No.199: adidas Dame 5 “Black Panther” Helmet

There are so many masks to be made, I’m often asked when I’ll get around to creating masks of our favorite pop culture icons. Often the answer is “When the time is right.” Sometimes that means finding the right collector or collaborator, sometimes that means finding the right shoe. adidas and Marvel delivered with the…

No. 198: adidas Harden Vol 3 “Iron Man” Helmet

The Endgame is nigh! With the final installment of the Avengers saga at hand, or should I say gauntlet, we’re all anxious to find out if our heroes can rally against Thanos. Avengers: Endgame is in theaters tonight! There’s a bittersweet excitement surrounding Avengers: Endgame. For more than a decade we’ve watched this saga unfold….

New Mask Release! No.193: adidas Alphabounce Mask

My 193rd sneaker mask was created from a mix-matched pair of adidas Alphabounce. I bought a pair of the Easy Coral/Sun Glow color way for my wife Besty. She wore them immediately and frequently and every time she did I had sneaker envy. So I went hunting for a pair of Size 12 Women’s (10.5…

A Mask for Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation

In the early years of my sneaker mask making I had strong support from sneaker blogs like Nice Kicks. That was thanks to true-to-the-culture bloggers, journalists, editors, and personalities like George Kiel. George was the Editor-In-Chief at Nice Kicks from 2008 – 2016, there he interacted and worked with legends of footwear like Kobe, KD,…

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ mask, made from Woven Air Max 90s

It’s been just over 30 years since master animator, Hayao Miyazaki introduced us to Satsuke, Mei and their furry faerie friend Totoro. ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ is a beautiful and seemingly innocent film, simple, sad & sweet throughout – although some fan theories connect it to a more sinister backstory. {Studio Ghibli would rather dead that theory,…

Mad Scientist Gas Mask, made from Yeezy IIs

The 149th sneaker mask by Freehand Profit was made from a single pair of Platinum Yeezy IIs. Straps furrow into brows, glowing canisters. The heels become a nose with a shoe lace mustache even Einstein would be jealous of. The lenses feature a custom cut spiraling, hypnotic eye – staple symptom of Madscientisis.

Sneaker Armor made from Ewing 33s

  It’s Monday morning so here’s some motivation for you: Break new ground, dream bigger – but never forget your spark, your core. With that said I’m making it a point to use more creative writing in my blog posts and artist statements. The very first sneaker gas mask started with a blurb about a…

FBCC VV1 Sneaker Gas Mask

  Reincarnated incarnations. Visions wrapped in flesh, oddly. Reconstructed from the deconstructed. Resurrected, Godly. Valedictorian visualization. Application of mind and body. Civilization filtered for free thought. Imbued and embodied. “We wear masks to conceal our pain, but what if instead the mask could filter and process the pain?” – Freehand Profit The 177th sneaker mask…

DB4 Brainiac Gas Mask

Happy 4:20 (PM) from Freehand Studios NorCal! Freehand Profit got his first taste of The Mile High City this past 4/20 (April 20, 2018). Between events, dabs and dank eats FP squeezed in some final shots of the DB4 Brainiac Gas Mask. So grab your carb cap, let’s break down the 174th sneaker mask by…

snkrINC x FILA Sneaker Mask

I’ve had the experience of working with a lot of amazing sneaker people over the years. Few can compare to the energy & integrity that snkrINC has. When I found out they had their first sneaker collab on the way I was eager to get my blade in ’em. snkrINC is here to tell stories,…

No.168: BAU Blaze of Glory Mask

EWYK Eat what you kill. Eat. What. You. Kill. Eat what you grow, Eat what you sew, Eat til you burst with confidence n wealth, Consume knowledge for betterment of self. Eat what you see not what they sell Heed what I say or see y’all in Hell. Demons pull n angels push, Y’all don’t…

Darth Yeezy II Helmet

The long wait is over, not only do we have a brand new Star Wars movie releasing this week, but I’ve decided to finally unveil the Darth Yeezy sneaker mask! Everybody has a Kanye theory, here’s mine: Kanye West is the Darth Vader of Hip-Hop. Like the midi-chlorian infested young Annakin growing up on Tatooine…

No.112: Nike SB PRod 7 Gas Mask

  It will come as no surprise that my biggest inspiration has always been Hip-Hop. I was 10 years old in ’93 and the newest in Hip-Hop would be considered one of the Golden Eras of Hip-Hop, even nearly 25 years later many die-hards hold music released in the years to come as the standard…

No.147: Pinnacle Jordan I/IV “Rengar” Sneaker Mask

What up folks? I got another new sneaker mask release for you this week. This one has been waiting on me to get around to editing the photos but the schedule in the studio is getting back to “normal”. So today I’m proud to share another unforgettable piece. A lion mask with 4 foot dreads,…

Freehand Profit re-imagines the SF AF1 Mids for NIKE SOHO

Over the past 35 years Nike’s Air Force 1 has seen a lot of changes. From lows, mids & highs to Lunar midsoles, flyknit uppers and SUPREME-ly stamped. The AF1 remains a staple of Hip-Hop and basketball culture. The recent introduction of the SF-AF1s was met with praise from the sneaker community and with Mids…

No.150: Puma Suede Classic Mask for Champs Sports

Keep the hits coming! Here’s another one of a kind sneaker mask release by Freehand Profit. This time it’s his 150th sneaker mask, created for Champs Sports from a few pairs of Pume Suede Classics. We could say more but let’s let him tell it, hit play on this epsiode of ILL-ustrated and then check…

No. 151: EQT Quetzalcoatl Sneaker Mask

Quetzalcoatl is a Mesoamerican deity who dates back before the Mayan and Aztec cultures, his name translated from the Nahuatl language means “feathered serpent”. Also known as La Serpiente Emplumada (The Plumed Serpent), worship of Quetzalcoatl at Teotihuacan was first recorded in 1st Century BC. Quetzalcoatl was a God of wind and wisdom. “When I…

Optimus Prime helmet made from sneakers!

Transformers: The Last Knight NOW IN THEATERS! I was invited to be a part of a sneaker art event at the Nice Kicks shop in Los Angeles last week. In celebration of the newest Transformers movie release I created a one of a kind Optimus Prime helmet from Nike Air Huaraches. More than meets the…

No.140 : DB6 Pit Bull Gas Mask

The DB6 Pit Bull Gas Mask was first displayed in Zurich, Switzerland at Sneakerness as part of Cadillac x Freehand Profit “Dare Greatly” artist feature. The one of a kind piece was commissioned by @d1ooy in the UK, and will accompany his other 2 custom sneaker masks (the DB5 Angler Fish & 5Lab3 Iron Man Helmet)….

AFEW x Diadora x Freehand Profit “Highly Addictive” Mask

German sneaker boutique, AFEW has a new collab with Diadora releasing April 22nd. To celebrate the release AFEW commissioned Freehand Profit, sneaker mask maker, to work his magic on the V7000 “Highly Addictive”. The mask, like the sneakers, play with the idea of our addiction to sneakers. Pills pop on the insole as well as…

No. 137 adidas EQT Support Ultra Mask

Seven new masks made from adidas Originals sneakers are now on display with @adidasNYC at 115 Spring St. The exhibit, titled “SNEAKERHEADS by FREEHAND PROFIT”, will be up through 3/21. “Even in limited editions the sneakers are mass produced for the most part, so sacrificing a few pairs to create something one of a kind is…

No.136: adidas EQT Support 93/17 Mask

“My love for sneakers comes from my life long love of Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop culture. I grew up firmly believing in the 4 elements (Graffiti/DJing/Breaking/MCing) and that the 5th element was participation. It wasn’t enough to listen, Hip-Hop is a community as well as a culture so it’s important to add to it. This is…

No.135 : adidas Dragon OG Mask

“Personally, as a Hip-Hop head, the adidas Superstar was the first sneaker I remember hunting in high school, looking high and low for a pair with red stripes. My friend came back from a trip out of town with a pair and I was devastated. Later, during MASK365 I chose a pair of Def Jam…

No.134: Solar Red NMD Mask

Another one! Today marks the opening of the SNEAKERHEADS by Freehand Profit exhibit at @adidasNYC 115 SPRING ST. If you’re in NYC be sure to stop by sometime between now and the 21st for a look at 7 new and unique sneaker masks made from @adidasOriginals. By now you’ve likely seen the NMD masks I…