Brass Monki – Customized Sneakers, I want some!


Daniel Reese aka Brass Monki is somewhat of genius when it comes to the art of trainer customisation. After admiring his work for sometime I have been in contact with Mr Reese and he has kindly agreed to answer a few questions…….

But firstly some examples of Brass Monki’s work

Sonic

Link: from The legend of Zelda the wind waker

Some dude Deadman seems to like…….oh yeah Snake from Metal Gear solid that’s it

Completed Commision

and now for the questions……..

Dante

Q: What made you get into the world of trainer customisation and what were the first pair you designed of?

Brass

A: It was more of a progression rather than a decision. I started drawing on white plimsolls with a marker, more because I was bored. I decided to wear a pair down to the local bar and before I knew it people were ordering pairs from me. I worked onto fabric for a few months but it was somewhat restricting. I researched the process of customizing leather sneakers and gave it a go! The first pair I did were for myself, a pair of AF1 Space Invaders. I loved them, I gave them to a friend recently.

Dante

Q: Are you a big computer game fan? and if so what’s your favourite game/series?

Brass

A: I am a massive computer game fan. If I had to choose just one series, it would be Final Fantasy. Favourite game? FFVII
(I Swear to god i didnt get him to say that it just shows that the man has taste!)

Dante

Q: Why are the nike dunks your preferred trainer to customize on ?

Brass

A: They have a good surface area, not too busy and not too many lines and layers. Ideally, I would be working onto Nike Blazers but people are not as into them as they are Dunks.

Dante

Q: Is there a design you want to do or have been working on for a long time but want to get them perfect?

Brass

A:There is a Daft Punk design that my friend Tim Sumner designed and I have been working on them for about a year and a half. I don’t have a pair of Brass Monki Dunks for myself at the moment, so maybe in another year and a half I will have a pair of Dafties!

Dante

Q: Would you like to make Brass Monki into your main source of income and how long does it roughly take to complete a commission?

Brass

A:I would love to go full time on Brass Monki, the main thing stopping me at the moment is the state of the economy. If for some reason, the demand for custom sneakers disappeared and I was left with no work, jobs are tricky to find these days!

Dante

Q: What game are you looking forward to most? and are you looking forward to making a design for it?

Brass

A:I call this my ‘Autumn Wishlist’! Fable 3, Black Ops, GT5, Assasins Creed: Brotherhood and as I am english….FIFA 11!

Dante

Q: Have you been approached by any companies to further commercialise Brass Monki considering the amount of press you have received?

Brass

A:I have been involved with Love Pastry and created a design for the simmons girls. Also, next year…I will be working with Sega for the Sonic anniversary.

Dante

Q: Oh and most importantly how much for a pair of Dante from devil may cry size 13? 😀

Brass

A: HAHA, for you…a mere feature. You may be waiting some time though!

So there you have it i officially love Mr Brass Monki as he is a fan of FFVII and hes going to make me an awesome pair of trainers!

Be sure to jump over to www.brassmonki.com and check out all of Brass Monki’s works and who knows even pick yourself up a pair for yourself!

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