Today, every teenage kid and even the older ones seem to be spellbound by the sneaker culture. It is a cultural phenomenon that has not died down for years if not for decades. What made it even more so are the well-known and often overpriced Air Jordan shoes. This brand associated with Nike dominates the “shoe game”, thus gets abused by resellers and collectors who are more concerned of its monetary and/or public value rather than rocking it for the passion.
Gary Lockwood, also known as ‘Freehand Profit’ is a designer/illustrator and a sneakerhead himself who is aware of the uproar in the hip-hop and sneakerhead community. Disturbed by how the culture has become, he used sneakers to create art, which according to him is not preach but to spark conversations about certain aspects ofthe culture.
The shoes were made into cool and crazy looking gas masks that definitely make statements. View some of it below. Enjoy and yes you may cry!
Gas Mask Made From Sneakers
All of the photos are from freehandprofit.com
Air Jordan XI “Bred XIs”
Air Jordan V “Grape V”
Air Jordan 7 “Raptor 7”
Air Jordan 3 “White Cements”
Lebron 9 “Summit Lake Hornets”
[color-box]More Lebron Customs here: Lebron X Customs[color-box]
KD IV “N 7”
Adidas Top Ten 2000s
The mask artworks were part of his year-long project called MASK365. The first piece he made wasn’t made from sneakers but actually out of a Gucci handbag. You may check more of his works in his website: http://freehandprofit.com
Here are a couple of videos you might want to check out. I included an interview and a how to video featuring Freehand Profit showing how he works on his stuffs.
Sneakerheads MTL interview with Freehand Profit
Deconstruction of the Grape Vs