Monday, February 22, 2010
If turtles decided to go to space, sea turtles would definitely be the ones chosen to go. Land turtles would fail miserably trying to navigate in zero gravity. Look at an African Tortoise and try to imagine that thing in a space suit. Yeah right. Sea turtles live in an aquatic environment, and NASA uses underwater training to prepare astronauts for space travel. It makes so much sense. Sea turtles are definitely Turtlenauts.
I tried to give the backs and sides the feel of a spacesuit covered in patches. Turtles wouldn't journey in the name of the United States, however. They would journey for all turtle-kind, hence the change in the flag patch.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Well, it's been about a year, 40 pairs, and a hell of a ride. I'm looking forward to doing 40 more pairs, but I have so many orders that I can't handle everything myself. To help out, I've asked fellow University of Oregon student Cam Giblin to join me as an artist. He's recently made a splash in the local Eugene music scene doing artwork for bands and concerts and after seeing his stuff, I knew he would be perfect to bring on board. He's got a killer style, different from my own in many ways, but still perfect for the Art Kicks brand. It's fun, it's unique, and it's really damn good.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I added up the number of finished shoes that I've done in the last eleven months and I realized that this pair right here is number 40. I know the "Finished Shoes" link on the right is a little low--a few pairs never made it on the blog.
Really damn cool that I managed 40 pairs in under a year, almost all of which are on feet and out getting wear in the world.
I'm grateful for all of the support, the encouragement, and everything I've learned along the way.