Art Gallery: Christian Yu


If you are into sneakers and if you are into art, then Christian Yu is the sneaker artist for you. You can follow the talented artist on his Instagram account—@SNEAKERDOODLES. We talked to Christian about his passion for art, sneakers and where he wants to be in the future.

How did you get involved in the world of art?

It all started for me when I was around 5. I loved cars, and I would always ask my dad to draw the ones that captivated me. I picked up drawing from there and just endlessly experimented with different styles and subjects.

When did you start doing artwork that focused on sneakers?

I like to draw things that capture my attention, so I started drawing sneakers around the same time I started collecting them, which was about four years ago. I set up my “Sneakerdoodles” Instagram account last year after noticing I had been drawing sneakers more and more and I didn’t want to bother the followers I had on my personal account. I got hooked on posting those pictures because my two passions—drawing and sneakers—were combined.

Would you call yourself a sneakerhead?

It depends entirely on your definition of a sneakerhead. I try to separate myself from the people who hype up every single release only to buy and then resell for crazy prices. This behavior has had a terrible impact on the quality of recent releases and the values of some people. I describe myself as someone with a passion for the technological advancements, historical significance, and bold designs footwear can achieve.

Do you have a favorite sneaker of all time?

I will say that the shoe that has the most significance to me is the Bruce Lee Kobe V (if anyone’s got a size 10…I have cash ready). Those were the shoes that really got me into sneakers, and I completely idolize Bruce Lee.

Do you have a favorite piece of art you have created?

I can’t really say I have a favorite—every time I make a new “doodle” I aim to make it better than the last. If there’s one thing I want to teach others, it’s that your best should never be your best for long.

Have you ever been contacted by a shoe company in regards to your artwork?

No, unfortunately. I’m still waiting for the day Nike, Adidas and other sneaker brands call to hire me. I’ve been featured on online sneaker magazines like Nice Kicks and SneakerFiles.

Where would you like to see your career go in the future?

I see myself in no place other than design. I want to be just like Tinker Hatfield; causing millions to go crazy over a pair of shoes and doing things that no one else ever thought could be done before.

Is there anything else you wanted to mention?

I would like to say thank you to all of my followers and for those to come. I want to thank the accounts that help get my work out there. I especially want to thank my friends and family who support and inspire me to continue creating and to be a little different.

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