Last month’s JUICE sees our masthead given the iconic SBTG (aka Mark Ong) camo treatment and Johnnie Walker recently sought his artistry in designing their iconic Black Label Bottle. His oeuvre doesn’t just include type and bottles, Mark has been given everything from spray cans, lamps, chairs, tables, backpacks, hats, headphones, and even a shop! But most iconically, the name SBTG is associated to being a designer of custom sneakers – of the one-of-a-kind and rarity sorts. He has been commissioned to work on sneak designs by the likes of Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, James Lavelle, JJ Lin, and Q-Tip. JUICE’s got just enough street culture cred for Mark to tell us about some of his best one-of-one designs and rarities.
SBTG’s Spitfire, a custom Air Jordan 3, is an “overdue creation.” 8 years has passed since SBTG started perfecting his hand painted tiger stripe camo on a variety of mediums before finally putting the design of a pair of kicks. Its classic “Regalia Militia” colourway (army green, black with hints of red and beige) was conceived as a reaction to ideals SBTG saw as missing from the market at the time of its conception.
(one-of-one for private client – Charles Thio)
As with his other designs, SBTG’s ability to meld new patterns and icons from varied influences is obvious on this custom Air kicks. Consisting of Native Indian Navajo blanket and duck hunting camo motif, the design’s focus is on the ubiquitous prayer hands image, which is in flesh on one side and skeletal the other.