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Custom Sneaker Spotlight: April 2021

From Breaking Bad to scorched earth, April saw a variety of inspiration for customs. Check out the customs below for creative new ideas and stop by our online store to grab the paint and tools you need to make your own unique creations.

Breaking Bad Air Force 1

(source: @customsby_g)

Walter White goes blue in this Breaking Bad themed pair of Nike Air Force 1s by @customsby_g. Using the uppers as the canvas, @customsby_g leaves the soles, lining and eyestays white as a nice contrast and clean look. Pick up some blue and black Angelus paint to create your own.

Fire Air Jordan 4

(source: @truebluecustoms)

This pair of customs by sponsored artist @truebluecustoms puts a new spin on the phrase 'that's fire' in that they literally look like they've been on fire. The uppers use different textures and colors to alternate between a burned out and signed look. Use black, red and yellow to recreate this look.

Space Jam Air Force 1

(source: @_haveair_)

Orange and teal give these custom Air Force 1s by@_haveair_ a Space Jam vibe. Shading on the orange accents, like the tongue, eyestays and soles, give this animated inspired pair added dimension. Finish off the soles with black accents.

To see more customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.

Angelus Tutorial: Spongebob Guitar

Anyone who can answer the question 'Who lives in a pineapple under the sea' is sure to love this tutorial for creating a custom Spongebob guitar. With the right tools and the following steps you can turn any guitar into a display piece. Follow along as Tommy from @beargallery shows us how to turn a guitar into a piece of art that would be at home in Bikini Bottom.

First, gather the materials you'll need:

Angeuls 9"x11" Multi-Purpose Wet Sandpaper
Premium Masking Tape
Angelus Detail Knife
Angelus Leather Dye
Neutral Leather Dye
Angelus Paint Brush Set
GreenJoker GreenAvocadoMistGamma Blue and White Angelus Paint 
Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer

1. Prep:

The first step is to remove the guitar strings so they're out of the way while the guitar is being painted.

Then use Premium Masking Tape to cover any areas of the guitar you don't want painted, like the pick guard. An Angelus Detail Knife can be used to cut off excess tape and create clean lines.

Once the strings are removed and the guitar is taped use Angeuls 9"x11" Multi-Purpose Wet Sandpaper to prepare the surface by removing the existing finish. Start with a rough, high grit sandpaper, like 400 and work down to a finer grit sandpaper, like 1500 to create a smooth surface. When you're done sanding wipe off the area with a damp paper towel to remove any dust.

2. Placing the Stencil and Sketching  

Tommy uses a stencil of Spongebob on the body of the guitar so he can start planning his artwork around it. 

Starting with the background, Tommy uses Angelus Leather Dye to paint the top part of the guitar sky blue. Neutral Leather Dye is used to dilute the dye and help control how dark the dye is.

3. Painting the Grass

GreenJoker Green, AvocadoMist and White Angelus Paint are used to create the grass on the bottom of the guitar. The White Angelus Paint is used as a primer, followed by blended coats of green paint. 

4. Painting the Sign, Jellyfish and Flowers

Once the grass is finished some jellyfish and a Jellyfish Fields sign can be painted. When painting text try starting with the center letters to help create the right spacing. Flowers are also added to the sky.

5. Painting Spongebob

Now it's time to remove the Spongebob stencil. Before painting the bridge is taped off and airbrushed with Mist Angelus Paint. The area of the bridge not under the Spongebob stencil is painted Gamma Blue.

A new stencil can now be added and outlined to help a template while painting Spongebob.

6. Clean up and Finish Coats

With Spongebob painted tape can be removed and the edges can be cleaned up with a Q-tip and Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer. A spray on finishing coat is applied to protect the stain, then a brush on water base polyurethane coat can be used to finish it. 

With all the finishing coats dried the strings can be put back on the guitar and you have a custom guitar even Squidward would approve of.

More Custom Tutorials

If you want to see more custom tutorials like this one, make sure to subscribe to the Angelus YouTube channel to learn tips and techniques.

Also, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and check out our online store to grab the materials you need to recreate this custom Spongebob guitar!

Sponsored Artist Spotlight: Brad Torf of @astrotorfcustoms

For Angelus Direct sponsored artist Brad Torf inspiration can come from anywhere. His designs range from super heroes to basketball greats, making his stand out designs one of a kind.

(source: @ASTROTORFCUSTOMS)

 

Here is a pair that will have you seeing nothing but net. With a graphic black and white basketball net design covering the uppers and Brooklyn Nets logos on both the tongue and the heel, this custom shoe is an ode to basketball greats. The satin finish on the paneling is achieved by using Satin Acrylic Finisher.

(source: @ASTROTORFCUSTOMS)

 

Spring is officially here, making it the perfect time for a lighter color palette. The Air Jordan is given a fresh look with alternating panels of white, pinkblue and purple.

(source: @ASTROTORFCUSTOMS)

 

Inspired by the Man of Steel, this Superman themed pair features blue uppers with red and gold accents. Gold Luxury Leather Laces give this homage to the Justice League the perfect finishing touch and help bring out the gold details.

To see more customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.

Denim for Days

Colder weather is the perfect time to pull out a classic denim jacket and nothing makes it stand out like customization. Use it to show your fandom, for a matching moment with your favorite four legged friend or just to show off an amazing design.

(source: @artsbypearl)

This matching jacket and waist pack by @artsbypearl shows some love for all things Disney. From Lilo blue to the Little Mermaid red, this is one colorful and playful jacket Disney fans will love.

(source: @madebyfoltyn)

What better way to celebrate your best friend than matching donut themed denim? @madebyfoltyn combines two great loves, pink donuts and pups, for a sweet pair of matching doggie and owner jackets.

(source: @leobarbosa.art)

The striking black and white Medusa design by @leobarbosa.art is sure to stop people in their tracks. The splatter background makes the graphic, snake covered medusa head stand out.

To see more customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus Styles on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.

Luxury, but Make it Custom

From bags to wallets the logos on luxury goods already make it clear when an item is special, making it custom of course takes it to the next level. Whether it's personalizing a design with a monogram or celebrating your fandom, there are countless ways to create a one of a kind look.

(source:@tylerwallachstudio)

Taking inspiration from the Louis Vuitton collaboration Takashi Murakami, this colorful piece by @tylerwallachstudio makes sure the Louis Vuitton logo stands out. Neon on a white background takes the original logo and gives it a bright, pop art inspired look. 

(source: @maisongris_)

Adding a monogram as well as Jessica and Rodger Rabbit from the animated classic Who Framed Rodger Rabbit to this luggage set mean you'll never have trouble finding your bag. The red monogram perfectly matches Jessica and Rodger.

(source: @m.ontiel)

If the Joker is more your style, @m.ontiel has taken the classic Batman villain and added him to a Gucci backpack. The all black bag and understated Gucci logo make this the perfect canvas for this green and purple design.

To see more customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus Styles on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.

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