So my buddy Louie sent a pair of 8th Gen kicks a few months back …featuring his most stellar, vibrant, original artwork. I was so stoked when they arrived, and immediately tried ’em on. These (along with all his other designs) are one-of-a-kind, custom made shoes… and the first pair w/ the Heron design. I was waiting for the right time to photograph, the right mood. Here are the results of the recent shoot.
Since launching 8th Gen thousands have connected with Louie’s artwork. 8th Gen has been featured in Indian Country Today, on CBC Radio, and countless newpaper articles, blogs, and social-networking sites. If you haven’t heard of 8th Gen yet, here’s a bit of background info re: his approach:
When I started putting my art on shoes a few months ago, I had no idea it would lead to a facebook page with over a 1000 fans (now 2000!) in just a few weeks and my first small business. I just wanted to create something that represented me, a person who celebrates the dynamic realities of modern life while maintaining a strong cultural identity. It turns out that many people are also drawn to my shoe art because of what it represents. Others simply appreciate Coast Salish art or the fact that the merger of this art form and pop culture is somewhat new and orignal. Either way, I feel honored that people are finding value in something I love to do. I promise to put some of that good energy back into everything I create.