Courtesy of Jesse Alkire

New look for the Oakland Raiders?

Every year a uniform/graphic arts designer submits their take on a change in the style or look of an NFL uniform.  Obviously the Oakland Raiders look has, for the most part, transcended time and bridged the generational gap with its basic colors of Silver and Black.  As you can see in this photograph, the Oakland Raiders uniforms show little change from 1960 to present:

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Courtesy of the NFL

In every business, when a new regime takes over, changes occur.  Sometimes the changes are very subtle, and other times the changes are radical and bordering on insane.  For years now, graphic arts designers have played with the look of the Oakland Raiders uniforms, and some of them are quite good.  As a matter of fact, there is one in particular that accentuates the Silver and Black look by only making small changes to the traditional look.

Graphic arts designer Jesse Alkire has submitted his version of the Oakland Raiders uniforms, and these are very well done.  There’s even a special “Black Hole” edition uniform that would be awesome to see in the Coliseum.  In his own words on his website (, Jesse Alkire explained why he didn’t make any drastic changes to the Raiders look;

“Another strong, proud uniform tradition remains virtually untouched.  Solid-color socks give one of the NFL’s most traditional uniforms a slick, modern feel.  Alternate “Black Hole” uniform an option for marquee matchups, such as playoff games or rivalry games.”

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A close-up of the uniform reveals just how classic Jesse Alkire keeps the look of the helmet and jersey:

Courtesy of Jesse Alkire

Courtesy of Jesse Alkire

Still other designs exist that alter the logo on the helmet to be more of a retro look, but these still look extremely tough:

Courtesy of Charles Sollars

Courtesy of Charles Sollars

Courtesy of Charles Sollars

Courtesy of Charles Sollars

While none of these looks have been accepted by the Oakland Raiders organization, it’s a lot of fun to think of how the team would look sporting these uniforms as the Raiders edge into the future of football.

I have always been a person who has held true to the look of the Oakland Raiders, and I am uneasy about a change, but I have to admit these two different looks from Jesse Alkire and Charles Sollars actually honor the tradition of the Oakland Raiders.  With the new regime in place, it might not be a bad idea to change the uniform up just a little-bit.  Let me know what you think…

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  • Don

    The Big problem with these new look is Mr. Al Davis would not approve any gray color that is not silver. I’m with him, he built the image and if it’s not the silver raiders are know for than it’s not cool with me. All black is cool imo

  • Jaime Olguin

    I would like to see the uniforms from 1960 the Wayne Valley era just for a throwback game , it would bring back
    some kool memories even though they were real bad, some of these new design are pretty kool but I don’t want the
    numbers to change, the air craft block style numbers are awesome that’s one thing I love about our uniforms ,
    but anyways if they change the uniforms I hope its not some drastic look like the donkies cause those sure are
    some nastys looking things,

  • GUMP

    As long as it is sliver AND black I don’t care.

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  • vijay maharaj

    Raider Nation will always be Silver and Black. Please do not make the uniform and helmet one color. The Raiders have always been Silver and Black. If they go with black and black the helmet has to be silver. As far I I know The Raiders do not have to make any changes.

  • vijay maharaj

    Raider’s will never be broke and you are right, the uniform is mystique and the best. Other teams have made changes but they cannot make it look good like the raiders uniform…..Silver and Black.

  • Derick22

    I’d be 100% on board with the idea of the “black hole” uniforms being brought out for special occasions. I also think that the Raiders need to include an alternate road uni that incorporates the SILVER numbers, like they did with the AFL throwbacks.

  • Tim Zook

    Raiders can’t change unis. Teams like the Oregon Ducks make it look cool but Penn St. is just too traditional and so are the raiders. Al would be rolling over in his grave.

  • The Autumn Wind

    More like Power Rangers uniforms Haha! I do like the uniforms in the article though even the black hole editions. If they looked like that and only that then I’m cool.

  • J. Luna

    Love these ideas, what’s taking the new regime to even think about making some small and subtle changes.