“Evolution” was part of the Chinatown Soccer Club’s TMWRK art show hosted by Nike’s 255 Elizabeth St Lab in NYC. It is inspired partly from real events . “I was watching this older man at the field where we play. He was wearing these flimsy little slippers, and just schooling the younger players. Next thing I knew he was playing barefoot. I was inspired! Another day I got so frustrated with my soccer shoes I took them off and played barefoot, too. It was a great feeling. I have since had the privilege of playing with him, and he has my utmost respect. I now know him as Kang. ”
Perhaps coincidentally, Nike later produced a television spot with a strikingly similar theme, seen here.