With a name like Brooklyn Projects, most people would automatically assume the shop was located somewhere within the famous borough in New York. However in this situation, Brooklyn has been transported to the sunny West Coast and resides on one of the most popular streets in Los Angeles, Melrose. A staple for Nike SB releases and exclusive kicks, Brooklyn Projects already has a reputation as the go to spot in LA. For this particular collaboration with Nike SB, the Brooklyn Projects team drew on legendary death metal band Slayer for the design.
Nike SB x Brooklyn Projects Dunk High “Reign In Blood” uploaded by fatboi1017
Called the Nike SB Dunk High “Reign In Blood”, the model was inspired by Slayer’s 1986 LP Reign in Blood. Brooklyn Dom, aka Dom DeLuca, is well known for his brash attitude towards the mainstream, so it made sense that the Nike SB inspiration came from such a controversial title. Despite the history and meaning behind the album title, the shoe was one of the premier release from Nike SB in 2011. Premium black leather over the toe and side panel help to balance out the brown suede over the toe box and quarter panel. Making sure to fill in all the details, Brooklyn Projects laced the ankle with black denim and used a black nappy suede over the eye stays. Accents for the design include a red perimeter around the Nike Swoosh as well as on the midsole and on the tongue branding.
For the initial release of the Nike SB Dunk High “Reign In Blood” in April 2011, it was limited to Brooklyn Projects. The release came along with custom insoles, a signature BP t-shirt, and a custom plastic dust bag that resembles a blood bag. Nearly two months later, the model was released to premier Nike SB retailers around the country, but without all of the extras. As of now, this remains of the more premier Nike SB release and looks to be followed up later this year with a Nike SB Low ‘Walk of Fame”.