By Cameron Lee
December 16, 2022
Photo: Addie Vermillion
Charlotte artist Marcus Kiser, who is best known for his traveling Afro-futuristic sci-fi art exhibit, Intergalactic Soul, has teamed up with Hornets forward Kelly Oubre Jr. for a unique fashion collaboration. Available exclusively at the Hornets Fan Shop, Kiser designed three pieces for Oubre including a hoodie, shirt, and joggers, that match his eclectic self-proclaimed, “Tsunami Papi” style.
Kiser, who has also worked with Jordan Brand and Adidas in the past, submitted his portfolio to the Hornets after being tapped over the summer for the collaboration. Out of several local artists, Kiser landed the design opportunity with the New Orleans native, Oubre.
“This is an abstract concept that represents several entities of KO’s personality, representing him, the team, and the city,” Kiser said of the first-ever Hornets player/local artist apparel collaboration. “It is a tie between his New Orleans and Charlotte connections. The design combines elements of anime, ninjas, waves, and insects…bound together with an alternate Hornets neon colorway.”
Kiser originally submitted six different looks and admitted the most challenging aspect was representing Oubre’s hometown roots, his likes, and Charlotte, all into one cohesive design. The limited edition items are now available at the Hornets Fan Shop located at Spectrum Center.
Kiser, who is also the creative director for Mign Design, a med tech company based in Charlotte, is expected to bring his Intergalactic Soul art exhibit to Wilmington with his collaborative partners, Jason Woodberry and Quentin Talley, in 2023.