Typically, doodling is a pure form of creative expression, done neither for profit nor accolade, and probably ensuring you'll never earn either of those things in the future. For a man who hopes his doodling actually garners him wealth and praise, check out InkHeart shoes.
Ink's the work of a Nottingham-ite who, after horrifyingly skewering his femur with a metal rod during a ladder-based accident, spent his enforced free time idly drawing on his otherwise temporarily useless shoes; eventually he came to the epiphany that he could make a business from it, though it might be a while before it hits the FTSE 100.
Designs are all sketched out in pencil, niftily adapted to the "contoured canvas" of a pair of blank slip-ons (though by request he'll do whatever clogs you fancy), and given a varnish-protected, elastic-acrylic coat that, unlike Whitney Houston, won't crack with strain.
Ready-to-wear designs include kitschy red-hued ghoulishness adapted from Tales From The Crypt comics, the 8-bitten "Retro Marios", "Skeleton Feet" that seem to X-ray your toes, and an orgy of colourful geometric shapes inspired by Hot Chip's The Warning album cover, kind of a redundant title, since they'd already cautioned that those chips are hot.
Ink's also offering chunky, artistically enhanced, bass-pumping headphones, such as the b/w "Mangas" (with a wild-haired, insanely screaming Japanime character), or the steampunkish "Robot" in silver & gold, which you might be rolling in yourself if you hadn't spent your entire childhood drawing...well, robots.
Published: June 10, 2011 at 2:00am EDT
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