Hyper Realistic sculptor – Sam Jinks

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Melbourne based artist, Sam Jinks, specialises in the creation of these amazingly realistic and incredibly evocative sculptures.

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Tyre sculptor

Ji Yong Ho tire sculpture rhino

Art work by by the supremely talented Ji Yong Ho, A south Korean artist and sculptor whom models his works from old tires and rubber.

I originally came across Ji Yong Ho’s work via Thememagazine.com

Works by Greg Lamarche

The following pieces were created by Greg Lamarche.

I originally stumbled across Lamarche’s work via Yay!everyday

Steampunk Sculptures by Michihiro Matsuoka

These beautiful pieces are by Michihiro Matsuoka.

Michihiro created these sculptures using stone clay and acrylic paint.

I found these via DailyArtFixx

Recycled skateboard sculpture

These contemporary pieces are by art collective Haroshi.

Each sculpture is created using the colourful layers of recycled skateboards..

“There are no single USED skateboard that it is bend or scrutched in the same way. As if it is a personality, skateboard has it`s own character. What I am doing is to focusing on each personality and use it`s element to create my work. So I am trying to show the out shoot of the bord beautifully as color of the skatebord looks beautiful when it`s pasted together.”

I found these pieces via Grievous Bodily Charm

So you want to customize your own sneakers

The ever growing collection of Melbourne based, professional sneaker customizer, Sekure D is one that all would be street artists should be keeping a close eye on.

SD has had his work exhibited both at home [Australia] and abroad, has been featured in dozens of sneaker, street art and fashion publications, has done a collection a number of solo exhibitions and has even collaborated with brands such as globe, whom replicated 2500 pairs of his Mace Hi sneakers.
Mr. D has kindly agreed to share some insight into what It takes to become a successful sneaker customizer.
DT: First off, how did you get started in the sneaker customizing scene? What made you one day think ‘I’m going to paint a pair of shoes’? Why did you feel compelled to change what had already been created?

SD: I have been into sneakers since I was a little kid mainly due to my interest in skateboarding and basketball. Consequently I have been collecting them for a long time and it seemed like it was a good way to produce something that other people didn’t have. Sneaker customizing also combines a lot of my interests into one activity.

DT: How long did it take before you considered yourself a full time sneaker customizer?

SD: I still think it’s strange, when people ask what I do I say I am an artist. It wasn’t until after I had been doing this for about 5 years that it became feasible to work in this field full time.

DT: I’m sure you get this all the time, but from where do you get your inspiration?

SD: I would say it’s a mixture of a few elements, comic books, graffiti, film and alcohol being the most important.

DT: What is the thought process for creating a unique pair of sneakers?

SD: It is easy to create a custom pair of sneakers but it’s hard to create one that is both wearable and recognizable as your own, that’s what I focus on now. I approach the shoes as a dedication to something I am fond of; alternatively I use them as a canvas to illustrate a pattern or composition I have developed.

DT: What advice would you give to those whom would like to try their hand at sneaker customization? where does one start?

SD: I would design a bunch of pairs on Photoshop or a similar program first and try not to go too over the top or rush it when your new. So often people skip the acetone stage or put on thick coats of paint to make it quicker but it all ends poorly if you don’t take your time.

DT: What are you working on now?

SD: Just knocking up a time-lapse for some new shoes I finished yesterday entitled the Nike “Serpent” Dunk High and a new project which is pretty exciting.

DT: What’s next for Sekure D?

SD: Holiday until the end of February then a series of customs I have been brainstorming over and a new solo exhibition.

Click on the image above to check out Sekure D’s Guide via Sneaker Freaker.


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