In 2011, Reebok Classics teamed up with Mannion during the infamous Art Basel in Miami for the first installment of "CLASSIC" at AE District.
This collection explores a selection of Mannion's most celebrated collaborations with legendary hip hop artists by examining both the iconic and the intimate moments of a 20-year career. From hall of fame artists RUN DMC and the Notorious B.I.G., to the new legends, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, "CLASSIC" showcases some of Mannion's most influential, timeless and authentic images within the genre.
As an added element to the gallery artwork, Jonathan invited several hip hop artists to participate in an ongoing series of illustrated photographs. Each print consists of one carefully selected image of an artist from the Mannion archive. The artist then illustrated the portrait of themselves as they saw fit with a variety of paints, markers & Sharpies to create a uniquely collaborative piece.
The four day gallery exhibition event also featured performances by A$AP Rocky, an exclusive interview with Rick Ross and nightly parties featuring various DJ's such as the legendary DJ Clark Kent.