Thursday, July 31, 2014

Customer Spotlight: "Viva L'Algerie"












There's a sneaker/clothing store in the Chelsea section of New York where I would frequently buy sneakers.  The owner of the store remembered me not only from all the times i've shopped there, but for the different customs that I would wear all those times.  One day he asked me about my shoes and I gave him a business card after telling him what it is I do (along with showing him some pics of my work).  Eventually one day he asked me about possibly getting a pair done for himself and said I would love to, just let me know what theme or colorway you're interested in.  So after a few days he let me know what he wanted to have done and on what shoe he wanted to go with.

The theme he chose was based around the Algeria soccer team.  He wanted something with the flag colors as well as colors similar to the team jersey:






















And the shoe he chose was the Nike Air Max 90:
















And here's the finished product:






















The custom design was meant to be kept fairly simple and focus more on the actual color combo.  The shoe features a nice shade of red along with a bright emerald green.  The back panels feature a darker green that's closer to the flag colors with the crescent and star placed with a soccer ball.  The crescent and star are also on the swooshes and on the tongues as a full flag design.  If you notice on both shoes (one in red print, the other in green print), it says "1,2,3, Viva L'Algerie" which is a cheer for the team and after doing some research, I found that it's also a song:



So another fun project is complete!  Would have loved to have done something like these during the World Cup....could have put together some really cool themes.  Have a custom idea of your own or want to inquire about having a custom done?  Contact me at my email: info@ecentrikart.net (serious inquiries only).

Saturday, July 26, 2014

"Gamma Bomb"

The Incredible Hulk is my favorite super hero of all time and crazy enough, the reason I became an artist.  It all started for me when I first saw episodes of the old Bill Bixby & Lou Ferrigno Incredible Hulk tv series from the 70s-80s.  That introduced me to comics as a kid which in turn, inspired me to want to be an artist.  There was something about the larger than life characters and the in-your-face style panels and action shots of the characters that made me want to pick up a pencil and paper and start drawing (well, it started with me tracing comic pics and grew from there).  Long before I knew who Picasso, Van Gogh, Warhol, or Basquiat were, I knew about comic art legends like Jack Kirby, John Byrne, Sal Buscema, etc.  Anyway that's another story for another time.

Of all the years that I had been customizing sneakers/footwear, I never really did a true comic book themed shoe and people I know who knew about me being a comic geek would ask me why I had never done one.  My guess is that I wasn't really inspired to do so until now.  So I figured if i'm gonna start, why not do my favorite character as my first?

















I decided to name it "Gamma Bomb" in reference to the first issue of the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Incredible Hulk #1, in which Dr. Robert Bruce Banner gets caught in a gamma ray explosion trying to save a young Rick Jones who stumbled onto a gamma bomb test site.





















I wanted to do sort of a reenactment of this scene on one of the shoes, so on the outer left shoe I depicted Banner being caught in the gamma explosion:


















And as we all know, that explosion would later have drastic effects on Bruce Banner.  When angered and put under extreme stress and trauma, Banner would morph into a big, green beast with limitless strengh known as The Incredible Hulk!


















On the right shoe, we have the Hulk in all his glory in full rage mode!

Throughout the rest of the shoe, I wanted to feature the classic ripped purple pants that has become a staple of the character.  In certain sections, I tried to mix in some normal flesh tone with the green to kind of depict Banner in mid-transformation.  Probably should have used more flesh tone to make it a little stronger since the green is so dominant but it still works.  And on the back heels I did the Jumpman logos to resemble the Hulk with the green skin and purple pants:













































Oh, and this was the original base shoe before customization: The "Joker" Jordan 3s:















Even the big guy himself endorses these:



















Haven't decided if i'm gonna do any orders for these or just keep them as a 1-of-1 (originally made these to wear to the New York Comic Con but unfortunately couldn't get tickets for the event).  But for custom sneaker inquiries (serious inquiries only), contact me through my website, www.ecentrikart.net (go to the "contact" section).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Street Art"

















I love street art.  Street art and graffiti are a major influence in a lot of my work so it was fun to do a shoe specifically based on the street art theme.  Recently I had purchased a pair of the Jordan 1 Infrareds:
















Now originally I planned to use these for a different custom theme, but once I got the idea for the "Street Art" custom, I knew this would be the perfect shoe for it.  So after sketching up an idea for this (which took me an entire weekend and about 10 to 15 sketches before coming up with exactly what I wanted), I went to work and came up with the finished product:



































These were a very fun custom to create as I love the colors and theme.  I am currently accepting orders for these but only plan to do a few (no specific number right now but want to keep these limited & really exclusive).  These are available at this link (men's sizes only):
 http://www.ecentrik.bigcartel.com/product/air-jordan-i-street-art-custom

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Air Jordan 5 "Emerald Green"

As much as I love doing highly detailed artwork with customs, every so often it's nice to just bring out a simple and clean colorway.  In the case of the "Emerald Green" Jordan 5s, I wanted to make something where one specific color was really dominant.





















These were highly influenced by the previously done Pantone customs (which are available here).  I always wanted to do something with a solid green, specifically a nice bright shade of it that looks close to an Irish Green, so I had to mix a special shade of green (the green used for these is not a straight-out-the-bottle green but something I custom made).  One of the differences from the Pantones are the green on the "shark teeth" part of the midsole which are lightly covered with a white speckle.
































Also, for the first 5 orders of this shoe, I am including a free matching short-sleeve t-shirt (sizes Small to 3XL):





















For all order information, click here:
 http://ecentrik.bigcartel.com/product/jordan-5-emerald-green-custom

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Customer Spotlight: Air Max 90 "True" Pack












Recently I was contacted by a New York-based DJ for a commission.  The client wanted not only a pair of the "True Blue" Air Max 90s (http://www.ecentrik.bigcartel.com/product/true-blue-air-max-90), but two other variations of the True Blues...one in red and one in black.  So I got 3 pairs of all white Air Max 90s and put together what I call the "True" Pack:

















"True Blue"

















"True Red"

















"True Black"


And here's the entire set:

















Insterested in a custom idea of your own?  Contact me at info@ecentrikart.net for all inquiries (serious inquiries only).  Also check out the main website: http://www.ecentrikart.net/, the online store: http://www.ecentrik.bigcartel.com/, and follow on instagram: http://instagram.com/ecentrikartistry (you can link to the store and instagram from the main website).

Monday, June 23, 2014

"Bizzle State Of Mind" Custom Nike Blazers

One day in my travels through Brooklyn (the Bushwick area to be exact), I stumbled onto a vintage clothing store where I found a pair of Nike Blazers for $20 which I noticed are my cousin's shoe size (this cousin happens to be a Bushwick resident).  On a whim, I decided to buy them.

I texted him a pic of the shoes (he loves Nike Blazers) and told him i'd do a custom for him with them, asking him what style/theme he wanted.  He responded "Just do something with a lot of colors".  So from that moment, the wheels started turning in my head.





















The shoes were in pretty good condition and had very little wear on them.  The only thing it really needed before the standard prepping process was some midsole clean up.  So I pretty much got that out the way during the preparation process.  I got to thinking of how like myself, my cousin's a fan of graffiti and street art so I wanted to incorporate that into the shoe.  So I chose the colors and went to work.  The end result was this:





















The name "Bizzle" is my cousin's nickname and the "State of Mind" part was in reference to both the Nas song "New York State of Mind" and the Jay-Z song "Empire State of Mind", both songs being centered around the city.  I added variations of the Brooklyn Nets & Yankees logos since he's also a fan of both teams (replacing the team names with Bizzle).  This is a 1-of-1 shoe that will not be duplicated but something with a similar theme can be requested by emailing me at info@ecentrikart.net.

Also, be sure to check out my cousin's photography at http://urbanchronicler.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/UrbanChronicler.