Air Jordan XX8 "Pink Pig"
Another thing that caught my ear at the Air Jordan XX8 launch was how often the XX8 was related to a concept car, and rightfully so; its use of carbon fiber and construction of the upper has ushered in a new conceptual way of creating a basketball shoe. I wanted to bring more car elements into it but in a graphic way. I have always loved the graphic exploration that has been applied to countless Porsche racecars. They have created some truly timeless design. One of my all time favorites is the "Pink Pig" 917. I felt it related to footwear as the dashed lines represented cut lines on the car to disassemble it, similar to how a pig is butchered. So I created some fictional areas as to where the upper could be patterned at if you were to butcher it. I also incorporated the classic numbering from the car, which coincidentally was 23. I also envisioned this shroud being constructed from very thin pig suede just to make the whole concept complete.