Entertainment

To Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary, Spongebob Is Working With J Balvin On A Clothing Line

Words I didn’t think I needed to hear until they were spoken into existence: J Balvin and SpongeBob SquarePants are collaborating. No, it’s not a “Con Altura” remix, the two, along with visual artist and designer Louis De Guzman, have teamed up for the 20th anniversary of the beloved it Nickelodeon cartoon. 

The Colombian artist has kept much of the details under wraps, but Billboard says the collaboration will include clothing, art, and home goods. This isn’t Balvin’s first foray into the fashion world, besides being an eclectic fashion icon himself, the “Que Pretendes” artist has partnered with GUESS and GEF in the past. In 2018, he debuted his first collection “Vibras by J Balvin x GEF” during Colombian Fashion Week in his hometown of Medellin.

Balvin is known for his eccentric, vibrant take on streetwear. Often changing his hair color to stark blondes, pinks, and carving out leopard prints, Balvin appears to never have met a color or bold print he couldn’t pull off. Thus, it won’t surprise fans that the Latin trap artist is ingratiating himself deeper into the fashion world.

J Balvin x SpongeBob SquarePants x Luis De Guzman

With barely a caption, Balvin dropped a video teaser on Instagram for the new partnership. The video features a logo with each of the names: J Balvin x SpongeBob SquarePants x Luis De Guzman. Then SpongeBob emerges and plays the cartoon’s theme song with his nose. What does it all mean?! 

“In honor of SpongeBob SquarePants‘ 20th anniversary, Chicago-based visual artist and designer Louis De Guzman joins forces with music superstar and fashion/Pop Art connoisseur J Balvin for a special collaboration of art, apparel, and home goods celebrating the iconic figure’s impact on pop culture over the last two decades,” one of Balvin’s representatives told Billboard. 

SpongeBob drops a clue

Credit: spongebob / Instagram

The official SpongeBob SquarePants Instagram account posted a photo that is possibly some artwork by De Guzman. The rendering looks like De Guzman’s recognizable composition but Balvin’s signature lightning bolts give it all away. It’s unclear how the artwork will be used in the collaboration or if it just a promotional photo. 

The Chicago artist is known for his abstract interpretations of famous cartoons done with his unique linework. His social accounts are filled with punchy drawings of Gerald from Hey Arnold, Bugs Bunny, and Bart Simpson. SpongeBob appears to be next.

Vibras by GUESS x J Balvin

Credit: jbalvin/ Instagram

Last year, Balvin collaborated with GUESS, making him the first Latinx man to front a campaign in the clothing brand’s history. Balvin designed 42 pieces for the “Vibras” collection. 

“Everything in this capsule is very 90’s Miami inspired,” said J Balvin in a statement. “The collection is about ‘Vibras’; nice energy, nice vibes, just smile and that’s what we need, all love. Partnering with Guess and designing my first collaboration with a global brand has been a dream, and this really is just the beginning.”

It included graphic T-shirts, hoodies, denim jackets, windbreakers, and tracksuits. As you might have imagined there was a vivid color palette including reds, yellows, and greens to evoke the feeling of the 1990s Miami. 

J Balvin x Guess x Friends With You

Credit: friendswithyou/ Instagram

Balvin collaborated with GUESS again this September, along with Friends With You to create an eight-piece capsule collection to be sold during his U.S. tour, Guess stores, and Guess.com. 

“It’s important to me to give my fans a complete experience from the music to the art and the clothes,” said the singer in a statement. “Thanks to my Guess family, FriendsWithYou and I were able to take things to the next level with this limited-edition capsule collection.”

In trend with Balvin’s style, there were lots of rainbows, clouds with happy faces, and tie-dye t-shirts and hoodies. 

Vibras by J Balvin x GEF

During the 2018 Colombiamoda Balvin made his debut as a fashion designer during Fashion Week in Medellin. The trap artist partnered with GEF France to create accessible streetwear. 

“I’m very happy to be in Medellin, Colombia,” Balvin wrote on Instagram. “It’s the first collaboration I did with the brand and it’s very special because we started at home. Later we’ll work on other collaborations but this one is very special for me.”

The entire thing was very on-brand for Balvin. Palm trees, smiley faces, lightning bolts, and dinosaur prints were combined with silver metallic tracksuits, baggy shorts, and bomber jackets. Because he is the everyman, items ranged from $4 to $45 with options for men, women, and children. 

Balvin continues to bring vibrancy to streetwear and fashion which bares contrast to the stoic, minimalism and neutrals that are trendy right now. Balvin is great at communicating joy with fashion and there is no better ally than the optimistic-to-a-fault SpongeBob. 

A European Sneaker Shops Is Selling The Iconic Puerto Rican Nike’s

Culture

A European Sneaker Shops Is Selling The Iconic Puerto Rican Nike’s

43einhalb / Instagram

A sneaker shop in Germany is selling some of the most iconic Nike sneakers created, the Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico.” The sneakers will be sold at a shop in Germany and fans cannot wait to get their hands on these sneakers.

German sneaker fans have a chance to get their hands on a pair of Nike Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico.”

Credit: 43einhalb / Instagram

On June 2, the shoes will be available at the shop, and fans can’t wait. The shoe is one way for every Puerto Rican to show their pride in where they come from. The shoes were originally released in 2005 and this release is something exciting.

However, U.S. sneakerheads will be left out.

Credit: 43einhalb / Instagram

The store, which is located in central Germany in the city of Fulda won’t be able to shop these to other countries. That being said, only Germans will likely get their hands on these shoes because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel is restricted so it seems likely that you will be able to hop on a plane to get these shoes.

Those lucky enough to get their hands on these shoes can expect to spend 130€ ($142) on them.

Credit: 43 einhalb / Instagram

These shoes are not the only way for Puerto Rican fans of Nike shoes to show their cultural pride. The shoe company has other options for the Caribbean people to wear their pride on some sneakers.

The man difference in these shoes from the original is the work on the upper shoe. The upper shoe is a tonal midfoot Swoosh and a navy sockliner. The Puerto Rican flag is embroidered on the tongue and heel fo the shoe to really drive home the Caribbean pride.

Nike has released multiple Puerto Rican-influenced sneakers and they sell quickly.

The sold out Air Max 1 Puerto Rico sold for $140. These were created to celebrate New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. The sneakers have the words “Pa’lante Mi Gente” on the inside of the tongue giving a special message to all Puerto Ricans. The sneakers are meant to celebrate not just the culture but the strength of the Puerto Rican people to keep moving forward.

READ: After Revealing He Played In Sneakers With Holes As A Kid, Neymar Racks Up An $18,000 Bill On ‘Sneaker Shopping’

Kids Really Do Say The Darndest Things: Watch This Group Of School Kids Interview J Balvin

Entertainment

Kids Really Do Say The Darndest Things: Watch This Group Of School Kids Interview J Balvin

Noisey

There are few things more pure than a bunch of school kids meeting their idol – especially when that idol happens to be una leyenda like J Balvin. Someone who I too would totally fan girl over. But some kids know how to play it a lot cooler than I ever could.

In an interview with Noisey, J Balvin meets a group of Mexican school kids who pretty much give him the fifth degree, but in the best way possible.

J Balvin sat down for a one to like twenty when he was recently in Mexico – and the results are everything.

In the interview, the kids grill Balvin on everything from his love life to the inspiration behind his latest album, Colores. And honestly, these kids are better interviewers than me on a good day.

My favorite part comes at the start of the video when one kid wants to know why J Balvin writes music with curse words but makes Bad Bunny sing them instead. Unfortunately, it’s a question we don’t actually get an answer to.

Some of these kids offer up some really great questions.

Credit: Noisey / VICE

Like, does J Balvin have a novia? Unfortunately, that too is a question we don’t get a clear answer to. However, J Balvin does tease us a bit saying that he’s “in negotiations.”

At times, J Balvin hits back with his own questions and the kids responses are just wayyyyy too cute.

Credit: Noisey / VICE

Shortly after Balvin is asked if he has a girlfriend, he pops the question back to his audience – of like 8-year-olds – if any of them have significant others. Many of the girls answer saying no, that they’re too young. Meanwhile, a few boys say they’re incapable of having girlfriends because they’re saints and J Balvin has a good laugh.

Check out the full video here and do you best not to smile from ear to ear!