These Illustrations Of Your Favorite NBA Players And Their Signature Sneakers Will Awaken The Kid In You

06.07.16 2 years ago

Illustrator Park Tyson evokes nostalgia and childlike joy with his drawings of NBA stars past and present — along with some of their most coveted signature shoes. Of course, that guy who played for the Bulls back in the day has the most recognizable and highly sought after sneakers of all time, but there are several other lesser known signature lines that have a special place in the hearts of old heads and sneakerheads alike.

The series is especially cool for me because I, like many other broke kids, used to draw my favorite sneakers, too. I doodled their curves and their names in my elementary school notebooks. Knowing my mom couldn’t afford them, I pined after each pair like a schoolboy crush. Park Tyson has elevated this doodling with the skill of a professional illustrator while still maintaining the light-hearted energy of a child in each drawing.

Several eras of sneakers and players are covered from Magic Johnson and Larry Bird’s Converse Weapons, some of your favorite Jordans, up to Steph Curry’s Under Armour kicks. In addition to the big names, Park also covers some sneakerhead favorites like the Jason Kidd Nike Zoom Flight 5 and Scottie Pippen’s recently retroed Air Uptempos. You can check out some of the more popular signature models below, and follow him on Instagram at @ParkTyson to check out more of his illustrations.

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