A rare pic of featuring Lo-Lifes and The Albany and Fenimore Boys all together in one pic. The opposing boosting clicks rarely commingled amongst each other. The boosting sport in the 80's were very competitive and clicky. Usually dudes would only mess with their fellow comrades on their streets, buildings or neighborhoods. It was uncommon to see gangs of youth from different neighborhoods clicked up together in the early to mid 80's. This particular photo was taken on Original Lo-Life Rack-Lo 16th birthday in the Marcus Garvey Village Houses (Also known as MGV) in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. PHOTO CIRCA.1988. The photo consists of apparel from Polo by Ralph Lauren, Black Ice Goretex and North Face.
In this episode host Shillz Da Realz Esq. speaks about his one degree separation with actor and podcast host Michael Rapaport. In this episode Shillz shares stories about the years the actor spent Brownsville Brooklyn. As well as meeting him in an After Party for the movie “Friday After Next” and how I almost got kicked out the event for smoking weed in the bathroom, after the actor convinced me it would be ok to spark up! Check out the podcast here.
Vintage Adidas ad Campaign from the early to mid 1980s.
Vintage Adidas Windsurfing sweatshirts from the early to mid 1980s. These sweaters were the early precursor to streetwear fashion and were very popular in the streets of NYC. I was around the age of ten years old and wanted these sweaters so bad! Only the real money getters and fashionistas around that time were able to afford and get their hands on these sweaters. The artwork utilized in the designs were simplistic but ahead of their time. The colors and logo placements were what caught lots of peoples attention and easily made these sweaters a classic amongst vintage gear enthusiast.
Vintage Polo by. Ralph Lauren Sneaker Ad campaign from the mid 1980s. The ad campaign featured the first successful sneaker launched by the Polo brand. The sneakers were well sort after by boosters and fashionistas during the 1980s.
Vintage Polo by Ralph Lauren Ads from the early 1980s. The ads were a beginning of the marketing and branding attempt to lure wealthy consumers with visions of affluence, opulence and luxury living.
Albany and Fenimore boosters were amongst the first groups of Brooklyn to form a collective of shoplifters that went far and wide in the search of exclusive Polo, Goretex and skiwear just to name a few. The crew held out of the Flatbush section of Brooklyn and had some of the nicest get money takers to contribute to the game. Some of the boosters started out in the early 1980s with some starting their career as early as 1980 and 84.
Bjorn Borg is a Swedish Born Number 1 world Tennis Player that won 11 Grand Slams between the years of 1974 to 1981. Bjorg was sponsored by the FILA brand who in and laced the player with attire for a lot of those Championships he won. THE Borg x FILA collection was first introduced during his career in the 1970's and instantly became a classic design for the brand. The collection was so successful that it has been reintroduced several times in different variations and color ways since then. This collection was well sort after by the hustlers, boosters, and B-Boys of the 1980s with pieces that were highly coveted by all the likes.
The Gore-Tex brand has been a favorite of Brooklyn Boosters and Lo-Lifes since 1984. Goretex track suits complimented the Polo by Ralph Lauren brand and costed a pretty penny. Skiwear made with Gore-Tex material was highly sort after by boosters and were not easy to come by. In the boosting game you didn't feel like an official booster until you got yourself a Gore-Tex suit. It was almost like a rite of passage to have one.