Michael Jordan’s Playground while I stare at this pic. Between the style of graffiti (there has to be an inside joke there somewhere), the clothes and the kicks, this was the quintessential early 90s photo. You could have taken MJ out of the equation and I feel like this shot would have made it onto a museum somewhere.

Hare Jordan

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The best in the world teams up with the best in the cartoon world. MJ, Bugs and everything that came from that partnership was so perfect that I shudder to think what an MJ-Disney team-up would have looked like back in that era before Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. It would have been the most milquetoast pairing with zero edge. As somebody who preferred the slapstick comedy of a coyote getting an anvil dropped on his head back in those days, it was genius.

Wings

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If I could get any poster signed by MJ and hung up on my walls, it would be this one. Sure, it’s not the most original idea and Upper Deck has already done this death, but there’s a reason why any MJ fan would want that particular item. It’s the original inspirational poster before middle managers thought they could increase productivity with stupid quotes that are rarely attributed to the right person.

Failure

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Anytime I see an MJ stan act like MJ never failed, I point out this quote. It’s easy to root for the guy who never failed, but it turns out he failed a whole hell of a lot too. Also, MJ stans continue to be the worst.

Air Jordan

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It’s the original Air Jordan poster, but I remember it more as a card that came with the Air Jordan 1. Still looking for a good price on a mint condition one though…

Six Rings

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/Rant: You know how some people get incredulous whenever Jordan’s six championship rings get brought up as some sort of gold standard when Bill Russell has eleven? Well, it’s kind of like how Kobe’s 81 points is looked upon by this generation as the benchmark even though Wilt Chamberlain once scored 100 in a game. People want to feel like the moments that they lived through are the coolest thing ever and nothing could ever possibly top it. So yeah, dope picture and poster, but also another reminder of MJ stans, who are still the worst.

Dunk Contest

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I swear, every time I see this picture, Jordan’s distance from the ground gets a little bit higher as if he’s dunking on a 12-foot rim. You almost begin to question the authenticity of the photo, that’s how amazing Jordan’s dunk seems as more time passes. I just wonder if this is the first or second free-throw dunk that he got a perfect score for as Dominique Wilkins looks on with a “I’m actually going to get robbed out of this” face.

Art Of The Dunk

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It’s not the best poster, but it is the one that stayed on my wall for the longest time. It has made it through two apartments and a house and is enjoying life right now rolled up in retirement after spending close to a decade pinned or taped up.

 


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Nike Air Classic BW Ultra Hyper Crimson

It looks like 2016 is going to be a big year for the Nike Air Classic BW, one of the brand’s most loved vintage Air Max silhouettes. In addition to the iconic “Persian Violet” colorway returning, Nike Sportswear is also taking the shoe on the ‘Ultra’ route, with a modernized and minimized redesign, which we see here today in a vibrant red colorway. Check out the Air Classic BW Ultra in detail here, and expect them to start hitting retailers in March.

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Nike Air Huarache Beta Blue


The Nike Air Huarache‘s momentum has since slowed down since its dominant retro run dating back to 2013. That doesn’t mean that Tinker Hatfield’s 1991 classic running silhouette has taken a backseat to any other retro given priority – in fact quite the opposite, as the OG Huarache has gone on to inspire a few new takes with updated technology for a modern twist. Today the Huarache is back in a head-turning “Beta Blue” look, as a colorful splash of electric blue hits the upper to coincide with neoprene Anthracite accents and a Black heel cage. It’s a look that the Super Bowl runner-ups and their legions of fans can definitely get behind. What do you think? Check out a better look below and be on the lookout for this pair to arrive later this Spring 2016 season.



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Nike To Release The Swoosh Hunter On Leap Year Monday

Nike Sportswear is revitalizing its footwear line this year with a number of awesome creations. At the forefront of this movement is the head-turning Nike Swoosh Hunter. The lifestyle creation is jarring from the get-go as a reasonable amount of the silhouette can be attributed to a Nike Mag inspiration. You can see that homage in the form of the oversized ankle strap, a bold heel construction, and sleek outsole design. This all white aesthetic will kick things off with a release on the added calendar day, February 29th. Are you a fan of this silhouette? If you are, it’s going to cost you – $250 USD to be exact. Check out a full look below and head to our release dates page for more of the latest updates.



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Nike Is Ready For March Madness With The Air Force 1 Low

Nike Basketball’s “Net Collectors Society” is expanding this year, celebrating the pinnacle of the college hoops season with a number of exclusive colorways of the ever-classic Nike Air Force 1 Low. Bruce Kilgore’s design did actually start out as a college basketball staple for performance before transitioning over to the lifestyle market. Here, three simple two color combinations rest atop pre-aged sail midsoles for a timeless look. Logos of scissors, a basketball, and a net are stitched onto the respective heels (a feature that was recently erased from a few AF1 High selections). Your options include a Kentucky-esque royal and white, an Arizona-like red and blue, and a simple black and silver combo. Be sure to get a better glimpse of the March Madness-themed trio below and we’ll let you know when each pair sees stateside availability early next month.



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Dots All Over This Nike Hyperfr3sh

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Following its recent Palm Tree iterations, the lifestyle Nike Hyperfr3sh is introduced in a new finish of polka dots for the season.

Comprised of a simple black textile build that ensures lightweight comfort and breathability, the component is detailed with the defining pattern across its entirety in contrasting white. The pristine hue is continued towards the midsole component which mimics the latest HyperDunk to essentially create a simple two-tone makeup.

Rounded out with matching laces, other elements include two-tone pull tabs to match with its respective palette, and miniature swoosh branding across the rear. More branding can also be seen on the tongue tab as well.

You can find this latest variation of the silhouette at Nike retailers starting March.

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Author’s Take

In the right colorway, I’m a fan of the silhouette. This iteration is solid in my view, since it’s in a classic pattern as well. Fans of the sneaker should be excited.


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The Stylish Nike Swoosh Hunter In Vachetta Tan

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Previously showcased in tonal hues of white and black, the newly-introduced Nike Swoosh Hunter is unveiled in yet another colorway, this time sporting the currently trending Vachetta Tan finish.

The lifestyle silhouette is essentially comprised of premium leather across its textured base, which also incorporates an embossed geometric pattern that flows towards its ankle portion. Further detailed with signature removable strap, the aesthetically pleasing nude tone is nicely complemented by a clean white natural motion sole unit equipped with soft foam cushioning.

Other notable details include matching stitching throughout, reflective swooshes on the strap and orange-colored branding on the insoles. An official release date has yet to be announced, so stay tuned in to KicksOnFire for further details.

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Author’s Take

I don’t like the silhouette that much, but in this colorway, I’m already biased. The design is clean overall, but again, I just like the colorway too much.


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The Supreme x Nike Air Max 98 Collab Will Be Hyped To The Max (Video)

The formula goes “Supreme + Nike = Stupid Amounts Of Hype”. If there was a scouter for these things, you know it would be going over 9000, that’s for sure. From Nike SBs to Air Force 1s to Foamposites and most recently the Air Jordan 5, anytime the two brands come together, it is bound to get plenty of attention. The next in line for these two titans of streetwear is the Nike Air Max 98 with not one, not two, not three, but reportedly four colorways set to release later this year. Is Supreme fatigue setting in with all of these collabs or are we just getting started?

To learn more about the upcoming launch, including actual dates, new images and more, be sure to have our Supreme x Nike Air Max 98 launch page bookmarked.

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Nike Scrapped The KD 8 Servant For Being Too Religious

Last Summer Kevin Durant revealed a never-before-seen version of his KD 8 signature shoe that featured an angelic graphic in an ivory/grey colorway and a bright crimson outsole. We learned that the shoes were completely scrapped and were made just for Kevin Durant, but turns out there’s a bit more to the story. During the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in Toronto, Sneaker News learned why this great KD 8 release was shelved thanks to some insight from Nike Basketball Design Director Leo Chang. The shoes, dubbed the “Servant” colorway as a nod to Kevin Durant’s devotion to Christ, was deemed “too religious” by Nike as it featured angels as well as biblical references on the tongue as well as the insoles. This is somewhat of a contradiction, given Nike Basketball’s continuing Christmas and Easter traditions. Leo happened to have a pair on his feet, so it appears that pairs were made for friends and family, but never beyond that. Recap KD’s Instagram pics below and let us know if you think Nike should’ve released these.



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Eric Kostons Next Nike SB Signature Shoe Is Unlike Any Other Skate Shoe In History


Introducing the Nike SB Hyperfeel Koston 3. Legendary skater Eric Koston is back with a new silhouette that could change the game, as this preview of his next signature is aptly featured in the Lakers’ signature purple and gold colors. There does seem to be a bit of a correlation between Kobe’s Flyknit high-tops and this Nike SB model, as an ankle collar provides even more flexible stability in a way that we’ve never seen a skate shoe do before. A lunarlon footbed and natural motion grooves on the outsole only further the tech in this Koston offering, but we’ll have to wait and see what else is in store once we get a better preview. For now, enjoy a full look at this Kobe-like Koston below and let us know if you’re a fan of the Hyperfeel Koston 3 by taking your thoughts to the comments section.



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Skepta Shows Off His Nike Air Classic BW Blacklisted Collaboration


English rapper Skepta helped push the grime scene into a global phenomenon. What resulted was some universal appeal, a friendship with Drake, a mass following of his Boy Better Know label (of which Drizzy got a tattoo), and now a Nike Air Classic BW collaboration. The ‘Roadman’ rapper unveiled the understated collab earlier today, as the Classic BW utilizes some premium nubuck and suede, all drenched in a murdered out black-on-black for a simple and refined look. He’s calling it the colorway “Blacklisted”. Not too bad for his first Swoosh collab. No word yet on the nature of this release, but check out a few preview shots straight from Sketpa’s Instagram account below.



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The Nike Air Foamposite One Fruity Pebbles Is Back and Ready For More Campouts


Do you remember when people actually camped out for a grade school Foamposite last year? The “Fruity Pebbles” Foamposites made a lot of noise thanks to a multi-color rainbow array on the outsole and now the look is back for 2016. Instead of a white base, the Nike Air Foamposite One returns with a matte black look to allow the cereal-esque bottom to shine. We doubt this Lil Posite will result in a similar response to long mall lines full of sneakerheads ready to appease their grade schoolers on a weekday, but then again who knows. Check out a better view below and we’ll keep you updated on an actual release date right here on Sneaker News in the near future.



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Nike Gave A Former Employee An Awesome Farewell Gift

Sometimes even when you’re an employee at Nike, you don’t get every pair of sneakers you want. That was the case for former Nike Sportswear Digital Brand Manager Victor Nguyen-Long, who had the Air Jordan 3 “Black/Cement” elude him for years. That all changed recently, but ironically not until after he left the brand to take on a larger role elsewhere. It was Victor’s Nike Sportswear team that hooked him with the 3’s at last, complete with custom lace dubrés and wooden box to commemorate his time at the Swoosh.

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First Look At The Nike Swoosh Hunter Vachetta Tan

The Nike Swoosh Hunter release is just days away as several retailers are reporting stock this weekend (February 29th). As expected this purely lifestyle shoe is getting the predictable NikeLab treatment of tonal leather uppers as the trendy “Vachetta Tan” look reaches yet another sneaker. Does this mean that a red and navy pair are in the works? It seems likely, given the brand’s affinity for Vachetta Tan, red, navy, white, and black. Peep a detailed gallery below and we’ll let you know when these hit stores, or if these will release alongside the white and black pairs this coming leap year Monday.



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Nike To Release The Air Max Zero Tinker Hatfield And More On Air Max Day

Nike celebrated Air Max Day in a big way in 2015 by releasing the Air Max Zero, a sneaker that originally lived as a conceptual design decades ago. In January, the yellow version on Tinker’s sketch released exclusively through the SNKRS App, but sources say that the yellow/black pair will indeed make a return during the 2016 Air Max Day festivities. In addition, a new, never-before-seen colorway of the Zero is also scheduled to drop. Air Max Day is held annually on March 26th, so expect Nike to bring out some other heat as we lead up to this tradition that while celebrated since the 90s, has become official just two years ago. Will you be copping the Air Max Zero this March? Stay tuned for more details.



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