This is my Roshe Run Zen artwork. Inspired by the Nike Roshe Run Maroon. Now, you might be wondering why I illustrated A faceless meditating man surrounded by a bunch of stacked Roshes. It all started when I bought my second pair of Roshes, The Maroons. I already knew a thing or two about the design and concept of the shoe but never did anything with the knowledge. So, I decided to illustrate it. The whole shoe is based on the concept of zen meditation. Designer Dylan Raasch came up with the concept of Zen because meditation plays a big roll in his life, and stands for what he believes in. The name Roshe comes from the word Roshi wich means old (ro) master (shi). Nike had to change the "I" into an "e" for legal reasons (copyright, patent etc). The faceless meditating man makes more sense now, doesn't it? And the stacked Roshes are supposed to represent zen stones. There are different kind of zen stones, that's why they're all stacked differently. The kikyaku rock, also known as the root stone representing earth. The Shigyo, AKA branching stones, representing fire. Shintai, flat or horizontally stacked stones, representing the mind & body. Taido stones are vertical and tall, representing wood. And last but not least the Reisho stone, vertical, and low to the ground, representing metal. Oh and one more thing, that gate is called a Torii, often build in front of/inside traditional japanese buildings.
I freestyled the rest of the artwork without any research tho. And the zen master is faceless because... I don't even know, I just like it like that. I really hope you learned something new today and enjoyed my story.