Art has a way of becoming timeless and living long past the life of the artist that actually created it. In the last few decades, sneakers have become a canvas for artists to be creative, and also a way to pay tribute to artists of the past. One artist who impacted the lives of many people, especially New Yorkers, is Vaughn Bodé.
Bodé is regarded as one of the most talented and influential cartoonists of the past century. Even though Vaughn passed away on this day in 1975, his works and memory have been carried on by his son Mark Bodé. Mark has also created a name for himself in the world of illustration, with projects like Cobalt-60 (which he carried on from his late father’s work), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Heavy Metal, and illustrations appearing in a list of major publications that includes the New York Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, and many more.
Mark worked with PUMA in 2009 to bring his already well-known work to a new creative platform, sneakers. Using characters like Cheech Wizard from his father Vaughn, as well as his own Da Lizard character, the extremely limited collection is one that has become highly sought after in both the world of #sneakerholics and the art community. Bodé artwork has also been the inspiration for toys from Kid Robot and music from artists like the Beastie Boys, Aesop Rock and more.
Is the Bodé x PUMA collaboration part of your your collection?