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By Marlon Knispel
$7,930
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

About this project

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT

This book is a fan tribute to the original adidas models, the so-called “OGs” – it includes original adidas basketball, tennis, and running shoes from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. With great passion, I took pictures for many years, but also gathered anecdotes, stories, some insider knowledge, and technical facts. 

The result is this illustrated book, in which sneakers are presented, as well as legendary athletes and musicians who have been memorialized by adidas with their own signature models. A special focus is put on the Berlin scene of the early days. Interviews with contemporary sneakerheads, collectors, and retailers illustrate the “magical” development of the brand with the three stripes at that time.

In line with this exemplary character, the book makes no claim to completeness. It shows a selection of the models and personalities that from my personal point of view had impact on the development of the adidas brand and have been role models for today’s wave of retro sneakers. This perspective shows clearly what would otherwise be overseen: there are sneakers. And there are legends. 

This is their book.

REWARD 1: THE BOOK

Preorder price EUR 39,00 instead of EUR 49,00

The illustrated book shows more than 100 original (OGs) adidas sneakers. The adidas models shown in the book are presented chronologically according to their market launch. Next to each sneaker, one can see when and where the illustrated model was produced.

FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK

  • Format: 280 x 280 mm (open 560 x 280 mm ) 
  • Content: 200 pages + hardcover binding: thread stitching 
  • Paper: 170 g/m2 picture printing, matt 
  • Text: English 
  • Editor, concept and art direction: Marlon Knispel 
  • Text: Marlon Knispel / Ernst-Heinrich Beckmann 
  • English translation: Ernst-Heinrich Beckmann
  • Retail price: € 49,00

REWARD 2: THE BOOK + CARD GAME

Preorder price EUR 49,00 instead of EUR 63,80

The card game shows 32 original (OGs) adidas sneakers from the True Originals book. With this card game you can play quartet and top trumps.

FACTS ABOUT THE CARD GAME

  • Titel: TRUE ORIGINALS
  • Subline: Quartets and Top Trumps
  • Format: 66 x 100 mm
  • Content: 32 cards
  • Packaging: transparent case
  • Text: English
  • Editor, concept and art direction: Marlon Knispel
  • Retail price: € 14,80

 

WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT

After ten years of blood, sweat and tears in the form of photographing, researching, writing, doing layouts, translating and proofreading, the work on the book is almost done. The result looks great and I now find myself right before the final step of the process of this project. This last step left is printing the book in a limited edition of 1.000 copies! With seltmann+söhne I have found a great Berlin based publisher, who helps me to distribute the book to stores worldwide. With “Ernie” Ernst-Heinrich Beckmann, I have found an experienced copywriter and translator, who has proven his insight knowledge about sneakers as an editor of “dunkbar.de” and the “Sneakers Magazine” (online and print) and his insight knowledge about adidas shoes as the translator of the adidas book “Quote’s Archive”, which was an instant sold out in 2014. 

Now I need your support to help me finishing the book without having to make any compromises like downsizing the great big format instead of keeping it big. If you preorder the book now, you will get it for only 39 € instead of 49 €, that it will cost later in stores. It is also possible to add another 10 € to get the book plus the very limited card game, worth 15 €.

Whatever you decide to do, I’m happy about every kind of support that helps this book becoming reality.

 

 

 

WHY A BOOK ABOUT OGs?

In 1987, I was standing in front of a shelf in Berlin’s biggest department store at the time, called “Kaufhaus des Westens”, and looked at the Ewing Rivalry for the first time. All I wanted from that moment on was this pair of sneakers made by adidas. Their price of 300,- DM (around 150,- euro) was exorbitant and with just 13 years of age, I didn’t even think about asking my parents for them. It seemed just impossible for me to get them. For my boys and me, everything changed when the hiphop wave together with breakdance & graffiti reached Germany and my hometown West-Berlin. We wanted to be taggers, sprayers and b-boys, we even tried to surf on trains. Suddenly there were gangs like the “Giants” or “Berlin Raiders”, a gang we actually hung out with. But if you wanted to be part of hem you needed the right “Turnschuhe” (trainers). At that time, the word sneakers wasn’t known over here. The coolest guys were wearing basketball high tops from Nike, Puma, Adidas, Fila or Converse. I had only a pair of used AVIAs but all I could think about was the pair with the Three-Stripes.

Memories like these are part of the motivation to make this book. A book which was not available so far, a book with all the adidas models I’ve always dreamed about buying. 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The most challenging part of this whole “kickstarter”-thing is shipping the goods promptly.

There may be delays in shipping and customs while the transport around the world. The challenge is to deliver all the books by the end of November so that it will arrive just in time for putting them under the Christmas tree :)

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