Edward van Gils Creates Art with Nike Street Football Collection

Edward van Gils’ handiwork (and footwork) are being artfully utilized in Nike’s street football collection as part of its summer release designs. Using paint on his soles, van Gils’ signature moves were captured onto a large white canvas with his feet applying the brushstrokes.

Ed van Gils using his feet to create brushstroke art.
Edward van Gils using his feet to create brushstroke art. Photo credit: lifeafterfootball.eu

Hints of van Gils’ artistic contribution can be seen in Nike’s latest Duro Reflect ball, which has made cameos in the Paris FootballX Skills series.

Blending art with the beautiful game on canvas.
Blending art with the beautiful game on canvas. Photo credit: lifeafterfootball.eu

It’s encouraging to see a pioneer like “Edje” being acknowledged for his contribution to the street football movement. His involvement with Nike can be traced as far back as the early 2000’s with such high profile appearances as in their Panna K.O. videos.

Nike's original 2003 Panna K.O. tournament with Ed van Gils.
Nike’s original 2003 Panna K.O. tournament with Ed van Gils.

They’ve come a long way together since then and it’s not surprising considering van Gils’ distinct profile — a highly regarded baller with global street cred in spades, masking a tirelessly systematic and uniquely cerebral player.

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