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Drake's solid gold Air Jordans capture his personality

Published 12/08/2016


Artist Matt Senna has spoken about the inspirations behind the solid gold Air Jordans he made for Drake.

Drake’s solid gold Air Jordans reflect his style and tastes.

The rapper showed off the impressive footwear, that can’t be worn but are rather a piece of art, on his Instagram account recently, with the caption: “@msenna @jumpman23 #SolidGold #24K #TheseAreNotToWear.”

The man behind the design, conceptual artist Matt Senna, has 12 other variations of the iconic OVO Air Jordans, including a bronze pair. Titled the Higher Learning series, Matt knew instantly that a 24 carat pair of shoes would suit Drake perfectly.

“For me, gold was obvious; it’s Drake's style and represents what he appreciates,” he told Billboard magazine. “I chose to re-create the 10s because it’s a very streamlined shoe with interesting detail. The embellishment on the bottom has a stingray on it, which I knew would create this really nice texture. I thought about the 8s, but turning that shoe into metal is risky. I'll put it this way: Sometimes they come out amazing, and sometimes there are issues.”

His technique for transforming the shoes has not yet been patented, so he can’t share too many details on the process, but explains he uses different methods depending on the shoes.

On how the collaboration with Drake came about, Matt says it felt natural to involve the Hotline Bling star.

“The OVO guys came to me and wanted to do something. I've been pretty particular about who I work with on this series, but felt adding Drake to Team Jordan was a move reminiscent of (baseball player Derek) Jeter and (footballer) Randy Moss,” he said.

Matt has also made a pair for Common as a pre-Oscars gift and created a bust of rapper Jadakiss for his Top 5 Dead or Alive album cover.

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