By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 10:00 AM CST
Sometimes ‘Buying Local’ is not always at a brick and mortars store. Sometimes we find out about businesses through our facebook account or twitter feed and that’s how we found out about Deadman Shoes in Bowling Green. Recently, YellowBerri (Bowling Green promotions & creative talent agency) did a promotion with Deadman Shoes and thus our stalking occurred.
We talked with Nathan about his art that you can wear and where it all started. “I Started doing shoes probably 7 or 8 months ago. I was at the time drawing things on an old pair of pants and I had just made my own shirt a bit before that. So I thought I should finish the whole thing with a pair of my own shoes. When I showed my mom she gave me a pair of her shoes to do something to and it just built from there.
“A clock Nathan made, and he cut the wood himself. Painted in acrylic and will have a counterpart soon. The Digital Robot Clock. It has battery powered clock and is meant to be wall mounted.”
When you see his artwork, from shoes to wood, you see a style that is very modern. We were interested in his background and what inspired his art work. “Things like “Ahh! Real Monsters” inspired me. I have no formal College background in art. So, I’m self taught through filling lots of sketch books and receipt paper from when I work at a grocery store. One artist I’ve been inspired by since I was in middle school is Alex Pardee, His work has influenced my style over the years.”
Some of you may wonder where you can get a hold of Nathan to get either a piece of art or commission a pair of shoes. We know we did, “Well the best way to get in touch is through facebook,” said Nathan. As far as looking to order some shoes I do most of that through an account on Etsy.
“More awesome shoes.”
Nathan does most of his work by commission. Come to him with an idea he will help create it with his vision. He does not do copyright material so, no “Tinkerbell” or “Buzz Lightyears.” But, that doesn’t mean he can’t do a spaceman or fairy. As it gets warmer he will start to do some painting on wood.
‘A piece he did on wood and something he could do for you.”
Don’t be afraid to support local artists like Nathan. This is a great example of the beauty in our art community. We need to keep our community thriving with unique artists who will think out the box. Hey, with Deadman Shoes you can wear the art outside the shoe box. I know, it was a bad joke on even this end.