Dia de los Muertos

Nike is dropping a 2009 sneaker package inspired by Day of the Dead for November. They are the Dunk Low, Dunk High, and an Air Max 90. To say the least, I don’t like them. If I had to choose it would be the Dunk High pair, just for the sole.

Where are the sugar skulls and how am I suppose to know the Max 90 is Day of the Dead inspired?

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Nike Dunk Low

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Nike Dunk High

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Nike Air Max 90

 Yes, the Day of the Dead symbols are there with the flowers and skulls. Purple and orange, really? That screams Halloween not Dia de los Muertos. The original Dia de los Muertos sneakers were a pinch better but it’s the same color.

 This does NOT look Mexican inspired. I’m not Mexican, but I’m offended. If you know the meaning behind this holiday the shoes wouldn’t look like this. Keep reading, go on.

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Original Sneakers

Actually they’re not better. The Aztec culture embraced death and thought of it as “rebirth” and moving forward. It’s celebrated in a positive light. Unlike Halloween which is celebated with witches, monsters and demons. In case you were wondering, it’s not the same holiday.

Day of the Dead artwork symbolizes the duality of life. Alive and dead. It tries to teach us to accept death as a part of life and not fear it. So shouldn’t the shoes look more beautiful? Looking at the beauty in something so ugly as death.

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Sugar Skulls

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More Sugar Skulls

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Do It Yourself!

I’m not an artist, but I am anal about details. I’m not a professional designer, but I like to do things correctly. Sounds OCD.

Being unique in fashion is so easy when you design your own clothes and accessories guys. Don’t be afraid to wrip jeans, throw paint at it, spray paint shirts, whatever!! My favorite fashion is street fashion and this is when DIY projects lets me express my style.

Use clothes you already have. Before you pass it on or throw away think of something you could do with it.

For example, I have these sneakers I love but they’re old and I don’t want to throw them away. I decided I want to custom design my Air Force sneaks.

They look like this after painting the sole silver. It was a gross yellow color before.

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 After I got done brainstorming my ideas, then rejecting and starting over again, I ended up with the this

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 There are sneakers you can but that totally look like you made them. My favorite sneaks are the Nike Liberty Patchwork Dunks. I’m depressed about being so late in finding them, but maybe someone with a small foot wants to sell me a used pair?

Art for Sneakers

I found this really cool website with great talent called Sole Brother. There is a pair which pays tribute to Michael Jackson and have the thriller theme like Michael’s red and black outfit.

Pimp My Kicks I thought was cool. They do exactly what the guys on pimp my ride do. They get a request, talk it over with the team of artists and get to work. The sneakers are hand painted and celeb Nicki Minaj seems to love ’em.

If you’re feeling doubtful check out the prints from Sneakart. It looks like the designs are coming from Europe but I promise you’re going to want to try it. You just pick a print or make your own. They send something called a sneakskin and it is totally waterproof, flexible and removable.