Twenty two year-old Kirtana Krishnan paints guitars. And that's not even the most unusual canvas she works with. A client once asked this "custom painter" - yes, that's what she calls herself - to sketch on a skull! "A fake one, of course," she says with a straight voice. Skulled labour, indeed!
Under the label Shoeriken (Her Facebook page says: "A shuriken is a small Japanese weapon; a Shoeriken is a shoe painted by a small person), Kirtana started out with providing paint jobs solely for shoes, back when she was a literature student in her final year of college. Then before she knew it, the self-taught artist's stylised figures and Anime-ish sketches found their way on over a hundred pairs. That's when she put her foot down, and moved from pumps to canvases that excited her more - T-shirts, walls, music instruments and anything else your heart desires. Well not anything, now put that poodle away!
Getting there: Call Kirtana Krishnan on 9820113025, email
or view the Facebook group here, custom art for a guitar starts at Rs 5,000.
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