From the ground up

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has teamed with long time supporter DC for his second Remix Series™ project with the brand. Shinoda’s custom designed shoes will be released August 2008 and showcase an often unseen side of the musician. Before he found fame as front man of Linkin Park, Mike attended the Art Center College of Design in California and anticipated a career to follow suit. He remains involved with his first passion of art, designing all of Linkin Park’s branding over the years, and now contributing to his latest DC project. Proceeds from the MSDC Remix Series™ project will go to the Michael K. Shinoda Endowed Scholarship in support of his alma mater.
Mike designed two pairs of limited edition DC shoes, The MSDC Xander and the MSDC Pride, using traditional Japanese patterns and Koi scale textures as a theme for the project. Unique to his shoes are clear Koi scale patterned soles that reveal Mike’s artwork embedded in the footbeds. Renditions of Mike’s latest works are also found on the shoes uppers, insole and outsoles, with his signature stitched into the shoes’ heels. Accompanying each pair of shoes is a limited edition booklet of Mike’s artwork.
Mike’s shoes will be showcased to the public for the first time during his gallery show, Born held at the Japanese American National Museum. An opening event will be held for the public on July 11th, 2008 from 8 -10pm. Both the DCMS Xander and DCMS Pride will then be available for sale beginning August 1st at exclusive footwear boutiques worldwide and on Mike’s website.
Check out detailed images after the jump.

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