With an amalgamation of influences, SBTG’s works are a bricolage of punk rock and metal music, skateboarding, military motifs, and the subcultures of the ’80s. Mark’s own dedicated service with the Singapore Armed Forces is where he developed an interest in texture, camouflage and the masculine persona.
Furthermore, SBTG’s common appropriation of military motifs in particular, like nose art, tigerstripe camouflage, and the American flag, harks to Mark’s history as well as punk’s subversion of the establishment.
Living by the punk and skateboarding tenet of having the freedom to be what you want, Mark and his SBTG imprint are grounded in discipline, hard work and DIY entrepreneurialism.
Featuring one of the hottest releases of the season, check out Mark’s current sneaker rotation below.
Thrasher Decker (SBTG x Kickslab) 2014
I was real stoked to have my name beside a skate mag I grew up with and to top it off, its’ a Japanese production. To me, the Japanese do the best presentation of Americana. Working with retailer Kickslab on these, the result is a beautifully shaped vulcanized sneaker featuring a military herring bone and my signature Parsillia camouflage. Couldn’t ask for more.
Converse Chuck Taylor Lo (Japan Edition) 2015
As I said earlier, the Japanese capture the essence of Americana at its best without making a big fuss about it. Classic on all levels: black, Chuck Lo, hot rod flames/mid sole flames? Game over.
PUMA Clyde First Contact (SBTG x Mita Sneakers) 2015
This release was based on my first trip to Japan 22 years ago. It was a school exchange program where we visited Miyazaki in Fukuoka. I decided to title this collection “First Contact,” celebrating first-time experiences and friendship. This was a first time collab with PUMA and a continued one with Mita. This colorway is by creative director of Mita Sneakers, Shigeyuki Kunii.
Nike Flyknit Trainer (1st Edition) 2012
I love these First Edition Flyknit trainers. They have just the right amount of support, zoom air and are elegantly shaped. These are worn strictly to run with a lil SBTG touch. Just for fun.
Le Coq Sportif EUREKA KL KHK (Kickslab) 2014
These are such a breath of fresh air. My first ever pair of LCS’s done by my friends from Kickslab. I received them just before the release and put them on immediately. I believe the colors are by Hajime from Kickslab.
ASICS Gel-Lyte V “Phys Ed” (SBTG X Kickslab) 2015
The inspiration behind this pair was to do a pair of shoes with our favorite colors between SBTG & Kickslab, as well as a jogger that would go with the clothes we like to wear with an undertone of an issued pair of “Phys Ed” sneakers. Will be released December 2015. Real excited.
Peep previous Sneaker Rotations.
- Photographer: Tim Suen