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Tiger King AF1s + More Custom Inspo

With all of us stuck at home, we thought it'd be a good time to share some of the great customs our sponsored artists have been working on so that you can get some inspiration for your next quarantine project.

Check out the customs below, and make sure to visit our online store to grab the tools and materials you need to create your own unique pair of customs.

Tiger King AF1

(source: @mache275)

If you haven't seen the new Tiger King documentary on Netflix, you're missing out. Joe Exotic, the star of the doc, has become a cultural phenomenon over the past week, and what better way to join in on the fun than with a fresh pair of customs.

Sponsored artist @mache275 designed these custom AF1s, featuring a portrait of the man himself on top of a clean tiger print background.

If you want to see how these were made, make sure to check out the design video on the artist's YouTube channel.

Kobe 11s

(source: @sab_one)

We might not see basketball come back for a while, but that's no reason to give up that Mamba Mentality.

These custom Kobe 11s, created by sponsored artist @sab_one, feature the classic purple and gold Lakers colorway in dedication to the late Los Angeles legend.

Purell Stan Smiths

(source: @solesbysir)

Hand sanitizer is a precious commodity these days, so these next customs are sure to have some serious resale demand.

Sponsored artist @solesbysir designed these Purell-themed Stan Smiths to keep his feet as clean as his hands while we're in quarantine.

Toy Story Air Max

(source: @tragik1993)

This next pair is certain to bring on some nostalgia.

Sponsored artists @tragik1993 threw it back to a childhood classic with these Toy Story-inspired custom Air Maxes.

Grab a 12 color assortment kit to see if you can recreate this clean Buzz Lightyear color scheme.

Air Max 90 Warhawk

(source: @wallychamp15)

Last is another pair of Air Maxes designed just in time for Air Max day.

Sponsored artist @wallychamp15 designed the Air Max 90 "Warhawk," featuring a green and silver upper with the iconic Warhawk shark mouth design on the toe box.

If you liked these, make sure to follow us on Instagram for more great customs, and don't forget to wash your hands, stay inside, and stay safe.

How to Paint Mesh & Canvas

Mesh and canvas can be difficult to work with -- especially if you don't know what you're doing. It can be difficult to paint fine details on these softer and more flexible materials.

To help you learn how to paint mesh and canvas, @chadcantcolor created a tutorial to show you how to use Angelus Paints on these surfaces using the clean fade and dab method.

Keep reading to see how to use this method and what tools you'll need to get started.

What You Need

To paint canvas or mesh, you only need a few items:

Once you have all of your materials, it's time to get to work.

How to Paint Mesh

Start by prepping your shoes. To prep mesh and canvas shoes, tape off the areas that you don't want to paint, remove the laces, and use a shoe tree or plastic to stuff the shoe so that it holds its shape.

Paint Mesh

Before you start painting, mix Angelus 2-Soft with your paint in a 50/50 ratio. 2-Soft is a fabric medium that allows the paint to cling to soft materials like mesh and canvas without making the material stiff.

Then, using a #10 Filbert brush (or any other big, soft brush), apply your first coat of paint using light, even strokes. This will create an even coat without saturating the layers beneath the surface.

Sponge Painting

Alternatively, you can take a makeup sponge, dip it into your paint, and dab the surface of the shoe until the whole thing is covered. This technique uses a lot more paint but will help you get full coverage very quickly.

If you use the sponge method, be sure to still use a brush for the edges to protect the midsole from getting paint on it.

After your first coat dries, apply two to three more until the shoe is evenly coated.

How to Paint Canvas

Painting canvas is more or less the same as painting mesh. Prep the shoe by taping off the soles, removing the laces, and stuffing the shoe.

Painting Canvas

Just like painting mesh, start by creating a 50/50 ix of Angelus 2-Soft and your choice of paint. Then, use a brush to apply a light, even base coat to the shoe.

Tip: Use a micro detail brush to paint close to edges without creating blotches or going over the lines.


If you want to kick things up a notch, grab two more colors to create a fade effect.

Pick where you want the fade to start (if you're painting Vans, you can start at the line), grab your medium color, and start painting. As you work your way up, use less and less pressure on the brush so that the medium shade naturally fades into the lighter one.

Finishing the fade

Then, using the same color, fill in the area below the fade. Once that's done, take your third color, start from the bottom, and fade it into the second color using the same technique as before.

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great tutorials like this one, and don't forget to check out our online store to grab all the tools you need to create your next pair of customs.

The Do's & Don'ts of Using Angelus Paints

The Do's & Don'ts of Using Angelus Paints

Angelus Paints can be used to customize a wide variety of different products and materials, but depending on the material you're painting, you'll have to use some different techniques and products to ensure that paint job sticks.

To show you how to paint different materials using Angelus products, @sophiesophss to give you a few helpful tips.

Keep reading to learn some useful new tricks and make sure to check out the full video on our YouTube channel for a more detailed tutorial.

Painting Plastic

The first thing we're going to look at is how to paint plastic, and to do that, you're going to need some Angelus 2-Hard and your choice of Angelus paints.

2-Hard is a material that, when mixed with paint, allows the paint to adhere to non-porous surfaces such as plastic or glass.

Combine the 2-Hard and paint in a 50/50 ratio, then apply multiple coats to the plastic portions of the shoe. After allowing the paint to dry, the last thing to do is apply a layer of finisher to seal the paint in.

Paint Midsoles

To paint midsoles, start by taping off the upper and the sole to prevent the paint from getting on unwanted areas.

Then, to prep the midsole, wipe down the area with a cotton swab and some Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer. This will help ensure the paint sticks to the surface.

Lastly, apply multiple coats of the color of your choice, let the paint dry, and apply your finisher.

Painting Soles

What about painting soles?

First, it's important to note that you should never paint the rubber portion of the sole. That being said, you can paint translucent soles using Angelus Sole Bright and Angelus dye.

Combine the Sole Bright and dye in a 50/50 ratio and apply the mixture to the translucent parts of the sole. Then, just let the mixture dry.

Paint Canvas & Mesh

Canvas and mesh, while different materials, can be painted using the same methods.

Start with a 50/50 mix of paint and Angelus 2-Soft. 2-Soft keeps the material soft and flexible so that it doesn't become stiff once the paint dries.

Apply multiple even coats and use a heat gun to set the paint. These steps will work for both canvas and mesh shoes and other products.

Painting Leather

Lastly, let's take a look at how to paint leather.

Like always, start by prepping the surface with Leather Preparer and Deglazer. If you're starting with black leather and want to use a lighter color, start by applying a base coat of white paint. This will help the lighter color to show up vividly.

After the white base coat is dry, start applying the color you want to paint the shoe. After applying multiple layers and letting the paint dry, apply a layer of finisher to top things off.

Angelus paints can be used for much more than this. Be sure to check out the full tutorial to see some other great applications.

Make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram to see how you can use our paints, and check out our online store to grab the tools and materials you need for your next pair of customs.

Air Force 1 Custom Tutorial + More Great Pieces

Custom Junk Food Air Force 1's

For our latest tutorial, John from @wreck.creation stopped by to show you how to create this pair of custom junk food-themed Air Force 1s.

Whether you're a beginner or you've been doing this for a while, John will show you all of the tips, tricks, and materials you need to create these AF1s.

To learn how to make these for yourself, make sure to check out the full tutorial on our YouTube channel.

Chrome Air Force 1

(source: @kingdom_made⁠)

Sticking with the AF1, sponsored artist @kingdom_made is next up with a unique take on the classic Nike Swoosh logo.

These customs feature the first attempt at an original chrome effect that takes these AF1s to another level without changing the classic all-white color scheme.

Pulp Fiction AF1

(source: @danielcordas⁠)

What's your favorite Tarantino movie?

For these next Air Force 1s, sponsored artist @danielcordas paid tribute to one of his favorites by depicting three of the main characters from the all-time classic, Pulp Fiction.

Air Max 90 Warhawk

(source: @astrotorfcustoms⁠)

Making your own custom sneakers is all about creating what you can't have. Sometimes, that means recreating an existing colorway that you can't get your hands on.

That's what sponsored artist @astrotorfcustoms did with this pair of custom Air Max 90 Warhawks, which features a colorway almost identical to the original.

Make sure to grab a 12 color assortment kit if you want to try recreating your own favorite shoe.

Back to the Future Customs

(source: @tragik1993)

You've probably seen the official Nike Mags before, but you've probably never seen a pair of Back to the Future hoverboard customs.

Sponsored artist @tragik1993 created both with this pair of customs -- one shoe featuring the classic Nike Mag color scheme, the other featuring the same color scheme and pattern as the board itself.

Which one do you prefer?

To check out more great customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram. Also, be sure to stop by our online store to grab the materials you need to create your own customs.

How to Customize Dr. Martens Boots

For our latest tutorial, we're happy to welcome the talented Tommy Nickerson (aka @beargallery) to Angelus Headquarters to teach you how to customize a pair of Dr. Martens boots. When it comes to colorful, vibrant and realistic paintings, Bear Gallery is one of the best in the customs game.

Follow along to learn how to prep and paint a pair of 1460 Smooth Leather White Dr. Martens with just a few basic tools and materials.

Let's get started.


First, it's important to note that we're using Smooth Leather Dr. Martens for this tutorial. Dr. Martens come in many different finishes, but the Smooth Leather is the best one for customizing as the paint will have trouble adhering to some of the other ones.

That being said, you're going to start the same way you'd start any other custom project -- with some prep work.

Use a cotton pad and some Leather Preparer and Deglazer to remove the factory finish from the boots so that the paint can stick to the shoe without flaking or chipping.


Before you start painting in the background color, you can cut circles out of some stencil material to place over the lace eyelets.

This step isn't completely necessary but will make things much easier once you start painting.

Painting the Boots

Next, we're going to start painting the background. For these customs, Tommy used Gift Box Blue to fill in the background.

Make sure to paint even layers and move quickly to ensure that there aren't any borders between the new paint and the old, dry paint.

Let each coat dry completely before moving on to the next coat. Apply additional coats until the background is completely filled in and there aren't any obvious brush strokes.

Also, you'll notice that Tommy is painting around the stencil of a parrot for this design. You can do the same for your design, or you can freehand your design if you prefer.

Painting in the Outline

After the background is filled in, it's time to paint the rest of your design.

If you want to replicate this design, you're going to start by layering your colors from dark to light. When painting, try to keep your brush strokes in the direction of the feathers (after the first few coats, you won't see them anymore).

Also, for some interesting textures, you can apply two different shades of the same color to each side of your brush.

Finishing Touches

To finish off this design, Tommy added a final drip effect.

To replicate this, use a Q-Tip to apply Leather Preparer and Deglazer only to the spots where you want to add this effect, then use a detail brush to paint in the drips.

Once your design is finished, use a heat gun to make sure all of the paint is dry before moving on to the last step.


Lastly, to protect your custom design and add a nice final touch, you're going to want to apply a layer of Acrylic Finisher.

For these customs, Tommy used our Matte finish for the background, a Sating finish for the feathers, and a Gloss finish for the beak.

How to Customize Dr Martens Boots | Realistic Parrot | Angelus Paint

For a more detailed walkthrough on how to create these customs, make sure to watch the full tutorial on our YouTube channel.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram for more great customs like these, and make sure to check out our online store to grab the materials you need to create these custom Dr. Martens.