Skepta and Nike Return To Release the Anticipated Air Max Tailwind 5 in “Bloody Chrome”

Building on an impressive and well documented partnership, Skepta and Nike return to release the Air Max Tailwind 5 in “Bloody Chrome”. What began as the understated Air Classic BW ”Blacklisted” from 2016, has grown to include bolder color palettes like the above.

Revolutionary with his music, regarded as one of Grime’s forefathers, Skepta’s influence has moved beyond the sonic realm to inform some of streetwear’s most sought-after releases. During his five year tenure with Nike, he has reinterpreted cornerstone silhouettes such as the Air Max 97 and Air Max Deluxe.

A notably futuristic model, the Air Max Tailwind 5 speaks to a number of sonic style classes, from Grime and Techno, all the way to Gabber and Hardcore.

Scroll down to read more about the inspirations behind the Skepta x Nike Air Max Tailwind 5 “Bloody Chrome”, as well as release date and purchasing information.

Drawing inspiration from nature, Skepta used the idea of a butterfly’s metamorphosis to inform the sneaker’s design and to represent his own creative rebirth. With such rich narrative becoming one of Skepta’s design hallmarks, he is familiar with the application of culture and personal style to enrich each new release.

The black cage structure is inspired by the Air Max Tailwind 5 Plus, with the chrome finishing taken from the Sk Shox. The release’s iridescent heel instead recalls the thermographic cover of “Ignorance Is Bliss”, Skepta’s defining 2009 album.


The Skepta x Nike Air Max Tailwind 5 “Bloody Chrome” will drop on June 12 online and in-store at One Block Down Rome. Click the button above for additional purchasing information. In the meantime, be sure to follow our Sneaker Release Calendar and Instagram page for more of the most up-to-date purchasing and raffle information.