MSCHF, the company that collaborated with Lil Nax X and his human blood Satan Shoes, has responded to a temporary order granted by a judge to Nike to stop the sale of their shoes.
"We believe it is better to make art that participates directly in its subject matter; it is stronger to do a thing, than to talk about a thing," the statement reads.
"MSCHF makes artworks that live directly in the systems they critique, instead of hiding inside white- walled galleries. There is no better way to start a conversation about consumer culture than by participating in consumer culture."
PARENTS FURIOUS OVER SATAN SHOES
Their statement adds, "Last week's release of the Satan Shoes, in collaboration with Lil Nas X, was no different. Satan Shoes started a conversation, while also living natively in its space. It is art created for people to observe, speculate on, purchase, and own. Heresy only exists in relation to doctrine: who is Nike to censor one but not the other? Satan is as much part of the art historical canon as Jesus, from Renaissance Hellmouths to Milton. Satan exists as the challenger to the ultimate authority. We were delighted to work with Lil Nas X on Satan Shoes and continue this dialogue."
Nike just wants the shoes to go away.