Sean Cliver is talented as all hell, but he is so quiet about it. He is quiet period, but if I was as talented at something as he is at drawing I would be the biggest blowhard in town. Don't get me wrong, I can go blow pretty hard, but a gift like Cliver's needs real trumpeting. Or at least a rusty trombone or two.
Anyway, since Cliver plays everything so goddamn close to the vest it's my pleasure to let you know about the new shoe he helped design for Nike. It's the Nike SB holiday release and it went on sale today. It reminds me of a vintage Air Jordan but with faux horse hair. Also there's an original Cliver Krampus-themed drawing on the insole of the shoe.
Who is Krampus? In Europe, Santa Claus sometimes has a sidekick that punishes the bad kids. Krampus is that prick. I call him a prick, but he is way better than Sinterklaas's sidekick Black Piete. He also punishes the kids of Europe—mostly Holland and Belgium—but he does it in full on blackface. They say it's from the soot that he gets on his face from diving down chimneys, but that doesn't explain the afro and big red lips. What the F?!!
Ah shit, now I've gotten all turned around. This post is about how awesome my friend Sean Cliver and his new shoe from Nike are. Ho ho ho and go pick a pair up today.
For more information on the Krampus shoe and its associated holiday apparel: www.nike.com
(Photo by Sean Cliver; 2012)