If you want to turn people’s heads, combining art, sneaker culture, and basketball is a great place to start. Throw in some PBA stars and make it all benefit a good cause and it’s a wrap. At Secret Fresh today you can catch the resulting mix in all its glory, organized by local stalwart Quiccs (who’s also releasing a new merch drop and sneaker sculpture) and star baller Gabe Norwood. “I’m just a little overwhelmed, to be honest,” says Norwood of the night’s turn out. “We just wanted to build the bridge between art and basketball and give back in the process.”
We asked Quiccs how the artists and players were matched up. His answer? “We had a draft!” Quite fitting for a basketball-themed event. They brought together a dozen familiar artists and paired them up with different PBA players, who each donated an official jersey and a pair of kicks. The artists then went to town on the shoes, with works ranging from light customization to total destruction.
The piece by fine artist Lynard Paras stands out the most. He took a pair of Air Jordan Why Nots from James Yap and thoroughly manhandled them, gouging holes in them and melting them in a rainbow of color. Whoever cops these definitely won’t be rocking them out. And the baroque epic painted by Kendall Colindon on Mark Barroca’s Nike Paul George 2.5 could be stared at for days.
There are also a few pairs that look like something Nike should formally commission as limited edition runs. The bright floral details by Bryan Yabut on Sol Mercado’s Nike Hyperdunks and Egg Fiasco’s otherworldly patterns on Chris Newsome’s Air Force 1s would both make good contenders.
All proceeds from the event will go to The P.U.S.O. Foundation. Browse through below for our full gallery from the show.