Oooo I’ve been waiting to share this one with you! Once again I was hired by the good folks at adidas to re-imagine their footwear. This time instead of sneakers, it’s the adidas Football team and it’s the #FR3AK Ultra on my Chopping Block – a brand new football cleat featuring both Primeknit and BOOST.
For this mask/helmet I pulled some inspiration from the mythical chimera. Traditionally known as the mythical, monstrous beast with the body of a lion, multiple heads (often a lion/goat/dragon combo), and the tail of a snake. The #FR3AK cleats to me appeared to be a hybrid beast, with stripes like a tiger in the Primeknit and the tough scaled toe box seemed reptilian. In place of the snake or dragon heads, I used replica Gila monster skulls (that I covered in silver leaf). In my translation, the chimera’s goat horns became serpent horns in place of the traditional snake tail. The original sketch (below) featured 2 horn tails, but keeping with the adidas branding I added a third to the final mask. All 3 are removable and bendable, you can very easily remove all 3, have just 1 in the middle, or 2 – one on each side, or of course all 3 can be attached. The teeth and nose are that of a predatory mammal, something big, something ancient man would have come across (both the teeth and nose are hand sculpted in Aves sculpting apoxie). And because I’m a numbers guy, an eye for each stripe – ’cause this is adidas!
This was a great project and as always adidas was a pleasure to work with. I really love getting the chance to go all out. – Freehand Profit