It was the forward thinker, the innovator, and the biggest source of creative focus—but that moment birthed a creative diaspora across a new range of brands, with all manner of creative minds.
West’s last project before dumping the Swoosh for the Three Stripes was the Air Yeezy II sneakers, a sneaker that released in three different colorways, each of which is harder to get than the last. Even outside of Kanye West’s cult of personality, the sneakers are regarded as status symbols, demanding prices of well over $3,000 on the secondary market. They’re the inspiration for a wide variety of visual art projects, and at least one home good. We just caught wind of Yeenjoy’s Yeezy replication incense burner and damn, these Yeezys are actual fire.
Yeenjoy is a Chinese brand that mashes up the tradition of Chinese porcelain with pop-culture references to create display pieces that double as incense chambers.
The Yeezys aren’t alone. Included in the collection is a chamber modeled off the Acryonym x Nike Air Presto that released last year, and one that references the Vans Sk8 Hi.
What’s remarkable isn’t just that these combine pottery, incense, and a flowerpot (depends on how you use it!)—it’s the price. The Sk8 Hi is relatively reasonableish at $669, the Presto is going for $845, and the Air Yeezy 2 is even higher.
At $959, a pair of Air Yeezy 2 incense chambers would cost $1918, still well under anyone’s asking price for a new pair of even the least popular Yeezy 2 ($3,000 for “Platinum,” for the record). But that doesn’t make this a reasonable investment by any account.