Are you ready kids? Aye aye captain . . . I can't hear you!!! Kyrie did not have to put his foot on our necks with this Nike/ Nickelodeon / Spongebob Squarepants collaboration. Back in high school, I used to rock a Spongebob backpack and went by the name TiFFbob Thickpants, thank you very much! I might have also had that as my signature on my text messages at the time too. If you don't know what that means, then there is a strong possibility that you're too young for me. Haha
The pair originally dropped on August 10, 2019 and I picked them up at my local Footlocker that morning. If you missed that release, then you might have gotten lucky on the restock date of October 15, 2019. If you missed them both, then they're available on the resell market for prices over retail, if you've got the dough to blow. The bold yellow color with a hint of red and the gum bottom was without a doubt a colorway I needed (okay wanted) in my collection. The squiggly Nike check symbolizes, to me, the hugged edges surrounding the show's main character, Spongebob, while the dark green dots along the top and sides of the shoe are sure to be a conversation starter.
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When I purchased this sneaker, I immediately thought about how cute it would look next to my Spongebob stuffed toy from high school. Then, it hit me (not literally), that I could rock the kicks with my stuffed animal for Halloween! Back in 2016, I made my first do-it-yourself (DIY) Halloween costume, the month after my mom passed away, and wore it to work for the costume contest. It served as a therapeutic activity when I was surrounded by a cloud of sadness in the midst of deeply mourning my best friend. The DIY activity allowed for me to focus solely on making a dope costume and beating the competition, which I did.
I'm confidently competitive because I believe in my abilities.
So, I set off to make a DIY Spongebob Costume . . . at the last minute, because procrastination is real. Although, I must say that some of my best work has been done down to the wire because, adrenaline.
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The hat! Goodness. This DIY project was definitely the most challenging for me to date. Last year, I was a DIY Strawberry and used a hot glue gun to tackle the project. However, this year, I couldn't find my hot glue gun, and wasn't about to spend more money to purchase another one. A needle and thread are cheaper, but definitely consume more time. For this reason, I would not recommend waiting until 11 p.m. the night before Halloween to begin sewing, because I wrapped at 4 a.m. Lordt.
I drew inspiration from instructables.com to create the hat, but of course wanted to make it my own. I didn't have any measuring materials, so I used my eyes to get the job done.
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The costume contest at work was interesting as there didn't appear to be any judging criteria. I was selected 4th place behind 3 store bought costumes. Though, the best part of the day was how amazing I felt knowing I customized my costume with my creative spirit and pushed myself to sew a hat together when I'd never done anything like that before. Plus, it was nice to have people come up to me throughout the day to admire my costume, ask about its details, ask to take a picture to share with their family members that love Spongebob and my sneakers, and to listen to them tell me that they wanted to recall the vote because I should have won. Haha
This isn't a rant on the ranking of the costume contest, though serious side eye was given. I won tickets to the Harvey Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture for which I'm grateful because I'm an emerging art connoisseur and have a deep appreciation for black art. I want it to serve as a reminder for my audience that your worth isn't determined by the outside world, because that opinion will always be subjective. While I am competitive, I didn't make this costume solely for the purpose of winning, I did it because the act of making the costume provided me with a moment of peace and served as a reminder of my personal growth.
Be you and shine, and remember that not everyone will understand your creative genius, and that by no means should dim your light!
Have you ever made a DIY costume or wished that you created one? Let me know in the comments!!
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