Normally people acquire paintings or sculptures to add to their art collections, but Tinie Tempah prefers to treat his footwear like artwork instead.
Last year the 23-year-old rapper shelled out around £23,000 on a pair of Back To The Future Nike Air Mags at an auction in Los Angeles and it turns out Tinie invested so much in the trainers because he saw them as his first piece of modern art:
He told RWD:
When I was born, that’s when those films were coming out and that’s what I grew-up on, so for me that was more about collecting my own first piece of modern art, because I ain’t ever going to wear those trainers.
They got signed as well and they’re in some amazing air-tight box and everything so I just thought that for me, as a young 23 year-old Londoner, this should be my first piece of modern art and it’s a shoe and it really represents me as a person so I went for it.
The Wonderman star also admitted that he hadn’t intended to spend such a large amount of money on the Nikes and it was in fact fellow UK rapper Dizzee Rascal who persuaded him to bid so high:
My intention was to start really low, like I really just wanted to start really low but as you can imagine for it to get up to that price it took quite a while. So after it sort of went past what my budget was, I was sort of having a chat with Dizzee Rascal because there were other rappers there like Fabolous and a lot of American TV stars and I was speaking to Dizzee like ‘Maybe if one of us got it that would be amazing’ so we were sort of like ‘You do it’, no you do it, no you do it, alright I will do it!
Nothing like some good old fashioned peer pressure to force you into splashing your cash eh?