Finding design inspiration in playful imagery, from Ninja Turtles to Nintendo, Boston-based painter Josh “Wisdumb” Spivack created a limited release Artist Series sneaker with New Balance, remaking the brand’s popular 574 style in a graphic crystalline pattern. Nicknamed the Wisbumb Icicles, layers of graffiti-like lines lend a streetwear sensibility to this classic New Balance silhouette.
Spivak’s New Balance collaboration and line drawings employ a similar visual language in which bold black lines fracture space. This overlap in the artist’s studio practice and shoe design helps to demonstrate the connections between sneaker culture and fine art.
See our 2015 visit to Spivack’s studio here.