Mike Shinoda, self-professed collector and owner of around a 100 pairs of shoes has recently designed a pair of sneakers for DC Shoes. All the proceeds from the sale of these sneakers will provide assistance to students of the Arts Center College of Design, the school Shinoda formerly attended in Pasadena, California. Shinoda has a BFA in Illustration and enjoys painting in his spare time. According to him, the concept and design of the latest sneakers were inspired by Japanese patterns found on traditional fabrics and origami.
“On this one, we basically took the Xander shoe, which is the one we did last year, and kind of revamped it for more of a warm-weather look. I’m half-Japanese, so it’s influenced by various Japanese patterns that I gravitated to growing up –”
Shinoda confessed that he grew up folding Origami in his interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Dude, I grew up folding origami. We had a children’s day celebration every year and we’d fold cranes and samurai helmets and fish, amongst other things.”
Origami (折り紙 ) (from oru meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Using a single piece of paper, and geometric folds and crease patterns a representation of an object is arrived at. (click on the image to learn more)
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