There’s a common Brazilian expression, “e tudo nosso” that means “it’s all ours: mine and yours”, an expression of unity and hope in tough times. 

 This expression runs throughout the work of the Brazilian artist PombAs we celebrate Latino Heritage Month, Pomb explains the elements in the design he created for a specially designed Air Jordan 1.

Where are you based?

Sao Paulo, Brazil.

What is Jordan culture like in Brazil?

It’s very strong. The people really love their Jordans, and are like: “I’m team Jordan! I’m not a sneakerhead, I’m a Jordan-head!!

Can you take us through your illustration for the Air Jordan 1?

In the bottom of the illustration I drew a girl and a boy, who are contemporary sneakerheads, and who carry all the illustration’s concepts on their back. Throughout the whole picture we see a lot of nature, especially Brazilian birds and plants, which I love drawing and I think represent Brazil very well.

The bull on the left is called “Boi-Bumbá,” a mystical figure of Brazilian folklore. The fish inside the boat on the right represent the culture of fishing, especially in the north of Brazil, where hundreds of species make up the native’s diet. Spread throughout the illustration we have Africans, indigenous people and other ethnicities who, all together, make up the rich variety of Brazilian people.

What about the  concept of ‘roots’?

The intricate composition of lines around the characters and elements is called “raízes,” which means “roots,” as in the root of our heritage.

At the top of the illustration, I drew a specific flag that in Brazil is called “Estandarte.” It is a typical carnival flag, which carries the name of the “bloco,” the typical bands that play in this festival.

The Jordan X Pomb Air Jordan 1 is part of a collection of Nike editions available October 13 in celebration of the Latino Heritage Movement at Full list of retailers is below.

1985 Gallery – Los Angeles

Active Athlete – Houston

Centre – Dallas

Denim Exchange – Los Angeles

Drip – Los Angeles

DTS – Chicago

Expressions – Chelsea, Providence, Springfield, Dedham, Cranston, Jamaica Plain

Heist – Westchester

Jako – Philadelphia, Paterson, Elizabeth, Passaic, Perth Amboy, Brooklyn, Spanish Harlem

Jimmy Jazz – Bronx, Brooklyn, Astoria

Jump – Los Angeles

Manny’s – Los Angeles

Millennium – Los Angeles

Moe’s – Astoria

Mr Alan’s – South Beach

Nice Kicks – Los Angeles

Oxford Street – Los Angeles

Premium Goods – Houston

Private – Los Angeles

Sally’s – Los Angeles

Shoe Club – Los Angeles

Shiekh – Los Angeles

Shoe Palace – Los Angeles

Simon’s  – Pembroke Pines, Miami, Hialeah

Sneaker Junkies – Rhode Island, Westchester

Succezz – Chicago

Stash – Chicago

Tops + Bottoms – Chicago

True – Los Angeles

Woodstack – Greenpoint

WSS – Los Angeles

  • Air Jordan 1 LHM 'Pomb'

    In celebration of the Latino Heritage Movement.