No. 81 : Sneaker Gas Mask made from Lebron 9 Elite “Taxi” : ODB Tribute

The 81st sneaker gas mask by Freehand Profit. Worn by Figgs of 8 and 9 MFG CO.
The 81st sneaker gas mask by Freehand Profit. Worn by Figgs of 8 and 9 MFG CO.

A lil something this evening for Wu Wednesday, a new sneaker gas mask by Freehand Profit. The 81st sneaker mask is made from a single pair of Nike Lebron 9 Elite “Taxi” sneakers. This piece was commissioned by a long time collector who made the special request that his “Taxi” mask be a continuation of the Wu Tribute series of masks. Specifically, he wanted a mask to represent the late great Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

The 81st sneaker gas mask by Freehand Profit. Worn by Figgs of 8 and 9 MFG CO.
The 81st sneaker gas mask by Freehand Profit. Worn by Figgs of 8 and 9 MFG CO.

“I tried to embody ODB’s style, how unique and wild it was. The mask had to be like no other mask I’ve made. There’s little things that will sink in if you look close. Like the ‘killa bee’ form, or the fact that this is the first mask that I incorporated the air unit into the canister.” – Freehand Profit

G M D Three shooting the mask in NYC
G M D Three shooting the mask in NYC

Freehand Profit shot this mask alongside friend and fellow photographer G M D Three in NYC. Check out the amazing shots by G M D Three in the gallery below.

The 81st sneaker gas mask by Freehand Profit. Worn by Figgs of 8 and 9 MFG CO.
The 81st sneaker gas mask by Freehand Profit. Worn by Figgs of 8 and 9 MFG CO.

The mask was worn by Ray Figgs of 8 and 9 MFG CO. You can find the red crewneck and black hoody on 8and9.com. The red lace locks are #ScarabLocks – hand cast by Freehand Profit and his wife Betsy VanDeusen. These and many more styles and colors are available on FREEHANDPROFIT.BIGCARTEL.COM

Mask with accompanying carrying case.
Mask with accompanying carrying case.

Special thanks to Charlton Yu who laser engraved pieces that I used on the mask as well as on the mask case. Check out his site at :Β caliwooddesignlab.com

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