Saturday, November 21, 2015
The Jordan 11 "Aqua Grey" custom, which was previously only available for a month, is being brought back for a limited time. This shoe is currently back in the online store and will be available to order until mid-December. Currently taking orders in both men's and grade school/women's sizes. Click the link below to order and see the different price options available. Again, this will only be available till mid-December....after that, they will not be made again!
Click here to order: http://www.ecentrik.bigcartel.com/product/jordan-11-aqua-grey-custom
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Just wanted to make a quick post of a recent customer commission. These are some grade school size Jordan 11s done for a recent client who wanted a gamma blue & black combo. The midsoles are done in black with a gold speckle alone with a black tongue, gold jumpman on the sides, and topped off with a head silhouette on the back and red laces.
The original shoe used was a grade school version of the Jordan 11 Legend Blue:
For all custom inquiries, contact me at the "Contact/Email" section of the website, www.ecentrikart.net. You can link directly here.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Normally when I make a 1-of-1 pair for my personal collection, I don't make duplicates of it for the general public and it stays as a single pair/design that only I own, but when it comes to my long time, loyal repeat clients, sometimes I will make an exception. Such was the case with this latest custom.
Last month, I did a Jordan 1 custom called "Tiffany Gone Wild" (check out the original blog post here). It got a lot of good feedback but was not made available to order. Not too long after posting them, I got contacted by one of my long time repeat clients who's a big sneaker collector and wanted to commission me for another custom. He was planning on sending me a pair of the White Ice SB Dunks that came out last year that he wanted me to put my touch on. One of the customs he mentioned was the Tiffany Gone Wild Jordans and how much he liked the design and colors & I mentioned that I would be willing to make him a dunk version of those. Again, keep in mind that these were not gonna be duplicated but I do tend to do a little extra for my repeat customers (I reward loyalty!).
These were the shoes that were sent to me as the base to work on...a fresh deadstock pair of the White Ice SB Dunks:
The shoes also have the clear icy soles on them so I wanted to add some color to those as well. After numerous recommendations (and seeing examples online) I figured i'd try out a new product on the market called Dark Knight Sole Dye to do the color change on the soles, in this case I used Jet Black since the original Nike Tiffany dunk release had the black soles. So after sole dyeing and then doing the actual prep and custom work on the rest of the shoe, here is the finished result:
The shoe features the same colors and design as the originals (with the exception of the black soles of course).
(Close up shot of the dyed soles. The dye gives outstanding coverage and holds up excellent. Dark Knight Sole Dye's product is official!)
One change I did make was instead of the words "Gone Wild" on each tongue tag with the lipstick marks (as seen on the originals), I decided to put the client's initials on them, which when you think about it kinda gives both these and the originals a unique 1-of-1 quality as both have that little detail or details that still make them stand out from each other despite being the same design.
And finally, some comparison shots with both the original Jordan version and Dunk version together:
The privileges of being a regular customer!
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I recently got a request from a customer to do a breast cancer awareness shoe. The theme is a fairly simple one but represents the message. The base shoe was a pair of white/blue Sport Blue Jordan 6s (grade school size) and the finish product has the pink colors with the pink ribbon on the sides as well. Check out some photos below of the shoes:
The original shoe used for the custom: Jordan 6 Sport Blue (grade school size)
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
The Tiffany theme has been done a zillion times in the custom world (including this pair I did back in 2013) but it's still such a great colorway. I had been thinking of revisiting the color theme for a while but decided this time I really wanted to present it in a different way that it hasn't been done in.
For those not up on the theme, it's inspired by the colors of the jewelry company Tiffany & Co.:
Which in turn inspired these official Nike released dunks a couple years ago:
Since then, a lot of shoe variations of this theme have popped up repeatedly and still do to this day. So like I mentioned earlier, I wanted to revisit this theme, but being as though I love doing detailed artsy pieces more so than the basic colorway stuff (although I do still love basic colorway customs), I wanted to go outside the box and add my own twist to it.
I felt the Jordan 1 would be the best shoe to use as a canvas for this project so i picked up a pair of the all white Jordan 1s:
Then after sketching out an idea, I got to work and here's the finished product:
The shoe is an abstract painting that features different shades of the Tiffany blue (I love drawing eyes so I felt that would be a great addition to the design) along with the black and silver. On the back is the diamond (done differently from the traditional Tiffany diamond) with the words "Ecentrik Artistry" on the back, and the words "Gone Wild" on the tongue tags over top of blue lipstick marks. The tongue and inner sock liners were dyed black to go with the hand painted work throughout the rest of the shoe.
Currently this shoe is a 1-of-1 for my personal collection but I may consider it as a future release or accept orders for it on a different shoe. To order and/or inquire about custom shoes (both past designs and a design idea of your own), contact me through the website, www.ecentrikart.net.
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