Thursday, May 19, 2016

"Royalty"

Decided to get a jump on a future custom release i've been planning.  These are the Jordan 5 "Royalty" customs.  The shoe is done up in mostly black with a gold midsole over layed with a black pattern.  This pair here was done using the Jordan 5 Fire Red (3M tongue version) but I plan to make these available to order when the Jordan 5 Olympic Gold Medal sneakers drop in August (those will make a perfect base for this theme since they already have the gold tongue...chain not included).  Stay tuned for more info.




















Base shoe used for this pair: Jordan 5 Fire Red (3M Tongue)
















Base shoe that will be used for future versions: Jordan 5 Olympic Gold Medal (due to release in August 2016):


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Freestyle Customs

Often I get people emailing me who are interested in ordering custom work but have no idea of what they want done.  Sometimes it's up to us, the artists, to interpret ideas for them.  So in those cases, why not let the artist do their own thing?  That is why this weekend (Friday May 14th - Sunday May 16th) i'm offering the Freestyle Custom option!  Send in your new or slightly worn shoes (no Foamposites or suede please) and have them turned into a work of art or just spiced up with a different colorway.  Choose between a basic colorway theme or a artistic pattern theme (ladies: heels and boots are acceptable too).  I have 14 years of custom sneaker experience and would be glad to put together something stylish for you.  Right now i'm only doing this for the weekend as sort of a trial to see how the response is...if it goes well then I will make it a regular thing and will regularly open up first come first served spots for freestyle orders.  The pictures below are just a few examples (basic colorway themes in the first group of pics, patterned themes in the second.  Again, these are just examples and not necessarily the actual designs that may be done).  Will have a certain number of spots open for each option starting this Friday at midnight (eastern time).  To order and for more information, click the link here.





















Sunday, May 8, 2016

"I See Colors"

Something I made recently for my personal collection.  These custom Jordan 11s are called "I See Colors".  Anyone who's followed my work over the years knows I love to do colorful pieces and I wanted to do something really abstract and trippy for this shoe theme.  I did a mock up for the shoe but ended up changing a lot of details as I went along so a lot of this is off the head.  Don't even remember exactly how many colors I used (had to be at least 8 to 10, including dyeing the clear bottom soles) but I pretty much just wanted to get some Jordan 11 Legend Blues (the base shoe) and go crazy with it.  This shoe is a 1 of 1 and not for sale but I can do similar themes by request.  Email at info@ecentrikart.net for all custom inquiries and also check out the website at www.ecentrikart.net.

Check out the pics below along with a before/after pic:





















Monday, May 2, 2016

Customer Spotlight: Adidas Glitter Unicorn











Recent custom theme done for a family member as a birthday gift request.  These were some all white Adidas Superstars done over in a pink and purple pattern theme topped off with glitter details and a unicorn painting.  First time working with glitter on a custom and was never really interested in doing a glitter theme until making these.  Never been big on glitter customs but very happy with the way these came out....the glitter was done in a way where it makes the shoe stand out without being overdone (execution is important).  Would definitely incorporate the idea again in some fashion.

Interested in a custom idea of your own?  Email at info@ecentrikart.net.  Also, check out the customs on sale at www.ecentrikart.net.








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.....