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Animatronic Flesh Shoe 2004 by brandejs Animatronic Flesh Shoe 2004 by brandejs
Media: Latex, Steel, Gear motors, Printed circuit, Rio MP3 Player, Batteries, Staples, Roommates Hair.
Scale: Size 10 shoe


The shoe is stitched together with multiple pieces of latex rubber cast out of moulds made from my own skin. The shoe's toe and heel raise and lower as it occasionally vibrates/pulsates, and twitches on the floor as if it were still alive. The movement is not constant, and usually causes people to jump back while they are in the middle of leaning in for a closer look.

Artist statement
It's a Nike shoe stapled together with human flesh, twitching...

Other than simply being twisted, this piece comments on issues of sweatshop labour and content ownership. Each piece of skin is therefore different in colour, size, and texture and the Nike Logo is done in white, slapped overtop of all the other colours.

We live in a culture disconnected from what it is doing to itself and others, we choose to ignore rather than deal with the reality we have created for ourselves. This piece ultimately comments on this simple idea.

There's a video of it moving on my website for anyone interested. [link] (click the shoe.. and click the video button)

The Shoe has been shown in a few galleries now...

any critique welcome, I'm considering making more..... as in, a whole store type display of them for isntallation into a gallery space.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2006-06-24
Animatronic Flesh Shoe 2004 by ~brandejs has to be the strangest, creepiest, but definately one of the coolest DDs i've featured. Please make sure you read the entire description, and then have a look in full view! ( Featured by De-Profundis )
JoeytheTailypo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016
Wow so cool! 😄
glittergirl79 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This just looked gross at first, but after reading the description I was able to appreciate the unique way of shedding light on sweatshops. 
TheLuridOne1885 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Don't worry, I'm not running away from this : ) i love it and the concept.
SpazmaticAttack Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't explain every single aspect of your artistic statement.. It completely ruins the art in the piece. I absolutely loved it to death untill i saw that pretentious description below. Art should always be a questionmark, never an answer. To claim otherwise is incredibly pretentious.
michellerose85 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
omg, so cool !!
arcana666gothic Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SombreZombie Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously, who was killed to produce this shoe??? Just sick :shithitsthefan:
Lover-of-Music Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
it's not real ._.
if it was, i'm sure this would've been taken down...
Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh my god - that's so sick ... I love it!!! Fantastic work, disturbingly realistic. :iconshaplz:

Put it in a shoebox, got to your nearest shoe store, and say, "Um - I'd like a refund for this, please." Then take the lid off the box ... make sure it's moving when you do this. Ultimate troll stunt.
MoiChromatic Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
JokenxD Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what the shiiiiit? xD It's great!
Black-waves Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
i'm going to do my finals with the theme concerning skin, u inspired me huge.
Sonicchick113 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is amazing.
Uratz-Studios Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great Idea
canned-sugar-bile Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
heh heh i always see this on google when i search for raw meat. ToTaLLy rAd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
gabrieldishaw Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
very interesting use of materials.... What made you choose nike? I also sculpt nike shoes,

You can more at

Hasawa Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
yeahhhh, awesome, great work
happy to see latex user in the artistic field
create,create,create again and again,
see yaa
Astral-Agonoficus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is deffinately one of the coolest things that I've ever seen. x]
I would love to have a pair of shoes that at least look like that. XD
Extremely awesome work :heart: Even cooler with the fact that it moooooves :iconwooooplz:
spligity Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Student General Artist
eww that's so grody... I'd wear them.
MikiyoOo Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Roommates hair...LOL XDDD
KeybladeXIII Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Student General Artist
highly disgusting but amazing within itself, what inspired you to make it?
CannibalisticPeach Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
btw not sure if anyone else has mentioned this but, I saw your shoe in Art News awhile back and it's awesome that I found it again.

I found your website first and just wanted to say I love your work.
SovaeArt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
Was this in Adbusters? (I know there was some skin nike shoe in there in any case!)
good stuff.
Charmander36 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
O.o ewww.... cool tho
sexywerewolf Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
how did you get your skin on a shoe? it a bt *chill* freaky
Disney-fanclub-hsm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
cool. ...gross...but cool + its ...... SHOE!!
heaven-tonight-lexii Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Student
id wear, make like a
fallen skateshoe!!

id so buy!!
kitsune-way Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Whoaaa. Awesome. :D
I'd wear it. lol
Twitchy shoe. :]]
whoa killer idea!
I love it!
Phoenix001 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
O_O . . .
Lilikwee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008   Traditional Artist
scary....but clever.
Johara-San Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of meat o.o;

*Sticks shoe in my mouth and chews on it* Meat...*Drools*
Xenomorphyus2060 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Definately Cronenberg. Awesome.
paperairplane Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008   Interface Designer
Wow, this is awesome.
I love the idea behind this.
Is there a reason that you chose Nike instead of another brand?
RaptorFarmer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
This is awesome man. And great message behind it.
Bladenhart Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
omigosh~ wicked siccckkk~~~~ cool stuff dude! i really wish i could see it in singapore. ah well.... *dreams*
EvilGothGirl Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
TanoSaama Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
Wow, that is one of the coolest and most disgusting things I have seen all at once.
FortunasWandel Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
crapch crapch
aja05 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
cool dudes!!
NuclearNietzsche Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
is it vegetarian?
Azph Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Really wicked!
How did you come up with that idea?
Acorn47 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
This is truly cool!!!... I love this kind of stuff, real hands on Art making bold statements... WICKEDLY inspirational :D
Acorn47 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
This is truly cool!!!... I love this kind of stuff, real hands on Art making bold statements... WICKEDLY inspirational :D
Acorn47 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
This is truly cool!!!... I love this kind of stuff, real hands on Art making bold statements... WICKEDLY inspirational :D
mexiCANchick Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, amazing. Love it. Do you think your shoe will get to San Francisco, CA?
piece-on-earth Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
Very symbolic. I like it its creative
ptronic Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
Wow, skin loads of respect mac. Did you have to reach some form of agreement with nike on this?
P-r-e-c-i-e-u-s-e Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
looks so cooL! And you seem to have enjoyed working on it ;) ..... but about the "human flesh" ....... ARE YOU SERIOUS !?!? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH ( haha am just kidding)

anyway... it's Amazing !
brandejs Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Thanks dude! but you know it's latex right? just makin sure...
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