New photos of the 3Lab5 Elephant Gas Mask

Want more of No.100? Check out this gallery of close ups, devil’s in the details. Number 100, known to long time supporters as the Hellafant mask, is made from 2 pairs of Jordan 3Lab5s. The ears are made from a Jordan Brand hoodie and also feature custom embroidery done at Imprint Revolution (the LA print shop…

History of the Hellafant

Tonight’s release is about more than just 100 masks. It’s a celebration of the path, the overcoming of obstacles, about documenting the beautiful struggle that an artist takes to make a dream into a reality. My “Hellafant” is an elephant gas mask graphic that I designed during MASK365. MASK365 was a daily project I began…

100th Mask Unveiled: 3Lab5 Hellafant Gas Mask

I’m proud to present my 100th sneaker mask, made from Jordan 3Lab5s nicknamed the “Hellafant”. I began thinking about this particular photo shoot before I even chopped the shoes. I wanted so badly to have an elephant included in the shoot, but being aware of issues facing the world’s wildlife I knew it wasn’t going…

Countdown to 100: The Freehand Files No.90-100

For the past few months I’ve been remastering the 99 masks leading up to the release of my 100th sneaker mask. Tonight No. 100 releases and so I’m wrapping up with a recap of the final 10 masks leading up to it. Number 90 – Infrared 90 Gas Mask I was past due for making…

New Release! The Freehand Files: No.99 Atmos Tiger Stripe Air Max 90 Gas Mask

Made from the Tiger Stripe Air Max 90s by ATMOS, Tokyo based sneaker & streetwear boutique, the mask like the shoes features 3M reflective tiger stripe camo and black glossy snakeskin accents. The unique midsole treatment is translated to a custom cast resin saber tooth tiger skull, held together and hinged by #UNDSkulls (skull lace locks) and…

The Freehand Files: No. 90 Infrared Air Max 90 Gas Mask

Easily a favorite of mine and one I felt that was long past due considering my deep love for Air Max 90s. Everything happens for a reason though and the timing was perfect. The 90th mask, made from 2 pairs of Infrared Air Max 90s released on March 26, 2015* – That’s Air Max Day…

The Freehand Files: No.89 Miami Nights 11 Gas Mask

I’ve had a pretty close tie with the number 89 ever since my 15th mask – that’s when I first met the guys from Eight & Nine Clothing at the very first SneakerCon LA. Since then I’ve worked with Eight & Nine in a number of capacities, sometimes it’s as a designer, other times we’re exhibiting…

The Freehand Files: No.86 Stealth 3 Gas Mask

Alongside the new and never before seen masks that I’m releasing this week, I will be wrapping up my remastered series -The Freehand Files. Not only has it been educational for new viewers, it’s been an excellent chance for me to reflect on the work and to better expand on the ongoing artist statement that my blog is…

NEW RELEASE! The Freehand Files: No.95 True Blue III Gas Mask

The Three is my favorite of Jordan Retros and that definitely carries through to my Jordan 3 masks. The Black Cement 3 Gas Mask was a major milestone for me and it brought about some of my closest alliances, most noteably with 8 and 9. The Black Flip 3 Gas Mask demands attention with its…

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.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.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.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.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….