Neymar Jr mixes art with football
Posted: 28 January 2016 Time: 15:26
Brazilian superstar Neymar teams up with talented graphic designer and fellow countryman, Bruno Big, for his latest collection of Nike boots.
Neymar Jr.’s new “Ousadia Alegria” boots embody an expression the athlete lives by and has tattooed on his calves. Translating to "daring" and "joy," respectively, these words define both Neymar Jr.’s playing style and his personal mantra.
“I associate ‘Alegria’ with the joy of living and playing football, which I love most, and ‘Ousadia’ in having the audacity to do something different, which people don't expect to see,” explains Neymar Jr.
Bruno Carneiro Mosciaro, a renowned Brasilian artist and designer best known as Bruno Big, is responsible for the boot’s vibrant graphics.
“I created two different images, one for 'Ousadia' and one for 'Alegria,'” he says. “There is a heart and there is a hand, so the idea is intended to be more graphic than a direct message. That is the interesting point of it.”
Bruno Big painted a giant canvas of 1,000 shoeboxes to commemorate the "Ousadia Alegria" launch, delivering the first pair to Neymar Jr. personally. The remaining 999 shoeboxes featuring Bruno Big’s art (with the boots inside) will be available on January 31 exclusively via the Nike Football App. The Ousadia Alegria collection, which includes training apparel and two Nike Sportswear footwear silhouettes, will be available beginning February 2 on Nike.com.