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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.

How to Customize Boxing Gloves

In order to continue creating amazing customs, it's important to continue learning new techniques and ways to create unique designs. To help you do this, we have a large collection of tutorials over on our YouTube channel -- each offering new tips, tricks, and techniques for painting customs.

For this week's tutorial, Austin (also known as @jarcustoms) was nice enough to stop by the studio to teach you how to create a custom pair of boxing gloves. Customizing a pair of boxing gloves has been on our list for a while now so we're super excited to have final knock these out.

Keep reading to see how you can create these The Simpsons-inspired boxing gloves for yourself.

Leather Preparer & Deglazer

Just like customizing a pair of sneakers, you're going to want to start by preparing the leather on your boxing gloves. Otherwise, the paint will not adhere effectively to the surface. Prepping it will help avoid chipping and peeling after you're done.

To prep the gloves, use a cotton pad to apply an even layer of Leather Preparer and Deglazer to any area that you plan to paint.


After applying the Leather Preparer and Deglazer, you can use masking tape to tape off the bottom section of the gloves.

By using masking tape and paper towels to separate the bottom and the top of the gloves, you can prevent paint from dripping down into unwanted areas.


Once the gloves are prepared, it's time to start painting.

For this project, Austin started by using an airbrush with a mixture of paint and 2-Thin to paint over the wrist section. Since the wrist section is black, start with a layer of gray paint, then light gray, before finally moving on to white. This will make sure the base is completely covered.

Apply two to three coats of each color, and let each layer completely dry before applying another.


Next, Austin used a mixture of light blue, white, blue, and 2-Thin to create a sky blue base for the wrist section.

Again, be sure to apply multiple light coats and allow each coat to completely dry before applying another.


Next, it's time to move on from the airbrush and start painting your design.

For this project, Austin painted the wrist section to mimic the classing The Simpsons opening sequence. He also used a custom Everlast stencil to finish off the section.

Of course, if you want to paint a different design, you don't have to stick with the same theme.

*Note: For that classic The Simpsons yellow, use a 60/40 mixture of yellow and maize paint.


Now, it's time to transfer your design to the top portion of the glove. To do this, Austin made custom stencils to easily transfer his sketch over to the gloves.

To make a quick custom stencil, place masking tape over a section of your sketch, use a pencil to sketch the outline of your design, then use a detail knife to cut out the stencil.

Using the Stencil

To use the stencil, simply tape it on to the glove, and use your airbrush to fill it in with a flat white base coat.

Then, use a brush to fill in all of the finer details in the stencil. You can repeat this step as many times as necessary to complete the rest of your design.

Acrylic Finisher

Lastly, once you've finished painting your design, use an airbrush to apply a final layer of Matte Acrylic Finisher.

This acrylic finisher will act as a clear protective top coat to protect the gloves from minor scuffs and scratches.

Once the finisher dries, your gloves are done and ready to go.

Custom Boxing Gloves

For a more detailed walkthrough on how to create these custom boxing gloves, make sure to check out the full tutorial on our YouTube channel.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram, and make sure to check out our online store to grab the products you need for your next project.

Custom Air Jordan 1 Tutorial + More Great Customs

Custom Air Jordan 1 Elephant Print

If you're new to making customs or you just need ideas for your next project, our custom tutorials on our YouTube channel are a great way to practice your skills while creating amazing sneakers.

In one of our latest tutorials, sponsored artist @kattycustoms walks you through as she customizes a pair of Air Jordan 1 High Bloodlines. Check out the full tutorial to find out what materials you need to create these customs and see how you can use detail brushes to create some interesting patterns.

Bape Air Force 1s
(source: @ianjpaintedit)

Brand collabs make for some of the best drops every year, but some of the best collabs are the ones made by our sponsored artists.

For example, check out these Valentine's Day Air Force 1s by sponsored artist @ianjpaintedit, featuring a pink Bape camo design on the upper, red leather laces, and gold aglets to cap off the design.

European Air Jordan 1
(source: @kattycustoms⁠)⁠

Sometimes, you have to think outside of the box to create an original pair of customs -- just like @kattycustoms did with these custom Jordan 1s.

These customs feature the European map laid out across a pair of Jordan 1s -- not something you normally see on a pair of customs.

If you want to create your own similar pair, make sure to pick up a 12 color assortment kit to get all the colors you need.

Galactic Coastline
(source: @bbizon)

It's always a good day when sponsored artist @bbizon drops a new pair of customs.

For this unique pair of customs, this artist's customer wanted something featuring the beach and outer space together, leading to the creation of the “Galactic Coastline” Air Force 1s.

These clean customs feature the coastline starting at the toe and blending into outer space as it moves towards the heel. This unique combo will definitely be one of the most original pairs of customs you'll see in a while.

Lego Air Force 1
(source: @kingdom_made)

You don't always need to change up the entire colorway or paint a complex design to make a clean pair of customs. Sometimes, a small change makes a major difference.

For Nike shoes, one of the best ways to make your customs stand out is to play around with the classic Swoosh logo. Sponsored artist @kingdom_made designed these custom Air Force 1s, featuring a Lego Swoosh to take them to the next level.

Don't forget to follow Angelus on Instagram to see more customs like these, and check out our online store to grab the tools and materials you need to create your own pair of customs.

Coming Soon: Adidas Yeezy Quantum

Back in 2018, Kanye West gave us an early look at the Adidas Yeezy Basketball. Unfortunately, the shoe, which was announced as part of the 2019 Yeezy lineup, never actually dropped.

But now, according to Yeezy Mafia, we can expect to see the new Yeezy Basketball model in stores in the coming months.

Take a look at the upcoming Yeezy "Quantum" below along with a few other upcoming Yeezy releases.

Adidas Yeezy Quantum

(source: @yeezymafia)

According to Yeezy Mafia, the new Yeezy Basketball "Quantum" is set to drop during the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend, which is taking place from February 14th through the 16th.

Yeezy Mafia also noted that there are two version dropping: a lifestyle version and a basketball version. Both will be $250 retail.

Yeezy Quantum Reflective Detail

(source: @yeezymafia)

The Quantum's upper is much like the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 with a taller ankle collar, color-blocked heel, a suede toe box, and a translucent sole.

One of the most unique parts of the shoe is the 3M reflective hits hidden on the upper. While it is a basketball shoe, some believe it will be banned from the NBA due to these reflective hits.


(source: @yeezymafia)

The new Yeezy Basketball models aren't the only new silhouettes coming from Yeezy this year.

This Spring, Yeezy is expected to drop various colorways of the new 700 MNVM. This new model will be constructed from nylon rather than suede and leather.

The four colorways for this new silhouette are "Orange," "Triple Black," "Bone," and "Phosphor." All colorways will feature a full-length Boost midsole and a new lacing system.

Per Yeezy Mafia, the 700 MNVM will retail for $220 and may be available on StockX before the official release.

Make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram to see how you can customize your own Yeezys, and be sure to check out our online store to grab the materials you need for your next customs.

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