We've all felt it: The unique kind of envy that results from encountering something you want, but can't afford. For some of us, it's the new iPhone. For others, it's an eight-foot-long hot tub boat. For artist Jason Ruff in his younger years, it was sneakers and cigarettes—which serve as materials for his latest project.
Using sharp scissors and infinite patience, Ruff has created perfect little replicas of classic Nike high-tops using nothing but the materials found in cigarette packs. Okay, there's some duct tape involved, too. But you get the point. He describes it as "mixing the unattainable objects of my youth," and yes—his creations definitely remind us of what it was like to be 15 and mischievous.
The whole collection: