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Stylist discusses Kobe Bryant's L.A. Times Magazine's photo shoot

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With the Lakers' Game 1 victory over Utah boring everyone to tears, I couldn't help but notice that many of the media, including myself, spent most of the second quarter  on something more engaging. We all stared in amazement, astonishment and downright confusion when sorting through the L.A. Times Magazine's recent profile and photo shoot of Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

Besides discovering that you should think twice before allowing your dog to do its business on Bryant's lawn, there's the discovery of Bryant in some interesting fashion choices. I'm no fashion expert, but I couldn't really wrap my head around these looks. Others shared similar sentiments. Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby wrote, "If you were to put Kobe Bryant in an all-white pilgrim outfit, that might look weird. Or, I don't know, maybe a super deep white v-neck with a head scarf that might be made out of a pillowcase. Just off the top of my head, I'm thinking those might be bizarre looks." ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin simply stated, "Maybe it would have worked better if he had gone with the game-face jaw jutting, under bite look. Certainly couldn't have made it look worse."

My reaction? I'm confused. I don't know if I like it. I don't know if I don't like it. But I certainly don't get it. Rather than rail on about it, I figured it'd be better to let the photo-shoot stylist, James Valeri, speak about it instead.

Photo 1: white button-down shirt, white bowtie, hat and headband

This was a prep look, but still unconventional. He's wearing a shirt buttoned up with a bowtie, but we put a hat on and created a character. Kobe was amazing to work with because he was cool with everything. He trusted us. We took a picture and he liked it so we kept going. We wanted to do a picture with a hat because the photographer wanted to do everything in white. I didn't want to use accessories that would look too retro. Let's do it in a cool, young way because that's what Kobe is. He's a cool, young and successful athlete. I wanted to give a modern approach. I was thinking of [rapper] Tupac [Shakur] where I put a band underneath in the hat to make it look hip-hop, but ... it translates in a surreal look where it creates a strong image. It was something that hasn't been done before. It's mixing the inspiration of Tupac and a gentleman with a white hat ... a mix of a hip-hop and a conservative look.

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On the project's concept

The concept was about shooting everything in white. That was Ruven's idea [photographer Ruven Afanador]. But I wanted to do something more modern and less conventional and less cliched. ... It's a more modern silhouette. It's not like, 'Let's just put Kobe in a pair of pants and a shirt or in a suit.' The clothing is all layered.

Photo 2: long-sleeve T-shirt over short-sleeve T-shirt 

It's two T-shirts layered. ...  It's tight because it's like a jersey. The material is pulled up because it's tight and oversized. I wanted it to be stylish but not too perfect and still casual. Those are casual clothes but with a modern approach. It's not like a suit or anything that is stiff. I like Kobe's personality. It's very cool and relaxed. I didn't want to dress him in cliches. Every time you dress an athlete in sports magazines, you always tend to put them in suits, and I think it's really boring.


Photo 3: single-button jacket and shorts

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This is layered but loose-fit. I thought it was cool because it was casual. When I was prepping, I wasn't looking into suiting, such as a pair of pants and a sweater. That would've been so easy and predictable. This stuff is fashionable, but the fit and cut are modern and comfortable. It has an eye for athletic wear and it's a new way of dressing. The fit and the cut are geared more toward athletic sportswear, but it's highly fashionable because it's super-sleek, expensive materials.

Photo 4: hoodie

It was about doing unexpected clothing, stuff that usually you wouldn't see on athletes. But you still find them in the department stores. It's more abstract fashion and more conceptual than what is usually expected. With celebrities, you tend to just make them look good. But in this particular shoot, I didn't want to do that. We wanted to do something more modern. In this particular picture, we liked the fit. It was a hoodie but done by an amazing designer. It's cutting edge. There was no particular concept about that look, but we liked the clothing and it fit in with the rest. A basketball player usually wears a hoodie, but instead of it being a plain hoodie, this is more conceptual. The cut of the hoodie is very baggy and layered.

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Photo 5: V-neck T-shirt and scarf 

The fabric is very ... luxurious, but the look is very casual. For me, it was casual but looked like futuristic fashion inspired by what everyday guys wear but with an eye for the future. It's inspired by athletic wear on the cut, but the fabric and design are more futuristic. Don't get me wrong: This is the fashion of today, and it's on the catwalks and in the stores. But if people like Kobe will wear them in magazines, it'll translate in everyday life. I thought it'd interesting to have an athlete like the most famous basketball player in the world wear that because it'd be unexpected. But I totally see Kobe wearing that stuff. It looks good on him. It's a different way of dressing instead of just putting on a suit. He's not wearing a sweat shirt and sweatpants. He's wearing cool and relaxed clothes, but it's from a high-end designer. At the end of the day, he's a multibillionaire guy and probably doesn't want to wear sweat shirts or suits every day. So this is sort of in between.

On the negative reactions

The scarf picture and the hat picture were more to create an iconic image. When you do a portrait, you do think of the styling in how they're going to be different and how they're going to stand out. In 10 years time, or five years time, there has to be something particular or strange or different that will stand out. That image will stay in your mind. That's how it's going to become iconic. ... A lot of people aren't used to that, so when iconic pictures come out, they're disturbing, insulting, fascinating, it has a strong feeling attached to it, good or bad.

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I was struck that he was a gentlemen. He was very polite and very friendly, but at the same time he was a normal guy. I thought he was a noble man and cool at the same time, extremely professional. I'm half-Italian and half-English, and I knew he lived in Italy when he was a kid. So we chatted in Italian on set. It was a way to get to know him. I remember there was hip-hop music in the background, and he was singing it and knew all the lyrics of the songs. It was fun. It wasn't a normal shoot. We were working and very professional, but it was very fun. ... He was very relaxed and didn't give us an attitude at all.

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photos by Ruven Afanador

1: Adam Kimmel white button-down and bow-tie, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers linen pleat-front trousers, Worth & Worth Treviso hat,  American Apparel unisex terry headband and wristband.

2: Rick Owens long-sleeve and short-sleeve T-shirts, Dark Shadow by Rick Owens drawstring shorts.

3: Kris Van Assche greige sleeveless one-button jacket, Kris Van Assche greige shorts in jersey fabric, Harry Winston diamond ear studs set in platinum. 

4: Ann Demeulemeester hoodie, Givenchy trousers. 

5: Rick Owens jersey V-neck T-shirt, Damir Doma hooded scarf with braid detail.

 
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Uh, ok

not exactly the "swagger" I had in mind but

GO Lakers! 11 Mo'

Weird.

That's about all I have to say about that... (Forrest Gump voice)

Those pictures would look nice hanging on my wall.

That's not fashion. That's Art.

Not very good actually even if it's art. I've seen better art from Kobe Bryant.

Hey Hobbitmage,

Don't you know that again they not only fail to credit Pau for his good game but also not to mention how they didn't talk about Kobe took over the game after Bynum and Odom (and the rest of the bench) blew the lead in the 4th (even LTLF said about the two not performing before the starters came back) and instead talk about Bynum's playing through pain yadda yadda yadda?

Note: Bynum is a good center especially when healthy and I'd take him over Whining Farmar or Wannabe MJ Shannon Brown in a heartbeat.

It's amusing really.

My, haven't we traveled far since Colorado.

I'm taking my dog for a walk.

Sonnybelfast

Photo 1: He looks like a waiter for a rich Sultan. This doesn’t look young , stylish, and preppy. If the white and wrist band weren’t worn, then I could see this picture as stylish and preppy.

Photo 2: I really like this photo, not because it shows his perfectly sculptured upper body, but because we rarely see Kobe dress in white and his perfect face structure is strongly conveyed here.

Photo 3: I don’t like the choice of clothes, but I like how Kobe looks in it. He looks like a good Samaritan in search of his soul.

Photo 4: La Femme Kobe? Lol, just weird.

Photo 5: Take the scarf off, and this picture would’ve been gorgeous.

I respect Kobe to be so daring and different.

I dunno, maybe the demented villan in a Bond or Flint flick?

JR

DJ… “Hey Laker Tom, Mamba 24, Jon K and our other TRUE Laker fans, question, why do non-Laker fans show up on the Blog? I can't imagine why I would waste my time on, say the Portland Blog, no offense to Portland.” Same here but we ARE Lakers Fans and other NBA blogs PALE in comparison. I think at first they just want to see what it was like to be a fan of the greatest franchise in the NBA. Of course, then envy and jealousy set in and for some selfish reason they prefer to spoil it for Lakers fans. Fortunately, they will soon tire of that and crawl back under the rock from whence they came.
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VMAN… “I'm a Fish fan, if you're not, you're not a fan of all that really matters in sport. There are better guards in other systems, but he's OUR guard and he's givin' his all. That's all there is.” It’s like a test of your Lakers fandom as far as I am concerned. You can yell “NO NO” as Fish takes another long 3-pointer but if your heart is in the right place, you then also have to yell “YES YES” when it swishes.
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“Love Andrew tryin' to play through the pain BUT, if it's something that could be helped with rest or a operational tweak, it would be great to get that done NOW.” According to Kevin Ding, having the operation now might result in Drew missing all of the playoffs or just coming back out-of-shape for the NBA Finals. I think we will need him against the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Duncan is playing great and Pau could not keep him from backing him in and dunking on him last time we met. Anyway, I just hope Drew can produce enough to help us win and then come back healthy next year.
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JIM JOYCE… “And wouldn't you agree that the Bulls and the 80s Lakers (and the Spurs of the last decade, the 80s Celtics, the late 80s Pistons, etc etc) brought it a LOT more often than today's Lakers or the Shaq/Kobe teams?” I think you need to consider the impact that injuries past and current have had on this team. Fortunately, we’re not out of it like the hamstrung Showtime team that lost Magic and Byron the first two games of the Finals against the Pistons. But we’ve had little opportunity to play with everybody on the team fully healthy. Not making excuses, just noting that injuries do have a major impact on how a team performs in the post-season. Hopefully, we will overcome it and win.
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TOM

Kobe are you out of your Freakin mind? Wahahahahahhahahahahahaha!
WAAAAhahahahhahahahahahROFLMFAO! WAHAHAHHHAHHAHAH!
STOP IT KOBE! STOP IT NOW ! OH SWEET JESUS WAHAHAHAHHAHAAH!

Kobe looks like a Nigerian supermodel. Hahaha!! But we still love you even though you go for faux chic styles like this.

OPEN LETTER TO MR. SIMERS...

Nice to see you show up every now and then to offer your comments from the peanut gallery. Your squeaky, munchkin-like drivel may not get the grease, but at least you have that son-in-law bagger to lord over. I can't tell you how impressed we all are of your command of father-in-law-hood. Always good to have that to fall back on when the writing gig comes to a merciful end.

You will have to excuse all of us mediocre-applauding, MVP-chanting, diehard Laker fans who actually ENJOY watching a GAME. What a novel thought, eh? Fun with a game. And you can rest assured that our love of the game is not in danger of being diluted by your drivel anymore than our loyalty to the Lakers.

I am not sure why it is hard for you to fathom how we could be so supportive of a team who is the best in its conference. The organization with more wins, regular season or playoffs, than any other organization. And give us a little time and we will be adding the "most championships of any organization" to our winning laurels. Perhaps, from the sounds of your constant complaints about your family life, you just don't appreciate value.

By the way, even if the Lakers lose ~ we support them. They could be baggers, but they would be OUR baggers. You go on and pose as if you run with the winners, position yourself for interviews with the victors, and unfurl those caustic opinions from your fingertips like witchypoo's zaps of fire.

We have HEART. We have COURAGE. WE are LAKER FANS!

Mike

My, haven't we traveled far since Colorado. I'm taking my dog for a walk.
Sonnybelfast Posted by: sonnybelfast | May 03, 2010 at 01:57
wahahahhahahah stop it sonny, stop it! OH THE FREAKIN HYMANITY!
GENTLEMAN THE INTIMIDATION FACTOR IS GONNNNNE!!

As Howard Stern would say

OY VEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have HEART. We have COURAGE. WE are LAKER FANS!
Posted by: LakerMIKE | May 03, 2010 at 02:12 PM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! YES!!!!

Quick Mark, put up another post....this is killing me!

Whenever a designer says they are 'trying to elicit a reaction' or 'its supposed to be polarizing' that's code for 'I know everyone is gonna think this sucks, but I'm still doing it.'

But haven't we though. So you concur?

Sonnybelfast

Mamba 24,

But my, haven't we though.

I take it you concur?

Sonnybelfast

Mamba 24,But my, haven't we though. I take it you concur? Sonnybelfast
Posted by: sonnybelfast | May 03, 2010 at 02:33 P
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Absolutely Sonny! LMAO!!

I'm looking forward to hearing what the guys on TNT have to say about this. THAT should be interesting.

As for my take regarding Kobe's photoshoot qua work of art, it was much more provocative taking in the images without reading what the designer had to say.

I'm slightly unsettled, but intrigued by the photos. Still, the use of that much body make-up to make his skin contrast with the fabric is a bit misleading.

Pictures 3 and 4 invoke the sense of casual, athletic coolness that was trying to be captured, but the outfit in picture 4 was a bit outdated - I saw something much like that in a vibe magazine roughly a decade ago, with the only difference being the tightness of the garment (the picture that I saw in vibe was a bit more loose).

The jury is still out on pictures 1 and 5; picture 2 does not seem to be too unique or innovative. Perhaps they should have had pockets with white zippers that ran down the middle of the thigh. That would have lent a stronger edge to the design.

STOP THIS MADNESS NOW!! ARE YOU PEOPLE COMPLETELY INSANE!
AW SWEET JESUS!! I CAN'T TAKE IT. SONNY I THINK I'LL GO WALK MY DOG SEARGENT ALSO! WAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAH!

Kobe you let those M.F.'s play you man. Plain & simple!

VMAN… “Uh, ok not exactly the "swagger" I had in mind but GO Lakers! 11 Mo.'”
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LMAO! A little too “swishy” for you, VMan? In a previous life, I worked several years with top flight Art Directors producing expensive advertising shoots by famous fashion photographers like Albert Watson, Helmut Newton, and Rico Puhmann for magazines like Vogue, Harper’s, GQ, and other top fashion magazines. The craziest most creative people I met on those shoots were always the stylists, many of whom were outlandishly gay but able to generate the right look without it being too swishy.
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TOM

Are Steven and George collaborating again?

At first I thought it might be Kobe's effeminate brother.

The man has been in La La Land far too long.

Taking my dog for a walk.

I have to agree with Kurt Helin. The scowl woulda looked good with pic#5..lol

BLOG CRUE
Now I know what Kobe looks like if he were a mummy. Time to revisit Iron Maiden's Powerslave album. Let's just revisit all of Maiden's collection.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Hugo.

UP THE IRONS!

Are Steven and George collaborating again? At first I thought it might be Kobe's effeminate brother. The man has been in La La Land far too long.
Taking my dog for a walk. Posted by: sonnybelfast | May 03, 2010 at 02:42 PM
WAHAHAHHAHAHA STOP IT SONNY STOP THIS MADNESS NOW!
OH MOTHER OF MERCY CAN THIS BE THE END OF RICO! WAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAH!

Kobe, What the hell?

mike t.

ChicNstu
UP THE IRONS my brother!

LTLF,

Not too long along in the Finals the Sixers (AI) beat us game one, then we proceeded to SWEEP!

Well, I'm probably older than most of you all (Jerry and Elgin when I was real young), but I don't mind the Kobe Pics. Kinda of an Artsy look.

I have to agree with Kurt Helin. The scowl woulda looked good with pic#5..lol
Posted by: ChicNstu | May 03, 2010 at 02:44 PM
wAHAHHAHAHAHAH STOP IT NOW I SAY! THIS WAY LIES MADNESS!
Thats not Kobe thats Ebok Kobes twin evil brother! OH LORD HAVE MERCY WHAT IN THE FRAK IS THE WORLD COMING TO WAAAAHAHAHAH!

Kobe can pass as a mannequin at Rodeo Drive or a human street statue entertainer at 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica. This is a good job for Kobe after NBA.

After this ISH no more Princess Jimmy comments from me.

Oh, c'mon! Do you guys really live in such a small box that you can't open your mind to such an unorthodox vision of Kobe?

I was fascinated by the opportunity to expand my vision of The Mamba's possibilities.

We all love Kobe's scowl when PJ sends him off the bench to rescue the team when it's in distress. But Kobe is more than just that. Like any celebrity, Kobe is more than just how we see him in our mind's eye.

Art is more than just Rembrandt or Van Gogh. Get out a little more often. Don't just go to the Getty, where the art is so boring it could bore the buzzards off of bones. Go to MOCA. Get out to the little galleries on Melrose or down in Silver Lake. There's a great wide world out there.

I'm really disappointed in the vast majority of reactions so far. Kobe's greatness allows for unlimited possibilities. This photo shoot should tell you, we ain't see nothin' yet! This should tell you, we're just seeing the beginning of infinity. I, for one, like what I see.

Hugo Boss,

>>> Time to revisit Iron Maiden's Powerslave album. Let's just revisit all of Maiden's collection.

It's always time to revisit Iron Maiden. Love that band!

Mamba24.

Ebok Kobe?

Is that a character from 'Return of the Jutting Jaw'...LOL

HEY MAMBA24,

Please don't tell me you are off the KOBE FASHION EXPRESS! Ha, ha, ha!

I don't know. Does this mean we'll soon be seeing a bunch of white '24' jerseys with little hoodies?

I know Kobe looks cute, but don't do it Laker fans! Don't do it!

Don't even think about it Tom. You have no business in that parade.

Sonnybelfast


TOO BAD THE LAKERS ARE SO PATHETIC...

For all those complaining that the Lakers just aren’t winning games big enough, which is argued as evidence they just aren’t putting their “all” into their games, let me present the following.

Over the first 27 games of the regular season this year that preceded that ugly showing on Christmas day against the Cavs, here’s how “pathetic” the Lakers played during that time span.

--Opening night 7-point squeaker against the Mighty Clippers!
--Two, measly 3-point wins against the eventual 8th playoff seed OKC (one required OT!)
--One win – One loss against lottery-bound HOUSTON
--One “luckiest-shot-in-my-life” game winner by Kobe versus MIAMI (at home, no less!)
--Thumped by DALLAS
--Thumped by DENVER
--Three other games with a winning margin of ten points or less (versus ATL, NY, CHI)

Their record after those 27 games? 23 WINS ~ 4 LOSSES! I wonder how much complaining was going on way back then too? Something is very, VERY wrong when 23-4 doesn’t meet your standards. Sheesh!

Mike

My doggie is doing that little dance he always does...you know...out on the hooded man's well groomed lawn...just before he...

That's all for now folks. See you in a few days, after AK-47 (who will probably play) has his way with you.

Sonnybelfast

SONNY BELFAST… Hey, good to hear from our favorite Kings fan. What’s your deal these days, Sonny? I hear you’re now in Thailand. Are you a missionary, a revolutionary, or just another farang? Kings struck gold with Tyreke. Maybe in a few years they can “claim” again to be a Lakers rival.
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TOM

My wife is a big Kobe fan but I am not going to write what she said.
Pic 2 looks like he is challenging someone to a fight.
Pic 3 looks like he is watching the person he was about to fight walking away.
No comment on the others.
Let's just move on.
No offense Rick, but I'm going back into my small box until another thread comes along.

*sigh*

Pictures 2 and 3 I can live with. In fact, photo 3 is kinda cool.

Photos 4 and 5? You know, if he was a Bedouin searching for water in the middle of the Sahara, I can see it. But seeing as he lives in LA and probably has Evian pumped through his pipes, I don't get it. Still, though it's strange, it's certainly not offputting.

But there's no excuse for picture 1. None. It doesn't even look like Kobe. It looks like some dude from RuPaul's weird tranny show. I want to take that stupid hat and let my neighbor's dog rip it to shreds. What's the final clothing tally for this photo? An all white combo of a bowtie, a silky 3/4 sleeve shirt, a wristband, a headband and a goofy fedora. Yep, that's something a drunk 5 year old might put together after rummaging through Sigfried and Roy's closet.

Kobe's been on the cover of GQ and has proven to be a fashionable man. For the life of me, I don't know why he would ever agree to a picture like that first one. But I guess once you've been the best at your profession for years and years, you can do whatever the eff you want.

I think you're right Rick F. from an art perspective. If the great Leonado Da Vinci is still around, he might have picked Kobe's face instead of Mona Lisa. Imagine Kobe's innocent face on the 1st picture with a protruding nose, elongated face. The 2nd picture in side view spells the delicate lines of beauty like the face of the statue Cristo at the Corcovado Mountains in Rio de Janeiro . There is contrast in their features that only a renaissance man can capture where Mona Lisa centers on round features while Kobe's lines are long and sharp.

That's all for now folks. See you in a few days, after AK-47 (who will probably play) has his way with you.

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: sonnybelfast | May 03, 2010 at 03:14 PM

Do you really think AK-47 is going to have his way with us, or are you up to your old antics? Either way, its always good to have you aboard.

I honestly hope the MVP puppets come out and make MAD fun of this. That's the only way to defuse it.

MM, of all days to let a post linger, this isn't one of them, lol. This looks like a bad Zoolander parody.

ChikNStu,

I'm with you, these are images of art, and not fashion. When you take them in the proper context, then they are spot-on.

BUT, the scarf is kinda sissy-ish. Though, I would NEVER say that to Kobe's face.

LOL!

--FEARless

Rick -

I'll take it in as art. I'm not hating on Kobe's photoshoot, I just don't think some of the photos are as provocative as the designer makes them to be.

Hopefully you don't think that I'm bashing him. It's just taking me a while to really take in the first and last photos. There is something subtle there, but I'm not sure how to capture it...

Hey Tom,

With any luck at all, we'll be fighting for that 8th seed next year. As this year's ROY, Rekes in good company for sure (Robertson, James, Jordan). Anxious to see what the draft holds for us. Also lots of cap space and trade bait, although Petrie is not known for trying to lure the big boys to Sac, not that he could anyway. In Petrie I trust.

Yes, in Thailand. Have family here. Am now and always will be a farang, although my Thai friends call me Thai, 'not farang'. Writing, and building a non-profit, and a business. Not the missionary type, and my revolution days have long since passed. Cook and eat the best Thai food on the planet here in Chiang Mai.

I enjoy popping in here now and again. Good luck in the series. As your old boys continue to wear down (and as evidenced, become less, shall we say, manly), you're going to need it. How Pau missed out on this one is a mystery. Maybe he and Kobe could do some work together. Mr.Ricky, however, likes what he sees, which comes as a shock. Not.

Sonnybelfast

I don't know. Does this mean we'll soon be seeing a bunch of white '24' jerseys with little hoodies? I know Kobe looks cute, but don't do it Laker fans! Don't do it! Don't even think about it Tom. You have no business in that parade.
Sonnybelfast

NOT ME BUDDY! HELL NO! I think I'll go walk my dog again.
IT'S OFFICIAL FOLKS KOBE BEAN BRYANT HAS LOST HIS FREAKIN MIND.!! NO, NO, A THOUSAND TIMES NO, ChicKNStu help me to understand this. DJ I bet you had something to do with this.! IS THIS HOW MAMBA GET'S READY FOR GAMEDAY! OH FOR THE LOVE OF.......

Posted by: sonnybelfast | May 03, 2010 at 03:06 PM

All I can say is 'Kobe, you go girl'

I wanna be like Mike.

Sonnybelfast

I hate every single one of them, period. What'd they do to his skin tone? Photoshop it several shades darker? The real Kobe has a beautiful shade and this Photoshop shenanigans comes across as fake! BOO!

No doubt we'll see blown-up versions of these photos in the stands in Utah. The hat and scarf photo are terrible. What the hell?

Take it down! Take it down! Before anyone else sees it!

Need to go but this is too much fun.

#4,

Can't say with certainty that AK-47 will have his way with the entire Laker squad, but smart money says that the hooded man and Paula are going down hard.

Sonnybelfast

regarding the photo shoot....creepy man.
Was that photoshop or makeup? I hope it doesnt affect his game.


Pukefest part deaux tonight in one hour.

". . and didn't give us an attitude at all."

Seriously? Dang, he's a better man than me, With those clothes - I would.

That last pic. What's he doing? Look into his eyes. What's on his mind? Is he peering at your brother?

I agree with Rick. He's not just a well cultured man. He's 'Metro Man!'

Just another reason why I'm glad he's in a town and on a team where he fits.

Sonnybelfast

I done like the look, everyone at work thinks it makes him looks soft and gay!!! Not that there's something wrong with being gay, but that look want intimidate no one.

#4,

Can't say with certainty that AK-47 will have his way with the entire Laker squad, but smart money says that the hooded man and Paula are going down hard.

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: sonnybelfast | May 03, 2010 at 04:07 PM

LOL....okay, I'm holding you to that. If he comes back to a midseason level, he'll help on the wing, but the hooded one had plenty of practice against tall and lanky in the last series.

How is this not a Caption Contest? Seriously?

Argh, got bit by the double post bug!

Shoot, Sonny... You kinda set yourself up for it...

But I think you're the only one going down hard.

Enjoy watching your Queens implode for the next two decades!

Go Lake Show!

I get a chuckle when I picture the other Lakers wearing these outfits.
The Lakers who can most likely get away with wearing these outfits are Lamar, Sasha and Artest.
The least likely to get away with wearing these outfits are Phil and Mbenga.

Hey guys we should have a post in an hour or so from Brez. Long day today, which is why this is the latest post.

Oh for people who want to treat this as a caption contest. I'm going to feature the best comments. Keep them clean though. lol

MM

I say Ron and Mbenga should re-dye their hair white and wear outfit #1 to the game to show some team camaraderie.

I wanna be like Mike.

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: sonnybelfast | May 03, 2010 at 03:55 PM

Thats so yesterday. Haven't you been watching lebron? He's mimicking everything Kobe does. Dont be surprised if you see pics of lebron in daisy dukes soon.

Everyone wanna be like Kobe.

Have at it sonny. We know how many times Kobe ripped your heart out.LOL

I think the pic at the bottom is my favorite.

He is saying, ever so softly, ever so squeaky,

'I...am a Los Angeles Laker!'

And lay off of Ricky! So there!

Sonnybelfast

I like to see Shaq with #1 and #5, that will show his hard side.

Hey where are you Let's go C's!, RED'S LOVE CHILD, and 131-92??

Didn't I say to worry about Cleveland and talk trash to them more on the forums rather than us who at the very least got the 1st seed in the West? Now you boys are paying the price muhahahaha!

As much as I want the Celtics to win so we can kick your butts in the finals can't resist giving jabs to your old men save for Rondo. Paula Stabbed Pierce isn't going to get out of this way with no Posey and Jesus Shuttleworth well he got blame instead of game. KAAYY GGGEEE is beginning to be a grumpy old man. And wasn't SHEEEED supposed to help out in the playoffs but now Doc Rivers is thinking of benching him for Shelden Walliams. ROFL!

Even our Ron Ron is helping us a ton with locking down Durant whom Garnett was crying about him being treated like Michael bleeping Jordan. LOL!

Enjoy your AARP's you three and remember: RASHEED MUST BLEED. Any more jabs? :)

#4,

Oh! You're talking about basketball?

The hooded Metro Man and Paula should manage O.K.

AK is still hurting.

Sonnybelfast

I just felt my testoterones levels drop looking at these pictures.

Oh well, at least he's good at his day job.

I could've sworn seeing LakerTom rock one of these outfits at a Tea Party...

Just Imagine if he won the MVP award and came up on the podium with that outfit. Man!!! He’ll have to fight every game. Next thing will know he’ll be come out with tight jeans with the @zz cheeks hanging out, “THAT’S NOT ART”. Please Kobe wait till the season over.

I wonder if Kobe is a ambi-turner (cant turn left)?

Zoolander.

Should I let it grow, or shave it off?

Sonnybelfast

I will not leave him in the room alone with the kids, Man!!! I mean CREEPING, and don't try to tell me THAT'S ART, ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

...there was hip hop music in the background, and he was singing it...

Let there be no doubt about the Metro Man's street credentials

Sonnybelfast

Lamar and Pau, oh Lamar and Pau...

Let's go count the daisies!

Sonnybelfast

Lamar and Pau, oh Lamar and Pau...

Let's go count the daisies!

Sonnybelfast

#4,

Oh! You're talking about basketball?

Posted by: sonnybelfast | May 03, 2010 at 04:31 PM

HIYO! Hittin on all cylinders today Sonny.

The word on the streets is Shaq about to release a video regarding Kobe and John Amaechi, you didn't here that from me.

GO LAKERS

Is this RUPAUL or Kobe?

Did someone say Kobe?

Where's the beef?

Sonnybelfast

Pic 1:

Did you really think I wasn't who I really am?

Sonnybelfast

Pic 5:

Everyone sing along...
'I feel pretty,
I feel pretty...'

Sonybelfast

Pic 2:

Child bearing hips or what?

Sonnybelfast

I'm feeling very, well...white today.

Sonnybelfast

Enough...good bye for now

Sonnybelfast

Cool pics Mamba...always working and trying new things out of other peoples comfort zone. Would've have been cool to see background of a dark scary street or alleyway to contrast the white.

That's Artest, not artist...dummie.
He was only wondering how you'd look in the hood.

Sonnybelfast

Pic #5:

'Kobe The Afghan Boy' -- playing in the background is 'Iko-Iko' (theme song from the Rain Man).

'...it was casual, but looked like futuristic fashion inspired by what everyday guys wear...'

Kobe Bryant - Just an everyday guy in the hood, but don't let your dog poop on his lawn.

Sonnybelfast

Photo one is definately Zoot suit riots, LA, WW2. The rest, I have no idea.


Wes

Guys, this is art. Art challenges, inspires, disturbs, facilitates conversation and marks change. I think more than anything art is what makes us human, because it's so subjective. Science, not so much. I see a lot objectivity in science and medicine, but art is a different beast.


I think these pics are odd, but this is Kobe Bryant. He does things his way, and the results have been pretty amazing so far. I like this art, because it's so challenging. My mind wont let me walk away for these images, so, mission accomplished.


Pic one might be high art. It's a pretty amazing image, one that none of us have ever seen. Half Zoot Suit, half THX 1138, half alien.


Wes

i'm sure this isn't the best clip, but it's the best one i could find in the time i figured it was worth-

my caption 'But I don't want to be a pirate!'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9GhI-53k3E

or perhaps

'I said I'd wear this?'


"Art is more than just Rembrandt or Van Gogh. Get out a little more often. Don't just go to the Getty, where the art is so boring it could bore the buzzards off of bones. Go to MOCA. Get out to the little galleries on Melrose or down in Silver Lake. There's a great wide world out there.

I'm really disappointed in the vast majority of reactions so far. Kobe's greatness allows for unlimited possibilities. This photo shoot should tell you, we ain't see nothin' yet! This should tell you, we're just seeing the beginning of infinity. I, for one, like what I see."


Posted by: Rick Friedman | May 03, 2010 at 02:59 PM


Well said Rick. Yeah, I like this too. I like the way Kobe thinks. These are not your run-of-the-mill images, and if the public can't handle them, if they can't handle art, then too bad. I've spent a lot of time lookiing at art in my life and I'm pretty amazed by this show of Kobe's. This is real, arresting art. I'm shocked, but not really. This is Kobe.


Wes

I really believe that the pictures that Kobe took make him look like a flamer! My little sister has a pair of shorts just like the ones he has on. My wife has a white blouse just like Kobe. I truly believe that he looks lide a drag queen!

Sup guys,

I have to agree with the comments by Rick, Wes, Chic, Edwin & the like.

I LOVE these pictures. I love the fact that Kobe went out there and did something different. Something that will inspire conversation if nothing else.

We think we know the Mamba. But do we? This speaks volumes as to who he is as a person. He's daring. He's chic. He's willing to do something that challenges our perception of him. And ironically, more than anything else, it makes us ask even louder - who, really, is Kobe Bryant.

I for one am really wondering what he'll be doing when he hangs up his sneakers. I'm sure you're all wondering now too!

 
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