Thursday, November 29, 2007

James Brason's Kicks

About 7 years ago, James Brason figured he'd skated everything he could in England and decided to head for San Francisco to change things up. Once there, he quickly found the ultimate truth in America: one could be dumb as a box of rocks but equipped with an English accent, everyone thinks you're terribly witty & dashing. (Crud. James is already a smart fella. Now he has an unfair advantage. We better go to college & junk.) Oh, and he also started coming up in the art scene. James has always skated in Vans and recently began to pair his art with his footwear. The outcome is fantastic. Using a base of acrylic paint with layers of detailing in pen, marker, & sharpie, he achieves a level of refinement in his customs that is quite uncommon. At first glance they look like a print on the fabric. Each pair takes between 15-30 hours to complete. That's a whole week of watching TV or a second job (depending on how slack you are. Ohhh!). If you’re in SF on December 14th, James’ work is featured in a show with Vans custom Alumni, Derek Albeck at The Space Gallery on Polk Street. It’s a Christmas art party! Space Gallery

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