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Australian Sneakerhead and Illustrator: Eric Ng

Interviews

Camille Lumogdang
July 30, 2022

Eric Ng @perfectlynormal.co is an Australian sneakerhead who started loving sneakers because of his favourite sport, basketball. Besides his huge sneaker collection, he also show his sneaker obsession through his illustration!

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

I love the game of basketball. Growing up in the 90s, I was a huge fan of the NBA and sneakers. The Air Penny 1 was one of my favorites.

All images via perfectlynormal.co

What’s one moment or trend in the history of sneaker culture that resonates with you?

The 2012 Nike Basketball All-Star 'Galaxy' lineup was definitely a moment. It was the perfect intersection of signature athletes, interstellar-themed designs, and glow-in-the-dark outsoles.

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

Re-lacing them is a must. After the initial few steps gingerly out the front door in a fresh new pair, they quickly convert all the nervousness into boundless joy. They even sound different when the brand new outsole strikes the pavement.

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

We've been spoiled for choice with talented designers in the industry. Eric Avar designed some of my favorite basketball shoes. Chitose Abe and Salehe Bembury have also been putting out fantastic projects. I love that their designs are visually impactful and decipherable at first glance.

There are so many talented independent designers out there, too, like @lorenz.og. His work stands out, and the way he applies the sunset gradient scheme is just bliss.

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

An official John Mayer x Nike is well overdue? Since it's hypothetical, let's throw Visvim into the mix too.

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

A Ma Maniere 3's, Air Structure Triax, and NB 990v5 are among my weekly rotation.

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

I would love to own Nike Hyperdunk 'Marty McFly' one day.

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

My daily essentials include a sketchbook, paintbrushes, and laptop.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram: perfectlynormal.co

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An engineer who loves writing in her spare time.