As we look around Cosmos Country, we’re going to be exploring the different cultures that make up New York City. top photographer Jamel Shabazz has captured these different communities in their natural habitats, and we’re going to be looking at them in more detail over the next few weeks, exploring why they’re important to New York and how they link to soccer in the city.
First up we’ve got a bunch who have got their passions written on their chests, as you can see in the picture above.
The three Kings are a tatted-up wrecking crew of soccer geeks out of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The group is headed by Alex McWatt (right), owner and captain of the three Kings soccer team. he is also joined by his fellow-artists Josh Egnew (left) and Matty NoTimes (centre).
The three Kings shop opened 3 years ago and has grown into a staple of the soccer culture in New York City ever since. Alex in particular was a huge fan of The Cosmos back in the day and has been a vocal advocate about bringing the team back since their departure in 1984.
“I think it will be amazing for soccer in NYC,” said McWatt. “I can’t wait to support a team that will actually play in this city!” Alex has been tattooing in Brooklyn for over 10 years and sees soccer as a means to strengthen the tattoo community that his shop prides itself on.
“The guys on the team are always stopping in and even other teams are swing by to chat soccer and get tattooed,” said McWatt. if you’re ever out in Brooklyn and looking for a good place to get a tattoo, or even just chat about soccer, don’t hesitate to stop by three Kings. for more info, head over to their website.
Another of the cultures captured by Jamel around New York are these gents from Little Italy in Manhatten. Sporting some New York Cosmos clobber, they’re looking unspeakable cool:
To catch up on the whole of Cosmos Country, and to see the great new kits we’ve created for The New York Cosmos, head over to Umbro.com