RUN DMC - ORIGINAL STYLE: Following the murder of Run DMC DJ Jam Master Jay, seemingly all HipHop discussions turned to the legendary group. It all led me to dig through my collection and bust out some old Run DMC tapes and MP3s. What I was reminded of is how Run DMC was the group that brought the b-boy style to the mainstream, or at least to a broader audience.

The Adidas with no laces, the rope chains, the black leather and denim, and the b-boy stance. They were hardcore before hardcore meant packin’ a gun. I wanted to create a piece that acknowledged that old school, tougher than leather, hardcore b-boy-ism.