If you can dream it (and afford it), Daniel Reese (aka Brass Monki) can make it happen on a pair of Nike Dunks. We discovered him researching our Geek Sneaks article, and knew we had to go back and run a full piece. Inspired by a boring afternoon, a Biro and a pair of white plimsolls, Reese threw himself into sneaker pimping when a night out in his new doodle sneakers ended with a pocket full of requests and a wallet full of cash - he didn't buy a drink all night! These days, things are way more professional. Business is booming and the Monki's branching out. He even got a cease and desist letter from Warner Bros, for an awesome-looking pair of Batman and Robins. Not bad for a 22-year-old that still lives at home...
SO, SO, SO DOPE!!
How long have you been customising sneakers?
It’s been about three years since I doodled on those pumps. But I turned my attention to leather and started the Brass Monki blog in July 2009.
Were you always a massive sneaker head?
Huge! Since I turned 16 and got a job, I haven’t stopped buying shoes.
How many pairs do you own?
I’d say about 40 sneakers and around 25 plain white Nike Dunks ready to paint!
The site says you also re-stuff tongues and colour the stitching, how much have you learned about sneakers over the years?
I’ve learned a lot, but all the information’s out there. Everything I know is from the Internet, little written guides and YouTube.
"Since I turned 16 and got a job, I haven’t stopped buying shoes."