Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Tribal Tattoo"

















I remember back in the 90s when tribal tattoos seemed to be the most popular tattoo design.  I'd see a number of people sporting them.  Being a comic book and wrestling fan, I first became familiar with the style from seeing WCW wrestler Bill Goldberg and Wesley Snipes as Blade sporting the styles:




























































So I thought to myself one day "How would that look on a sneaker?".  I originally wanted to have the theme done in time to show off for Sneaker Con NYC but kept changing my mind on what shoe I thought it would look best on.  Eventually I ended up choosing the classic Nike Air Force 1 as a canvas, which is also the shoe I originally learned my craft on in late 2002.  Here is the final result:





















I personally chose not to get colorful with these and stick to the basic black for the pattern to keep it in the tradition of the actual tattoo styles that many people are seen sporting.  I don't have any tattoos myself but have always had an admiration for them because it's a great form of wearable art (just like custom sneakers).

I am actually taking orders for this custom theme as they can be purchased from my online store at this link (will be available until late October): http://www.ecentrik.bigcartel.com/product/air-force-1-tribal-tattoo-custom

Monday, August 3, 2015

"Arctic Camo"
















No real story behind these other than that I have a folder full of camo prints that I want to do and one day I came across this print and thought "I wanna do this one".  Had a pair of Jordan 6 Infrared lows waiting to be customized:

















Originally I was going to use these for a different custom theme...something that I actually wanted to have done before Sneaker Con NYC but didn't get to do it in time but decided i'm going to do that theme on some Infrared highs instead (as of this entry I haven't started on that yet but will probably get to them next week after I knock out a few orders).  So that left these laying around without an idea to put on them before coming up with the arctic camo theme.




















I am currently taking orders for this shoe in men's sizes only & the first 3 orders will get this matching t-shirt (sizes small to 3XL):



















However, for this custom shoe I will only be making 10 pairs.  From here on out I plan to make all my new custom releases either limited to a certain number of pairs or available for a certain amount of time (will get into that in a later blog).  As far as this particular shoe, the original base shoe used for the custom is becoming pretty scarce so that also plays a part in this case as to why the custom will be limited.  For price and ordering info, click the link below:

http://ecentrik.bigcartel.com/product/air-jordan-6-low-arctic-camo-custom

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sneaker Con NYC 2015

Meant to post these a couple days ago (better late than never).  Here are a handful of pics from the Sneaker Con NYC show at the Jacob Javits Center.  Had a fantastic time meeting fellow sneakerheads, customizers, and supporters in person (even sold a pair of customs from my table).  Shout out to my friend Mary who was my assistant for the day and definitely represented to the fullest (don't know what I would've done without you!).  Also, thanks to my friend Caryn La Greca (http://carynlagreca.com/) for the awesome photos!  And last but not least, thank you to the good people of Sneaker Con (http://sneakercon.com/) for hosting such a great event!  This was the biggest sneaker show I ever done and had a fantastic time.  Definitely want to do these more often.














































Friday, July 31, 2015

"Marble Floor"

Every so often it's nice to experiment with a new custom technique.  Always loved the look and style of marble & marble flooring and it seems like an awesome idea for a shoe.  So after learning how to do a marble technique, I got the idea to do a pair of marble-themed customs.
















The day before I made these, I spent an entire day practicing the pattern on pieces of paper.  For the most part I was able to get the look down pretty easy but originally wanted to use a specific gold-based theme.  The color combo came out okay but not how I wanted it to look exactly (chalk it up to me wanting this to come off perfect).  But once I got started on them, I got the feel of it right away.

















First I layed down some base coats that were close to the colors I planned to use for the patterns and then applied the pattern work over the selected sections.  The swoosh and toe box have a black/grey/white mix while the other pattern sections have a mix of white and 3 different shades of beige & tan.  Afterwards, I topped it off with a gloss finish coat to give it that shine that you see on marble floors and walls to make it look more authentic.



















This pair is a 1-of-1 for my personal collection but I definitely plan to do this theme again, next time it will be an available purchase/release and might be a different color combo (or combos) and maybe even a different shoe (or shoes).

For custom inquiries, contact me at my email: info@ecentrikart.net.  Also, check out my main website: www.ecentrikart.net and follow me on Instagram @ecentrikartistry.

Friday, July 17, 2015

"Color Splurge"

Being an art lover, especially of abstract, graffiti, street art, and pop art, I tend to be drawn to really colorful themed works.  This is a fact that's been shown in a lot of my custom work over the years.  So when coming up with this next shoe, I wanted something that expressed that.

A lot of my work is graffiti and street art inspired but this time I wanted to do something with a pop art feel to it with a little abstract thrown in for good measure.  I drew up a pic of the idea I had in mind and the base shoe I had in mind was the Jordan Metallic 5s:

















I had this base in mind because I love the blank white canvas with the grey tongue....besides the shoe being a great silhouette, it just felt like the perfect fit for my next work.  Not to mention it's one of my favorite Jordan models and a pretty comfortable shoe.  The finished product is below:





































I am currently accepting orders for these but right now, at least for the time being, I will only do 6 pairs.  All price and ordering information can be found here.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ecentrik Artistry at Sneaker Con NYC 2015






















Come check me out at Sneaker Con NYC on July 25th at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan NY.  Will have customs on display and maybe a few other surprises on hand.  Should be a fun event as there will be tons of vendor tables and sneakers galore throughout the venue.  To get tickets, hit up the Sneaker Con Website