BLACKOUT : BIG BLACK TALKS KICKS

Words By: Lucian Dickson

When it comes to Christopher “Big Black” Boykin what you see is what you get. There aren’t many people who truly practice what they preach more than the professional security guard from security guards turned reality television star. And while he may be more known for his outrageous antics on MTV’s “Rob & Big” and “Fantasy Factory” he’s also made name for himself with his line of apparel and sneakers. We sat down with the loveable, larger than life character and picked his brain on everything from the most he’s dropped on a pair to why he’s never worn DCs. Let’s Do Work!


SB: So how many years have you and Rob been working together?

BB: We’ve been working together about 6 years with the show.

SB: As everyone knows you started off as Rob’s security and in those days you had a lot of physical responsibilities from chasing security guards to helping Rob clear obstacles, you got busy. What are the best shoes to Do Work in?

BB: You know man I used to rock a lot of Air Force 1s.

SB: Lows? Mids?

BB: Mids, Highs, Lows, I had em all.

SB: From watching the show it’s obvious you’re heavily into sneakers, it seems like Jordans and Air Forces are your favorite.

BB: Yeah, you know I did a lil’ Ice Cream when Pharrell had the Ice Cream line, I liked the colorways man, those were cool. I was a big Puma guy when they had Ralph Sampson. I was also a big fan of Converse, you know the Weapons, back when Larry Bird was wearing em.

SB: So you don’t have an allegiance to one brand, it seems like you’re into everything, Puma, Converse, etc

BB: Well back in the day you rocked shoes to where your money fluctuated. You know my mom couldn’t afford it. I had a little job, I was able to get me a new pair here and there but it wasn’t really like, like now. Like now I me a little money, I can go back, I can get the stuff I didn’t get back in the day. That’s the good thing about being successful, you can get some stuff you wasn’t able to get as a kid.

SB: So you’re from Mississippi correct?

BB:Born in Chicago, raised in Mississippi, kinda went back and forth.

SB: So as a kid in Mississippi were there a pair of shoes that you always wanted that you never got a chance to own?

BB: Oh yeah, but I got em. The Jordan 4’s, Original black and red. I got mine!

SB: Well done. So what was the store in Mississippi that had all the shoes? Where was your spot as a kid?

BB: We actually had to go New Orleans to get the hot ones

SB: So Black, you’re a sz 15 correct?

BB: Yessir.

SB: Do you find that having a larger size is an advantage or disadvantage when it comes to finding sneakers?

BB: If you’re trying to find exclusives, ok hold on. If you’re waking up early to stand outside of FootLocker for a pair of the retros wearing a 15 is a good look because no one else in that line is a 15.

SB: What if you’re not around, if you’re out of town do you have a connect who looks out and get shoes for you or do you just do all your purchasing yourself?

BB: You know what man, I’m a real cat. And I don’t get caught up in that Hollywood sh*t. I’m a real dude. I will get my black ass up at 6:30 in the morning, get to the Footlocker, stand in line and get my shoes like everybody else. I don’t get free shoes, I buy mine.

SB: I feel that. So if you can’t get them when they release, are you just like “Forget it, I’m not gonna pay ebay prices, flightclub prices”?

BB: I got a breaking point. I paid $350 for the Spacejams and I paid like three sixty for the black and red versions. That’s as far as it goes. I’m not paying over $400 for a pair of shoes. If women can pay $500, $1000 for the whatever whatevers, I can get away with $400. But that’s my threshold. If it’s over that I can live without it.

SB: So many pairs do you have right now? If you had to guess, what’s the collection looking like?

BB: I got about 40 if I had to guess.

SB: Mostly Jordans?

BB: All Jordans. I’ve had a bunch more in the past but I’m at 40 pairs of J’s right now.

SB: Do you give your shoes away when you’re done with them?

BB: Yeah I give them to my boy Bam Bam

SB: We all know Rob is heavily tied in with DC, do you have a favorite pair from his signature line? Is there a pair of Dyrdek’s that you mess with with?

BB: Honestly, I was never able to feel the joy of rocking my boy’s signature shoe because they don’t make them for me. Rob’s shoe was never made in a 15. They didn’t make 15, the Dyrdeks only went to 13.

SB:They couldn’t hook it up for you? You couldn’t even get a special one off?

BB: No! They would not make a special one off because it’s about the molding. It’s about the mold. You know I did shoes too, had my own shoe line. So I knew the process and they didn’t want to make the mold, so, it just didn’t happen.

SB: There was never a Big Black signature shoe from the Dyrdek collection?

BB: No there was not. They never did one. I ended up doing my own shoe line through Finishline, sold $2M

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