I apologise Jean-Michel…

On behalf of the shoe community, I apologise for the following blight on your legacy, ‘cos I’m pretty sure Reebok aren’t going to.

Yours Sincerely,

Steve

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Image and Text from www.theshoebuff.com

"Reebok has released a collection in collaboration with designer Jean-Michel Basquiat;
 a line most notable inspired by parts of his Suite of Fourteen Drawings.
 The addition of text on the shoes lends to its classic DIY pump-meets-punk aesthetic."

fuck offfff….

1. how can you ‘collaborate’ with someone who is dead?
you can’t – but you can license their work and plaster it all over your product.
2. Basquiat wasn’t a designer, with business cards, and a desk… he was an artist.
3. I really doubt enough ‘punks’ do (or did) D.I.Y jobs on their Reebok pumps to declare it an aesthetic.
4. I could go on all day about this…

The stupid thing is they’re not terrible looking shoes, but are completely pointless.

And embroidered logo on a pair of white shoes is not a collaboration, its a misappropriation of a piece of art that had a meaning and purpose all of it’s own, and I’m guessing that probably didn’t include selling overpriced footwear to the general public.

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… and don’t get me started on the irony involved in using his text – something vaguely about the inequities of modern life and ‘big money’ and the rat race etc, on a pair of shoes – made in china, and sold for what is no doubt a 2000% markup on the price paid to the worker who made them.

This stuff reeeeeeally shits me off, not just because I hand make shoes, not because I’m a Basquiat fan, but mainly because I used to collect ‘collectable’ sneakers until the big brands clearly ran out of ideas, and have resorted to crap like this and ‘Iron Maiden’ collaborations and ‘lets take the sole of one Nike and glue it to the upper of a different one and call it a ‘hybrid’.

Grrrrrrr. There, how I have vented my anger somewhat.

Listening to: The sound of the sneaker industry punching the art community in the face.

Hot Damn

Seeing as a whole lot of nothing is still going on in Dead and Buried land – mainly due to Dani and I both getting asked to do some full time work for our respective part-time jobs – here’s a link to someone out there in the big wide world who is doing exactly what I plan to do, and that’s pretty inspiring.

(I’m not one to see similar work as cause to rethink my ideas, I see it as healthy for the industry and healthy for me… it gives me something to benchmark against / compete against = motivation!)

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Raphael Young – Tsuka 1 (S/S 10)

So, if you like your shoes intense, shapely and hand made, check out Raphael Young

http://www.raphaelyoung.com/

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Raphael Young – 300-03 (S/S 10)

I’m not 100% sure of his whole story yet, but it seems he is a 30-something year old shoemaker, with an uncle who designed for YSL, and has a varied background (physics and engineering before fashion design) that helps him come up with some pretty impressive towering heels.

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Raphael Young – 301-04 (S/S 10)

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Raphael Young – 90203-01 (S/S 10)

So, have a look, buy some if you get a chance, and then if you do, bring ‘em by my studio so I can get all research-y and break out my magnifying glass to see what he does and what he uses!

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Raphael Young – Eagle One A (F/W 09)

The wooden soles on these older ones are great, maybe I can get my dad in on the game whittling me up some soles when he retires… or if I know him it’d be more like ‘buying a massive lathe from Bunnings and going into full production mode’.

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Raphael Young – Shira (S/S 09)

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Raphael Young – Bizen (S/S 09)

Getting back to the problem of the lack of creative work lately from Dani and I, it’s also because we’re STILL officially banned from our studio space by the Melbourne Shitty* Council because some douche-bag has declared not-for-profit arts and craft a no-no in his part of town. There is a permit application in the works, and fines are being issue for anyone using the building. Wonderful.

* see what i did there, with the humour?

[insert political rant here]
So from what we can gather, officially its fine to open a shop, as a business, with no customers, and make no money (like i’m sure lots of failing businesses do) but if you make art and don’t intend to make money from the outset, therefor denying the government and council their taxes… vrooomp…getthehellouttahere.
sigh.
[end rant]

Now that we know money is definitely the grease that keeps the wheels of the city in motion, we’ll be sure to set up our new studio as a “shop”, selling outrageously overpriced cans of coke, so we can make craft in our ‘downtime’ when no customers are there to buy our one-of-a-kind super-cokes.

Listening to : Guns n’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
…on the way in to work today, in my car, at full volume. Rock on.

No news is not good news, it’s boring.

Hey Deadfans, both Dani and I have been in holiday-from-the-studio mode over the last week (Easter weekend), so that should explain the lack of posts.

We did manage to revamp the garden, get hayfever, rest, continue with the garden, drink beers, have a family lunch AND make a long overdue visit to my Grandma… but none of that is particularly interesting to the dozens of people who check this site (yearly).

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One bit of news to note though (just for bragging’s sake) is that our dear pals Tom and Jess are moving to the UK for keeps, and as sad as that is, we take some solace in knowing that the 50 or so pints of Tom’s delicious home brew he left with us will numb the pain nightly for a good few weeks!
Ha ha, hellloooo gout, I’ll be seeing you soon.

So, in lieu of any crafty pictures I am going to put up some more ‘inspiration list’ images that I have here on my computer… No real reason, other than it might get you inspired, or simply let you know a little more about the complicated and conflicting set of tastes and interests I have.

I’m pretty sure I’m the only vintage-amp-and-art-and-cooking-and-ladies-shoes-and-psyche-rock obsessed shoemaker-slash-3d-animator in town…