We caught up with Jan to chat about sneakers where he told about one of his favourite pairs, the Nike 1 World Collection Marok Air Force 1 . Find out more about Jan and the Marok AF1 below
Jan got into sneaker through music, skateboarding (since 1989) and basketball. I learned English from listening to gangsta-rap, still finished his studies with a diploma in publishing house management . Hosting the famous Sneakerpages (established 1995 / Lodown #1) at Lodown Magazine since 2004 . Jan likes to start his day with Honey & Coconut spread & sunshine on the balcony, collecting records (since 1989), 4 more smiles & love. His All-Time Favourite Sneaker is the Vans Vault x Pendleton x Taka Hayashi Sk8 Hi (released Fall 2010) He had this one on display / decoration for almost a year until he finally sported them.
Nike 1World AF1 Collection Marok Joint
The Nike 1World AF1 Collection invited 18 global innovators in the fields of sport, music, art & design to create their interpretation of the Air Force 1. The releases of the sneaks have been more than exclusive and quite hard to get your hands on. The first releases were in June 2008, starting off with Busy P, Rasheed Wallace, Kaws…..
I’d like to focus on the unique and timeless contribution from the one and only Marok, which is definitely one of those shoes, that you have to see live and feel the supreme material mix to appreciate the complete picture. He used high end leathers on the upper, mixed with a special dark grey synthetic on the side panels, eyelets, and Nike swoosh. The artists signature has been placed on the lacelock, as well as on the inner sole next to a pattern of icons. One of the highlights of the shoe is the clear white midsole, the translucent air pocket visible on the heel and the signal orange gum sole puts the ice on the cake.
Marok on his colorscheme: “Its an autumn/ winter release, so i wanted to have solid colors you can wear along with your duffelcoat. If you take a closer look you have a nice and not typical materialmix blended in quiet colors.. I wanted to have an outdoorfeeling with that shoe, suiting the silent hunter in the woods.” He refers to the hunting and gathering in order to collect the hottest kicks.
The sneaker was released on December 13th 2008 at Nort Berlin.
Marok is a graphic designer, painter, illustrator and all around maverick genius who’s creative radius ranges from publishing Lodown Magazine (lodownmagazine.com), designing t-shirts to animation for diverse video projects. He was born and raised in the city of Berlin, Germany. After studying graphic design at the respected Lette Verein Berlin, he went to the US to do some freelance work. Inspired by the Californian encounter with David Carson, Marok returned to Berlin and realized more than ever that Germany certainly lacked a publication that centers around leftfield pop-culture and founded Lodown Magazine in 1995..
Check out Jan’s crate and the Marok Air Force 1 here