Custom Kicks – Air Max 90 Andy Warhol/Marilyn Monroe. Image credit.
Our trawling of various ‘cool’ blogs this week dredged up these, a recent ode to art this time piggy backing off of the unavoidably vacuous Nike corporation. Conceived as a collectible extension of kicks (a proclaimed classic style of trainer from the 90′s) these abominations, inspired by Andy Warhol’s Marilyn, were custom made by Sander Nagel.
The general consensus on the www seems to be that these are the ‘best thing since sliced bread’, one blogger even reported that he wanted to buy three pairs, one to rock, one to display and one to sleep in. Personally we think they look like shit, their only redeeming features being the all white body and contrasting black laces and tongue tag.
In their defense they are certainly a unique new spin on two iconic classics, however, as one of the most recognizable and widely disseminated works of art in the world the memorialization of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn as a shoe design flabbergasts us not only because is it so mind numbingly obvious, but because having been preceded by just about every type of adaptable consumable known to man (Marilyn coffee mugs, Marilyn mouse mats etc), it is incredible that we have somehow avoided it until now.
Andy Warhol was one of the most enigmatic and invigorating figures the art world has ever known. Throughout his Pop and Post Pop periods he pioneered an artistic revolution by consistently blurring the distinction between high and low art. This fact and the reality that Andy Warhol began his artistic career as an illustrator of ladies shoes deems the advent of these Nikes somewhat fitting. Nevertheless, Andy Warhol, who would likely have called this move ‘Business Art’, would presumably be very disappointed to know that the edition is not just extremely limited, but completely a one off.
The only thing we found favorable about this whole affair is the following comment from Binge Online:
“I like the pose of these Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Nike Air Max 90 shoes cuz it conjures up images of a nubile young thing wearing daisy dukes while sucking on a lolipop as an unruly wind, generated by a steel fan in a photo studio in New York City, playfully blows wisps of her strawberry blonde hair over her scalp and shoulders. Because thats who will wear these and whom they are for. Really dough. Shucks, I’d buy a pair just display em under a round acrylic cheese display case. For irony.”
KiDD Tt says:
THESE ARE SEXY I LIKE DA ARTISTIC THEME WIT DAT MARILYN MONROE UP ON THERE. THIS SHHOE IS MADD CRAZYY LIKE OMM MYY GOOD !!! I GOT TO GET THEM ! ! WHERE CAN I BUY DEM AT
DOPE. straight fire. they NEED to release these
…i want it best thing i seen dust far
omg these bring tears to my eyes. i love them
oh the 90′s. They probably sprinkled a lil crack on em.’
ayee nice sneakers
For legitimate nightmarish concessions by the Andy Warhol Foundation please go here.
This post was contributed by Thomas Hollingworth.