Nike Dunk High "Yikes Stripes" - 1 of 1 for Karl Kani, Jr.

We have long since been admirers of Karl Kani and all that he has done for the urban fashion industry. As a self taught, determined adolescent, Carl Williams turned a childhood hobby into a fashion empire.

"Williams learned what it meant to be stylish at an early age. Yet, style for him was inspired by Hip-Hop lifestyle and street culture, and apparel in this aesthetic was nowhere to be found. Without adequate clothing options, 16 year old Williams decided to design his own clothes and commissioned his father's tailor to bring his illustrations to life. Saving his money to afford fabric and labor, he was soon the freshest dressed kid on the block."

Upon having met Karl about a month ago, we found out that we share a very similar story, less the multi-million dollar fashion empire. After our meeting, Karl said that he wanted us to paint a pair of one of one sneakers for his son, Karl Jr.

The dunk Highs were created using Karl Jr.'s favorite colors: cool grey, varsity red and black. The varying, horizontal stripe pattern is inspired by patterns made famous by early Kani polos and t-shirts. The Swoosh was given a color change to provide balance and the JGoods cursive logo was added to the rear quarter and tucked painstakingly among the lines. Lastly, a set of custom foot beds were made featuring Karl Jr.'s moniker, K-Rock.

To package K-Rock's exclusive heat, an acrylic box was fitted and screened with K-Rock's logo, the JGoods logo and a personalized size ticket.