Exclusive Interview: Mr. Flower Fantastic gives sneakers the floral touch

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Exclusive Interview: Mr. Flower Fantastic gives sneakers the floral touch

Sneakerhead or not, a beautiful pair of shoes easily grabs attention, and when they are made completely of flowers you can’t help but do a double take— or in this case a double tap. Mr Flower Fantastic concealing his identity with his gas mask, and a photo of his Sean Wotherspoon’s Nike Air Max 1/97 flower creation. (Photo: Courtesy of Mr. Flower Fantastic) One glance at Mr. Flower Fantastic’s Instagram page will wow and inspire. The New York-based artist recreates some of today’s most sought-after sneakers made entirely of florals, think of Serena Williams and Virgil Abloh’s “QUEEN” Air Max 97 (which Mr. Flower Fantastic delivered to the Queen herself), Sean Wotherspoon’s Nike Air Max 1/97, and classics like the Air Jordan I and III’s. Mr. Flower Fantastic’s (MFF) images have been re-grammed by the social platform’s biggest accounts and have even gained the attention of big brands and celebrities. Mr Flower Fantastic himself, seen here with the piece he created of the Serena Williams and Virgil Abloh’s “QUEEN” Air Max 97. (Photo: Courtesy of Mr Flower Fantastic) While he shares his art online, he gives back in real life also, sometimes leaving or dropping off his works of art in random locations in New York and other cities he visits. Mr. Flower Fantastic offers followers a location and visual clues through his Instagram stories and just like that, finders keepers – he also does all this anonymously. Intrigued? So were we. Swagger had the opportunity to ask Mr. Flower Fantastic, who asked to keep his true identity undisclosed, a few questions, get to know the artist a bit better: 1. What drew you to floral artistry, and how did you get started? Mr. Flower Fantastic: I grew up in a gardening household, so I guess that helped develop my respect for nature. My mother took great pride in her home garden. To some people it may not have seemed like much, but to me it was a small oasis in our front yard. When I was a kid, I would help her plant all sorts of things. Maintaining it sometimes felt like a chore, and the kids in the neighborhood always had something stupid to say about me with flowers, but in the end, it made me who I am today. 2. How long will one piece typically take you? MFF: I once worked on a piece for one week straight trying to get the balance right. When working with flowers there are so many different factors to take into consideration. Some that cause me to make changes at a moment’s notice. This sometimes makes it very challenging… Ultimately, I try not to focus on the time it takes, otherwise I’ll get impatient. I have a sign in front of my desk that says, “Take your time!” It reminds me to take it easy and go with the flow. Besides, my work is supposed to be fun. If I rush my work I’ll end up unhappy with it […]