The Freehand Files: No.84 Ewing 33 HI Gas Mask

Originally released August 1, 2014, the Ewing 33 HI Gas Mask was created for @Figgs8and9 of 8 & 9 Clothing. The abundance of materials that comes with chopping down 2 pairs of the super high top red suede 33s led me to build the shoulder armor. With a little help from Ewing Athletics, Figgs and I are…

NEW RELEASE! The Freehand Files: No.83 Tiffany SB Gas Mask

In a little over two weeks I’ll be releasing my 100th sneaker mask and over the course of the past few months I’ve been remastering published work as well as releasing unpublished masks. I released my very first on November 12, 2010 during MASK365 (Click here to read more about my year long, daily creative…

The Freehand Files: No82. Skunk Dunk SB Gas Mask

Originally released on 4/20/2014 (of course!), the 82nd sneaker mask gas was made from a single pair of Nike SB Dunks. It’s not the only Todd Bratrud designed SB sneaker I’ve used to create a mask, his Cheech & Chong SBs hit my Chopping Block early at No. 11. The sculpted eyes and skunk nose, plus…

The Freehand Files: No.81 Taxi 9 Elite Gas Mask

Originally released December 17, 2014, the Taxi 9 Elite Gas Mask was intended as a tribute to ODB, my 5th is a series of Wu Tang inspired masks. Where many [visual] artists pull inspiration from other visual artists, I have long pulled my inspiration from Hip-Hop lyricists, emcees and rappers. With my obsessive attention for detail…

The Freehand Files: No.80 Jordan Playoff VIII Gas Mask

The Playoff 8 Gas Mask originally released September 15, 2014. Normally I add a little more insight to the writing aspect on these remastered photos but well it’s Friday night and I still have more work to do. Plus I summed it up rather well the first time around, here’s an excerpt: “Appropriately enough, the…

NEW RELEASE! The Freehand Files: No.79 Freegum 9 x ROM Gas Mask

The 79th sneaker mask is a first of it’s kind – a collaboration with sneaker customizer ROM. Inspired by a pair of custom LeBron 9 Freegums that ROM painted for him, @dubstepslap415 decided he had to have the mask to match! So he tracked down another pair of Freegum 9s and sent them off to me…

The Freehand Files: No.78 Doernbecher IX Gas Mask

Originally released August 15, 2014, the Doernbecher IX Gas Mask is one of my favorite photo shoots. I painted the winged background using a last minute stencil I cut. The body paint was a completely new aspect to the photo shoot as well and I think it all came together very well. I also really enjoyed…

NEW RELEASE! The Freehand Files: No.75 KD6 Texas ASTRO Gaming Helmet

Previously unreleased, the 75th sneaker mask was made from 3 pairs of “Texas” KD 6s. This was one of my first collaborations with ASTRO Gaming and like all of our creations the KD6 Gaming Helmet features a built in A50 (ASTRO’s top of the line wireless gaming headset). The KD6 Texas ASTRO Gaming Helmet was modeled by…

The Freehand Files: No.76 Nike SB Koston 2 ASTRO Gaming Helmet

Originally released June 8, 2014, the 76th sneaker mask was my 2nd creation for ASTRO Gaming. Stay tuned to the blog as later I’ll be releasing photos of one of our collabs that has until now gone unreleased. This was one of my first collaborations with ASTRO Gaming and like all of our creations the KD6…

The Freehand Files: No.74 Knicks Spizike Gas Mask

Originally released May 19, 2014, modeled by director Wes “Wuz Good” Armstrong on the streets of downtown Los Angeles. The Knicks Spizike Gas Mask is made from a single pair of Jordan Spizikes – which themselves are made up of elements of different models of Jordan retros. This is the remix of the remix.

The Freehand Files: No.73 BAIT Reebok Question Gas Mask

Originally released on January 31, 2014, the BAIT x Reebok Question Gas Mask features a glow in the dark canister and lens frames. The lenses are laser etched to mimic the air bubble in the Question’s midsole. The photo shoot, which took place in San Diego, featured the now infamous 8&9 Goons tee – often…

The Freehand Files: No.72 Lebron X Christmas Gas Mask

I know it’s not even Halloween yet, let’s not start with the Chistmas hype already. This is definitely not that, just the next in a chronological (for the most part) remastering of all the sneaker masks I’ve created. All leading up to the release of my 100th sneaker mask, an elephant gas mask based on…

The Freehand Files: No.71 Cork X Gas Mask

Originally released December 1, 2013, here’s a great insight from the it’s release post : The masks I make are a tribute to our humanity – to our history of mask making and the parts of our society that are dying off. It’s the exploration of what ‘things’ have  come to replace masks and then…

The Freehand Files: No.70 Jordan Toro IV Gas Mask

Originally released January 14, 2014, the Toro IV Gas Mask is made from 2 pairs of Jordan IVs. It was commissioned by the same collector who commissioned the 100th sneaker mask – made from 3Lab5s, based on my Hellafant G.A.S. Mask design and releasing October 29th. Easily a crowd favorite for it’s resemblance to the…

The Freehand Files: No.69 King’s Pride 11 Gas Mask

The King’s Pride Gas Mask still stands as a personal favorite of mine. From the mask itself to the photo shoot it felt like pitching a perfect game. Folks are often surprised to find out that I shot the King’s Pride Gas Mask in our small LA apartment. With the help of my wife Betsy…

NEW RELEASE! The Freehand Files No.85 University Blue V Gas Mask

Kicking off a mask heavy October with another release – leading up to the release of my 100th sneaker mask on October 29th! Skipping ahead a few to keep you on your toes, here’s the 85th sneaker mask! The University Blue V Gas Mask is made from a single pair of 2006 Jordan Vs. The…

NEW RELEASE! The Freehand Files: No.68 3M SB Dunks Gas Mask

The 68th sneaker mask was created in 2013 although never officially released, saved originally as an exclusive for my next art book. It has built in bendable wires, allowing for the wearer/owner to reshape the “wings/ears”, the mask features a built in pair of Technics headphones and was built using 2 pairs of shoes (instead of…

The Freehand Files: No.67 Adidas x JS Denim Wings Gas Mask

Reminescent of Mercury‘s winged helmet, my 67th sneaker mask was created for Rosewood San Diego from a single pair of adidas X Jeremy Scott Denim Wings. It features the Profit ambigram embroidered on a denim wrapped canister, the denim for which actually came from an old pair of Akademiks jeans I kept for just such…

The Freehand Files: No.66 Foamposite ACG Boot Gas Mask

Created in 2013, this mask was previously unreleased. So here’s a dilemma. Artists, the great artists at least, aren’t afraid to make mistakes. In fact, real genius occurs not through lack of mistakes but through abundance of it. Problem is when an artist gains any type of significant following/audience, they are then expected to maintain a…

The Freehand Files: No.65 BAIT x Asics Wolverine Mask

My 65th sneaker mask was a more direct reflection of one of my biggest influences – comic books! Wolverine has long been a favorite of mine, ever since that Weapon X action figure I had as a kid, so whenn I saw BAIT’s hero inspired Asics Olympic Pack I knew I had to work with…

The Freehand Files: No.64 Reebok Answer IV Gas Mask

Originally released April 30, 2014, the Answer IVs for my 64th sneaker mask were chopped live in Montreal, Canada at the Sneaker Lifestyle event where it was also raffled off to one lucky attendee. The mask was modeled by Zodiak Killa on the infamous Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles, California. This one rings bells for…

The Freehand Files: No.63 Steel X Gas Mask

Originally released October 17, 2013, the Steel X Gas Mask was commissioned by and created for then Houston Rocket, now San Antonio Spur Reggie Wiliams – as was the University Blue XIII Gas Mask which was also remastered today. The days are ticking away as we approach the release of my 100th mask on October 29th….

The Freehand Files: No.62 University Blue XIII Gas Mask

Created in 2013 for Reggie Williams of the Houston Rockets but wasn’t released online until June 18, 2014. the University Blue XIII Gas Mask is my 62nd sneaker mask but only my 2nd Jordan 13 mask. It hasn’t been easy for me remastering photos of previous work each day. As an artist I’m often my…

The Freehand Files: No.61 Raptor VII Gas Mask

The Raptor 7s hit my Chopping Block  in 2012 at the 8 & 9 Art Basel pop up, it was one of my very first Live Chops (a deconstruction of the shoes for a mask at an event that gives folks a chance to see the dissection in person.) The Raptor VII Gas Mask was…