Monday, March 13, 2017
Elton Gets Custom Nikes, Syrian War child Photo & Tech 9ne Vinyl
The ‘Rocket Man’ singer’s interest in hip-hop is well documented. Not only has he famously collaborated with Eminem, he more recently appeared on A Tribe Called Quest’s fantastic comeback album We Got It From Here.
According to Beat Street’s manager Lindsay Tomchyshen – who talked to CBC – Elton John dropped a whopping $200 on vinyl and was disappointed the shop didn’t have more Tech N9ne.
“I came in from the back and there was Elton John standing there with his two bodyguards, digging through records,” Tomchyshen said. “He asked my boss if we had any Tech N9ne, like, the gangster rapper and I was not expecting that.”
He ended up going for some Scritti Politti instead and signing an album for the store.
- Fact Mag
Elton John loves his personalised Nike shoes. UK singer, Sir Elton John has been given his own custom made Nikes to mark his “long-standing relationship” with the sports brand. The ‘Rocket Man’ singer now owns a unique pair of shoes called Air Forces 1 Jet made by the iconic sports brand after they decided to honour the 69-year-old star for his “commitment to diversity and inclusion, and his long-standing relationship with Nike”. The trainers are said to be inspired by the ‘I’m Still Standing’ singer’s knighthood with a silver upper part and as well as a disco ball and it also has the words Sir on the back end. Elton received them as a gift last weekend when he visited the company’s head quarters in Eugene, Oregon in the US. The ‘Tiny Dancer’ singer has been associated with Nike since the mid 70s when they started making custom shoes for him.
The image of little Omran Daqneesh became a haunting symbol of the suffering of children in Syria.
Now Sir Elton John has acquired a print of the photo for his art collection to help highlight the plight of youngsters in the conflict.
The picture – which was used by media all over the world – showed Omran, five, in the back of an ambulance, blood caking his face and his body covered with masonry dust.
It was taken last August, shortly after he was pulled from rubble after an air-strike decimated his family's home in Aleppo.
Sir Elton, 69, posted the photo – by Syrian photographer Mahmoud Raslan – on his Instagram account this weekend.
The star, who owns one of the world's most extensive private collections of photography, told his half a million followers that he and partner David Furnish, 54, wanted to draw attention to the human price of the Syrian war.
He wrote: 'David and I recently added this image to our fine art collection, which focuses heavily on the art & impact of photojournalism.'
Sir Elton also showed support for a US-based charity called the Burnt Children Relief Foundation, which treats Syrian children whose bodies have been burnt by bomb attacks.
A spokesman for the star said: 'Both he and the photographer wanted to use his acquisition of the print to draw attention to the conflict and to help children affected by it.'
Omran made a complete recovery. It is believed he and his family are still living in Aleppo.
- Daily Mail
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