Three Golden Masks…

Liquid Gold AF1 Masks by Freehand Profit
The 122nd sneaker mask was actually 2 masks created from a single pair of Liquid Gold AF1s. The mask was created by Freehand Profit for rapper Trinidad James. Find out more about the work on FREEHANDPROFIT.com.

Here’s a lil story about 3 golden masks… About an artist that makes his own rules, only to bend them. A tale of a rapper’s love for gold and a mischievous, mythological mammal.

If you’ve been following my work for a while, then you probably know one of my rules is that I won’t use the same color way more than once. That means if I chop down a pair of Butter 350s, I won’t make another mask from Butters – Belugas sure, Creams sure. But never the same color way twice. Well, never say never.

In 2017, Nike asked me to break my rule by creating multiple masks out of the same color way of SF-AF1 Mids. But even before that I faced this dilemma when Red Bull asked me to re-chop some Liquid Gold AF1s so they could film it for their show, Social Fabric with Kyle Ng.

Liquid Gold AF1 Masks by Freehand Profit

First thing I did was check with the original collector, who just happened to be Trinidad James. With a single pair of the Air Force 1 highs I crafted 2 masks for the rapper known for being wrapped in gold, with the second pair I promised to create something entirely different. With his okay we began filming with Red Bull, both chopping the new pair which we picked up from RIF.LA and presenting Trinidad James with his finished masks.

You can see the full episode on Red Bull TV and streaming on Netflix!

The golden Jackalope gas mask was created for artist, Kara Dunne. Kara went to Alfred University with my wife, Betsy VanDeusen and once traveled the country with a stuffed jackalope. This double canister gas mask features custom sculpted antlers, molded and cast in clear resin with floating gold leaf and iridescent flake.

Liquid Gold AF1 Gas Mask by Freehand Profit
The 176th sneaker mask created by Freehand Profit. Made from 1 pair of Liquid Gold Nike Air Force 1s. Find out more about the work on FREEHANDPROFIT.com.

For me the jackalope is a symbol of mythos and folklore. It’s spirit imbued into the mask embodies a mischievous nature, a trickster of the American Southwest. It pulls its power from campfires and the songs we sang around them. It’s a tongue in cheek tall tale fueled by the mildly morbid imagination of rogue taxidermists who managed to bring magic out of the ordinary and myth into reality.

Liquid Gold AF1 Gas Mask by Freehand Profit

The Liquid Gold Jackalope Gas Mask was modeled by dancer, @tfxsingen. Special thanks to Frankie Coto (our Director of Photography) and SNKRinc.

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