About this project
Why: Let's be honest, most of us will not own or get every pair of Jordans. Sometimes, even money cannot obtain every pair of Air Jordans you want. You may have even had a pair but lost them or just want to reflect on images. This book will be priceless and limited on its first print run. OG’s, retro J’s, and favorites will be right at your fingertips to view.
Why a book? Magazines are great, but often magazines are looked at a few times then passed around. Also, magazines tend to break down faster than a book. However, a hardcover book is more durable and is perfect for a coffee table. This book will easily draw attention sitting on a table at your house, office, studio or workspace. Sneaker hardcover books are rare these days, and now after 29 years, it’s the perfect time for producing this special book.
The Encyclopedia of Air Jordans: The Definitive Guide and History Over 1,300 pictures and practically every Air Jordan sneaker model released since 1985. Archives and more archives of Air Jordan sneakers. Twenty-nine years of history all in one amazing book.
THE BOOK: The Encyclopedia of Air Jordans is a 10x8 inch book filled with history, sneaker profiles, information, photos, archives, price guides, OGs, Retros and practically all up-to-date information of Air Jordans 1-29. This book is special, because to my knowledge it is one of few books about Air Jordan sneakers. In fact, I have never seen or heard of a hardcover book for sale that’s dedicated to only Air Jordans. Help make history and support this amazing project.
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The most comprehensive and informative hardcover book on the history of Air Jordan brand sneakers ever! Full of material and practically every Air Jordan released since 1985.
The backstory: This project did not happen overnight, in fact it started years ago when my hometown was hit with multiple hurricanes in one year. The hurricanes left many without power and left a lot of time for self reflection and reading. Sneaker books have always been scarce, and I still to this day cannot find any hardcover book dedicated to Air Jordans. I just could not understand how arguably the most popular and successful sneaker line did not have a true book to represent it.
I did not want to break this book into a series or fill it with celebrities showcasing their collections. Nothing against celebs or athletes, but the majority of Air Jordan sneaker-heads are everyday, hard-working non-celebrities.
I am creating and publishish a book showcasing the Air Jordans. Producing a book by any means is no easy task. Large publications are even scaling back on print products. I’m doing this project independently with the support of some great photographers, freelance editors and a few friends. Therefore this book has taken quite some time, however it is absolutely amazing. The book is full of practically everything you need to know about the iconic sneaker brand. It is perfect for the experienced collector or novice sneaker-head. It is a great book even if you are not a sneaker-head but want to know more about why people flock to the brand.
Contributions : Names and social media information on all contributors who bought a copy of the book
Collage: Special limited collage and picture section dedicated to backers of Gold tier in the back of the book
Thank you: A special thank you to God (Christ),photographers, editors, friends and contributers who helped make this dream come true.
Layouts and spreads of the book
Foreword by Jumpman Bostic : Why him? I know a few people who have connections to players in the NBA. I could have possibly begged or gotten a celebrity to do the foreword of this book. I could have even got an executive possibly from the brand. However “JumpManBostic” represents most of us everyday regular sneaker-heads. Also I do not have to tell you how some people get a little be of notoriety and lets fame go to their head. However this guy was one of the most humble and down to earth people you could know. He was supportive in every way. Also many top sneaker-heads obtain connections over the years giving them instance access. Its nothing wrong with getting free sneakers and bypassing sneaker lines. However what I find amazing is that this guy still can be seen going to sneaker trade events as if he was a novice. He actually travels and collects as if he did not own over 700 pairs of Air Jordans. Also a lot of Air Jordan collectors are biased on certain Air Jordans. You have some collectors who only collect OG's and others collect certain retro J's. However JumpmanBostic has just as much love for OG's, but at the same time respects the evolution of new performance J's. Any experienced sneaker veteran can tell you that the OG team Jordan models had great quality material like the OG's. Also he still takes time out of his day to make videos and pour information on J's. His videos alone could serve as an institution of Air Jordan knowledge. He should be one of the first sneaker-heads called if they ever make a college course on Air Jordan’s. Also he keeps and wears his sneakers. He is not doing it for instant fame or a record for notoriety. He does this because he truly loves Air Jordan sneakers. Like me he was collecting long before Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook existed. It is truly an honor that he is doing the Foreword for my amazing book.
Help make history: This has not been easy, and making this book has been a long process. However, the timing is perfect, seeing how it has been 29 years of Air Jordan sneakers. I have put nearly every ounce of energy into making this book. Help contribute and be a part of the first hardcover book dedicated to Air Jordans (1-29).
Photo Spread Layouts: Over 1,200 timeless photos and counting.
Risks and challenges
Publishing a book or any print medium is not an easy task. Today there are more and more digital formats instead of print because of the cost and the process of the print format. However, I have taken many measures to minimize as many roadblocks as possible. First, the book is limited, reducing stress on shipping and production. Second, the majority of the book is done, which leaves only updates and tweaks. The third thing I did was not to get consumed with extra gifts and other things not related to the book. Many times special gifts and extras can often throw the product that is the main focus off course. I have also taken the extra step of researching and printing out several sample copies. My main goal is to get this amazing sneaker book in the hands of limited backers before Christmas. I have taken extra steps in calculating the best shipping and printing solutions for delivering on or before scheduled delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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