An Artist Created Jerseys Inspired by Classic Rap Albums
European artist and designer Patso Dimitrov combines his love of basketball and hip-hop with hoops jerseys that are inspired by some of his favorite albums.
Last December, Dimitrov made graphic concepts of jerseys for albums like Kanye West's Yeezus, Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's Pinata and more. This time around, he is digging deep into the archives for classic rap album-inspired uniforms.
The artist created jersey sketches for Wu-Tang Clan's 36 Chambers, A Tribe Called Quest's The Low End Theory, OutKast's ATLiens, Dr. Dre's 2001, N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton, Nas' Illmatic and Mobb Deep's The Infamous.
"I've been sitting on this thing for a while," he wrote in an Instagram post. "But as a tribute to the anniversary of the greatest hip-hop record ever, Illmatic, I have put out the newest 'Hip-hop album covers x Basketball jerseys' project out. This time with classic albums and old school rappers."
Considering the copyright issues, the jerseys aren't for sale yet. But Dimitrov has been able to get at least one of the unis to an artist. Last month, he posted a picture of Future holding a Purple Reign-inspired jersey that features a Free Bandz logo on the shoulder where the NBA patch would normally go.
“I used to play [basketball] every day. I actually thought of pursuing a career in basketball," he told Mass Appeal. "But with time, design grew on me a lot, and it kinda replaced basketball. I still love the game though."
Check out more of the designs below.
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