Tinker Hatfield’s Original Air Jordan 3 Sketch Comes to Life

Tinker Hatfield is known the world over thanks to one illustrious design that perhaps stands just slightly above (or head-and-shoulders above) his legendary portfolio and that is the Air Jordan 3. Regarded by many as the GOAT of the Air Jordan line, the silhouette final design varied significantly from its original sketches. Back in late January, the ‘Tinker’ Air Jordan 3 Retro was revealed featuring a Swoosh across the lateral quarter and NIKE spelled out on the medial collar.

As the story goes and has been subsequently confirmed, Michael Jordan was dangerously close to departing Nike after the Air Jordan 2, making Tinker’s design most pivotal.

“I told him, ‘I hope you (Michael) like what we came up with. He grabbed it from me. In five minutes, he was smiling and asking all kinds of questions. Within 20 minutes, the meeting was over, and we had the Air Jordan III,” – Tinker Hatfield

As the saying goes…the rest is history. Tinker’s Air Jordan 3 Retro drops in its originally sketched form on March 24th on SNKRS.