Artist Mark Paul Deren, known as Madsteez, is famous for transforming “blank canvases into an acidic voyage of cosmic explosions.” He’s collaborated on shoes with Nike, and created a 2010 World Cup mural for the brand. He also worked for ESPN.com and adorned the wall of the Armada Skis main offices “with a gigantic mural of rapper Eazy-E laying out a backflip.” Ten years ago, the New York Times wrote about how Madsteez were supplying downhill ski equipment with “a more aggressive look inspired by hip-hop, graffiti and punk rock.” In fact, he has done a lot of studio portraits: of Stan Lee, of Carlton, of Vanilla Ice.
OK, let’s see: Nike, ESPN, cosmic explosions. Yup, I guess it’s time for a tribute to Kobe Bryant.
Well...Madsteez, who was born blind in his left eye and who describes himself as “a human color wheel spinning on overdrive,” has long wanted to do a giant Kobe Bryant spray painted mural. Guess what? His dream came true! Not sure if these decks will be made available for sale or what not, so please let us know because we at SkateShoesPh are very interested.
Check out more photos below and let us know your thoughts? Awesome eh?
Project Timeline @MADSTEEZ: