Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Customer Spotlight: "South Beach Desert Camo" golf shoes

A client who recently ordered the "South Beach Desert Camo" Air Force 1s later asked me if I could duplicate the same theme on a pair of nike golf shoes.  I was glad to do so as I thought it was a great idea.  So after pointing me to the shoe that he wanted them done on, I was ready to make it happen.

Here is the original base shoe: The Nike Lunar Force 1 golf cleats:

And here is the finished product:

And here is a comparison of the two shoes.  The original Air Force 1 shoe (top) and the Lunar Force golf shoe (bottom):

There are certain designs of mine that I am willing to recreate on different base shoes and this was one of them.  Just a great design that looks good on different bases.  Interested in a recreation of one of my past themes, same or different shoe?  Or interested in a different idea?  Email at info@ecentrikart.net to see if it can be done!

Friday, April 22, 2016

"Chameleon Gene"

Something new for the spring and summer seasons.  The Air Max 90 "Chameleon Gene" custom is inspired by the colorful creature of the same name.  This custom is available in both men's and women's/grade school sizes at this link: http://www.ecentrikart.net/product/air-max-90-chameleon-gene-custom

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Joker & Lex Luthor

Picking up where the Justice League Series left off, I wanted to do something based on the two most well known & high profile villains of DC Comics.  It's well known that the Justice League comes together when a very dangerous worldly threat arises, but outside of League business, the heroes (mainly Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern) also have their solo lives and missions protecting their individual cities from members of their own rogues galleries of villains.  For this one we take a trip to Metropolis, home of Superman/Clark Kent, and Gotham City, home of Batman/Bruce Wayne.

1.  Lex Luthor

First Appearance: Action Comics #23 (1940)

Inventor, philanthropist, scientist, and power hungry billionaire who's been on both sides of the law. He is the owner of Lexcorp, an international conglomerate that has its hands in many different business ventures and its name can be found all over many things in Metropolis. Although appearing to be a standard businessman to most of the general public, there are a few who have always been skeptical of him and know Lex's evil side all too well...Clark Kent/Superman, Lois Lane (who have done stories on him), and even Bruce Wayne/Batman (Wayne Industries at one point had attempted to do business with Lexcorp on a project) to name a few. Lex has always secretly hated Superman due to jealousy, feeling that he should be seen as the hero of Metropolis and not the man of steel. The two have done battle on different occasions, whether it be through Luthor secretly working with villains and sending them after Superman, or physically battling the Man of Steel with his high tech power armor. At times, Luthor has even been able to somehow come into possession of Superman's weakness, Kryptonite.

The shoes:

The shoes were basically a pair of all white Nike Dunks converted to resemble Luthor's power suit. Since Lex doesn't technically have an actual costume I went with the power armor which he's sometimes worn in the comics when engaging in physical battle.

The Joker

Real Name: Unknown

First Appearance: Batman #1 (1940)

He's known as the Clown Prince Of Crime.  The ultimate psychopath with a twisted, sadistic sense of humor.  He's the reason the citizens of Gotham City don't like clowns.  The number one nemesis of Batman, The Joker is almost seen as the yin to Batman's yang.  Although he doesn't possess and special super powers, he's still seen as one of the most dangerous human beings in Gotham City.  He's been known to possess deadly concoctions such as razor tipped playing cards, a squirting flower that shoots acid, and a poisonous gas that causes people to laugh hysterically as they slowly die of poisoning (usually leaving the bodies with smiles on their faces). There have been many versions of his origin, the most well known being that he was once a failed stand up comedian who turned to a life of crime when agreeing to help mobsters with a robbery.  The robbery goes awry when Batman shows up & the comedian falls into a vat of acid while attempting to escape, leaving him horribly disfigured, leaving this and some other events to drive him insane and eventually becoming The Joker.

The shoes:

I wanted to use a simple base shoe for this custom.  It would've looked good with almost any shoe but I went to my go-to shoe, the Nike Air Force 1.  I wanted something colorful yet dark and twisted to represent the Joker's personality.  I've seen a few Joker themes done before but most of them represented the Heath Ledger version & I knew I didn't want to go with just one specific incarnation of the character so I tried to do something that could easily represent any era or version of Joker, although I usually always prefer to go with the comic versions.

The DC Universe is a broad one and I may just continue this as one big comic book sneaker universe (P.S., I haven't forgotten about Marvel....got something planned with them as well that i'm brainstorming on).  Again, this is a continuation of my Justice League themed series (click here to view).  Will there be another part to this?  Stay tuned.....

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Straatosphere Interview/Feature

Recently I had the opportunity to do an interview/feature with Singapore based urban lifestyle & street culture site Straatosphere.  A big thanks to the crew at Straatosphere for the awesome opportunity to tell my story and feature some of my custom work.  Feel free to check out the feature here.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Jackie Robinson Tribute - Brooklyn Dodgers

This is a shoe I actually made back in January but never shared until now.  I've always been aware of the legend of Jackie Robinson but didn't get the inspiration for these until watching the movie 42, which was based on the life story of Mr. Robinson.  In case you didn't know, Jackie Robinson was the first African-American baseball player to make it to the Major Leagues and break the color barrier.

I was so inspired by his story and personal journey that I decided to make a shoe influenced by him.  I went and looked at some old photos of him to get an idea of what the old Brooklyn Dodgers uniforms and baseball caps look like (of course the team is now located in Los Angeles but will always have that Brooklyn history attached to it).  Here are two of the photos I used for reference: a color pic of Mr. Robinson in his uniform and a pic of what his jersey number & logo look like:

But I also remembered that there was also an alternate light grey version (worn here by Chadwick Boseman in the movie):

So I sorta made a combo of the two:

And as an added touch, the Jumpman logo was redone in his image:

And here is the original base shoe used: The Jordan 3 "True Blue":

And there you have it.  My tribute to one of the all time greatest legends.

Baseball season is here...interested in an idea of your own?  Email me at info@ecentrikart.net.

Friday, April 1, 2016

"Oreo Camo"

These were somewhat inspired by the red urban camo customs from two months ago.  The urban camo pattern was slightly altered from the red versions and a different base shoe was used....the Jordan 4 "Oreo":

I kept the original midsole speckle design since it reminded me of the speckle done on the previously done red versions.  I think it really compliments the camouflage pattern very well and makes the shoes pop.  Check out the comparison below along with some other views of the Oreo Camos.  I'm actually considering doing this theme again on a different shoe like an Air Force 1 or Air Max...maybe even a different Jordan silhouette. Thoughts about this shoe?  Interested in this one or something similar?  Email me at info@ecentrikart.net.