The Nike SB SBTG Dunk Lows designed by the amazing Mark Ong is one of my favorite pairs of kicks ever and when his collab came out with Nike just over 10 years ago it caused mass pandemonium and chaos amongst sneakerheads around the world.
I’m only telling this story coz it happened 10 years ago and no one’s going to get in trouble now.
A few months after these Dunks were released in Singapore (where people queued up for FOUR nights for them) they were due for an even more limited release in Bangkok.
This was happening at a friend’s shop so I gave him a call and asked if he could hook me up. He said ok so I made plans to fly to Bangkok on the weekend of the launch. I could eat good food, get another tat and also pick up the Dunks.
I turned up on the day before the launch and there was a queue of kids outside the shop. They had brought little chairs and shit to help them make it through the night. It was the first time anyone in Thailand had ever queued up for a pair of kicks.
My friend advised against me taking the shoes immediately as both of us would probably get murdered if the kids saw me walking out of his shop with the kicks before they were supposed to go on sale.
So I left the shop (sans Dunks), had a great fucking weekend and came back two days later to pick up my SBTGs which were already being resold for triple the retail price online.
(The SBTG lacelock I picked up on a separate trip to Singapore)
Mad props to Mark Ong for designing one of the most iconic pairs of SBs ever and thanks to my friend who hooked me up all those years ago.