Ikonic not Iconic
By definition iconic is something or someone widely known and well established for distinctive excellence. When you think of iconic people you think of names such as, Nelson Mandela, MLK, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Bill Clinton, and Jamieson Parker. wait, Who? Who is Jameison Parker you ask.
JP is an artist, designer, creator and CEO of Ikonic Artistry, a custom shoe company making a name for themselves in the heavily competitive sneaker custom market. Parker doesn’t treat his customs as a job, but as an intimate one on one creation. Many countless hours go into the research as well as the actually creation of the sneaker custom . He becomes one with the kicks and you can truly tell he is very passionate and confident in his work. The SCAD grad started customizing kicks as a hobby in high school and now for the past year has made his talents profitable. The art doesn’t stop at sneaker customization. Parker does canvas painting, logo design, car customs, and original footwear design from concept to manufacturing.
A couple of years ago Parker entered in a footwear contest online to win an internship to attend Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland, Oregon. With the thousands of submission Parker was 1 of 15 to get selected for the Adidas internship to work side by side with former Jordan Brand Director D’wayne Edwards. The opportunity showed him the hard work and grueling process the development of a sneaker from beginning to end. “None of the sneakers we buy are worth what we pay for “, Parker says. I bet the profit margin is crazzzzyyyy!
I had a chance to sit down with Parker in his work space to pick his brain and to learn more about him and his company. The interview showed me that he will be a very successful person in the future; you can just see it. Check out the video interview of Parker. We left some question out for time purposes. Here are a couple of questionsthat didn’t make the video.
Who is the one person dead or alive you would want to do a custom for?
“It would have to be one of the most ikonic individuals to ever walk the planet, who other than Mj, Michael Jordan…Why Not? Present him with something that he help designed, but in a way he has never looked at it. ”
What is the future of Ikonic Artistry?
“I plan on using this platform that I created from custom sneakers to launch my own line of sneakers” Yes, Parker plans to come out with his on line of kicks in the future and also a custom car shop. With his drive, confidence, and passion I can see that happening in due time.
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By Marcel Bouie #LiveLifeLite