Sneaker Pimps are well-known among sneaker-freakers globally for their traveling lifestyle exhibition of rare kicks, celeb-autographs, and artist’s collaborations, however at the August 3rd event in Los Angeles, the organization was clearly at a high point. Hosted at the Crash Mansion, a very cool, multi-room venue, the Pimps also included Paul Wall live, Travis Barker with his new band, and a collection of more than 200 pairs of shoes all painted by various artists, but deserved shout-outs to Tokidoki and Bigfoot.
In addition, was a room with K-Swiss artistic renditions, renowned sneaker painter Sole Junkie showcasing live art, and Hook-up paints—a legendary brand for paints for sneak surfaces.
A highlight also included the backroom DunkXchange where small sneaker collectors can sell or trade their kicks—a very similar scene to the after-market car market. Once you get them, they’re like a limited concert ticket and the value continues to increase for the limited editions.
Overall, the event was refreshingly vital and alive, with a kicking set by Redman that packed the mainstage area, and Expensive Taste which is an interesting collab with Paul Wall, Travis Barker, and Skinhead Rod—which also brought the Famous Stars & Straps crowd together with the burgeoning downtown LA scene.
Artists, photogs, and a massive exhibition rounded-out the scene.