CARIUMA + Toz
World-renowned Brazilian artist – Toz – redesigned our much-loved, signature sneaker, the OCA. He infused our low and high-top styles with colors & characters inspired from his own body of work & the vibrant street art of Brazil.
From where do you draw inspiration?
My inspiration comes from what I’ve experienced in my life. People around me, nature, Rio, Bahia – that is the origin of my inspiration. I always start from this. I have always been a big fan of comic books, animations and movies. All of that, influences my work.
Why is your name TOZ?
In graffti, everyone has a nickname and, in my case, I chose a short version of my birth name, Tomaz.
What artists do you love?
That's a very difficult question. But definitely musicians. Music. The first one that popped into my head is BOB MARLEY but I’ve been listening to Jorge Ben Jor, Gilberto Gil, Raul Seixas and many others.
What advice would you give your 16 year-old self?
Just keep doing what you’re doing.
Why partner with CARIUMA?
For many reasons … First because I know Fernando, the co-founder. I've followed his work for a long time, and I know everything he does involves high quality and great taste.
When he sent me the first CARIUMA shoes, I loved the design and the comfort is amazing.
I've admired his work since forever and have enjoyed being part of his brand.