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American Sneaker Illustrator: Isaac Telles

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Hapsari Listya
September 10, 2022

Isaac Telles @Forty7thstudio is a firm believer in buying any sneakers that you like and going to wear them for a lifetime. He started illustrating some sneakers because he wants to bring the plant and sneaker community together.

What was the moment you first got drawn to sneakers, and which pair of sneakers triggered your passion?

I think the first moment when I was drawn to sneakers was when I first saw Space Jam. I just remember how the Space Jam 11’s were so futuristic with the patent leather. Just ahead of their time. But the pair that triggered it was the Metallic 5’s. Those were my first pair of J’s that I hooped in.

What are some of your observations or personal stories when it comes to collecting kicks?

Buy what you like. Wear what you like.

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All images via @forty7thstudio
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I saw you often Illustrate some sneakers. How do you find some inspiration?

Feel free to share photos of your work! I like to draw what I like. The purpose of this concept was to bring the plant and sneaker community together. Get sneakerheads familiar with types of plants and vice versa.

What are some of the current pairs of sneakers in your rotation?

Out of the collection right now my Jordan 1 Low OG - Neutral Grey (2021), New Balance x Aime Leon Dore 550 - Green, Nike Dunk SB High (Ferris Bueller) have been in heavy rotation.

Can you please describe how it feels to you when you get and wear a new pair of kicks?

I would describe the feeling of getting new shoes as opening up the Christmas gift you've been wanting all year.

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What is one sneaker collaboration that doesn’t exist, but you wish/think should exist?

A sneaker collab that I wish would happen would be the Forty7th Studio x New Balance. I would love to put a personal touch on the New Balance 550 silhouette. Those guys at New Balance got some heat coming out.

What do you think is the most underrated pair?

Hmmmm, most underrated? This is a hard one but I'm going to have to say either the Notre Vans or the JJJJOUND Vans.

What are some of your favourite creators/designers or brands and why?

Some of my favorite brands at the moment are Kith (Ronnie Fieg), Aime Leon Dore (Teddy Santis), and Hidden NY. I like these brands because of their simplicity. Simplicity is the Key.

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What is your ultimate holy grail sneaker that you have not managed to acquire so far?

This is a hard one, but my ultimate holy grail would probably have to be the Nike Air Yeezy 2 (Solar) or the Off-White 4 Sail.

What are some of your favorite sneaker related content creators?

Some of my favorite sneaker-related creators are probably Tyler Mansour, my man Obra- Jay, and Andu C.

Other than kicks, what are some of your daily essentials or treasured items?

Some of the essentials would have to be my Apple pencil, paintbrush, and my books.

Where can people find you on social media?

People can find me on instagram: forty7thstudio

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