Who’s Ink’Us Bolivato? From Clermont-Ferrand to Paris, your customized sneakers turn out to be a murals

“We should make a good looking mannequin! In his tiny, 17m² sneaker customized store, perched atop the rue des Chaussetiers, within the shadow of Clermont-Ferrand cathedral, Yohan Connan, aka Ink’Us Bolivato, pretends to assume, nearly scratching his chin.

For the previous few weeks, he is thought of “his” large dangerous man each morning as he shaves. That is the imposed theme of the Parisian exhibition, “Era Sneakers”, wherein he was invited to take part in October in Paris. The truth is (mischievous smile), “I already know my nice evil”.


However let’s not “disclose” something, motus and closed mouth. In any other case, he’ll use his South American origins (therefore his nickname and his typical Bolivian mini-store with the workshop inside) to breed this character. Let him block for a great week to tame this bomb, all white, that the exhibition organizers will ship you (together with co-organizer Nicolas Dechenaux who contacted him by way of social media). And that he intends to meet the invitation.

As a result of, sure, the assist of the good villain in query will likely be a shoe: an air of Nike. Just one. Single. That may turn out to be a murals.

For the second yr, the Sakura gallery in Paris has been providing, because the starting of October, the Sneakers technology, one of many largest worldwide exhibitions of customized sneakers. With 100 artists from everywhere in the world, together with some French. Everybody will get the identical shoe to customise: a white Nike® Jordan Mid-1-Triple

Yohan Connan has solely been working in shoe customization for 3 and a half years. After which, with this invitation to Paris, “I’m acknowledged as an artist, I really feel very proud”, he confides, moved.

” It is unimaginable ! » he blurts out « I can not imagine it ». The one who labored for a service supplier. The one who dropped every thing in a single day.

I preferred taking a look at footage, however not significantly holding the pencil.

He talks about one thing that all of the sudden occurred when he acquired uninterested in his job and acquired caught up within the breeding recreation. “Really, I do not actually like to attract. What I like is to tame the picture that is delivered to me, to know how the drawing is made, which approach I’ll take it. »

nearly like a dialogue with the creator. Even when it is manga. “I like colour. However in his store, you may additionally discover sneakers with “The Starry Night time” by Vincent van Gogh on them.

And so, the forty-year-old does not hate the little additional problem: “Working the leather-based, the form of the shoe. As a great artist, Yohan Connan additionally takes care of his paradox: “I prefer it to be nearly equivalent, what makes the distinction is the element”, however “I additionally like that the design just isn’t excellent, the little imperfection that makes my fashion”.

He says he has many flaws. It is all about accepting them. With perception. With basketball, he discovered the shoe that suited him. He additionally likes the thought of ​​giving a second life to the footwear he cleans and repairs. After which this reference to the shopper, the distinctive facet of the completed pair of sneakers.

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Briefly, “It is my favourite medium”. Had the person discovered his future? On a easy thought from an artist who’s something however perched: “I puzzled what most individuals have at house. Coaches! “Economically, it helps itself, it says in essence.

His idea: “You include the footwear and the picture you wish to see in them and I do the remainder. » Estimate of fifty to 500 euros. It is a hit earlier than the vacations.


Much more so as a result of I am concerned in all of the occasions within the area: “I do know I am in a distinct segment of non-essential procuring, I want to achieve notoriety. We discovered him on the tattoo parlor in addition to Legit Sneakers.

He has additionally simply supplied introductory basketball drawing programs. “I get unimaginable suggestions from my shoppers, however there, the exhibition in Paris, the place the professionals who make sneakers come to select me up day-after-day… It is actually recognition. »

A lot for saying that his white basketball will tempt the good, even the good villain. And he scratches his chin. Centered. Already. “We should make a good looking mannequin! »

Yahan Connan dates

Finish 2018

“My conversion. I give up work to launch myself, with none expertise, into customizing sneakers and sneakers. »

Mi 2019

“My work appears to please, I’ve requests. I transfer to the premises of Recycl’artwork, rue Blaise-Pascal. A road the place I found L’Affinerie and Jordan Saine. With him, we arrange the Bazaar. First in Gerzat, then in Lecoq backyard. We simply signed for 2023.”

January 2020

“I am shifting to the rue des Chaussetiers. I really like this place: small and imperfect, like me! I achieve visibility and now I attain a curious viewers. »

Award They are going to put the Bazaar within the Lecoq backyard in Clermont-Ferrand

Cecile Bergougnoux
Thierry Nicolas footage

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