Collectibles - February 18, 2020

No Curator | The Gallery

Kevin Kosanovich

Kevin holds a Ph.D. in American studies and is an expert in American cultural history and hip-hop. He is the Senior Content Manager at StockX.

This article is part 6 of 13 in the series: No Curator

“No Curator” celebrates the most important and cutting edge visual artists who create and draw inspiration from the interconnected cultures of StockX. Below you will find an ever-expanding digital gallery of artists, their work, in-depth profiles, and more.

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Christophe Roberts No Curator

Christophe Robert knows that when buying a pair of kicks, the boxes they come in can be as important as the shoes. The Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based artist uses shoeboxes to construct magnificent sculptures, with subjects centered on basketball, animals, social justice, and beyond.

Freehand Profit StockX No Curator Interview

Freehand Profit’s incredible imagination has allowed him to transform iconic sneakers into remarkable gas masks, animal masks, and even the masks of some of our favorite superheroes. Of course, in every one of his pieces, the defining features that make the sneakers he works with are always present and thoughtfully implemented.

Laro Lagosta

Portugal’s own Laro Lagosta is an artist who knows the pain points of loving sneakers. His hilarious digital illustrations frequently incorporate his skeleton characters who assist him in poking fun at the most essential sneakers and the culture built around them. It’s not all jokes though, as Laro’s more serious sneaker art brings the same amount of character.

Jeff Cole Interview

Jeff Cole hails from Chicago and is currently based in Los Angeles. He is best known for his incredible sneaker graphic art, which pairs sneakers with popular culture characters from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, the MCU, and more. In addition to his own work, Cole also runs IKONICK, a brand dedicated to sparking inspiration through art.

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Orange County-raised and long time New Yorker, artist Tyrrell Winston combines sport and art history for his artworks’ modern motifs. From his pieces being used on billboards in California to Aimé Leon Dore’s storefront in New York, Winston is on the path to art world success as his work continues to gain exposure and receive acclaim all over the world.

Tristan Eaton is a multifaceted artist who creates paintings, murals, toys, and sculpture. With a history that spans two continents and CV that includes designing the first toys at Kidrobot, watches with Hublot, and Superbowl LIV’s ticket, his work transcends the trappings of trends. His murals can be found all over the world, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Detroit.

When asked where he’s from, Ghica Popa will only admit to being from Earth. That’s cool since his work is admired by sneakerheads and art cognoscenti from all over the world. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the community including Nike, Sneakerness, and Jeff Staple. However, as his digital gallery demonstrates, his work encompasses much more than footwear.

Tokyo-born, L.A.-based illustrator Reina Koyano (AKA VIVALAREINA) brings sneakers to life with her 1940s’ pin-up girl inspired collection, “Sole Fatale.” In addition to being a dedicated sneakerhead and sneaker-inspired artist, she’s also a visual designer at a tech company.