Design for my friend George from New Mexico. He let me have complete creative freedom on this pair, all the way up to choosing the subject matter. Tried to stay pretty true to Dia de los Muertos tradition by incorporating the makeup, skull candies, flowers, picture of loved one, etc.
Art Kicks is an entrepreneurial venture between myself (Cam Giblin) and Art Director/friend Evan Schultz. We create custom artwork on canvas Vans shoes with Sharpie. Shoes go for $250 a pair. Each pair receives two coatings of water and stain guard to ensure the designs will last regular wear and tear. The fumes we’ve inhaled working on these shoes will probably kill us. Lung cancer, like Sharpie, is fairly permanent.
(HH: Like the Hindu celebration of Holi, DOTD has also carved out a multi-cultural niche and is celebrated in many parts of the world today. Some holidays just appeal to lots of people and honoring the ancestors is a human inclination.)
print collaboration was mostly executed by my friend and co-worker Ernesto Yerena with a little help from me. Ernesto is the closest thing to an apprentice I’ve ever had, but beyond just learning my art and design style, he brings his own influences into the mix at our studio. Read what Ernesto has to say about the inspiration for the print. -Shepard
Being from the border-towns of El Centro CA, U.S. / Mexicali B.C., MX I have always been proud of both of my cultures and never belonged to one particular group or subculture. Since Mexicali is more of a modern city compared to most cities in the southern region of Mexico I never really got to experience the full effect of the Day of the Dead until I moved to Los Angeles where I see iconic DOTD sculptures, painting, posters , etc.. really often because of the Latin population that originates from southern region of Mexico and throughout Latin America. Overtime the DOTD culture has been adopted by many different people not just latinos from skaters to art collectors which is a good example of the same type of cultural overlay that has made this country what it is. This image is my interpretation of your typical DOTD skull that symbolizes my heritage, my home of LA, and what we do here at Obey Giant. -Ernesto
La Catarina – In Mexican folk culture, the Catarina, popularized by José Guadalupe Posada, is the skeleton of a high society woman and one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico.