Ali Dawood, the digital artist who fuses rap and sneaker culture


Identifiable at first glance, the inspired creations of this talented Californian motion designer delight sneakerheads.

Are you a fan of motion design, hip hop culture and sneakers? We’ve found the artist who combines your three passions. Already well known to aficionados of the genre as @ill_lawi, graphic and motion designer Ali Dawood fuses all facets of street culture into stunning posts with a futuristic DNA.

While his Instagram bio is rather terse, it does reveal that the creative, who declares from the outset “I’m not an artist”, is based across the Atlantic in Los Angeles.

His trademark? The futuristic combination of famous artists’ faces and pairs of cult trainers. By fusing rappers’ faces with existing trainer designs, @ill_lawi has quickly made a name for himself among rap and streetwear lovers.

Among his most popular creations, a portrait of Travis Scott in which one can recognize the design of the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6 Cactus Jack; but also robotic portraits of Joey Bada$$ or members of the Wu Tang Clan made to kill time during confinement, or a mask of Kanye West that seems to be carved from his Yeezy Boost 700, a piece of mesh acting as a chin And let’s not forget his free interpretations of iconic models that look like contemporary artworks, such as this image of a statue of the famous Greek mythological carrier Atlas lifting a pair of Air Jordan 4 Nike x Off White.

Hot drop : Asics x Vivienne Westwood GEL-Kayano 27 DE

Zerina Akers: Beyonce’s stylist who launched Black Owned Everything