Be your self, even when meaning being misunderstood.
Maybe no two NBA gamers have embodied these eight phrases greater than Dennis Rodman and Allen Iverson.
All through their respective careers, Rodman and AI have been at all times unapologetically themselves—each on and off the court docket. They didn’t care what others thought. They weren’t nervous in regards to the exterior noise. They ignored the criticism and slander. Rodman was going to be Rodman. Iverson was going to be Iverson. It doesn’t matter what.
The style world wouldn’t be the identical at present with out these pioneers. Simply ask Jessie Diez, TJ Wallace and Sean Daniel—the trio behind the quickly rising model Fifty2Hundred (F2H), which seeks to seize the human expertise and endless steadiness between good and evil by way of their attire. It goes past simply setting developments; Rodman and Iverson impressed a complete era to be assured and embrace originality.
So when F2H and SLAM determined to collaborate, it was solely proper for his or her new assortment to pay homage to these two cultural icons, who have been usually misunderstood however at all times genuine.
“Rodman was like the fashionable rockstar. He didn’t care what individuals considered him,” Diez, the founding father of Fifty2Hundred, says. “The way in which he expressed himself—whether or not it was on the court docket or off the court docket—he truthfully didn’t care. He could possibly be in a gown one recreation and in common males’s garments one other recreation. It was simply an expression for him: That is me. I’m human. Settle for me for who I’m. After which Allen Iverson got here into play and he had the identical power, simply in a more moderen period.”
The “Misunderstood Assortment” consists of two graphic tees—one celebrating Rodman and one celebrating Iverson. Each shirts show a cranium engulfed in flames on the entrance and comprise particular design parts to replicate every participant. The cranium on the Rodman tee, for instance, options the previous Bull’s distinctive hair sample in purple, orange and inexperienced, whereas the cranium on the Iverson tee has braids and a crimson headband.
Brief messages—“Be your self, even when meaning being misunderstood” and “Categorical your self”—are etched on the skeleton to resemble cracks, reinforcing the principle themes of the collaboration.
“There are at all times going to be opinions and other people wish to throw their two cents and make it really feel like they need to be capable of have some say in your life,” says Wallace, a longtime pal of Diez and former professional basketball participant abroad, about these themes. “However actually, we’re simply all our personal separate planets, you recognize? We’re all simply right here to place our greatest foot ahead and categorical ourselves and inform individuals how we wish to be handled, how we needed to be accepted, how we wish to be liked.”
The gathering is made up of solely 150 tees.
“I believe [the collection] matches properly with what everyone seems to be sporting within the [NBA] tunnel,” provides Daniel, who bought related with Diez and Wallace—and subsequently F2H—by way of his work with LeagueFits. “It’s not one thing you see on a regular basis. The design is totally different.”
And if Rodman and Iverson taught us something, it’s that totally different is nice, even when others fail to grasp. So long as it’s an expression of you, nothing else issues.
“Simply be your self, even when meaning being misunderstood,” Wallace reiterates. “As a result of on the finish of the day, the one individual you really should reply to is your self.”
Images taken by Samuel Altamirano and Byron Riggs