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A Few of My Favourite Sneakers: Rude

We have some great new artists taking part in our ongoing "A Few of My Favourite Sneakers' series - and first up, is the very talented Rupert Meats from image-making collective Rude...

Originally started 13 years ago, Rude was a UK T-shirt label that quickly grew into a exciting streetwear brand - selling to shops worldwide with agents in both Japan and the US. Utilising a passion for screen-printing and the simple starting point of hand-drawn illustration, Rude has since evolved into a image-making collective working for clients such as the National Theatre, Tate, The Guardian and ITV. Meats specialises in hand-drawn illustration and original artwork, while Abi Williams is responsible for animation and moving image work.

Drawn especially for us, the title of Rude's series of sneakers is Made in Japan - as Meats explains, 'I've always gone for loud trainers... the louder the better, and the best are often limited editions or rare imports from New York or Japan. When our T-shirt label was at its height, we had an agent in Tokyo and we would often go over there for press and interviews. I still have some of the trainers I bought from those trips, and when I was asked to work on this project I immediately thought of my trainers that were 'Made in Japan'.

In order of appearance (from left to right, anti-clockwise), the list of sneakers illustrated includes:
adidas Stan Smith
New Balance 574
Nike Air Max 90
Asics Corrido
Vans Authentic
adidas ZX500
New Balance 574
Vans Authentic
adidas Stan Smith
Asics Corrido

A huge thanks to Rupert Meats for an eye-popping selection of sneaker art. For those interested, we've also put a print featuring all of the sneakers shown here in the Art & Sole shop - the 594 x 841mm artwork is giclée printed onto 308gsm Hahnemuhle paper, and is signed, numbered and stamped as an edition of 50. To see more, or to purchase the print, click here

Rude is represented by creative agency Blunt. Keep watching Art & Sole for the next installation of A 'Few of My Favourite Sneakers'...

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