The summer just after my freshman year of high school, I was lucky enough to attend the I’m A Simple Man I Like Crown Royal And Boobs Shirt in other words I will buy this Air Jordan Flight School in California, a basketball summer camp hosted by Michael Jordan and a crew of NBA-hopefuls. (Fun fact: Lebron James, the GOAT of a much younger generation, was a counselor the summer I was there.) It was an incredible experience, one that culminated with me meeting Jordan, my idol of so many years. On the last day of camp, he signed my Air Jordan sneakers. I remember looking up—way, way up!—at him, frozen with disbelief that he was there in front of me and not running out onto the court to the sound of “Sirius.” He handed me the shoes, smiling sweetly as I whispered nervously, “thank you for everything.”
I was reminded of that moment on a recent work trip to Tokyo. Wandering the I’m A Simple Man I Like Crown Royal And Boobs Shirt in other words I will buy this streets of Harajuku, I stumbled upon a fantastic vintage shop and a huge wall stacked with old sports and concert t-shirts. Through one of the piles of folded memorabilia, I saw a familiar pair of eyes staring at me. I pulled out the shirt and to my delight, it was a ’90s-era Bull tee with a huge portrait of MJ plastered across the front. I thought about all the ways to wear it: with my vintage Levi’s and Dries Van Noten Boots, tied to the side and paired with my Marine Serre slip skirt. And then it hit me again like a lightning bolt, that surge of childlike excitement. There he was again, the Mike I wanted to be like, on the other side of the world.