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Friday, November 18, 2005

Witty Hippies


I Crossed Illegally and All I Got Are These Freakin' Awesome Shoes

San Diego is edgy. Obnoxious hipsters have lost their monopoly over the boutique sneaker market, and obnoxious self-loathing white folk are paying $215 for each pair of "Brinco" shoes, designed by a southern california artist. The shoes include a map of the US-Mexico border, a 'flashlight dangle', and an image of Mexico's patron saint of migrants. A tip to illegal immigratns though; you may not blend into the day laborer pool at Home Depot sporting those $215 kicks with the flashlight dangle.

From the BRINCO Website:
With Brinco , Judi Werthein has created a project that links migrants’ efforts to cross the border illegally with the increasing global corporatization of goods and labor. The project is a uniquely designed sneaker, trademarked Brinco . The design of the shoe is inspired by information and materials that are relevant to, and could provide assistance to, those illegally crossing the border.