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#GramGen is a series profiling the most radical characters in youth culture, who continue to shape trend behavior and spark controversy through their avant fashion sense and candid social media personalities.

Meet Ro, otherwise known as @eatlikeyoureondeathrow__, the IG artist using sushi, pizza, and other tasty mediums to create edible versions of your favorite sneakers. With a chicken and waffles Nike High Dunk and a sushi-made OFF-WHITE x Air Jordan 1, the California-bound creative has amassed an IG following that ranges from food lovers to sneakerheads.

While Ro’s creations have become a marvel for sneaker snobs all over, the concept developed from the pop-art based food creations that she made in the form of bento boxes for her kids. It wasn’t until she fulfilled countless requests to try her art at sneakers that she secured a fan base of streetwear enthusiasts. Now, she keeps up with the newest in sneaker releases and collaborations, sometimes even imagining her own (see Supreme x Yeezy Boost 350 sushi kick below). By mixing everyone’s favorite foods with the most hyped kicks on the market, Ro is giving sneakerheads everywhere the ability to eat like they’re on death row.

We caught up with the artist to chat about her favorite sneakers to recreate and what it’s like to eat Yeezys for lunch.

What’s your occupation? 

Independent merchant.

How did you get started making sushi kicks?

It was a progression of the bento lunches I made for my kids that were pop-art based. Originally I made the account just for fun to push the boundaries of literal food porn with my more infamous edible d*ck food was getting flagged a lot… Hence, the two underscores after my username because the last two were disabled. While my most famous piece is the fried chicken & waffles Nike High Dunk, I’ve always been known for using the main ingredients of sushi or bentos for my food art.

Making sushi kicks and street-style pop based food art was also a cathartic way for me to distract my mind from the death of my dad… And sneakerheads always asked me to make some Jordans sushi kicks. 

How long does it take to create one piece?

Depends, a simple all-white Yeezy just takes a couple minutes. However, if it’s the more intricate and detailed OFF-WHITE or Obsidian 4s it can take up to 45 minutes.

How do you choose which sneakers to recreate?

The aesthetics of the shoes, whatever is hyped, or whatever catches my eyes before they hit the stores. 

Favorite food medium to work with? 

Main components of sushi, mostly rice, rice vinegar and nori, sometimes pizza.

@SKATEMENTAL x @NIKESB collab ALL EDIBLE PIZZA NIKE SB #eatlikeyoureondeathrow which one of my sushikicks is your fave mylovefcukers?

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Most importantly, do you eat them after?

I force feed them to my kids. [Laughs] I’m kidding, but some of them we do, some of them are basically just for the ‘gram. 

Do you consider yourself a sneakerhead in real life? Does your collection look anything like your creations?

I never considered myself one. I just go buy whatever sneakers that I like.

Not at all! But some of the sushi kicks I have in the feed I do have and wear. Most of the shoes I don’t wear as much I just send them back home to the Philippines so somebody else can wear them. 

There are a couple brands that dominate your feed, so we’ve got to ask: Supreme or Nike? 

Nike.

Favorite sneaker to recreate and why?

The Air Jordan 4s… They’re one of the kicks that requires attention to details and is harder to make, but the end product is much more rewarding. 

The hardest sneaker to recreate is:

No doubt the deconstructed OFF-WHITE rendition of the AJ 1 Chicagos.

The best tasting sneaker to recreate is/would be:

The most recent Supreme x Nike Air Force 2 collab. 

What brand or person would you like to collab with?

Nike & Jordan brand obviously, but far fetched dream would be graffiti artist @nychos since Basquiat is dead already. 

What’s next for @eatlikeyoureondeathrow__ ?

Website will be up soon!

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