Ewing 33 Hi Gas Mask and Full Body Armor
4 years ago Freehand Profit and I planned on doing a Ewing 33 Hi Gas mask. I wanted to do something out of the norm since at the time most of his mask were from Nikes and Jordans. The red Ewing 33 Hi became of a favorite of mine when it retroed because of the color and the bulkiness. I thought it would make a great mask! So Freehand hooked it up and even added a shoulder piece to it!
(Qoute below from Freehand Profit before doing the full body armor)
"The Ewing 33 Hi “Red Suede” Gas Mask is the 84th sneaker gas mask that I’ve created but the very first one to feature an accompanying shoulder harness – a step towards the full body sneaker armor I have plans for. Figgs had sacrificed 2 pairs of his beloved “Red Suede” 33s to my Chopping Block – normally 2 pairs can mean more creative control and a more interesting mask simply because I have more material to work with but the Ewings were plentiful in materials and I found myself with a surplus of materials and a chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do. And being that Figgs and I are 8&9 family, it also gave me a chance to include an 8&9 woven label into the shoulder piece "
I told Freehand I wanted to take it a bit further and make some gloves made out of the sneakers as well. He loved the idea and said "I'm gonna make you a whole dam suit of armor!" Lol. I agreed and reached out to Ewing Athletics to see what they could do to help. They've been down with this project ever since and have supplied us with enough pairs to make it happen! The rest is history.
We revealed the full body armor at the Bay Area Sneaker in March! While visiting San Jose we figured we'd do a photoshoot, peep the images below! Also make sure to grab the new 8&9 x Freehand Profit Undead 3s collab shirt!
"Future stands too close, lumbering over us. An unjust government manipulated by corporate greed falls under its own misdeeds. The country is barren, the population decimated. Biological weapons and a century or so of industrial, consumer and technological pollutants have rendered the air, water and soil unbreathable, undrinkable and barren. Those that live on piece themselves together, fashioning protective gear and filtration masks from what they can find. Rumor has it one “Epocalyptian”, as they call themselves, built a suit of armor as red as the dying sun. After all, the environment isn’t the only thing that’s hostile. The WFPC squads are always on the hunt for “loosies”, and they have a mean trick of sneaking up on Freefolk of Epocalyptia. If you don’t hear them, chances are no one will be hearing from you again.
The old man laughs, he didn’t think he’d live to see his prophecy come to be, sure does wish he was wrong." - @FreehandProfit