Monday, October 5, 2015
Coming To America is my favorite comedy movie of all time. In the 80s, a young comedian named Eddie Murphy hit the scene and became a sensation as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. He then made his way into movies and took the world by storm. Long before the days of Shrek & The Nutty Professor, Eddie was creating R rated blockbusters like 48 Hours, Trading Places, and Beverly Hills Cop just to name a few. Among those was a movie that I and many of his long time fans consider to be an all time favorite, Coming To America. This movie is a timeless masterpiece that just clicked on all cylinders. With a great cast like Eddie, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, and Shari Headley to name a few, and the direction of John Landis (who also directed my 2nd favorite Murphy film Trading Places) you just couldn't go wrong as the story and acting were top notch and the laughs kept on coming. It was also the first movie Eddie made where he (and Arsenio) played as an abundance of different characters (the guys in the barber shop, Reverend Brown, Randy Watson, and Arsenio in the hilarious scene as the woman in the nightclub).
One of the things the movie is most well known for is the place where Eddie & Arsenio's characters, Prince Akeem and Semmi, worked at during the movie...the McDonald's copycat restaurant known as McDowell's, which was run by Cleo McDowell (played by John Amos) and where Akeem met his future wife, Lisa McDowell (played by Shari Headley).
This brings me to the shoes i'm about to show (P.S., I wanted to go to the actual location in Queens where the above McDowell's was stationed to do the sneaker photos but unfortunately that building, which later became a Wendy's restaurant, was torn down in the last year or two and the space is now closed off). The Actual shoe design is based off the plaid uniforms worn by Akeem and the McDowell's employees in the movie:
Here is the finished product:
This was one of the many custom themes that I had been sitting on for a while that I really wanted to do. These are a 1-of-1 theme that I wanted to do just for fun as a way to pay homage to one of favorite movies/favorite comedy of all time. Will there be more movie themes in the future? Time will tell.....
To order a custom theme of your own or to purchase a previously made design, you can link to the online store or contact me for serious inquiries through my website, www.ecentrikart.net
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Last year I did a custom shoe that I titled "Blue Magic" (see original post here). I did them as a pair for my personal collection and they got lots of good feed back on my instagram account. However, the shoe wasn't made available since they were a personal pair and I had no plans to accept orders for them. Well a year later, with Jordan Brand releasing the French Blue 7s, I got the inspiration to remake this shoe using those as a base as I felt they better represented that theme. And also, unlike the previous 1-of-1 version, I am making these available to the public to order.
To do a little comparison, I'll post a before and after with the 2014 version and a before and after with the new 2015 version.
The 2014 version was made using the Jordan 7 DMP Magic:
(2014 before - Jordan 7 "DMP Magic")
(2014 After - Jordan 7 "French Blue")
And here is the before and after for the new 2015 version:
(2015 before - Jordan 7 "French Blue")
(2015 After - Jordan 7 "Blue Magic 2015" custom)
As mentioned earlier, these are available to order for a limited time. Prices and ordering info are at this link: http://www.ecentrik.bigcartel.com/product/jordan-7-blue-magic-custom
Sunday, September 20, 2015
If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that i've always been a pretty big wrestling fan. I've done a few wrestling themed customs in the past, like the Extreme Championship Wrestling customs & the Great Muta customs below (which it just dawned on me I never posted on the blog):
I wanted to touch on another wrestling theme (actually have a few in mind I still want to do but this is the latest). Aside from the U.S. based promotions, i'm also a big fan of the Japanese style of pro wrestling (or "Puroresu" as it's also known). Some companies in Japan have the same entertainment elements of a WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) or a TNA (Total Nonstop Action), but for the most part, Japanese wrestling places a heavier focus on athleticism and is treated as a legitimate sport there. Since the early 90s, Japanese wrestling has even developed a huge following amongst American fans who also love the style via tape trading in the 90s and later with the internet, where you can not only watch matches online through places like Youtube but also order full show dvds from select sites.
The theme I was looking to do in this case was based on Japan's top company, New Japan Pro Wrestling. NJPW was founded in 1972 by wrestling legend Antonio Inoki. Some American fans from those days may remember him from the boxer vs. wrestler match he had against Muhammad Ali in the 70s. New Japan has spawned a lot of wrestlers who would go on to become legends in both Japan and the United States such as The Great Muta, Jushin Liger, Kensuke Sasaki & Tiger Mask to name a few. Many well known American wrestlers have also competed for the company whether it was periodically or full time, such as Hulk Hogan (both pre and post WWF eras), Ric Flair, Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, The Road Warriors, and Sting just to name a few.
Just like the US, Japan has its major and independent companies as well. Companies like All Japan Pro Wrestling (also founded in 1972) and Pro Wrestling NOAH are the other two major companies but NJPW is seen as the number one company. The company's had it's ups and downs but has risen back to become the top in Japan boasting amazing talents such as Hiroshi Tanahashi (one of their most popular stars of all time and arguably the most popular right now), Tetsua Naito, Shinsuke Nakamura, and current IWGP (International Wrestling Grand Prix) champion "Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada. The company also boasts a number of American wrestlers (many of whom work for American based promotion Ring Of Honor Wrestling, whom NJPW has a working agreement with) such as AJ Styles, Red Dragon, The Young Bucks, and members of The Bullet Club. But enough of the wrestling history lesson, time to get to what you guys came to see....
First off, I originally planned to do this custom on some Jordan 3s but being as though I had a pair of the Jordan Infrared 6s sitting around for months with no idea what to do with them, I realized that they'd make a much better canvas:
For the actual design, I knew I wanted it to be based off what I think is probably my favorite wrestling logo, the New Japan "King Of Sports" logo:
I also somehow wanted to incorporate Okada & Tanahashi:
(Former champion & one of the company's biggest stars, Hiroshi Tanahashi)
So after logging in about a good 20+ hours of work on these (worked on them over a 2 day period), here's some pics the finished product.
On the back heels is the famous NJPW logo with the "KING OF SPORTS - NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING" lettering. The logo, along with the rest of the entire shoe design, was done free hand, no stencils.
I transformed the Jordan jumpman on the tongue flaps to resemble Okada (left) and Tanahashi (right) with both holding the IWGP belt. I originally wanted to make Okada with blonde hair but it blended in too heavily with the yellow background. Fortunately Okada changes his hair color periodically so I was able to get away with doing a different color.
And the pattern throughout the shoe is actually based off the lion face in the company logo. I added the word "Puroresu" in Japanese kanji on the left shoe just as a nice touch.
The pair in these pics is actually my personal pair (planning to grab me a New Japan logo t-shirt to wear with them...hopefully I can pull these out next time Ring Of Honor comes to NYC, especially if there's some New Japan guys on the card)....however, if you're interested in having a wrestling theme done (or a non-wrestling theme for that matter), email me through the contact section of my website, www.ecentrikart.net!
Friday, September 11, 2015
1985 was the year that the very first Nike Air Jordan shoe was released. It's a shoe that would go on to launch a timeless and endless series of sneakers inspired by arguably the greatest NBA player of all time.
I remember having a pair of these as a kid except I had the red and black ones (known to sneakerheads as the "Banned" Jordan 1s)
Loved the black and red but always wanted the red/white/black ones as well (aka the "Chicago") but never had that colorway. However, what I did have sitting in my bedroom was a pair of unworn white/infrared Jordan 1s:
I had these sitting around since spring and had no idea what theme I wanted to do on them. Actually, me and a friend talked about doing a speed lapse video of me creating a custom from start to finish and thought I would do something on these for that video but he never got back to me about it (if he reads this, I still wanna do that video evntually! Lol). So one day, I got the idea that I wanted to revisit the marble floors theme but in a different color (see the original ones here). Brainstormed for a while on some color ideas and then figured, "Why not do that OG Jordan 1 colorway I always wanted as a kid but never had?" Figured it would look awesome in the marble theme plus the infrared sole on these would blend nicely.
So after about a good 12-13 hours of work here is the finished product:
Instead of a Nike or Jordan jumpman logo on the tongue tags, I put the year 1985 in an old school style font on the tags instead. And for good measure, here's a top to bottom comparison with the original Jordan 1s from 85 and the custom version:
Now this custom pair is for my own personal collection. However, if interested I can remake this Jordan 1 theme (customer would have to supply the shoe if they want them on the infrared 1s). I can also do them in different colors and/or a different shoe if desired. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (prices start between $150 to $200 and depend on desired style and cost of shoe or if you plan to send your own).
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
This was the third Seattle Seahawks request i've done this year (see the other ones here). I've had many people inquire about football themed customs, but from my experience it seems to be the Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles fans who follow through and are the most die hard about representing their teams.
Anyway, the client requested the custom be done on a pair of Jordan 5s. After working out a design idea, I figured the Jordan metallic 5s would make the best base:
And here is the finished product:
The customer wanted to keep it fairly simple with the classic Seahawks throwback colors (which are similar to their current). Added on the side areas is the Seahawks logo but with a white silhouette of the Seattle skyline, space needle and all (the idea was given to me by the customer and resembles the logo variation from the Super Bowl).
So, Seahawks and Eagles requests seem to be the main football commissions that come my way, but the question remains...where are you fans of the other teams? Want to rep your team with an original custom? Email me at email@example.com for all inquiries (serious inquiries only)!
Friday, September 4, 2015
A while back, Jordan brand released a version of the Jordan 5s known as "Bel Air", which was inspired by the colorful 90's fashion and graphics from the tv show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air:
Being a person who likes colorful kicks I got the idea recently to do my own spin on these, except I wanted to use a different Jordan model and take those same colors and do sort of an abstract art theme with them. I chose to use a shoe i've been wanting to do a custom on ever since they released earlier this year....the Jordan 10 "Lady Liberty":
Two of the reasons I felt these would be the perfect canvas aside from the silhouette of the shoe is the teal lining inside the shoe and the grey speckled bottoms, both of which would blend well with the color scheme.
Here is the finished product:
For these I totally removed the silver color from the shoe and replaced it with a very light shade of grey that I custom mixed myself. For the abstract style pattern on the midsoles, I made sure to include the same line of colors from the original versions.
This shoe is currently available to purchase from the online store, but will be available for the month of September only. And with every order, I will include a matching "The Fresh Kicks Of Ecentrik" T-Shirt (sizes small to 3X Large available):
Currently both men's and grade school/women's sizes are available to order and can be purchased at the link below (different price options available):