Name: Chris Toombs
Brand: Playground Shoes
Bio: “My love for art and customizing started at a young age with hot rods and low riders. Inspired by counter-culture artists Von Dutch, Ed ”Big Daddy” Roth, and surf artist Rick Griffin, I started airbrushing at the age of fourteen. I got really excited about art in my late teens while I found work painting surfboards and t-shirts and apprenticed at a custom automotive paint shop.
My early twenties have led my range of inspirations to grow from counter-culture artists to include fine artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and contemporary artists like Shepard Fairey and Banksy. I have also begun branching out into other artistic media, such as sculpture, painting, and digital media, each one pushing my love of art and customizing to a new level.”