Sekure D is one of Australiaâ€™s young rising stars in the ever growing streetwear scene. At only 22 years of age, heâ€™s on top of the game with his highly detailed custom Nikes, and soon a major collaboration with Globe. Like many in the business, he started off with a love of graffiti, hip-hop and basketball, and has never looked back since. But things were not always so easy. Sekure grew up surrounded by a culture that never quite encouraged his art, and forced him to keep things on the d-low. However, once he scored his first few urban shop paintings in his local town of Melbourne, things really took off and it was time to come out of hiding!
â€œThe artistic culture of Melbourne especially is so strong it really helps foster creativity and individuality. Street art, graffiti, fashion, and galleries, there is literally something for everyone.â€
Format: Did you go to art school? Where/how did you learn to do what you do?
Sekure D: I never attended art school, if I remember correctly the last art class I went to was in middle school when I was about 12 years old and we mostly did arts and crafts. In high school my friends got into graffiti and I have been into it now for about eight years, thatâ€™s basically all the training I have. I learnt everything through trial and error which is a great way to learn in my opinion.
Format: How much time do you spend working on a shoe custom?
Sekure D: When I began it was something ridiculous like 40+ hours but like anything you improve your technique and you get quicker and better. My first pair of shoes was also the first time I ever properly painted with a brush. After a lot of refinement itâ€™s down to approximately 10-16 hours depending on the detail and style.
Format: Has your style evolved since you started working on shoes?
Sekure D: Most definitely, since I never attended art school it forced me to research styles, painters and techniques, that has then in-turn helped shape my work. When I began I couldnâ€™t really name a favorite painter outside of the graffiti world but Iâ€™m glad to say now I have plenty. When I started painting shoes a lot of the time they had existing themes such as the â€˜Sin Cityâ€™ Dunks or the â€˜Redeemerâ€™ Air Force Ones. Now I most definitely focus on originality and bringing something new to the medium, I try and approach the sneakers as a canvas and a piece of artwork rather then just a shoe.
Format: How many personal pairs do you own?
Sekure D: I have about 220-250 pairs of shoes of which maybe 12 are customs.
Format: What are your thoughts on the recent ban on the Air Stab in the UK? Is the world now a safer place (sarcasm)?
Sekure D: I am not entirely sure how that is going to help especially since the â€˜stabâ€™ stands for stability if I am not mistaken. Being in Australia I do not have first hand experience with the situation but I canâ€™t see the shoe being a major contributing factor to the violence, are they going to ban Sharpies?
Format: Your Swamp Thing Dunks are phenomenal. What are you into reading these days? Any plans for The Watchmen inspired, or other comic inspired kicks?
Sekure D: Cheers, I wish I could show you them in person, the photographs do them no justice. I literally just put down â€˜Paradise Lostâ€™ by John Milton, maybe tonight I will go back through some â€˜Sin Cityâ€™ editions, I am very fond of Frank Millerâ€™s work.
Its funny you mention Watchmen, it is my favorite graphic novel. I have made a lot of people read it, especially now the movie is coming out which I can only hope is as brilliant as the book. I have put much thought into whether or not I was going to a shoe based on it however I have decided against it for a few reasons, for now at least.
Format: Australia is home to Sneakerfreaker, Tee, and other great streetwear mags and brands. What is your take on the popularity of Aussie street culture?
Sekure D: We are very diverse down here; the artistic culture of Melbourne especially is so strong it really helps foster creativity and individuality. Street art, graffiti, fashion, and galleries, there is literally something for everyone. You only have to walk around the streets of the city and surrounding suburbs to see just how strong it is.
Format: Some say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. How do you feel to have bootleg Sekure D kicks floating around in cyberspace?
Sekure D: Initially I was furious but quickly afterwards I saw the humor in it, as you say, in a weird way I guess itâ€™s flattering. There are now seven Sekure D fakes but my customers are savvy enough to not make the mistake of purchasing a fake. I copped one as kind of a trophy but I wonâ€™t be getting the rest, no more of my cash is going in their direction.
Format: Can you tell us about what you are working on at the moment?
Sekure D: Currently I am just trying to fill out a new sketch book, it seems such a waste to have blank pages, I feel like itâ€™s taunting me. Other than that I think some canvas work is next up.
Format: Other than more sneakers, what else lies in the future for Sekure D?
Sekure D: I have just wrapped up a collaboration with skate brand Globe which is set to release early 2009 in the USA, Europe and Australia. It has been an exciting project, some pics and info will start to leak about that soon I am sure. The focus of the project was to maintain the custom aesthetic often lost in mass production while still harnessing the details only available in a production run shoe. The end result is something pretty different, however Iâ€™m sure it will be received well and it looks great on-foot, which is of the utmost importance.
Currently I am also collaborating with Diamond Fondue clothing label which is set to release their â€˜Season 0â€™ Tâ€™s soon I believe and some Sekure D apparel might not be too far off either, we will play that by ear. There are also a few other bits and pieces but I gotta keep them under wraps for now.
More Info: http://www.sekured.com/