Tuesday, March 15, 2011


If you can dream it (and afford it), Daniel Reese (aka Brass Monki) can make it happen. Inspired by a boring afternoon, a Biro and a pair of white plimsolls, Reese threw himself into sneaker pimping when a night out in his new doodle sneakers ended with a pocket full of requests and a wallet full of cash - he didn't buy a drink all night! These days, things are way more professional. Business is booming and the Monki's branching out. He even got a cease and desist letter from Warner Bros, for an awesome-looking pair of Batman and Robins. Not bad for a 22-year-old that still lives at home...

How long have you been customising sneakers?

It’s been about three years since I doodled on those pumps. But I turned my attention to leather and started the Brass Monki blog in July 2009.

Were you always a massive sneaker head?

Huge! Since I turned 16 and got a job, I haven’t stopped buying shoes.

How many pairs do you own?

I’d say about 40 sneakers and around 25 plain white Nike Dunks ready to paint!

Click here to read the full interview on Don't Panic Online. And to order a pair, check out brassmonki.com

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