Legendary graffiti artist Futura, or Futura 2000 as he is also known, has teamed with Nike Sportswear to pay tribute to his hometown New York Yankees with a collection of fan gear. Of course, teaming up with one of the most well known and respected artists in graffiti and streetwear culture, Nike Sportswear couldn’t just offer up the standard pinstripes. The collaborative collection has been called the “Be True” Collection
For those that aren’t familiar with Futura, his career in art and design started in the subways of New York City in the early 1970’s. By the early 1980’s he had moved into more law-friendly use of his natural abilities, illustrating and designing album artwork for musicians like The Clash. Futura’s path into streetwear and design has landed his name on countless clothing pieces and sneakers, but this collaboration has a special meaning to Futura, who as a youngster had dreams of playing in the big leagues himself.
The Nike Sportswear x Futura collection includes a variety of Yankees gear including jerseys, lightweight jackets and tees. Be sure to take a close look at the detailing. For instance, on the Stadium Shirt, at first you’ll notice the classic Yankees pinstripes. However, after a closer look the pinstripes are actually made up of details of the franchise’s countless records and stats. One thing that is consistent across all pieces of the collection is the unmistakable Futura caricature. The “Bronx Bomber” is Futura’s creative spin on the The Pinstripers in a graffiti-like drawing that, for those familiar with his artwork, is classic Futura.
The Nike Stadium Jacket and Stadium Jersey both feature a button down front just like the big leagues, including Futura’s Bronx Bomber graphics embroidered onto the left chest, offset with a spray paint-like speckled “NY” Yankees logo on the opposite side. Bronx Bombers is also embroidered onto the sleeves of the Stadium Jacket as well as the “27” that celebrates the number of Yankees world championships in the franchise’s history. While the Stadium Jacket and Stadium Jersey feature embroidered details, the shirts feature both embroidered and screen printed graphics that also pay tribute to baseball’s most winning franchise.
Available now: Nike Lightweight Stadium Jacket
Available now: Nike Stadium Baseball Jersey
Available now: Nike Stadium Baseball Shirt