Turns out, my mother kept every G.I. Joe that died under my command. The weird thing is… I could’ve sworn I buried all of them.
'Lonnie Donegan' (King of Skiffle)
Trying out the new brushes I recently acquired. First time blending something in months.
The break dancers who started this sneaker movement were not rich folk. They didn’t have money to just, go out and buy a new pair of shoes whenever they felt like it. And in this, a whole new kind of care was born and a question had to be asked. “How important are your shoes?” This is where sneaker culture for the sake of fashion is born. New Yorkers began carrying around tooth brushes to clean their shoes and markers hung from their necklaces so that they could eventually re paint the very necessary stripes on their kicks that had worn off from friction. There are 10,000 people wearing the same kind of Pumas, Adidas and Nike dunks that you have on right now. You’re about to pop off a variety of new moves at the club on East 30th. How are you going to stand out?
'DMC' 14”x 9” Marywood MFA thesis
An extremely influential rap Hip hop group known as Run DMC, brought the fashion of the sneaker to a new level, exposing their street-wear to a much broader audience that extended passed the Streets of New York City and onto the world. In any given club in the late 70’s, there were many MC’s and Rap artists who rocked the Adidas sneakers, hoodies and shirts, but as soon as they were awarded record deals, their look completely changed from real and honest street cats, to leather boots, gold chains, eccentric furs, and a variety of spikes. It was definitely a confusing time for any rap or hip hop artist. At that time, it wasn’t fully clear what the Hip hop look was going to look like. All that was understood, was that it would change music, fashion and the world. Run DMC believed that any Hip hop artist should be true to their personal origins and the origins of Hip hop. In 1983, Run DMC blasted out into the world of pop dressed in the same gear they wore on the streets. They were in the right place, the right time, and in the right sneaker. NO LACES, Just like prison inmates.
'Lace Design' 15”x11”
8 lace designs I found on the shoes of middle school students in Tampa Florida’s Hillsborough county Public Schools. Drawings were done from observation, scanned and digitally colored in Photoshop for educational purposes.
'Evol Nike' 15”x13”
People have been murdered for their shoes. This is the evolution of the Nike shoe brand from 1980 to 1996. A boy in New York was killed during a mugging of his ELITE kicks. Another boy beaten for his Oregon Waffles. Police escorts were made available for anyone who wanted to purchase the L-D 1000 pair due to gang members posting up outside a Brooklyn shoe store with guns, bats, chains etc. Lots and lots of raucous over footwear.
When the leader of the Ladies Den teaches you how to grow your own, it feels good :)