5 Things That Look Great In Black & Yellow

  • Batman

    Let’s hope Ben Affleck doesn’t ruin the Batman franchise. He might look good in the new suit, but it’ll take more than big, rippled muscles to live up to what Christian Bale did with the character over the latest Batman trilogy.

    Re-introducing the longtime superhero to a new generation took things to another level. One of the two or three greatest comic book characters of all time, interpretations of Batman consistently differed ever since originally appearing in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939. But it was Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy that really reverberated with fans.

    Finally, Batman was a fully fleshed-out anti-hero, capable of great deeds but also of great defeats. It added layers to Bale’s character and made him easier to root for. It also made for some REALLY good movies.

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  • "Black And Yellow"

    Among the new generation of rappers, Wiz Khalifa is about as respected as they come. Ask any athlete about what’s currently playing in their headphones, and more often than not they’ll mention the skinny kid from Pittsburgh.

    His debut single for Atlantic, “Black And Yellow,” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. That’s with good reason. It’s a quintessential party anthem, and was eventually turned into one city’s own theme song. On YouTube, the official music video has over 176 million views, showcasing the song’s mass critical and street appeal.

    This isn’t the most lyrical song you’ll ever hear, and certainly isn’t the most personal ode a rapper has made to his home city, but it’s one of the most memorable.

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  • Pittsburgh Steelers

    If you hang out with enough Steelers fans, eventually you’ll probably start wearing black and yellow by mistake. That’s all they wear, and the fandom has something of a cult following. Once you’re a Pittsburgh fan, you’re one for life. And the appeal is magnetic.

    Much of that comes from the team’s dynasty status. They’ve been consistent contenders since the days of the Steel Curtain during the 1970s, and have won more Super Bowls (six) than any franchise in football. They’ve also made eight SBs, which is tied with Dallas for the most appearances of all time.

    Very few NFL teams associated themselves so much with specific colors, and very few cities align themselves so perfectly with one team. Pittsburgh is the Steelers, and the Steelers are black and yellow.

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  • Kammeon Holsey
    Yellow Jacket

    If you’re like me, you probably got stung as a child and it forever damaged your opinion of our little bumbling friends. I can’t go near them. I hate them. I freak out every time I hear that terrible buzzing sound.

    If you’re like me, watching this video probably gets you all antsy and jumpy, but you can’t deny this: the black and yellow designs all over their bodies are really cool. They’ve also made for some extremely memorable Halloween costumes.

    In sports, Yellow Jackets is a pretty common team name. Sometimes the colors don’t always match up with our traditional flying friends — Georgia Tech’s sports teams, for example, rock gold, black, white… and navy — but the name lends itself perfectly. Yellow Jackets are nasty, quick, aggressive, and fight for what’s theirs. It makes sense to name your team after that.

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  • Air Jordan XIV
    Air Jordans

    Nothing will ever top the line’s OG colorways, but black and yellow is probably one of the more revered options outside of Chicago’s red, white, and black. This Friday, to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Air Jordan XIV will drop from Jordan in a black/yellow get-up. Dubbed “Thunder,” the sneaker features an all-black nubuck upper and rubber outsole, with yellow flashing on the tongue, heel, Jumpman logo, and midsole.

    Jordan Brand doesn’t often dip into this bumble bee look, but when they do, they do it right. The Air Jordan XVII All-Star edition, worn in the game by Michael Jordan, was a white-based sneaker with yellow and black accents. Then as part of the Old Love/New Love package (also: Beginning Moments Package) that released in the spring of 2007, JB hooked the fiends up with a black and yellow-based Air Jordan I.

    But perhaps the most memorable colorway release came in 2006 with the “Thunder and Lightning” Air Jordan IV releases. Online exclusives, they each came with hefty price tags and yet became almost instant classics.

    Jordan continued to go back to the black/yellow well over the next few years and this weekend, the XIV will get the long anticipated makeover.

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  • Batman
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Kammeon Holsey
  • Air Jordan XIV

This Friday, the Jordan Brand will be releasing yet another classic sneaker. The Air Jordan XIV has released in many different colorways, from the infamous “Last Shot” to the well-received graphite-based version. But it has never come correct in the black/yellow. That’ll change tomorrow.

Air Jordans have always looked great in the bumblebee colorway, possibly because yellow is about as far to the left as you can get from Chicago’s traditional color scheme. But the sneakers aren’t the only things that go great with these colors.

From superheroes to music, in anticipation of the XIV (which you’ll be able to grab at Champs Sports), we’re counting down five things in life that look great in black and yellow.

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