How do you take a retail sneaker and turn it into something totally new?
First, I separate the body and midsole of the sneakers; then I remove all the stitches – there’s a lot more sewing than you think, so it can be time consuming. Once all the pieces are separated, I work on the inside of each piece to support it with a glue gun and a thin wire ear. Finally, I use a thicker, stronger wire to secure the pieces in place with a glue gun. It takes about two-to-three days for the work to be completed.
What’s the one project that best sums up your work?
It has to be the Air Force 1, because the purpose of my work is to show the internal structure of sneakers and this shoe was the basis of sneaker design.
What made you choose to work with sneakers?
I’ve always been a big fan of the culture – I was into hip-hop and I was a rapper. And, of course, I like basketball and I’m a big fan of Air Jordan, and I love Nike’s old-school basketball shoes.
What’s your advice for young creatives trying to find inspiration at the moment?
As the slogan goes: just do it. I was curious and broke apart my sneakers – if I hadn’t done that two years ago, I wouldn’t be here now. I was 36 years old and working as a photographer and videographer when I became known as a sneaker artist. If you can’t find your talent right now, don’t be disappointed and don’t stop.