Tattoo artist Darren Brass from Miami Ink teamed up with DC Shoes to create seven unique collaborations for its Spring 2009 collection. The artist, skateboarder and self-proclaimed sneakerhead developed two men’s and two women’s shoes, two hoodies and a New Era cap incorporating his tattoo and graffiti inspired art for the DC Collection.
Growing up outside of New York, Brass spent his time with skateboarding and graffiti throughout the city streets. He parlayed these early influences directly in to his DC project. To create his two women’s DC shoes, Brass mixed his art with dynamic material and colors. His “Grapes of Wrath” shoe mixes his custom grape illustrations with cork overlays and purple suede paneling and sole on DC’s popular mid top Manteca model. For his second women’s shoe, Brass incorporated a woven basket paneling with a textured “peach fuzz” suede and green laces and sole. Paneled with his peach tree illustrations, the shoe has been dubbed the “Peach Basket”. An accompanying hoodie shares the theme, with an allover fruit print. Both models of the DC Women’s DB Manteca LE is currently available online and at retailers worldwide.
The two women’s shoes are quite cute, the fruit theme, cork and woven basket are quite interesting.
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For the men’s collection, the DB Pure SE, Brass accented the black and grey shoes with bright graffiti art of a subway car. Brass then played with the shoes’ leather texture to mirror the cracked concrete of New York’s city streets where he spent his youth. A grey DC hoodie compliments the shoe, sharing the cracked concrete pattern from the shoe as an all over print. A kitted New Era cap features Brass’ subway car art paneled in a DC logo. Brass created his second shoe, the DB Character, straight from his days bombing the city walls. The shoes’ side panels have been hit with a DC logo piece over his illustration of a grimy city street. Offered in black and white, his second shoe is a call out to the early days of Brass’ graffiti career.