By: Ian Wixted
How could Da Vinci top the Mona Lisa? Would Beethoven been able to create something more transcendent than his 5th symphony? How does an artist create something greater than their masterpiece? This is the question Tinker Hatfield had to answer when he was designing the Air Jordan 12.
Coming off the success of his personal favorite model and most popular Jordan, the Air Jordan 11, Tinker had to design a silhouette that could stand on its own and be the new face of Jordan Brand. The Air Jordan 12 was the first Jordan introduced by the Jordan Brand and the last Jordan to come in a Nike box. Tinker designed these to be the most durable Air Jordan out of the whole series up to that point. Part of this was out of necessity as a result of MJ being in his second year of the glorious second 3-peat for the Bulls.
The design of the Air Jordan 12 took its inspiration from the Japanese Rising Sun flag and can be seen with the stitching on the upper.
Tinker Hatfield had another winner in his long catalog of silhouettes with the Air Jordan 12. MJ went on to win his 5th NBA Title and 5th NBA Finals MVP while wearing the 12s, and also played in one of his most famous games wearing them: the Flu Game.
Athletes everywhere wanted to be seen in Tinker’s latest creation, and they wanted a pair of their own. From Carmello PEs to Mike Bibby to J-Roll and many others, the Air Jordan 12s have forged their own legacy in the Jordan model pantheon.
If you’re a fan of the Air Jordan 12, and we’re sure you are, check out the Air Jordan 12 Retro ‘The Master’ releasing this weekend at all KicksUSA locations! Click here: http://releases.kicksusa.com/air-jordan-12-retro-master/