Spike Lee is at the point where he can get pretty much any Air Jordan he wants with a quick call to Beaverton. When you direct and star alongside Michael Jordan himself in arguably the most influential sneaker ads of all time (“It’s gotta be the shoes!”), you earn some pull with the folks at Nike.

But for the latest addition to Lee’s sneaker collection, the director of classics like Do The Right Thing and 25th Hour went with a 1-of-1. At the 2017 Grammy Awards, A Tribe Called Quest took the stage with Busta Rhymes. During the Grammys most politically-tinged performance, Busta called President Trump “Agent Orange” and Q-Tip chanted “Resist.” To commemorate the occasion, Lee had the words of Q-Tip and Busta painted on a pair of Air Jordan 1s.

More than just a pair of black Jordan 1s with a gold Swoosh, the sneakers were part of Nike’s annual Black History Month collection, which gave the message that adorned them extra significance.

The artwork on the sneakers was done by New York City artist Danielle Mastrion, who is known for her wall murals, one of which featured Lee as Mars Blackmon alongside Jordan. In addition to the artwork, Lee had the sneakers further customized by removing the Wings logo around the ankle collar.

Lee has been an outspoken opponent of Trump. During the Women’s March protests, he posted more than 50 images of signs from protestors on his Instagram.


Justin Tejada is a writer and editor based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter at @just_tejada and Instagram at @justin_tejada.