What Is The List Of All Skateboard Tricks And How Do You Perform Them?

Before hitting the street …

Today I would like to share with you all the skateboard tricks that I have compiled during my learning practice.

I hope that you can use this skateboard tricks list as a reference for your development. These tricks are very cool to perform and have a mixed difficulty depending on your skills.

You might even learn faster if you own a specific skateboard for tricks. These skateboards are designed for top performance and coolest movements, just right for YOU!

So don’t miss this out and let’s jump right into my list!

Skateboard Flip Tricks

Skateboard Flip Tricks
Skateboard Flip Tricks

In my opinion, the flip tricks are the coolest among everything in my skateboard tricks list.
Imagine you are flying in mid-air while your skateboard is flipping multiple times.

Is he/she going to land it smoothly? There might be failures and injuries? It goes on and on…

Everyone around you is too afraid to do these tricks, while you are the only one can accomplish.

That is the impressive feeling you could ever wish for.

These tricks require lots of practice and your trials with errors. You might not get them right away, as long as you keep moving forward, I believe you will eventually do them all.

Here they are!

Easy difficulty Description Hard difficulty Description
Backside Flip

Backside Heelflip

Using your upper body strength to flip the tail to switch place with nose while you make a 180-degree turn. More complex when you use your heel! Alpha Flip

Disco Flip

Flipping your skateboard mid-air while at the same time turning your backside 180 degrees
Bigspin

Halfcab

Spinning your skateboard mid-air while at the same time turning your side 180 degrees. More complex when you use your heel! Anti Casper Flip Flipping your skateboard nose upward, then also turn it counter-clockwise so the tail switch position with the nose and you land safely on the deck
No Comply Stepping off your front foot and let your back foot to turn the skateboard 180 degrees Big Heelflip

Big Flip

Flipping your skateboard to deck turn 360 while at the same time turning your side 180 degrees
Ollie North

Ollie South

Kick, pop your back foot and jump mid-air along with your skateboard without spinning or flipping it Bubble flip

Feather Flip

Flipping your skateboard upside down half-way then immediately use your back feet to kick the deck 180 degrees and flip it back up again
Kickflip

Illusion Flip

Heelflip

Pressure Flip

Kick, pop your back foot and jump mid-air along with your skateboard while it is flipping Caballerial Flip Flipping and/or spinning your skateboard to deck turn 360 while at the same time turning your backside 360 degrees
Kickback Flip Flipping your skateboard upside down half-way then immediately use your back feet to kick the deck to flip it back up again in mid-air Casper Flip

540 Flip

Hospital Flip

Inward Heelflip

Flipping your skateboard so that it both rotates and flip 180 degrees at the same time, while you land normally
Shuvit – Shove It

Pop Shuvit

Kick to spin your deck 180 degrees with your back foot, lighten your front foot to let the deck spin. Daydream Flip – Varial Double Heelflip

Nightmare Flip – Varial Double Kickflip

Flipping your skateboard nose upward, the deck will both spin and flip 360 degrees 2 times then you land normally
360 Shuvit – Shove It

Plasma Spin

Kick to spin your deck 360 degrees with your back foot, lighten your front foot to let the deck spin. Frontside flip

Frontside heelflip

Flipping your skateboard so that it both rotates and flip 180 degrees at the same time while you also land 180 degrees
Ghetto Bird A hardflip of your skateboard combines with turning your backside 180 degrees 360 flip

Laser Flip

Flipping your skateboard so that it both rotates and flip 360 degrees at the same time, while you land normally
Hardflip You combine a kickflip with a shuvit so your skateboard flip 360 degree Gazelle Flip

Gazelle Spin

Flipping and/or spinning your skateboard to deck turn 540 degrees while at the same time turning your backside 360 degrees

 

Grind and Slide Skateboard Tricks

Grind and Slide Skateboard Tricks
Grind and Slide Skateboard Tricks

With grind and slide tricks, you just step in a higher level of skateboarding. These tricks require great balance and controls on a rail, stairs, edges, or curbs.

Make sure you have mastered all of the basics tricks and flips first before attempting any grind and slide tricks.

It is also an opportunity to test both your skateboard and your style. If you are wondering where to find a good skateboard brand for these tricks, why don’t you have a look at my review list here on Bamargera.com?

They will definitely save your time and browsing effort!

Easy difficulty Description Hard difficulty Description
Backside Blunt Slide

Frontside Boardslide

Lipslide

Tailslide

Pop your skateboard, get on a rail and slide with the back side/front side of your skateboard while maintaining balance till safe landing Darkslide Pop your skateboard, get on a rail, immediately flip your skateboard upside down, slide on it till the end of the obstacle, flip your skateboard back and land normally
Boardslide Pop your skateboard, get on a rail and slide with the center of your skateboard while maintaining balance till safe landing 5-0 Grind An advance 50-50 grind variations. Pop your skateboard, get on a rail, and grind your skateboard’s truck on the rail. Keep your pressure and weight on the back foot to let only the tail’s truck slides on the edge.
Crail Slide Roll upward a ramp, turn 90 degrees and slide with your tail on the top edge of the ramp, then transition to rolling down the ramp normally Hurricane

Salad Grind

Roll upward a ramp, lock-in your truck and slide on the top edge with the tail, keeping your back foot firm and steady. Your front foot will manage the balance as long as you can.
Crooked Grind

Noseblunt Slide

Nosegrind

Noseslide  

Pop your skateboard nose upward and grind/slide it on the edge of a rail, curb, flat surface. Transition most of your weight to your front foot Layback Grind Roll upward a ramp, slide on the top edge with the tail. Then put more pressure on the tail to stall the slide while lean down and grab your hand on the top edge. Looks like your surfing the top ramp
50-50 Grind

Feeble Grind

Pop your skateboard, get on a rail, and grind your skateboard’s truck on the rail and land normally at the end Tailblock Grind Roll upward a ramp, turn 45 degrees to have the tip of your tail balance on the edge while holding the nose with your hand
Smith Grind Pop your skateboard, lock-in your truck on the backside, and keeping your back foot firm and steady Front side 270 Pop your skateboard, get on a rail, and grind your skateboard’s tail, then transition your weight back to the front foot to pivot 270 degrees with the nose and land normally

Grab and Air Skateboard Tricks

Grab and Air Skateboard Tricks
Grab and Air Skateboard Tricks

These tricks look similar to flip tricks, without the flipping of course. You can do these tricks with obstacles, ramp, trail, edges, and curbs.

 

Let’s jump right into these!

 

Easy difficulty Description Hard difficulty Description
Front side 180

Backside 180

Similar doing an ollie but you also turn your head and shoulders 180 along with your skateboard 900

720

540

McTwist

Roll upward/downward a ramp several times to earn momentum, then turn the necessary degrees with your whole body mid-air and land back safely
Front side 360 Similar doing an ollie but you also turn your head and shoulders 360 along with your skateboard Benihana Roll upward a ramp, pop your skateboard on the nose and extend upward so you can grab the tail of your skateboard mid-air
Airwalk Roll upward a ramp, pop your skateboard on the tail so you can grab it mid-air and land back safely Body Jar

Crail Grab

Nose Grab

Tail Block Saran Wrap

Roll upward a ramp or, turn 180 degrees and also grab your skateboard nose while suspending on top of the ramp’s edge
Cannonball Rolling off a steep stair, gap or ramp, lean down and grab both the nose and tail with your both hands. Mix it with a 180-degree turn along with the skateboard. Land heavily like a cannonball drop Crossbone Roll up to a pyramid or an incline obstacle, pop your skateboard nose upward, turn your skateboard around 45 degrees, then grab it and turn it back the original position
Frontside Air

Tuck Knee

Stalefish Grab

Roll upward a ramp, grab the middle of your skateboard and bring it near to your knees. Then turn 180 degrees and land normally Madonna Roll upward a ramp, lean back and stretch your back foot out while your front foot applies slight pressure so you can grab the tail in mid-air. Turn 180 degrees, let go your hand and put your back foot to land safely
Roast beef Grab

Tail Grab

360 Boneless

Similar doing an ollie, but you grab your skateboard mid-air and combine with other complex moves Superman Grab Roll upward a ramp, pop your skateboard on the tail hard so it moves upward. You then grab with both hands and your whole body stretch out like Superman flying. Immediately put your skateboard back to your feet position to land safely
Rocket Air Roll upward a ramp or, turn 180 degrees and also grab your skateboard nose while suspending mid-air and land safely

 

Ramp and Footplant Skateboard tricks

Ramp and Footplant Skateboard tricks
Ramp and Footplant Skateboard tricks

The last of my skateboard tricks list involves creative tricks while you skate on-ramp. They are impressive to look at and also challenging to push your limit.

Let’s wait for no further and dive right in!

Easy difficulty Description Hard difficulty Description
Axle Stall Roll upward a ramp, then lock-in both your trucks on the edge, stall for few seconds then drop back in. Disaster

Frontside Pivot Stall

Pivot Fakie

Roll upward a ramp, then lock-in your backside trucks on the edge, stall for few seconds then drop back in.
Fastplant

Sweeper

Texas Plant

Roll upward a ramp, lean back and stretch your back foot out to plant firmly on the top edge. Your hand grab the deck, turn 180 degrees and put your foot back to land safely. Egg Plant

Layback Air

Roll upward a ramp, turn inverted, have your hand grab and plant firmly. While your feet and skateboard push upward the sky. Turn 180 degrees to reverse and land safely
Nose Stall

Tail Stall

Roll upward a ramp, transition your weight a bit to the front/back foot so you can stall the nose/tail on the top edge. Then turn 180 degrees and drop down normally Nose Pick Roll upward a ramp, turn 180 degrees and immediately stall the nose on the top edge of the ramp. Grab your hand on the center to balance and drop back in normally.
Staple Gun Roll upward a ramp, allow the skateboard to fully go up on the flat edge while your back leg supports the stall. Then drop back in by pulling back your skateboard and land your back feet on it. Rock and Roll Roll upward a ramp, balance yourself and let the skateboard center slide along the top edge, turn 180 degrees and drop back in safely

 

That is it, boys and girls. Hopefully, you get all these tricks down and develop your own style.

Good luck and have fun!

Pau Gasol’s Primal Scream

Away from the court, Bulls center Pau Gasol is known to be quite the renaissance man. The devoted philanthropist appreciates art, is passionate about the field of medicine and has a penchant for the opera. The Spanish born star is also multilingual (he taught himself to speak Italian and French), is an avid reader and has a keen interest in music (whether it be Pop Rock ballads or Sing Star Karaoke he’s got it covered).

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When he’s on the court all that goes out the window, the mild-mannered Pau disappears and the double-double corralling (he just collected his twelfth straight dub-dub and league-leading 33rd of the season) beast emerges. Activity such as that isn’t done quietly and this minute long video you’ll soon watch hammers that point home.

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Compiled over an eight-game span by the Twitter user and die-hard Bulls fan Dylan Connolly, his video below shows just how frequently Pau let’s loose a guttural sound, loud grunt or primal scream. You may not have noticed it much, but whether he’s going for a putback, sweeping hook and even lay up (yes, even on layups), the 7 foot Spaniard’s vocal efforts would put most tennis players to shame.

When you watch this it really sticks out like a sore thumb, but if it helps the Bulls to string more wins together I’m all for it.

Scream to your heart’s content big guy!

Jimmy Butler’s star has never shone brighter than it has since the start of the 2014-15 NBA season. From late-game heroics to a much improved offensive game, the recently named All-Star has kept Bulls fans enthralled and has taken his game to heights that not many would have expected prior to the season commencing. I’d say the sky is the limit for the one known by his teammates as ‘Cowboy’, but this epic new mix of Jimmy Butler highlights from this season will have you thinking otherwise…

There is only one way, to sum up, what you just saw, ‘dopeness personified’. The video (put together by Chris Andrews, founder of the Bulls Nation facebook page) is only made better by the addition of Schoolboy Q rapping his hit single Man of the Year. A fitting song choice for the Bulls star who is a lock for the Most Improved Player Award after already achieving so much in the last five months and no doubt will deliver more in the months ahead when the season resumes later this week.

Is it Friday yet?

When I first laid eyes on this photo of Bulls rookie Nikola Mirotic last August, the central character from what I consider to be one of the funniest films of all time immediately sprung to mind – Borat.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Kazakh television personality alter ego Borat Sagdiyev had me in stitches from the moment he appeared on the big screen in his self titled 2006 comedy mockumentary. So when I saw the photo of a suited up Nikola in the same thumbs up pose I had an idea.

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Why not put together a video compilation of Nikolaaaaaa highlights, splice in some Borat clips and music from the film. It doesn’t matter that Nikola doesn’t hail from the glorious nation of Kazakhstan or has a penchant for wearing a mankini, all that matters is that you press play and bask in the joy of the bearded rookie’s highlights set to musical genius Korki Buchek’s hit song Bing Bang.

Wawaweewaa it’s a very nice.

This gypsy magic couldn’t have happened without the help of Bulls on Parade video contributor Adam ‘MVP’ Turner who I enlisted to aid me in the production. You might be familiar with Adam if you ever saw this epic video or one of the countless sneaker reviews he’s conducted on his YouTube channel.

Since he stepped foot on an NBA court at the beginning of the 2014-15 season, Bulls rookie Nikola Mirotic has put forth a polished and impressive display of offensive moves in the key and on the perimeter that have left crowds cheering and audiences dazzled on a nightly basis. Throughout his successful rookie campaign, there is one thing that has been a constant – his penchant for the pump fake.

Time and time again, Niko has used it to his advantage to pump fake a defender right out of their shoes. I’m not sure whether it’s a case of guys not reading the scouting reports thoroughly enough or Niko is just that nifty wit’ it, but plenty have fallen victim and continue to fall victim to his use of the crafty move.

Nobody is safe…

Yes, it’s that lethal. His (over)use of the shot fake has also delighted observers of his game…

And at times, frustrated others…

Some have pondered its origins…

His teammates and the media have also taken notice…

He certainly does. Which in part is what inspired me to put together a highlight video for you of some of his more impressive feigned shot attempts and subsequent finishes from his début season.

That’s just a small taste from Niko’s pump fake platter, wait until I put together the three hours supercut (I’m joking, but don’t tempt me). If the above video wasn’t enough for you and you want to keep things interesting until the Bulls start winning again or Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose return, take a cue from this guy…

You’re on your own people.

Note: My friend Chris Andrews from Hoop Prods assisted me in bringing my video idea to life. Thanks once again for your help, Chris.

 

Jimmy Butler’s Country-Pop Solo is A Must Watch

D Rose 5 Boost ‘The Lake’ Unboxed

The Rose 5 has been on shelves for a little while now, and although enticing, I decided to patiently wait for this release to hit stores before I made my purchase. A couple of weeks ago it did just that and I got myself to Footlocker on release day as quickly as I could to make sure I locked down one of the only 180 pairs that made their way into Australian stores. The limited ‘The Lake’ edition was a Europe/Asia exclusive, so when I found out to my surprise that they were hitting Australian shores, there was no way I was missing out. The Lake Michigan inspired kicks were also rumored to be dropping in Chicago, which makes total sense considering they are inspired by prominent Chicago landmark. From all reports they haven’t, which is quite puzzling and I know this has disappointed fans of the shoe that reside in the States. So with that said, the least I could do is film myself taking the kicks out of their cardboard home for the very first time and share it with my fellow sneaker enthusiasts and friends in Chi-town. I hope you enjoy the video and if you need a pair, I still might be able to help you out, as I know there are limited numbers still sitting on shelves here in Australia. If I were you though, I’d act quick. You know where to find me.

The True Story Behind the Banned Air Jordan

Jimmy Butler’s Country-Pop Solo is A Must Watch

What if I told you that Michael Jordan’s infamous Black/Red Air Jordan 1 WASN’T the actual sneaker that the NBA banned thirty years ago to this day?

Some of you may scoff at the notion, others may raise an eyebrow and the dedicated historians among you might just know what I’m on about.

So now that I have your attention, read on.

Sole Collector contributor/forum admin and a man I count as my friend and my Cali connect MJO23DAN, has lifted the lid on the box of myths surrounding the legendary Nike tale in a detailed breakdown and analysis for Sole Collector. I don’t want to give too much away, but it is a must-read for sneakerheads, fans of the Air Jordan line (and let’s be honest, who isn’t one these days?) and will leave you pondering why Nike did what they did and have some of you anxiously awaiting another retro release.

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Swizz Beatz has “Seen The Kanye adidas”

Hip Hop producer Swizz Beatz knows his way around a music studio, he’s also heavily invested in the sneaker game, partnering with Reebok and designing his own line of shoes for the company in recent years. He also has friends in very high places, one such friend who happens to produce G.O.O.D music and has his own upcoming sneaker line with Adidas.

The Ruff Ryder hitmaker sat down with Sneakerwatch.com only days ago and spoke briefly about what his friend Kanye West and Adidas have to come our way. Early into the interview, Swizz is shown a photo of Kanye’s rumored sneakers and remarks, “I ain’t seen those, I’ve seen something else. I can’t talk about them”.

With a shroud of secrecy over what he’s actually seen, the New York native goes on to explain what Kanye continues to bring to the table as an artist, performer, and designer. “Whatever creation that Kanye does, I respect it because he put his passion into it, he put his time into it, he’s dedicated to it, he’s 1 of 1.”

In 4:15 seconds Swizz sums his friend up perfectly from many perspectives and makes a very valid point about the often criticized star, “Kanye West is 1 of 1, we will never ever have him again, let’s love him while he is here”.

Truth right there.

As for the Yeezy III’s, the wait continues…

A D.Rose and Kanye Sneaker Collaboration? Yes, please.

Doug McDermott The ‘Dougie McBuckets’ Q&A
Doug McDermott The ‘Dougie McBuckets’ Q&A

Since I first heard the news some time ago that Kanye West was taking his creative talents to adidas I have had one wish and one wish only – that the Sneaker gods make a collaboration with his fellow Chicagoan Derrick Rose happened.

While with Nike, Kanye’s highly coveted Yeezy line was extremely popular (I don’t think they jumped over the Jumpman, but that’s open to debate), but after one too many concert rants Ye’ never got to work in conjunction with any of the brand’s other spokesman.

Now with Adidas, it makes perfect sense that he collaborate on designing a sneaker with its marquee basketball spokesman D.Rose. What will happen when you mix the humble kid from the Southside’s ideas with the creative force that is Mr. West? Only time will tell, but it looks like my wishes may soon be granted.

Joakim Signed With Adidas Weeks Ago

The footwear counter intelligence site @CounterKicks has reported that Bulls big man Joakim Noah actually signed on with a sporting giant Adidas weeks ago. News of his departure from French sporting brand Le Coq Sportif came to fruition earlier this week, surprising fans and sneakerheads. Noah had been a loyal representative of the brand that his father also wore during his tennis career. As for the contract, it seems the announcement of his signing was held off until legal paperwork had been filed and also allowing for his existing Le Coq contract to expire. Joakim will wear the Adidas Crazyquick this season and joins fellow Bulls teammates Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Marquis Teague, and of course marquee spokesman Derrick Rose, as Bulls players who wear Adidas on the NBA hardwood.

Let’s hope his change to Adidas also helps alleviates some of the plantar fasciitis issues he’s dealt with over recent years.

Adidas Originals Superstar 80s – D.Rose 25th Birthday edition

In stores today to celebrate Derrick’s Birthday, these custom version of the iconic Adidas classics are inspired by Rose’s off court personality. A premium black leather upper is contrasted by textured leather around the striping. The white toe box and outsole really make the sneaker pop. The blue interior and the gold foil label are also nice touches. Retailing in the States for $100.00 USD.

Sneaker Con hits Chicago

The biggest sneaker event in all of the United States will be held on October 19th at the Broadway Park Armory. If you’re a sneakerhead you don’t want to miss this. You can find all the relevant info here… https://sneakerconchicago2013.eventbrite.com/

Jimmy Butler’s Country-Pop Solo is A Must Watch

Team USA
Team the USA

Jimmy Butler’s a big music buff. Those of you familiar with the Chicago Bulls star off the court, will remember he’s confessed to his fondness for Taylor Swift’s music, once serenaded teammate Joakim Noah to the tune of a Chris Brown track and recently he was in the news for his 6000-pound boombox-shaped aquarium, that not only boasts fifty exotic fish, it also features a functioning speaker system so that both he and his new pets can rock out at home.

As diverse as Jimmy Butler’s musical tastes may be, his one true love is Country & Western. The Texas native’s love for country music was yet again on display yesterday, when the Instagram video you see above, surfaced via the account of sneaker aficionado, ernny_the_man.

In the video, Butler, sporting a TOPSZN shirt and a pair of Jordan Super. Fly 4’s no less (shout out to October’s Very Own and the guy who made the Jumpman famous) is getting right on down to the country-pop song “Cruise” and turning the Advocate Center into his own personal hoedown. Never heard of the song? Me neither, Seems it’s a Top 40 hit by the country duo, Florida Georgia Line. Who knew? Butler did of course and it’s clear by his performance, that when it comes to the Floridian duo’s hit, he’s lyrically word perfect.

Which shouldn’t be a surprise really, given Butler’s roots, prior musical admissions and taking into consideration this updated list of his favorite country singers that aired on the jumbotron during the Bulls game on December 3rd, which also happened to be ‘Country Night’.

One thing’s for certain, whether it’s in the locker room, his home or the privacy of the Bulls practice facility, Jimmy Butler’s go to tunes are originating from down south or the heartland of America. And audience or not, Butler’s going to sing and dance his ever-loving, Texan heart out. Proof, that you can take the boy out the country, not the country out of the boy.

Yeezus Cometh

My home town of Melbourne is currently in the midst of Yeezus fever. Kanye West accompanied by wife Kim Kardashian West and daughter North, flew into Melbourne on Monday for the third leg of the Yeezus tour. After being met at the airport by eager fans, the celebrity couple were whisked off to Melbourne’s CBD and were spotted around the city doing a spot of high-end shopping.

Word circulated late Monday afternoon that a Yeezus pop up shop would be opening today in the shopping, dining and entertainment precinct of Chapel Street, South Yarra. ‘Team Kanye’ had previously opened the merchandise stores in Los Angeles, New York City and his home town of Chicago, this was a first for Australia. Mr. West obviously has his finger on the pulse, having chosen Melbourne in July of last year to promote the release of his Yeezus album with the use of his New Slaves projections. Wise decisions on his behalf, capitalizing on the thriving music, art and fashion scenes of Melbourne.

The all white store frontage located at 336 Chapel Street appeared overnight and was flanked by security. Fashion designer Jerry Lorenzo, streetwear designer Virgil Abloh, and the man who has cut Kanye’s hair for the last twenty years, Ibn Jasper (the two aforementioned gentlemen both very close friends of West), helped build the hype by sharing images of designs and the store on Instagram. With the buzz swirling around the store all morning, people could be seen lining up on the street throughout the day waiting to get inside and see what was on offer.

While the shoppers braved the rain for a glimpse into the world of Yeezy, the Rap icon took time out from his schedule today to hoop it up at the State Basketball Centre earlier in the day with his entourage, which included support act Pusha T. Wife Kim and child weren’t in attendance. The celebrity power couple reunited in the afternoon and surprised shoppers by appearing at the pop-up shop unannounced.

The stars mingled amongst the fans in store checked out what was on offer and happily obliged photo requests before departing ahead of tonight’s concert.

I was able to get down to the store myself just prior to the close of business this evening and snap some pics. Besides the two clothes racks filled with the six or seven different tour t-shirt designs on offer and a cashiers counter, all that remained in the all-white room is what you see below.

If you didn’t get the chance to visit the store today, it is open again tomorrow from 9 AM until 7 PM and again Thursday for a limited time only before the tour makes it’s the way to Sydney.

Dennis Rodman’s Return to MTV’s House of Style.

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Wings

Dennis Rodman first appeared on MTV’s House of Style in June of 1996. Back then the show’s host was none other than Chicago born beauty, supermodel Cindy Crawford. With his flair for the dramatic, it didn’t take much convincing from Crawford to get Dennis into something a little more revealing in that episode. For those of you that aren’t aware of the cable based series, the show focuses on the fashion world and it’s goings on. The original series run ended in 2000 but has since been revived as a web-based series, now hosted by Australian chart-topping rapper/model, Iggy Azalea.

The Worm is known for his extravagant dress sense and daring to be different, made for an entertaining watch and it’s no wonder the show’s producers opted to bring him back. In the interview that appeared online two days ago, the two discuss the impact that Dennis and his style had in the NBA, along with his favorite fashion era in basketball.

Former Bull Nate Robinson briefly appears, along with Chandler Parsons, Larry Sanders and “that guy from the Lakers” aka Nick Young aka Swaggy P aka “No ring Nick” to discuss fashion and style. To wrap things up, House of Style’s special correspondent, singer Rita Ora talks Adidas’ Originals with company spokeswoman and TV host, Emily Rose.

A gorgeous Rapper, a Hall of Fame NBA superstar, ballers, starlets and fashion all in under seven minutes. You can’t ask for much more.

Common’s Interview with HardKnock.TV

Chi Town’s own Common sat down recently with HardKnock TV to talk his latest album, gives his thoughts on the controversial nickname that has been given to his home town, 2Pac, his time spent with Maya Angelou and more.

Check out the two-part interview below…

Musical Spotlight: Common – The Truth With Elliott Wilson

One of my top 5 GOAT journalists is Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson ( also going by the moniker of YN, a nickname born out of his days as editor of the highly successful XXL Magazine). From pushing the envelope with his edgy and witty editorials early on his career, to documenting all the goings on in the world of Hip Hop via Rap Radar and his prolific use of social media (if you’re not following him on Twitter or Instagram, then I suggest you get with the programme lickety-split), Mr. Wilson has also become even more well known for his eye-opening interview series “The Truth”, which features prominently on Jay-Z’s lifeandtimes.com.

In a recent episode of the series earlier this month, Wilson interviewed rapper/actor Common. They cover various stages of Common’s career and musical journey throughout the interview, touching on the upcoming release of Chi-Town star’s tenth studio album Nobody’s Smiling. The inspiration behind the album’s title and the concept is drawn from the ongoing violence and murder rate that continues to spiral out of control in the rapper’s home town of Chicago.

Nobody’s Smiling is in stores July 22nd and you can catch the interview and the album’s first single Kingdom after the jump.

When Carlos picked up a mic.

With the news that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed the recently amnestied Carlos Boozer, a large portion of the Bulls fan base is relieved that he is now someone else’s problem. What’s that old saying? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, well it might be wise to keep a lid on those expectations Laker fans.

Speaking of trash, I present to you…

Yep, that was Carlos Boozer’s foray into the world of Hip Hop. After viewing it, you should probably be thankful the pain doesn’t last more than two minutes. Not even a spitfire verse from Chicago’s own Twista and Mario Winans lacing the track could save it. Definitely not the finest moment in Chicago’s rich musical history.

“The crowd is feeling me, guess who are they choosing?” Winans harmonizes during the song. Definitely wasn’t the 6 ft 9 forward from Duke whose name was often rhymed with a loser, that’s for sure.

Believe it or not, the Bulls organization debuted the song at the United Center during game two of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. It didn’t take off, much like Boozer’s Rap career.

Who knows, perhaps his move to Hollywood may rejuvenate his basketball career and prompt him to pick up the mic once again, I’m sure Kobe knows a few people.

Good luck Laker fans.

SNL’s Bob Swerski’s Super Fans: Michael Jordan

At the risk of this turning into a fully fledged blog dedicated to Michel Jordan (not necessarily a bad thing), here is yet another post dedicated to the G.O.A.T.

By the way, MJ’s standing in NBA history is not up for debate. We leave that nonsense to the uneducated.

Moving along, so with Michael’s fame, charm and natural charisma came plenty of television appearance opportunities. Today we’re taking a look at his time spent on the Saturday Night Live set. This episode originally went to air on the 28/09/1991 and followed on from the Bulls first championship earlier that year.

Bob Swerski’s Super Fans had become a popular segment on the show, with a revolving cast of comedy legends parodying the sports infatuated fans that inhabit the Windy City. This segment starring George Wendt as Bob Swerski, Mike Myers as Pat Arnold, Chris Farley as Todd O’Connor and Robert Smigel as Carl Wollarski, has some golden moments when the Bulls superstar makes his appearance.

Enough out of me, just click the video and enjoy the show.

Dennis Podman – Ep. 22: The Draft & Free Agency with K.C. Johnson

This week on Dennis Podman hosts Mark and Morten had the pleasure of being joined by K.C. Johnson, Chicago Bulls Beat Reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

 

Discussing the 2016 NBA Draft and free agency period, K.C. offers his insight on arguably the most important offseason the Bulls have faced in quite some time.

Be sure to follow Mark and Morten on Twitter to stay up to date with any Bulls news and show notes. You can also follow the show on SoundCloud. If on the move, subscribe and stream the show on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Batten down the hatches people…

Are you ready for Australia?

In a whirlwind tour presented by Slater and Swann Productions, NBA Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman, renowned as one of the sports’ most colorful and controversial athletes of all-time, is heading down under for a rare insight into his highly publicized life on and off the hardwood. From his five NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons playing alongside Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas to his celebrity relationships with Madonna, his brief marriage to Carmen Electra, and everything Hollywood in-between, Dennis has never had a problem drawing a headline.

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If you’re a fan of one of the most enigmatic figures in sporting history and his on and off court exploits, this is your chance to hear it straight from the Worm’s mouth and surely an opportunity too good to pass up.

Tickets to the Melbourne and Sydney shows are already on sale and you can purchase them here or at your nearest Ticketek outlet.

Last time friend of the site Nick Metallinos (of Starting5online.com fame) checked in with Bulls rookie Cameron Bairstow, the Brisbane born big man spoke on rookie life in the NBA among other topics.

Nick caught up with him again, this time in Brooklyn, where the Bulls handed the Nets their butts in a runaway victory (102-84) earlier today. Bairstow didn’t see any minutes, but he was happy to chew the fat once again about life during his rookie campaign, adjusting to the change of the NBA style of play and the goals of the team moving forward.

Not many people are fortunate enough to have their dream come true in their lifetime. Well, mine did, and I don’t want to wake up. The cloud I’m on is gently descending back down to earth, while I cling to every little detail in my beautifully cluttered mind. After having waited all day for the clock to strike game time, as any self-respecting Chicago Bulls fan would, I wore my pride, dressed in my vintage Jordan animation chalk line jacket and headed down to the Promised Land, in this case, the Verizon Center in downtown DC for the long-awaited Bulls vs Wizards matchup.

Stepping on the bleachers, making my way down to my seats, mixed feelings started rushing inside me. A combination of bewilderment and serenity, a blend between the novelty of something undiscovered and the familiarity of a place that made me feel like I always belonged. It felt like home. I was both amazed and instantly accustomed to this wonderland. The newly found rivalry between these two teams only promised a better matchup, a fierce battle; thrilling!

And then, in the midst of a cheering crowd, the whistle blows, tip-off! The ball starts moving, the players start running, points are adding up, shots are falling, and I find myself in the heart of the action. Being bundled up on my couch back in Lebanon where my dream of one day actually watching a game at a decent hour in an NBA arena seemed far far away is now nothing but a distant memory of a time when a dream was still just a dream. But my reverie was now my reality, playing out before my eyes and not on my TV screen.

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As the game went on, the Bulls started losing their magic to the Wizards, they had no tricks up their sleeve to stop Nene, who was the crucial role player in last year’s Wizards’ playoff series win over Chicago. But the spell was cast and nothing could put me off. I was soaking it all in, the good, the bad and the worse. And worse it became as the Bulls were outplayed in every aspect of the game, falling to fourth in the Eastern Conference standings, toppled by Washington in a back to back the loss.
They had found the right ingredients to their magic potion, and as the crowd was roaring with excitement at every dunk, every possession, every circus shot, I felt more and more isolated, holding out hope that a Bulls’ run was around the corner and that we would get out of this fight on top. The run never came, but I was still enchanted by my experience.

It was a failed game for the Bulls but a successful show for me. All I can hope is to see you soon in the Windy City!

– Joy Azzi

Away from the court, Bulls center Pau Gasol is known to be quite the renaissance man. The devoted philanthropist appreciates art, is passionate about the field of medicine and has a penchant for the opera. The Spanish born star is also multilingual (he taught himself to speak Italian and French), is an avid reader and has a keen interest in music (whether it be Pop Rock ballads or Sing Star Karaoke he’s got it covered).

When he’s on the court all that goes out the window, the mild-mannered Pau disappears and the double-double corralling (he just collected his twelfth straight dub-dub and league-leading 33rd of the season) beast emerges. Activity such as that isn’t done quietly and this minute long video you’ll soon watch hammers that point home.

Compiled over an eight-game span by the Twitter user and die-hard Bulls fan Dylan Connolly, his video below shows just how frequently Pau let’s loose a guttural sound, loud grunt or primal scream. You may not have noticed it much, but whether he’s going for a putback, sweeping hook and even lay up (yes, even on layups), the 7 foot Spaniard’s vocal efforts would put most tennis players to shame.

When you watch this it really sticks out like a sore thumb, but if it helps the Bulls to string more wins together I’m all for it.

Scream to your heart’s content big guy!

Ron Harper: Golden State Warriors Would Be Swept By 90’s Bulls

Ron Harper knows a thing or two about NBA championships. Having played in and won five NBA titles with two teams.  One of those teams was the 1995-96 record-setting ‘72-10′ Chicago Bulls, the same team, the 2014-15 NBA champion Golden State Warriors are already being measured up against. Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson believes he and his teammates have a chance to hit the 70 marks this season. Seventy won’t cut it though if they want to really cement their place in the record books.

The 9-0 Warriors are certainly well on their way. Later today they play the young Timberwolves, so we can safely assume they will be off to a 10-0 start by day’s end.

 

 

Over the duration of the Chicago Bulls first 10 games of the 1995-96 season, the team went 9-1. Of the 10 teams they faced, only four would finish the season .500 or above and one win came at the expense of the expansion, Toronto Raptors. So far this season, the Golden State Warriors have been faced with five road games (that Bulls team had 4) and five of their wins have come against teams .500 or above.

When talk of the defending champs possibly toppling the Bulls almost twenty-year-old record arose on twitter earlier this week, Harper, the owner of five pieces of championship hardware, had this to say…

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Lawd ham mercy a SWEEP! MJ’s former running partner ain’t playing. Then to further hammer home his point…

 

 

Please note: For extra emphasis, Ron used 5 exclamation points in that last tweet, one for every ring perhaps?

Whether the Golden State Warriors can break the record and prove they are a team for the ages, only time will tell. All the pieces are in place for an amazing run, their fearless leader Steph Curry is doing things on the NBA hardwood that we’ve never seen prior and like those famed Bulls they are being compared with, they also utilize and run the famed Triangle Offense to perfection.

Proving the Bulls of the ’90s could sweep the Dubs in a Finals series, well, that’s a little more difficult to ascertain without the ability of time travel. The topic certainly makes for some fun discussion and perfect NBA2K fodder, in this instance it only solidifies the fact that social media is so much more fun when NBA stars from the past interact with it and weigh in with their opinions on the game today.

Never change Harp.

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Quirky television commercials. Every country has them, some quirkier than others.

Look no further than the advertising world of Asia, which has long been throwing money at the stars of Hollywood to hawk their products in zany advertising. The celebrities brought on board usually agree to participate under the assumption that whatever they are filmed endorsing will never be aired in the Western world. Generally speaking, celebrities and professional athletes are usually reluctant to appear in anything that may be perceived as “selling out” or heavily criticized, so keeping these lucrative ventures clandestine is in their best interests of protecting their image and personal brand.

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Of course, the practice of foreign celebrity advertising was well established long ago, before the internet opened portals into the lives of the once untouchable stars. Which brings us to this new feature on the blog, I’ll be scouring the web and exploring the past and present world of advertising, focusing on the stars and athletes that have called Chicago home.

This first installment features 6 time NBA world champion, Scottie Pippen. According to this report from Sportsbusinessdaily.com, Pip filmed the commercial for Japanese car company Mazda in July of 1996, to coincide with the Atlanta Olympic telecasts in Japan that year.

After watching the commercial, you know I’ve got questions. I wonder how much the Bulls star pulled in for plugging the Demio station wagon? Was this Scottie’s only advertising venture to the Land of the Rising Sun? How many dribbles per minute were captured on film at the back end of the car? Why did they feel it necessary to have his name on the front and back of his jersey?

If anyone can remember seeing Scottie driving a supercharged RX-7 at any point circa 1996 or onwards, feel free to drop us a line.

It’s well known that life in the NBA is tough, even tougher for rookies. From carrying the bags of the vets to the extensive travel, late nights, early mornings and the dreaded limited playing time, something players fear the most. Now imagine being a rookie on a Tom Thibodeau coached team, you know you’ll have to jump through hoops time and time again before you “might” see some court time. IF you are so lucky, heaven forbid you to blow a defensive assignment or don’t box out, mess up and you might just find yourself on the receiving end of one of Thibs hell fire verbal sprays.

God forgives, Thibs doesn’t.

Knowing what his coach is capable of, Aussie born Cameron Bairstow may have had some rookie jitters when he heard his name called late in the Chicago Bulls blow out a victory against the New York Knicks, but he got his chance to impress his coach tonight in his first ever NBA minutes.

Prior to the game at Madison Square Garden, another fellow Aussie and someone I’m proud to call my friend and colleague, Nick Metallinos from Starting5online.com, had the opportunity to speak with Bairstow about his rookie experience thus far, advice he’s received from a former Bulls Champion, Coach Thibs, among other topics.

Here’s hoping ‘The Bear’ can stay in Thibs’ good books and get some more time on the court again soon. Don’t mess up out there Cam!

An Important Message

When the Bulls finally won their first Championship, the city of Chicago was long overdue for a good time. With each Bulls Championship that followed, the Grant Park festivities grew bigger, the Chicago streets became rowdier and the euphoria heightened.

Living in Australia I could only view the team’s achievements from afar, and as for the celebrations at Grant Park, well my only exposure to those at the time were photos in magazines, rare snippets on local sporting highlights shows and occasionally in the NBA home videos such as this one. I was never fully aware of what was taking place in the City of Win. What I know now, I am still yet to experience first hand, but from all reports it makes New Year’s Eve look tame.

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So for the sake of this piece and for your edutainment, I reached out to some friends of mine ( all Chi-Town born and raised) to share their stories from those glory years with us via email.

First cab off the rank is Gustavo Vega, he grew up in The Little Village neighborhood and fondly recalls the jubilation of the Bulls second title triumph over the Trailblazers in 1992. “I remember the Bulls come back to win in Game 6. I was watching it with my brother Oscar. We were so happy that the Bulls had won.”

He was not alone.

“When the Bulls did win, the neighborhood went wild! There were fireworks, M-80’s & you name it going off and people shooting their guns in the air. Since we were young our parents didn’t let us out, so we watched most of it out of our basement window”. “The local TV stations were live at the Stadium and you had to change channels to follow your favorite players. The stations were also warning people to stay in because there was a lot of rioting and shooting.”

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Watching from the comfort of one’s own home sounded like the safer option for the younger generation, but for those more adventurous…

Co-host of the Bulls Zone podcast Will Miller‘s take continues on where Gustavo’s left off. “I grew up in a suburb named Aurora, 30 miles south of Chicago. Large minority population and a gang problem. I remember being downtown on a busy intersection just celebrating. Everyone came down and drove in circles, honking horns, standing on their roofs and hoods. We were with some thugs who were using the opportunity to let everyone know what gang they were in, they would get in front of cars that looked like they might be a rival. These guys had crack rocks in baggies hidden under their tongue, they were crazy. I think I was 14, so I thought it was cool (dumb teenager), well anyway, this one guy got in front of the wrong car and started flashing signs, this guy in the car was just trying to celebrate, the gangbanger didn’t move, so the guy in the car accelerated and flipped the gangster over his hood on to the ground. We got the hell outta there after that”.

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“Gunshots everywhere, girls getting crazy, I saw a few sets of titties”. adds Will.

So as you can see from the picture Mr. Miller paints when the Bulls won, Chicago got buck wild.

It wasn’t all looting and mayhem as the media at the time would have had you believe, as Will explains further. “During the later titles, I was in Chicago. Nothing special, just good times with a huge crowd. Dancing and screaming, seen a couple fights, but for the most part, everyone loved each other. The titles made everyone forget about rival gangs, color or sexuality. We were all Bulls fans in love with this team and everyone else who loved them “.

Proof right there that Bulls basketball brings people together. Don’t believe me? Read on…

Last but not least I bring you the fond memories of my good friend Marek, a man who I befriended over twitter not long ago. Marek kindly welcomed me into his home earlier in the year when I ventured to Chicago to cover the Bulls. He gladly assumed the role of tour guide, and to say he was a gracious host would be a gross understatement. Not many people I know personally share the same passion for Chicago and the Bulls that I possess, but after reading Marek’s story, you’ll see why I and my Polish friend get along like a house on fire.

“The first championship was very memorable, even at the young age of 9 years old. This was the first time I knew we had something special in the duo of Michael and Scottie. Chicago was pumped for the finals, and so was my family. My dad and uncles all had watching parties for every finals game with BBQs, a Basketball hoop set up, vodka bottle on the table with food and snacks. As a kid, I would wear Bulls shirts and shorts with my Scottie Pippen flight shoes. I remember MJ being so dominated—making shots when needed and the famous right to left switch layup off the glass. I knew it was over and so did the city. My dad and uncle were pouring vodka shots for the victory (this is where I get my vodka celebrations from lol—as you know Adam) and my cousins and I were hugging from excitement. Going home after game 5, all I remember is cars honking, Bulls flags out peoples windows and watching the celebrations continue on the news, followed by the Grant Park celebration. I remember MJ crying with the trophy, his dad by his side and cigar in hand. I knew at this point MJ was going to be the greatest ever.”

See? My friend is a passionate one all right. Pardon my interruption, Marek please continue…

“MJ returns for another 3 peat, now being 13-16 years old things were different the second time around and having my father passed in 1995, I didn’t get to share the 3 peat with my dad once again. I was watching with friends/cousins and now having a car to celebrate with. My cousin and I were pouring the shots now in honor of the Bulls winning and for my dad. This time around I was out on the streets of Chicago, giving high fives, with Bulls flags out of my cousin’s car, hooking up and down as we drove the streets. We would drive down into the city as thousands of people were honking and screaming, as was I. I was finally able to experience that in person for the first time and it was surreal. The love for the Chicago Bulls was ginormous. I was finally able to see all the chaos that occurred at the Grant Park celebrations. All I remember is thousands of people in Bulls gear, giving high fives and music being played, I was in the distance watching and thinking….I am so happy being a bulls fan. I was smiling the whole time. Each championship made it more special but I knew the dynasty was coming to an end. Understanding the NBA more, the politics and money aspects of the game, I knew of the tension between Jerry Krause and MJ was growing and it was only a matter of time before this beautiful run was going to end and sure enough, it did.”

Marek is now 32 and a proud season ticket holder. “I always knew I was going to have season tickets for the team I love”. Like myself and many other fans, he’s stuck with the team through thick and thin and with recent offseason moves, he also shares the same hopes of the die-hard Bulls faithful.

“I feel like a kid again, because I know we have something great in the making. We will rise and I know this team can win again!”

Will it be this season? Well that all hinges on the health of Derrick Rose. I think a large portion of Bulls fans are quietly confident that he can see the season through, but of course, there are those who remain skeptical given his recent injury woes. I can’t blame them.

There are others who have already touted the Bulls as the team to beat in the East and fans that are already boldly declaring “this will be our year”.

I personally think it’s too premature to get ahead of ourselves given it’s only August, but if by chance and with a little bit of luck, Rose, Noah, recent addition Pau Gasol and one of the NBA’s deepest squads can make it to June and (basketball) god willing end the sixteen year title drought in the land of the humble and proud, no doubt one of the biggest parties Chicago has ever seen will commence, BUT it’s important to remember that no matter how much fun you’re having…

D.Rose Adds Martin Luther King Ink and Takes Selfie with Artist Shred.

Like a majority of NBA players, Derrick Rose has quite the collection of tattoos. His collection includes the Chicago skyline and basketball on his hand, God’s Child written across his shoulders and of course the Poohdini wizard on his upper arm, among others.

Yesterday he returned to Shred’s Inferno, the Westlawn tattoo studio where he’s had the majority of his artwork done.  This is also the same studio that is owned and operated by my good friend Dave ‘Shred’ Kunesh who has also inked me on my previous trips to Chicago.

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As you’ll see below Shred added a portrait of Martin Luther King to Derrick’s collection, which is an accompanying piece to the previous Malcolm X work (see below) Derrick had done some time ago.

Both are brilliantly accurate portraits that perfectly capture the characteristics and physical attributes of the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement and the Muslim minister.

After the session was over Shred captured the moment on film and took to Facebook earlier day to share.

Great stuff guys.

 

 

All photos courtesy of Shred.

Mr. G: Off The Wall

People know I love the Chicago Bulls, I have this website dedicated to the team for crying out loud. So people will often approach me with something they’ve found online they think may be of interest. Sometimes I may have already have seen what they offer up, occasionally something may pique my interest, rarely am I blown away.

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Today happened to be one of those rare occurrences. When I saw this pop up in a Facebook chat window (shout out to the homey Matias) my jaw dropped…

That is life-sized Michael Jordan piece of wall art you see before you. Created by Sydney based artist (and dog lover) Mr. G Dogathon 100, the interior piece took approximately eight hours to complete and is a combination of both spray paint and airbrush art.

The attention to detail is on point and perfectly captures MJ’s likeness, the color of the Bulls uniform and his Jordan V’s. I think you’ll agree, it is beyond impressive.

It was commissioned by Michael Jordan fan @sneakerheadaus, he definitely got his money’s worth.

Yeezus Cometh

My home town of Melbourne is currently in the midst of Yeezus fever. Kanye West accompanied by wife Kim Kardashian West and daughter North, flew into Melbourne on Monday for the third leg of the Yeezus tour. After being met at the airport by eager fans, the celebrity couple were whisked off to Melbourne’s CBD and were spotted around the city doing a spot of high-end shopping.

Word circulated late Monday afternoon that a Yeezus pop up shop would be opening today in the shopping, dining and entertainment precinct of Chapel Street, South Yarra. ‘Team Kanye’ had previously opened the merchandise stores in Los Angeles, New York City and his home town of Chicago, this was a first for Australia. Mr. West obviously has his finger on the pulse, having chosen Melbourne in July of last year to promote the release of his Yeezus album with the use of his New Slaves projections. Wise decisions on his behalf, capitalizing on the thriving music, art and fashion scenes of Melbourne.

The all white store frontage located at 336 Chapel Street appeared overnight and was flanked by security. Fashion designer Jerry Lorenzo, streetwear designer Virgil Abloh, and the man who has cut Kanye’s hair for the last twenty years, Ibn Jasper (the two aforementioned gentlemen both very close friends of West), helped build the hype by sharing images of designs and the store on Instagram. With the buzz swirling around the store all morning, people could be seen lining up on the street throughout the day waiting to get inside and see what was on offer.

While the shoppers braved the rain for a glimpse into the world of Yeezy, the Rap icon took time out from his schedule today to hoop it up at the State Basketball Centre earlier in the day with his entourage, which included support act Pusha T. Wife Kim and child weren’t in attendance. The celebrity power couple reunited in the afternoon and surprised shoppers by appearing at the pop-up shop unannounced.

The stars mingled amongst the fans in store checked out what was on offer and happily obliged photo requests before departing ahead of tonight’s concert.

I was able to get down to the store myself just prior to the close of business this evening and snap some pics. Besides the two clothes racks filled with the six or seven different tour t-shirt designs on offer and a cashiers counter, all that remained in the all-white room is what you see below.

If you didn’t get the chance to visit the store today, it is open again tomorrow from 9 AM until 7 PM and again Thursday for a limited time only before the tour makes it’s a way to Sydney.

Joakim Noah Plays Defense on Kevin Durant.

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Australian illustrator Chris Edser is back at it again.

In the latest installment in his Joakim Noah series, Chris has the Bulls big man facing off against Thunder Superstar, Kevin Durant.

Like LeBron before him, KD comes off second best.

If you haven’t checked out the Screamdance team’s other works yet, be sure to visit their tumbler Ron Artist (or MettART World Peace).

Joakim Noah Plays Defense on Lebron James.

Earlier today the Chicago Tribune profiled the animated works of Australian illustrator Chris Edser, who in conjunction with his business partner Sam Barrett runs the Ron Artist site (Well worth checking out if you’re into drawing and basketball).

In a series of Gif images, Chris highlighted the many nuances and aspects of Joakim Noah’s game. After I reached out to Chris via twitter, he was kind enough to offer me exclusivity on his latest animated installment in his Joakim series which I’m sure you’ll agree is all kinds of cool.

As you’ll see below, it’s perfectly timed with the Playoffs set to commence this weekend.

In case you missed his work in the Tribune earlier today, I’ve posted some more of his Joakim animations below. If you would like to check out more of the team’s work, head on over to their website Screamdance.com where they also sell some very cool t-shirts.

Alijah Villian’s ‘Knights of The NBA’ Realm

So apart from the Chicago Bulls, Chicago itself and basketball, I have a few other passions and hobbies. One such passion is art, from Caravaggio to Basquiat I can appreciate art in all its forms and the people who create it. In a new feature beginning today on this site (and one that I hope will become a permanent fixture), I will be profiling artists that I’ve come stumbled across, been introduced to or have reached out to me, whose work has caught my eye. Of course, the art or the artist themselves will either have a connection to Chicago, the Bulls or perhaps even both. So without further adieu, I present to you the works of the digital artist, Alijah Villian.

“There is a kingdom of knights that seek revenge in the courts of NBA. Warriors that wield swords of passion and determination, the question that we all seek is who will win the game of thrones.” Alijah told me via email when I asked him of his inspiration and the story behind this collection he has dubbed ‘Knights of The NBA’.

“NBA players are heroes to many of us and I wanted to tell a good story. As a digital artist I started to think upon the idea of what these giants would have done if they lived in the Medieval Era; and thought to myself, they would, of course, be Knights wielding their swords in the name of the Throne.”

“I wanted the artwork to have the feel of the paintings of kings and knights of the 18th century.”

With my knowledge of the digital art field rather limited, I asked Alijah for an explanation of his craft. “Digital Art is much like traditional illustration really, they both tell stories, the only real difference is that my primary tool is the computer and methods vary from project to project. Though I use both digital and traditional means to create my projects, my screen is the main canvas. This project was more about research and getting to know every player’s personality. The shots are supposed to have the feeling of 18th-century portrait paintings. So I spent ample time designing the swords and armor. Usually, I start with a silhouette sketch and design a digital prototype. This project involved precise planning and research so that the emotion and mood would be right; it took me appropriately 48 hours per character and 2 months of work so far and is ongoing.”

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The regal images you see above from the ‘Knights of The NBA’ collection spans over 20 different players if you wish to see more along with Elijah’s other amazing works check out his website HERE. Alijah resides on the other side of Lake Michigan in Detroit, you can contact him via his website for more information.

On the eve of the release of the ESPN 30 for 30 Bad Boys documentary, it would be awesome to see what inspiration he could draw from that notorious Pistons mob and their epic clashes with the Bulls of Chicago.

D. Rose Adds Martin Luther King Ink and Takes Selfie with Artist Shred.

Like a majority of NBA players, Derrick Rose has quite the collection of tattoos. His collection includes the Chicago skyline and basketball on his hand, God’s Child written across his shoulders and of course the Poohdini wizard on his upper arm, among others.

Yesterday he returned to Shred’s Inferno, the Westlawn tattoo studio where he’s had the majority of his artwork done. This is also the same studio that is owned and operated by my good friend Dave ‘Shred’ Kunesh who has also inked me on my previous trips to Chicago.

As you’ll see below Shred added a portrait of Martin Luther King to Derrick’s collection, which is an accompanying piece to the previous Malcolm X work (see below) Derrick had done some time ago.

Both are brilliantly accurate portraits that perfectly capture the characteristics and physical attributes of the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement and the Muslim minister.

After the session was over Shred captured the moment on film and took to Facebook earlier day to share.

Great stuff guys.

The Holy Trinity of Hoops Tattoos Complete.

o sometime back a tattoo swirled around the internet of a guy who had a massive back tattoo portrait done of Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman.

Well those of you that don’t know, that guy was yours truly.

A lot of people wondered why I hadn’t added Pip at that point, well the reason was it hadn’t been an easy task to find the perfect picture of the epitome point forward that would fit that area of my back and also the composition of the entire piece. As you’ll see below, that search finally came to an end.

After a marathon 9 hour stint in the tattooist’s chair, the Bulls big three is now complete.

Special thanks to Sara from Forgotten Saints Tattoo who went above and beyond to bring my vision to life.

Rajon Rondo is KEY to the Chicago Bulls success.

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If you had to define a true point guard in the NBA, Rajon Rondo would be the definition of every trait that makes one. The Chicago Bulls last season failed to make the playoffs, causing the decision to part ways with former MVP Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, in an attempt to rebuild their roster. When Rondo and Dwyane Wade became available as an option, however, Bulls changed their mind and pursued the veterans, to instead, retool their roster. With three ball dominant players, Wade, Rondo and Jimmy Butler shooting a combined 31% from deep last season, it seemed the Bulls added more problems to their offense rather than a solution. But the Bulls not only picked up the leading assist leader last season, but they also found their most valuable asset to finding success this season.

The Bulls guard isn’t a stranger to helping his team succeed; contributing immensely to the Boston Celtics championship season in 2008. Rondo found success last season with the Sacramento Kings, averaging 11.7 assists. Rondo easily made these assists by slowing the Kings offense to almost a complete stop, then throwing it to a teammate cutting to the basket, or driving in himself and kicking out to a teammate for an easy shot.

It may seem like the former Kings guard was running the floor well but the Kings were actually negative with Rondo on the floor. Kings being outscored by 5.4 points per 100 possessions. Taking a look at some preseason games with the Bulls, Rondo completely adjusted to Hoiberg’s offense. Rondo instead of holding the ball would move the ball much more letting everyone have a chance to find an opportunity to score. With a team that isn’t known for great shooting performances, Rondo allows players like Wade and Butler to run the offense, helping them score off isolation plays and finding Rondo to finish the play, similar to the offense of Chris Paul.

The offense running much smoother with the 3x All-Star moving the ball around more. Bulls are adding more depth with Wade and Butler working on their three-point shooting and rookie Denzel Valentine to add to their threat. Rondo has a ton of All-Star talent to work with and is willing to evolve and improve his game to fit and improve Hoiberg’s offense. We all remember the disaster that was the Dallas Mavericks trade for the former Celtics player. Rondo was unable to fit in their offense because it would leave him open at the three-point line, which defenders invited Rondo to attempt. The Chicago Bulls focus on a lot of pick and rolls, isolation and ball movement to find opportunities for a smart drive to the basket, fitting Rondo’s play style more. Not to mention the Veteran is very vocal on the team, playing as an on-court coach at times which proved effective for the Kings.

With Rose and Noah out of the picture, the Bulls have a huge hole to fill without the heart of the team and the last Bulls MVP since Michael Jordan. Rondo is KEY for the Bulls offense if they want to have a successful season with their new retooled roster and an attempt at a playoff run.

 

Jennifer Hynds: Chicago Bulls Art

If you’re a die-hard Bulls fan, it’s quite possible you spend a fair amount of time on social media, there is also a fairly good chance you’ve seen this awesome painting of Joakim Noah pop up on your news feed or in someone’s profile pic or avatar.

Read on to hear about the artist behind it and the other quality Bulls-inspired art that she has to offer.

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Jennifer Hynds hails from Mundelein, Illinois but now resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin (just over an hour drive from Chicago). Earning a volleyball scholarship to the University of Illinois, Jennifer also chose to study art in the two years she spent at the college. Unfortunately, injuries cut her sporting career short, after leaving university she focused more on her art and her family.

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Now busy being a Mom, Jennifer spends whatever spare time she has drawing inspiration from the Chicago Bulls and other NBA stars for the subjects of her artistic output. As you can see, she perfectly captures Noah’s penchant for firing off the finger guns, the wild west theme born out her husband playing the video game Red Dead Redemption.

Another great piece Jennifer has created is “The Butler Did It… with a basketball, in the locker room”. If you haven’t guessed, this painting was inspired by the Parker Brothers board game Clue. “Lebron James is the victim since the Miami Heat is the new Detroit Pistons for the Bulls. I hate the Heat more than I hated the Pistons”. Jennifer explained. “In the background are the Jerseys for the teams Jimmy played for. “The couch he is sitting on is from the movie (based on the game). The pose is from a photo shoot Jimmy did for Splash Magazine. The shoes he was wearing in the shoot had written on them, but I decided to change it to, “the butler did it.”
“I spent the most time on this Jimmy Butler digital painting. I struggled with this one because I got caught up in the details. I don’t like making things too photo-realistic because I think you should be able to see the human quality of a painting.” Jennifer further explained. “I think you can see enough brush strokes if you look closely that you can tell it’s not a photo”.
As much as the budding artist enjoys the advantages of digital art, Jennifer prefers more traditional methods. “My dilemma with digital (art) is that I feel like it’s cheating. I can zoom in and erase as much as I want. It can take the spontaneity out of the art. That’s why I enjoy doing my basketball dribbling paintings. Besides clean up, it takes around an hour of using actual paint.”
Basketball

Created by dipping basketballs in the paint and dribbling them on an old closet door, the dribbling technique is something she has been working on and enjoys doing the most.

MJ Rookie: “Let me explain the MJ Leg series. I drew legs for every season Jordan played for the Bulls. “Ideally, I want to do the paintings wearing the Air Jordans that MJ wore that season. The only problem is I only have one pair of original Jordans.”

“The background is another closet door painted on by dribbling a basketball on it. (we were getting new doors for the house so there were plenty lying around.) I did the same thing as the previous painting. Took a pic, uploaded it and drew over it. The background was inspired by the shoe that MJ is wearing in the painting. I love Air Jordans and I’m doing a whole series of these”.

The Return II: “This is inspired by Derrick Rose and his dedication to returning from two knee injuries. It was actually painted before his second injury. The background is another door painting.”

I-Pass: “Based off of Stacey King’s quote, “He just flew by him like he had an I-Pass.” The background is from the MJ Rookie background. I combined the Bulls logo and fleur-de-lis because DJ is from New Orleans. His family was uprooted after Hurricane Katrina.”

Punchin’ the Clock: Another piece inspired by Stacey King, “Taj is always punchin’ the clock, hard hat and lunch pail.” I drew taj as a coal miner. This piece is pen and ink and watercolor.

Jennifer also has a community project she’s working on, which is where her idea behind bouncing paint covered basketballs for art stemmed from. Her plans are to locate old run down outdoor courts and give them a much-needed makeover. If the backboards need replacing, she with the help of others will have the kids in the neighborhood paint on new backboards. Murals painted on the courts is another idea she has in mind. “If they want they could just dribble painted basketballs or draw something intricate. I want to connect kids to the neighborhood and liven up a neighborhood with art”, the artist told me via email. “I’m combining my three passions; kids, basketball and art”.
“Right now I’m working with the Journey House in Milwaukee in terms of the community project. We’ve discussed the project and me teaching the kids about art and how I’ve combined art with basketball. Hopefully, I can get some grant money”.

Sounds like a great idea to me.

This McDonald’s commercial featuring Michael Jordan aired almost thirty years ago.

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never seen it before, I’m guessing the majority of you won’t have either. So far only 84 people have watched it, I probably account for at least 15-20 of those views. Since my initial discovery it’s sat dormant in a tab on my browser, waiting for me to get around to doing something with it, so here we are.

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, this little nugget appeared on YouTube a little over two months ago courtesy of this guy, who’s clearly a big fan of hockey and Siskel & Ebert. Thank you Oilerfanatic1 wherever you are. Go Blackhawks!

Michael Jordan Mural Hidden In Sydney Gym
Michael Jordan Mural Hidden In Sydney Gym

So now that I’ve done all the hard work for you, all you need to do is kick back and click the play button.

So there you have it, burgers being advertised as fuel for the gravity-defying Michael Jordan. If I’m a kid, teenager, heck even a young man in 1985, I’m buying what Micky D’s is selling. Eat McDonald’s, soar through the sky like Michael Jordan. Take my pocket change now. SOLD.

Yep, back in the day, the McPack combo meal would only set you back $2.29 (plus tax), talk about a bargain. As you can also see, a Big Mac was actually big (hard to believe I know) and served in a Styrofoam packaging, which was just the way we liked it. None of this environmentally friendly paper or cardboard business. Shout out to Dennis Leary.

In the opening seconds of the spot, the Bulls star is seen wearing sweat pants, somewhere between sipping his Coke and eating his burger he seems to have lost those. In the closing seconds, we see that Air Jordan is decked out his entire Bulls uniform, complete with a pair of the red laced, black toe, Jordan I’s, the missing pants mystery remaining unsolved. His Nike sneakers receive the royal product placement treatment in the opening and closing seconds of the advertisement when Flight 23 is being prepped and then cleared for taking off. The Nike marketing machine well and truly in full effect.

As we all know, the young phenom that was taking the NBA by storm went on to become one of the most recognizable and marketable people on the planet. Jordan regularly appeared in many successful McDonald’s commercials over the course of his career, but the one you just watched is by far one of the coolest.

Michael Jordan’s Flu Game and Last Shot Wallpaper Art

Michael Jordan captivated us time and again with his basketball prowess, gravity-defying moves, and last second heroics. Many such moments are stamped in the minds of basketball fans worldwide. Melbourne based illustrator Chris Edser is an artist first and foremost, who also happens to be one such fan.

Edser (originally from Adelaide, South Australia) was commissioned by Nike/Jordan Brand to create two pieces of wallpaper art highlighting two of Michael Jordan’s legendary on-court moments.

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Poison – tells the story of the epic ‘Flu Game‘ that unfolded in dramatic fashion in game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. The second piece entitled ‘The Last Shot‘ celebrates Jordan’s game-winning shot in the waning seconds in game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. A shot that clinched the Bulls their sixth title, had people partying in the streets of Chicago and crying in disbelief in Utah. Again.

With each piece, Edser (and art director Daniel Whiteneck) illustratively breakdown what transpired precisely during each sequence. The use of time stamps and statistics to enhance the illustrations and tell each story is executed to perfection. The attention to detail is on point (check the XII’s and XIII’s on MJ’s feet) and the artists have captured the essence of drama within each amazing moment.

Check out the work below. If you’re ever in Hong Kong, you can go see Edser’s work for yourself at the new Air Jordan store that opened in December of last year.

Poison
Poison
The Last Shot
The Last Shot

Over seventeen hours ago this image of Michael Jordan playing a game of pick up surfaced on the internet.

I randomly came across it in a sneaker group I’m a member of on Facebook (Thanks for sharing Fredison Vu Tang Nuykhen whoever you are).

Having never seen the photo prior, I was instantly drawn to the scene that was depicted. A young MJ hooping it up in his Air Jordan 1 ‘Royal’‘s (with the outfit to match none the less) against a couple of shirtless white guys on the deck of a mysterious ocean vessel. I immediately tweeted the image out and it spread like retweet wildfire. Questions of the legitimacy of the image arose, others were simply left awestruck and amused.

Further investigation was required. Immediately I Googled the words “Jordan cruise ship” and clicked the images option. The same photo appeared two shots in on the second row. Easy enough. After clicking the image I was then presented with this thread on Reddit.

Aptly titled “Michael Jordan vs. my friend’s dad on a celebrity cruise ship in the 80’s”.

Not much to go on really, so after emailing Jay Hairston* the user who posted it, a further scan of the thread was required. Sifting through the comments for any further morsels of information or hints to the origin of the photo, it appeared that others doubted it was Jordan pictured.

In my mind it was never in question, it was most definitely Michael. I’d seen him wearing that exact outfit prior in this image. The outfit aside, the stance and expression on his face was trademark Michael Jordan focus and intensity. It seemed I wasn’t alone with my train of thought, as another Reddit user shot down the claims of falsity by actually posting the same image I just shared with you above. Another keenly-eyed user pointing out the size of Michael’s hands as proof of his identity “When you are trying to determine whether or not someone is Michael Jordan… LOOK AT THE HANDS. He has f***ing baseball mitts for hands”. (Quoted for truth).

Now as for the location of the ship and it’s country of origin, a sign can be seen in the background of the photo that reads “Norway Sports Program”. Which begs the question, why would Michael be on a ship in/or from Norway? I kept reading and then noticed that this intriguing solitary link had been posted amongst the comments of the thread… Norwegian Cruise Line advertising playing with stars like Michael Jordan.

michael jordan

BOOYAA!

Within the pages of the October 1989 issue of Islands Magazine lied answers.

Still, after my findings, I was left with more questions.

How much did it cost for this privilege to sail with the stars?

Did Michael hone his golf game at the driving platform whilst on board?

When the photo was taken, was Byron Scott at the ship’s bar or somewhere battling seasickness?

Was NCL even still in business? And if so, were they still teaming up with pro athletes and offering this as a service to their guests?

Getting my Google on once again, I found that the Norwegian Cruise Line was indeed still sailing the seas. I next attempted to find a Sports Afloat brochure which could hopefully shed further light on the Super Sports Cruises they offered, alas I was unsuccessful. However, I found…

this

and then…

this.

Obviously, by 1992 Michael had shot to superstardom and was too busy basking in championship glory to venture out into the ocean again. As for Byron Scott, he well and truly must have found his sea legs by that stage. As you can also see, the second site hasn’t been updated in some time. From what I can gather, the athlete appearances ceased to occur around the year 2000. Sorry, Iceman.

Michael Jordan

Shame really, because who wouldn’t want to “attend sports clinics, play in tournaments and join trivia and autograph sessions” with star athletes whilst cruising the Caribbean? Heck I know I’d seize the opportunity to “shoot hoops with Hall of Famers” and take advantage of the “time to rap with the athletes” whilst under the sun, beer in hand. I’m sure there would even be some killer card games springing up and imagine the trash talk.

I demand that the NCL bring this back, if not for the fans but for the myriad of former pro athletes I know of who could sure use the money.

When you see or hear the name Bill Wennington, what first springs to mind? Is it him as a member of the championship-winning Bulls dynasty of the ’90s? Maybe you’re more familiar with Wennington as one half of the broadcasting team that you hear gracing the airwaves on the Bulls Radio Network?

Did you know, the man who once combined with Michael Jordan to drop 57 points on the Knicks, was also a spokesman for McDonald’s? Don’t believe me just watch…

Hawking double cheeseburgers are one thing, getting your own burger named after you is when you know you’ve hit the big time. And that’s exactly what happened for the Canadian born big man when McDonald’s introduced this…

I have a dream, and that dream is that McDonald’s bring back the Beef Wennington AND that they get Bill and MJ to face off against Ronald and Grimace in a game of H-O-R-S-E in the accompanying TV commercial.

Make it happen Micky D’s. You can make the sandwich, you can make the sandwich

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