Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Seattle Seahawks customs












It's already well known that the Seattle Seahawks were defeated in the Super Bowl by the New England Patriots....however, this hasn't stopped Seahawks fans from showing their loyalty and support.  This was evidenced by two recent commissions I received within the timeframe of the game.

First, a client contacted me about having some Jordan 3s done in a Seahawks theme.  When coming up with the theme, I knew immediately which Jordan 3 would be the perfect canvas for the idea: the Jordan 3 "Joker":















I thought the light green sole and inner liner would accent the theme perfectly considering that the team has that same green as one of their colors.  The finished product was this:




















The shoes feature the dark blue & light green from the team colors along with the pattern from their uniform (pattern was hand done and in a larger size to make it stand out more) along with the Seattle Seahawks logo:











Not long after getting this request, another client requested 2 pairs of Jordan 7s for his children (1 toddler size, 1 grade school size).  The base shoe used for those was the Jordan 7 French Blue:















And the finished product:




















This pair was a little more subtle than the Jordan 3 version done before it but still pops with the classic team colorway (which I happen to love).  These feature the Seahawks logo as well.

Interested in having a custom shoe done with your favorite team?  Order yourself a pair with your favorite team, no matter what sport or league.  Whether it's a pro team, college, high school, or even little league or developmental league...it can be done!  Contact me at info@ecentrikart.net for a quote.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Customer Spotlight: PhillyJunk.com











Recently a friend of mine from my hometown of Philly recommended my work to a co-worker of his who was looking to have a pair of custom air force 1s done representing their company known as PhillyJunk, which specializes in residential and commercial junk removal (btw, I live in Brooklyn but grew up in Philadelphia for those who didn't know).  The basic idea was to have something with the company logo incorporated into it, which consists of a teal truck silhouette w. a black silhouette of the city in the background.









I not only incorporated the company logo, but the website as well and the logo colors throughout the shoe.  Using a pair of all white Nike Air Force 1s as the base, here is the finished result below:






















As you can see, the toebox features the company logo while the rest of the shoe features the logo colors throughout and the website on the sides.  I also added the silhouette on the swoosh since I thought it was a nice touch.  I was given creative freedom to do what I wanted on these as long as it included the company logo.  Nothing over the top but still a nice clean design that sticks to the original theme.  Unfortunately I was unable to get as many good pics as I wanted to because of the weather (we got hit with snow around the time I did these and it got in the way of getting the photos I wanted.....can't wait till spring!).

If you have an idea for a custom shoe of your own, contact me at info@ecentrikart.net

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Customer Spotlight: "Thor"












Continuing with the comic book themes, here's one that was requested from a client based in Calgary, Alberta Canada.  The client sent me a pair of grade school size Sport Blue Jordan 3s and requested a choice between 2 themes, one of which being something based around Marvel Comics character/Avengers member Thor (we ended up going with Thor).

Here is the shoe that was used.  The Jordan 3 "Sport Blue":















And here is the finished product:


































As you can see, the Jumpman silhouettes on the front and back were redone into the classic Thor costume along with the might Mjolnir (Thor's hammer), and the side panels feature a silhouette of Thor along with the lightning bolts and a hand done color fade to resemble the thunder filled cloudy skies.

If you would like a custom theme of your own or want to inquire about any of my previous releases, contact me via email at info@ecentrikart.net.  Also, check out my main website: www.ecentrikart.net

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"Blade"














Blade was/is one of my favorite Wesley Snipes roles.  For those unaware, Blade is actually a character from Marvel Comics & may have been relatively unknown to the casual fan before the hit films.  It had been a while since I done a comic book theme and I wanted to tackle another one.

This one was done kinda on a whim and with little planning.  So using the all-white air max 90s as the canvas, I crafted a shoe based around the character.



















The main inspiration for the shoe design came from various elements....the colors of the shoe were inspired by the movie poster from the first of the 3 Blade films while the logo on the back of the shoe is inspired by the 2nd film.  The tribal style print is kind of a mashup of the character's chest and back tattoos as well as the unique haircut.










































More photos of the shoes below:

































Not sure yet whether or not I will do more of these..if so, they will most likely be limited to a few pairs.  Will keep everyone posted.  Stay tuned...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"Chinese New Year - Year of the Goat"

















In the Chinese New Year, 2015 is under the Year of the Goat cycle (the 8th sign of the 12 year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese Zodiac).  I actually attended a Chinese New Year parade last year after being told about it by some friends (they do the parade every year here in New York) and ever since then i've been inspired to do a Chinese New Year themed shoe.  However, the idea to do it felt kinda last minute so I decided to hold off a year.  Now with Chinese New Year being right around the corner (it starts February 19th this year) I figured now would be the perfect time to finally do this theme.

Another part of the inspiration behind my version is with Nike doing the theme throughout the years & I figured i'd try my hand at the theme at least once.  The design itself was pretty much freestyled as I went along.....the only planning I did for these ahead of time was the actual color scheme and the idea to put the Chinese goat symbol on the shoe.  So what started as a basic all-white pair of Nike Air Force 1s became the Year of the Goat custom seen below (box is also custom hand painted):



































These are available to order in both men's and women's/grade school sizes at the online store link below: http://www.ecentrik.bigcartel.com/product/air-force-1-chinese-new-year-year-of-the-goat-custom

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Jordan 6 Florida Theme












A little something I forgot to post a few weeks ago.  These were done for a client in Florida who sent his Olympic Jordan 6s to get the custom treatment.  The client mentioned he wanted sort of a mini-collage type shoe with things that represented certain things in his life as well as a tribute to his late brother.  Didn't get a lot of pics of these unfortunately but figured i'd share what I did.

Here's the base shoe used: The Jordan 6 "Olympic":


















And the finished product:






















Interested in a 1-of-1 design of your own?  Contact me via email at info@ecentrikart.net.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"South Beach 2015"


















In November of 2012, I made the South Beach Jordan 4s.  While I liked the results, at the time to me I thought it was just another custom, however, the response was pretty big and while I don't feel it's my best work creatively I would consider it my most popular custom to this day.  Lots of orders for that shoe were made throughout 2013 and through part of 2014....I honestly can't remember how many of these I made!  I even made one for a player in the NFL during that time.

After a while, when the Military Blue Jordan 4s (the shoe used to make this design) started to become scarce and Jordan brand seemed to no longer be producing them, I eventually stopped taking orders for them.  People as early as a few months ago were still asking about them when I would occasionally post them on my instagram as a "Throwback Thursday" pic (Follow me on Instagram as ecentrikartistry).

Meanwhile, last year Jordan Brand announced some of  their Jordan Retro lineup for 2015.   That lineup included a remastered version of the Jordan 4 Columbia Blue (or Legend Blue).  After getting a look at the shoe I immediately thought of doing a remake of the popular South Beach custom.
















Admittedly I originally told myself I hadn't planned on making the South Beach custom again, but after this shoe was announced & thinking of how many of my newer followers who discovered my work later loved them but missed out on them the first time, I thought it was a no-brainer.

So after grabbing a pair of Legend Blues after their release, I immediately put the theme together again.  Here is the finished product:


































This version was/is actually much more fun to work with than the original version due to the better material quality.  The mesh is substituted with leather and the tongue tags are replaced with the stitched-on Jumpman.  To me the shoe has a better overall feel than the Military Blues do.  The shoe has no real changes from the original design other than the former mesh areas being in navy blue instead of black to match the liner inside the shoe and the tabs being left navy blue (thought it was a nice touch).  Also, on the originals the teal was a little more of a blueish tone whereas this version the teal is a genuine South Beach tone, which is exactly like the original South Beach Lebron 9s that the colorway originated from.  I also love the more flexible back and side tabs on these as opposed to the plastic ones on the Military Blues.

This shoe is available now in the online store in both Men's and Women's/Grade School sizes.  You also have the option of supplying your own Legend Blue 4s for customization if you choose to.  All of the pricing and order info for all options are located in the store link below.

http://ecentrik.bigcartel.com/product/air-jordan-4-south-beach-remastered-custom