To all the sneaker heads out there, I introduce to you Taka Hayashi;
A self taught painter / illustrator / graphic designer, Taka was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1971. He moved to the U.S. in 1981 and relocated himself in Santa Monica where the early 80’s Skateboarding scene had a huge impact on his life & art. I've been a fan of his since his first syndicate line with VANS dropped in '09. He proves that there can be a fusion with self - expression / personal style and design together with footwear that is classic to produce products that are just a little above your run - of - the - mill tounge and taste buds. And another thing, it's all self - taught and natural progression.
And from a designers perspective; his attention to detail is a bar to reach. Watch and learn.