Today, we manage to keep all of our shoes in fine condition for far longer, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to treat ourselves to a new pair of back-to-school shoes.
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Wingtip: How similar is the process of tattooing shoes to tattooing skin?
Dominic Vasquez: It’s similar mostly because leather is essentially skin. Although the shoes won’t move or complain if it hurts, it’s still quite a challenge!
WT: We likened the Sperry shoe tattoos to art by Sailor Jerry. Is that accurate? Could you give some background on the designs you’ll be tattooing on shoes at the event?
DV: As far as what I will be tattooing at the event, I generally like to reference material that is older than Sailor Jerry. Not that Sailor Jerry is bad, but I like the look of earlier American tattooing. I can always rely on influence by Christian warlock, Owen Jensen, Tom Berg, and Milton Zeis. Not to mention, Ed Hardy is still one of the biggest influences on traditional American tattooing. Ed has had his hand in every major apex in modern tattooing, and he can still be found spreading his knowledge in the SF art scene.
Sperry Top-sider returns to Wingtip June 25th for a new kind of custom trunk show. Tattoo artist Dominic Vasquez joins the event and will be tattooing your new Sperrys with designs in the mode of sailor jerry. See examples after the jump.
Foster & Son’s Jermyn Street workshop in London stands as a testament to classic, understated craftsmanship. As they note on their brochure, “The tools of our craft are very simple. An awl, flax thread, beautifully naturally tanned leather, a hammer, pliers, sharp knives, beeswax, punches, and marking tools.”
As manager of San Francisco’s Hotel des Arts, Hero Nakatani took the meaning of “hotel art” to a new dimension, offering the rooms as blank canvases for artists to create modern, arresting visuals that made guests forget all about dull seaside landscapes and generic vistas. Nakatani then took on the footwear business, seeking to bridge the chasm between comfortable, urbane sneakers and sophisticated, but unforgiving oxfords. The result was Nakatani’s Hydrogen-1 shoes, a name that relates how these shoes are elemental, essential, and classically simple. Below, we talk with Hydrogen founder Hero Nakatani about his journey.
Whether it’s time for St. Patrick’s Day Green, or any other day that requires a quick pop of color, Stolen Riches laces are a fun and stylish way to mix it up.
Next week, St. Crispin’s visits Wingtip for a three-day trunk show. We adore these shoes, and fell that they represent an investment-caliber value, even at their steep price tag. But we know some readers may get light-headed over the thought of parting with $1700 for a pair of shoes. So, here we embody the “Skeptical Shopper,” and volley the hard questions to our Bespoke Advisors Michael Alzona and Bruce Zuckerman:
We are thrilled to welcome back Saint Crispin’s shoe company for a trunk show featuring spring 2015 and custom selections. The trunk show will run Monday 3/16 through Wednesday 3/18. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment
The event will feature the Wingtip debut of Wolverine’s new Centennial Bison Leather boot, which they released to celebrate the 100th birthday of the original 1000-Mile Boot. The stunning pebbled bison leather boot is available in tan and brown.