I love shoes,
and i love art,
mixing them together is one of my favorite things to do.
Over the past 11 years i have def switched up my style of painting along with my overall approach to customizing sneakers (i went ahead and broke them down into 5 separate approaches for you guys). When i first started off i wasnt even using a brush to custom paint shoes, lol, i was using the puff squirt bottle paints (1st approach).
My goal/issue with using the squirt puff t shirt paints was making the paint be flat on the surface. So it looked clean and more manufactured. But still using the craziest goofiest color combos to make sure people knew they were custom painted. It is funny going back and thinking about that to start off, because then i moved on to using different paints with a brush for application (2nd approach).
But with the same goal, to make the paint applied clean, flat, and more manufactured but with crazy colors. After i got a bit better at painting shoes and applying the paint i got into patterns (3rd approach). I started layering different patterns, matching some parts of the shoes and mismatching others, give them alot more of a custom look. When i got into pattern work is when the boundries of wildness starting getting wider. Looking back thru some of them they were fucking sick. Completely crazy patterns and colorways on straight nike air force ones. This approach and phase for me definitely had a huge play on OPC Kicks. In this phase is when i started getting more noticed for my skills and creativity. the whole colorful, fun, crazy, kinda goofy vibe from this area was the foundation for OPC Kicks. I believe no matter how much my company grows, those roots will always be embedded, have fun, enjoy what im doing, think outside the box, and use colors.
The next pivot i made in my style / focus was to a whole different realm i never really pictured myself entering. After custom painting shoes for a solid 8 years i pretty much converted to a sneaker restoring after college. I knew that i had the knowledge of materials, paints, dyes, etc to restore alot better then the local people who were offering the service. I went deep down the restoring sneakers rabbit whole lol (4th approach). spending long days and nights deep cleaning jordans, repainting midsoles, decreasing, clearing soles, dyeing suede, everything. you name it i was pretty good at it for restoring. I loved the idea of bringing an awesome og pair of jordans back to looking almost ds again. I had a special love for working on older shoes to because the quality of leather/suede they were made out of is so much better then jordans released now. og leather or suede was my please to work on, and always made sure to handle with care. after about a year of restoring i had to get the fuck out of the game. WAY WAY WAY to much customer contact. its funny how people will have trashed shoes they dont wear, tell you to take your time on them because they would never wear them anyways because of the condition they are in, instantly starts calling, you for daily updates. I had some awesome customers dont get me wrong. and actually stopped taking in new customers for a bit and only dealt with the ones i liked. I will still do some restores here and there but at the moment i am all customs baby!!!!
5TH APPROACH (where I am at now in the custom shoe world
Talk about pivots,
last summer i probaly made the biggest pivot converting from a custom sneaker head, working on nikes and basically solely jordans. I made a complete conversion to ROSHES, call me the ROSHE GOD if you please lol. in the past 365 days i have solely worked only on nike roshe ones. I feel in love with the shoe the first time i started working with them. They have a awesome price point, are comfortable, and can look really dope when customized correctly. I am at the stage of my customizing life where i am kind of doing two things. and mixing those two things. i have fell in love with splattering and mixing in refabrication of fabric. The splattering in designated areas looks clean and still uniquly custom, while the different fabrics i use brings all of the art together, and creates unity and a manufactured touch to compliment the wild abstract splatters. Its kind of a push and pull that end of complimenting each other i feel like. I would attach hundreds of roshe pictures to this blog post, but just hit the shop tab on the top of the page and you can see what i am talking about.
thanks for reading my rambling / audio biography on the stages i have gone thru so far for my company OPC Kicks.
hope you enjoyed some of the info.