Zoran Lucić | My Richness is Life, Forever – Bob Marley

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My Richness is Life, Forever – Bob Marley

 

Another step into the Creative Series with Graphic Designer Zoran Lucić.

Zoran has created something beautiful, something pure. Striping away at all the greed in the world of sport and showing what’s free, just and totally pure. My richness is life, forever – Bob Marley is a creation spurred on by this thought.

The story behind it; in last few years when it comes to football I’m only listening about 50 or 100 million euro transfers, pressure on managers, sackings, rich impatient owners, incomes/sales etc. the whole beauty of modern football. There’s no joy anymore, just pure and cruel industry. 

So, few days ago i’ve seen some interviews with Jurgen Klopp since taking over at Liverpool where he’s saying that football is just a game, they are not resolving any big problems. Those words and his naive, childish behaviour reminded me that football is a game,  joy to watch and experience. 

So i wanted to do a illustration or poster depicting that and since today’s players are just robots I could’t think better figure, situation or icon than Bob Marley playing football.

 

All of which is brought together with a simply background message from the legend himself.

“Football is a whole skill to itself. A whole world. A whole universe to itself. Me love it because you have to be skilful to play it! Freedom! Football is freedom.

If you want to get to know me, you will have to play football against me and the Wailers.” – Bob Marley

 

 

 

Check out more of Zoran work here.

 

 

 

 

BootAdvisor – Creative Series | Episode 4 by Swoosh Custom

BootAdvisor – Creative Series | Episode 4

by Swoosh Custom

 

It’s Episode 4 for the Creative Series and we take a different look at the Nike Mercurial SL in the world of concept boots by Swoosh Custom!

 

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You’ll find attached an edit of perhaps our all time favourite boot – the Mercurial SL – modified to encompass the new technologies of the latest halo boot, the Superfly IV. As you’re probably aware, we love all things Nike related and do our best to slice and dice different models together to make these hybrid concepts.

In fact, we could have chosen any number of colour ups from the Mercurial SL – the Berry Pink, the Euro 08 leather, the Sport Red/Gold – all are great boots with great memories for us. But in terms of impact, it has to be these Orange Peel versions, as they were the launch colour and place an important milestone in the archives of Nike soccer technology and design. So what have we got? Well, for starters there’s the full carbon fiber sole plate that the Mercurial SL is famous for, modified for the last of the Superfly IV. Then of course there’s the Superfly IV’s very own party piece, the Dynamic Fit collar, before we find the synthetic lace cover that was the controversial hallmark of the mainstream Vapor IV and the top tier Mercurial SL. Controversial because essentially the Vapor IV was a Vapor III with a lace cover and new paint job.

But the Mercurial SL had a different aura about it. The price, the look, the tech – this wasn’t a boot for Sunday League cloggers, this was now a boot for athletes. And Nike did a very good job of convincing us that we could be our own Ronaldo if we had these (which, by the way we still do. Two pairs as it happens)

It’s a cliché for sure but for players of a certain age, the Mercurial SL entered the playing field at a real boom time for boot design and development. When you think how technology and design has evolved in even just a handful of years since, we love to take it back and mix things up to create unique models like this Superfly SL. Sure it holds plenty of nostalgia for us, but that’s the point, right?

 

The thought process into the world of Concept Boots is pretty fascinating! More genius design can be seen on their Instagram page!

 

 

Episode 5 coming soon!

BootAdvisor – Creative Series | Episode 3 by Off_Foot

BootAdvisor – Creative Series | Episode 3

 

by Off_Foot (Case Jernigan)

 

It’s Episode 3 of the Creative Series; We take a different look into the mad moment of Zinedine Zidane’s last ever game in professional football as completed by creative master Case Jernigan  (Off_Foot)

 

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Zinedine Zidane ‘ZIZOU’ homage
Cut paper, 18 x 14 inches,
2015

 

 

It was 2006, and I was traveling through Italy and Germany during the World Cup.  Zidane mesmerized with his strength, outside of the boot passes, and charisma.

Those experiences during the tournament have come back to me in waves over the past year, so I’ve made art related to the great man.

This piece is cut from a single sheet of handmade paper from Nepal.  I like the paper because it’s textural, and since the pulp is left outside there are bits of bark and vegetation embedded in the paper.  I use razor blades primarily, but sometimes I tear the paper with my hands.

When I make these single sheet pieces, it’s important to do a bit of planning in pencil on the back of the paper, but I like to leave some of the process up to change and exploration as I begin cutting.  I treat the razor blade like a drawing implement.

The multi-paneled approach stems from old Renaissance panels and paintings from Europe.  In those altarpieces, often small story panels would be attached to the bottom of the main image, or sometimes on the back.

I like the idea of many little stories telling a greater one. In this piece I focused on big moments from the timeline of Zidane.

We begin with his Juventus days, and move through the header against Brazil, to holding the cup, the volley against Leverkusen, and finally the red card in 2006.

I know it’s trivial to reduce the brilliant player’s career into a few panels, but I wanted to keep the overall image cohesive, but also have the viewer’s eye flow from panel to panel.  Zidane embodies the things I love about football. Not just the skill, goals and drama, but the mental power he possessed- so much that he could influence the entire field and all of those watching.

 

Amazing work brought to life by paper and a creative genius!

 

More of Case’s work can be found on his Instagram page or website. Check it out!

 

Episode 4 coming soon!

BootAdvisor – Creative Series | Episode 2 by Scott McRoy

BootAdvisor – Creative Series | Episode 2

by  Scott McRoy

 

We’re very excited to be bringing you a special Episode 2!

When the idea of the Creative Series came about, one of the first names on our list was Scott and you can see why!

The idea and concept was precisely what Nike and Adidas fans will be looking for, if not crying out for!

Simply Stunning!

 

The ‘AcceleratoR9’

 

Concept

 

 

Adidas Predator | Nike Mercurial Concept Boot

 

 

The ‘AcceleratoR9’

 

The basis for this idea was the Final of the World Cup in France 1998. The tournament in itself was my first world cup, i was a little Too young for USA94 but after the Highs and Lows of England in Euro ’96 I was absolutely buzzing for this tournament and it didn’t disappoint. The whole thing kicked off with the Nike Airport advert, me and my mates would dribble down the street, while signing the famous Song Sergio Mendes Song  ‘Mas Queue Nada’mas  The tournament itself included some amazing moments like Michael Owens Goal V Argentina – Beckham’s red card, Bergkamps ridiculous control and finish and just the flair of the Brazilians in general.

 

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Fast Forwards to the final, it was set up perfectly, France – the home nation  Vs Brazil – the pre tournament favourites.

Zidane v Ronaldo, Adidas v Nike.Predator Vs Mercurial  you had the 2 best players in the world possibly at the time going head to head in the biggest game in world football.

ultimately Zidane would steal the Show, and he led France to victory. and we all know how the final unfolded for Ronaldo. and the iconic image of him at the final whistle with his books around his neck.

 

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My favourite boot was and still is the adidas predator accelerator, as worn by Zidane but I absolutely loved the unique colour way of the Ronaldo R9 Mercurial.. so 17 years on, and after spending a large chunk of that time building up my skill-set to a relatively decent level in photoshop, I decided to work up a boot that fused the two together.

 

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The design of the Accelerator with the colours of the Mercurial R9.

 

So here it is the ‘AcceleratoR9’…

 

 

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More of Scott’s work can be found on his Instagram page or website. Check it out!

 

Episode 3 coming soon!

 

BootAdvisor – Creative Series | Episode 1

BootAdvisor – Creative Series | Episode 1

 

by One80s (Andrew Gillis)

 

 

Welcome to our brand new feature  BootAdvisor – Creative Series.

Our very first episode is by the creative genius One80s on a truly iconic boot the Adidas Predator Accelerator

 

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ADIDAS PREDATOR ACCELERATOR

 

Year of release:

1998

Worn by:

David Beckham (England), Zinedine Zidane (France),

Allesandro Del Piero (Italy), Marcel Desailly (France),

Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany).

 

It was a boot I had to buy!

At age 16, it was the first time I spent serious money on any kind of football boot, but I was in need of a new pair, and after seeing some of the world stars rocking these on the big stage – I was sold!

So this boot will always have a special place in my heart.

 

When I first started illustrating boots, this was one of the first ones I went for. Visually it’s a striking boot to look at – with its sharp, bold colors, it has many elements and textures to it, so it was perfect to get stuck into.

 

Released to coincide with the France 98 World Cup, the Predator Accelerator was give instant global recognition, worn by the likes of Del Piero, David Beckham and not to mention Zinedine Zidane with his fantastic double strikes in the final against Brazil.

 

In my opinion, the Accelerator is the most famous of the Predator series, and has the most recognizable features of them all.

The design completely differs from previous models with a new Traxion stud layout system, asymmetrical laces for a cleaner contact surface, rounded fold over tongue, wider curved stripes, a transparent outer sole, and to top it off, more colour ways were available.

 

Its fair to say, an oldie but a goldie!!

Thanks for reading.

Andrew (One80s)

 

 

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See more of Andrew’s work HERE!

 

 

Episode 2 coming soon!