Nike & Krink
A look back to 2008 here with one of our favourite Air Force 1 collaborations of all-time. As part of the 1World project, Nike joined forces with New York's Craig Costello, aka KR, with his signature paint-dripping graphics...
The Nike 1World project was a collection of AF1s created in partnership with global innovators from the fields of sport, music, art and design. Featuring 18 shoes in total, the collection was released over the course of eight months and saw the AF1 explore bold new territories. We've decided to recap the art-based shoes form the project over the coming months here on A&S, starting with this excellent collaboration with Krink.
Growing up in Queens, New York in the 1980s, KR was exposed the city's landscape of graffiti on a daily basis. After moving to San Francisco in the early 90s, he developed his signature 'drippy' tag style and, interestingly, also began making his own inks - allowing him to paint bigger and bolder. In 1998 KR moved back to New York and sold his first bottles of Krink at the newly-opened Alife store, which at the time was quickly becoming a hub for young artists. Today, Krink products are sold all over the world and KR's signature style continues to find its way into many other street artist's work.
Two versions of the Krink AF1 were created as part of the 1World project, the silver colourway shown above (our preferred model), plus a very rare black and purple 'friends and family' colourway (shown below). The silver colourway, which was limited to an edition of 500, featured a reflective 3M upper covered in KR's silver dripping graphics. Krink logos appear on the heel tabs, tongues, lace jewels and the shoes are finished off with a gum outsole. The release also included four Krink K-70 markers and custom shoe box signed by the artist.