Rosemary Mac Cabe

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A sporting legacy: Adidas celebrates originality

Isn’t it funny how, when you say something is “an original”, the implication is that it’s old, a heritage item, something from the past; whereas, when you say something is “original”, you’re suggesting that it’s new, that it’s something that …

Mon, Sep 13, 2010, 12:30

   

Isn’t it funny how, when you say something is “an original”, the implication is that it’s old, a heritage item, something from the past; whereas, when you say something is “original”, you’re suggesting that it’s new, that it’s something that hasn’t been done before . . . that’s just a quick sampler of what’s going through my head on this fine morning. Luckily you can’t force me to tell you about the dream I had wherein I was riding a horse while wearing a burka, to a soundtrack of Ryan Adams’ Shadowlands. Oh.

Anyway, the point is: you can now buy Adidas Originals at Champion Sports. Why is this news? Well, way before Lily Allen made it cool to look a wee bit chavvy, Adidas Originals were a bit, well . . . we hadn’t realised enough time between the launch and the “now” to appreciate them as the kind of ironic statement people would mock. I love Adidas’s original tracksuits. I love the three-stripe matching (so Sue Sylvester!), I love the neons, I love the runnerboots . . .

AND there’s a competition afoot over on Champion Sports’ Facebook page, to win a two-day masterclass with Krooked Type, the Irish graffiti collective featuring Irish graffiti star Maser. You submit an artwork around the idea of celebrating originality and street art to celebrate@champion.ie by October 8th, and ta-da, it could be you.

Now, as another insight into my vastly complicated and intelligent mind, this week Fash Mob will mostly be listening to:

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