For Air Max Day 2018, Nike celebrates the impact of Holtgreve, Morandini and Steadman’s art with a trio of special-edition Nike By You Air Max 180s. There is one for each artist, prepared in a colorway derived from their respective 180 Air work from 1991.
The radical look was complemented on release by a series of print and TV advertisements that were created by a several graphic artists. German Alfons Holtgreve produced a dynamic black-and-white abstract work suggestive of frenetic athletic activity. Marcello Morandini, an Italian, offered a colorful mix of pattern and perspective. From London, famed Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman shared an illustration that mined Aesop’s Fables for inspiration (with 180 Air, the hare might actually have its day, he thought).
The Steadman Nike Air Max 180 features a shaggy suede inspired by the rabbit in his artwork.
For the Holtgreve Air Max 180, a black premium leather is paired with a finely textured white material, which mimics the surface of paper and serves as a nod to the intricate paper cutting of the original artwork.
The Morandini Air Max 180 captures the color and energy of his artwork with mismatching aglets adding extra whimsy.
All three Nike Air Max 180 colorways is set to release on March 12th via Nike.com while pairs will be exclusive to NikePlus members in North America. Customization of three characters under the heel Swoosh is available for those who choose the option.