20 Ways The Sneaker Game Was Different 20 Years Ago

Artists Sneakers Meant Drawing On Them Yourself

In 1992 you were way more likely to find a graffiti artist in court than in the headquarters of a sneaker company. Sure, guys like Keith Haring and Basquiat had gained recognition outside their NYC circles — and had used sneakers as a medium — but the link wasn't quite there yet. If you wanted your sneakers to be an artistic statement, well, you needed to stop somewhere and get yourself a Sharpie.

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