Monday, April 17, 2017

Wrestlemania XII Collection













Been a while since I made a blog post.  Went through a dry period but happy to be back with something new...in this case, another wrestling themed custom project.  This one themed around WWE (WWF) and the classic Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels world title match from Wrestlemania 12.

Growing up, admittedly i've always been more of an NWA/WCW fan than a WWF fan but did watch both promotions among others.  As far as WWF (World Wrestling Federation), my two favorite homegrown talents in the company were always Bret "The Hitman" Hart and "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels.  At a time where the company was going into the post-Hulkamania period as Hogan had left for World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the WWF had moved into what they called the New Generation era and two of the guys they built this era around were Hart and Michaels.

This period, while not their most successful as far as business goes was very intriguing to me as a fan as the company which had always been known for mainly pushing big 300+ pound wrestlers as main eventers started to make a shift and push guys like Shawn Michaels & Bret Hart as their top stars.  These two aren't big muscled out guys like we were used to seeing at the top but were definitely better in the ring with the technical wrestling ability of Hart and the high flying, high impact style of Michaels....two styles of wrestling that i've always preferred which is probably why i've always been into old school WCW, ECW, Japan, & indy wrestling since those styles have always been highlighted.

















This project was specifically inspired by their classic Iron Man world title match from Wrestlemania XII in 1996 which Pro Wrestling Illustrated voted as match of the year.  These two always had an interesting feud (their real life backstage heat with each other at the time may have contributed and gave it even more realism) but their iron man match was a wrestling clinic.  So one day I decided to brainstorm and come up with a shoe theme for each wrestler inspired by the match.

Bret Hart





















The Bret Hart shoe features the classic pink and black design that is synonymous with the Hitman.  It also features the skull logo which can be seen on the torso area of his singlet and word "Hitman" which is seen on the side of his tights.






















Shawn Michaels:





















Originally I wanted to do HBK's red tights design but went with the gold/silver//white design since it was what he wore at WM12 and I wanted to stay with that theme.

















Also of note, I threw in the WWF logo from the Attitude era on the tongue tags just for fun.

I've been sitting on this particular theme for a few months and was pretty excited to finally do it.  May accept some orders for these but it would be a very limited amount.  For orders/inquiries, visit the contact section of my website, www.ecentrikart.net or just email directly at ecentrik@yahoo.com.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

"Bullet Club"














The latest of my wrestling themes is based on probably the most popular faction in professional wrestling.  The Bullet Club is a wrestling faction in Ring Of Honor Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling consisting of Cody Rhodes (son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes), Adam Cole (ROH World Champion), Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks (ROH World Tag Team Champions), Hangman Page, Guerrillas of Destiny (G.O.D.), Frankie Kazarian, Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale, & Bone Soldier.  For those who were wrestling fans in the 90's, think a new and improved version of the NWO (but with better talent IMO).  Former members of the group include current WWE superstars Prince Devitt (aka Finn Balor), Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, and former world champion AJ Styles.














Recently, a close friend of mine who's also a huge wrestling fan as well as a talented artist (check out his Facebook pages...he does sports art themes and caricatures...and yes he takes commissions!) commissioned me to do some sneakers themed around the group.

The original base shoe was a pair of black and red Jordan 1s:





















And here is the finished product:




















The idea was to keep the shoe a basic black and white just like the logo.  The NJPW logo is featured on the rear sections and I decided to add in the "4 Life" and "Two Sweet", which are the catchphrases of the group.
















I am offering custom shoes themed around your favorite wrestler and/or company...whether major, indy, current company, or past company (including companies from the territorial days).  Visit the link at my website for info: http://www.ecentrikart.net/product/professional-wrestling-themed-custom-shoes-prices-vary-see-below-to-order

Sunday, February 5, 2017

"Ring Of Honor"
















If you're one of the few people who've followed my blog for a while you know that i'm a pretty big wrestling fan.  However, i've always tended to gravitate more towards wrestling companies that present a more athletic based style with their product.  My love of wrestling has inspired me before to do wrestling themed customs, such as My New Japan Pro Wrestling (and Great Muta) themes and my theme dedicated to one of my all time favorite companies, ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling).  Well recently I got inspired to do a custom themed after my favorite US based promotion since ECW, and that is Ring Of Honor Wrestling.

I've been a fan of Ring Of Honor (ROH) since it was founded in 2002.  Having grown up in Philly (I now reside in Brooklyn NY), I've always had plenty of wrestling to choose from as Philly has always been a hotbed for wrestling since before I was even born.  I was a big fan of the Crockett Era NWA/WCW as a kid so I was always more drawn to that more technical and gritty style of wrestling since childhood.  Then in the 90s I was a diehard ECW fan who went to all the shows at the ECW Arena at Swanson & Ritner (now known as the 2300 Arena, which is where ROH also runs when in Philly).  In early 2001, ECW went out of business, leaving a huge void in the Philly wrestling scene and in the overall scene worldwide.  A year later, a unique company named Ring Of Honor would fill that void.














Like its predecessor, ROH developed a rabid loyal fanbase that remains to this day.  However, the company would develop more of its own style and image as opposed to being a repeat of ECW but also still have the same focus on the in-ring product.  Unlike the "Sports Entertainment" style of WWE, ROH focuses on the athletic side of professional wrestling and presents wrestling in a different manor, even having the option of wrestlers doing the "Code of Honor" before matches which is when opponents shake hands before combat.  The company also has a working relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling, which is Japan's top wrestling company.
















As for the shoes, I wanted to keep the design fairly simple, keeping the ROH logo as the focus and standout part the design.  The shoe I used to make them was the Nike Air Force 1 High:






















Although this theme could've been done on nearly any shoe I specifically wanted a high top shoe for this particular theme.  The Air Force 1 high was perfect for me because it kind of gives me a wrestling boot type of vibe with the design.


















And just for fun, I got some pics of the ROH & NJPW shoes together (Inspired by their Global Wars events):

















Since posting the ROH shoes, I've gotten a number of likes, comments, and shares from fans, members of the roster, various independent talent, and the company themselves.  I really had a lot of fun with this project and would love to do more wrestling themed shoes whether themed after the companies themselves or members of the talent rosters.

If you represent a wrestling promotion (any company), are a talent in the wrestling business, or just a die hard fan like myself and want a cool wrestling themed sneaker, boot, etc., contact me at info@ecentrikart.net or ecentrik@yahoo.com.  I can also be reached through the contact form section of the website, www.ecentrikart.net/contact.

Elom Bowman
Ecentrik Artistry

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Customer Spotlight: "Gatis Kandis"












First post for the new year!  Had been meaning to post these for a couple weeks now (better late than never).  I was recently commissioned by a friend of mine to do a pair of custom Adidas for UK based comedian Gatis Kandis.

I was looking forward to this project because our mutual friend is a long time friend and supporter of mine plus I think Gatis's videos are absolutely hilarious.  The idea was to make something based around his logo which says "Are you well?  No, you are a person".





















The original shoe used for this custom was the timeless classic Stan Smith Adidas:















And here is the finished product:



















As you can see, both sides of the shoe feature the logo written in brown lettering along with the well on the left shoe and the person on the right shoe.  I added a cool leopard print to give the shoes some pizzazz and added his signature to the tongues.

And to my surprise, a week or so later I see this awesome video made by Gatis himself!  Thank you Gatis!



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Friday, December 30, 2016

Customer Spotlight: "Superman" Air Jordan 1












Many people may have seen the Justice League series from March 2016 which featured a Superman themed shoe.  Well recently a client contacted me about doing a Superman theme again, but this time using the Jordan 1 shoe.

I wanted to keep the idea a little simpler than the original Jordan 6 version but at the same time not too plain...so the idea was to keep most of the shoe in the traditional costume colors with the classic S symbol and add some abstract style to the swoosh on the shoes.  Here is the base shoe:
















Followed by the finished product:













































(Figure not included - added for photo purposes only)

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