Interview with California based graffiti artist Blake Barash

I had the privilege to interview my favorite graffiti artist Blake Barash. Read the interview to find out more and don’t forget to follow him on instagram @bstreetshoes.

DSC_0056Tell us about yourself and what you do
My name is Blake Barash I am a California based graffiti artist. I sell custom hand-painted shoes. I started off my art career in the streets an eventually took it online selling custom hats

What is your greatest achievement so far?
In 2010 I got a message from a friend saying Toms shoes was looking for an artist to paint live in front of people at events. I customized shoes for hundreds of people and had a great time doing it. During that time I built up a strong custom shoe portfolio and started selling them on my website bstreetshoes.com. Years later I’ve sold more than 2000 pairs of shoes to people on every continent, My best selling shoes are the Nike SB Stefan Janoskis: http://bstreetshoes.myshopify.com/collections/custom-nike-sneakers/products/nike-zoom-stefan-janoski-galaxy-sneakers I work with a team of artists in our Costa Mesa based art studio.

What is the brand’s philosophy?
Our goal is to get custom shoes to people that want to express ourselves. My online shop is the most popular on the internet for custom shoes. It’s like a tattoo shop, but instead of skin, we’re painting shoes.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
My tips to readers is do what you love and you will be successful.

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