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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.

Custom Sneaker Spotlight: January 2021

We're kicking the year off right with a collection of some of the best customs from January 2021. From Miles Morales AF1s to Stewie Griffin Jordan 1s, sneaker artists have been busy designing some creative colorways and concepts.

Check out the customs below, stop by our online store to grab the paint and tools you need to make your own unique creations.

Miles Morales Air Force 1

Miles Morales Air Force 1

(source: @kingdom_made)

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales was the perfect introduction to the PlayStation 5, and in response, sponsored artist @kingdom_made designed a custom pair of Miles Morales-inspired Air Force 1s.

These customs feature a midnight blue and white base color scheme, with Miles Morales' mask-covered portrait spans the outward-facing side panels. On the inward-facing side, a custom spiderweb Nike Swoosh sits on top of a spiderweb pattern and is marked by a graffiti Spider-Man tag.

Boba Fett Jordan 1

Boba Fett Jordan 1

(source: @colormefresh)

With The Book of Bob Fett expected to release this year, one of Star Wars' most recognizable characters is getting his own Disney+ series, and these customs by @colormefresh are the perfect way to prepare for the highly-anticipated show.

Designed to match the famous bounty hunter's armor, these custom Jordan 1s feature a worn, vintage effect in the same vein as Boba Fett's tattered armor. Worn brown laces, faded soles, battered green overlays, and other details complete the colorway.

Stewie Griffin Jordan 1

Stewie Griffin Jordan 1

(source: @tragik1993)

These Stewie Griffin Jordan 1s were a collaborative effort between sponsored artist @tragik1993 and @johnnyskicks_, featuring tongue tags by @herbjuice and insoles made by @dnicecustoms.

The colorway is inspired by Stewie's iconic outfit, including red overlays that represent his red overalls and yellow toe boxes and eyelets to represent the undershirt. The shoe features bold black outlines to give it a cartoonish style in the same vein as Family Guy.

Lionheart Yeezy 350

Lionheart Yeezy 350

(source: @gorgworld)

Some of the best customs go beyond simple colorway alterations and feature some truly incredible artwork, like these custom Yeezy 350s created by sneaker artist @gorgworld.

Each shoe features half of the same lion portrait, so when worn together, they complete the detailed image. These customs are completely hand-painted to achieve maximum realism.

MBDTF Air Force 1

MBDTF Air Force 1

(source: @customsbyleanne)

Kanye West has one of the greatest discographies in hip-hop, and many consider My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to be his peak. In honor of this iconic album, sneaker artist @customsbyleanne painted these custom MBDTF-inspired Air Force 1s.

The artwork is inspired by the album's different covers. One shoe features a custom pixelated Swoosh, while the other is modeled after the cover art that includes Kanye's sword-impaled head situated in front of a hand-painted blue sky.

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

Angelus Tutorial: How to Paint a Leather Jacket

Angelus paints can be used for much more than custom sneakers. From custom clothing to furniture, you can use your skills to create a variety of personalized items and accessories that match your personal style.

To demonstrate this, Rick from @savethepanduhs created a custom leather jack tutorial, walking you through how to prep, paint, and finish a leather jacket. When done correctly, you'll be able to wear your leather jacket in any weather without worrying about your design chipping, peeling, or cracking.

Follow along to learn how to see for yourself how easy it is to customize a leather jacket and other leather accessories with Angelus paints.

Custom leather jacket

How to Paint a Leather Jacket

To get started, you'll just need a few basic materials:

  • Angelus Acrylic Leather Paint
  • Paint Markers
  • Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer
  • Angelus Paint Brush Set
  • Angelus Micro Detail Brush Set
  • Angelus High Gloss Acrylic Finisher

After getting your materials together, follow these steps to create your own custom leather clothing.

1. Prepping the Leather

First, just like prepping leather shoes, you need to prep the jacket with either Angelus Leather Preparer and Deglazer or acetone. This will remove the jacket's factory finish to create a clean surface for the paint to adhere to.

Applying deglazer

Soak a cotton pad with a small amount of the Deglazer, and wipe down the entire area of the jacket that you plan to paint.

2. Using Paint Markers

Before painting the jacket, you can use Angelus paint markers to sketch your design. Free-handing is always an option, but outlining with a painting marker will help avoid mistakes once you begin painting.

Sketching with a paint marker

Angelus paint markers come empty, so to fill them, use a 1:1 mixture of paint and Angelus 2-Thin to make sure the paint is able to flow through the marker and fully-saturate the tip without clumping. We recommend using white paint or another light color for the outline as darker colors will be difficult to paint over.

3. Painting the Jacket

Once your jacket is prepped and the design is outlined, you can start painting your custom design.

Painting a white base coat

Be sure to use several thin, even coats and allow each coat to completely dry before applying the next. Applying thick layers will make the paint more likely to crack or chip when you wear the jacket. If you don't want to wait for each coat to dry, you can use a heat gun to speed up the process.

Painting the jacket

This is your chance to get creative and choose the colors that you think best fit your design, but if you want to recreate the same jacket from the tutorial, make sure to check out the full video to see the colors Rick selected for his jacket.

4. Applying Angelus Paint

Once your design is complete and the paint is completely dry, the next and final step is to apply Angelus Acrylic Finisher to seal in the paint, create a custom finish, and protect the paint from minor scratches and scrapes.

Applying Finisher

Finishers are optional, but they are a great way to add an additional layer of protection and personal style to your custom jacket.

Use a paintbrush or airbrush to apply the finisher on the painted area of the jacket. For this project, Rick applied a high gloss finisher to the car and jacket to add contrast to the design.

Finished leather jacket

Leave the finisher to dry, and once it is, your jacket is ready to go. You can wear it as normal without worrying about damaging your custom paint job.

More Custom Tutorials

If you want to check out more custom tutorials like this one, make sure to subscribe to the Angelus YouTube channel to learn tips and tricks from experienced sneaker artists.

Don't forget to also follow Angelus on Instagram and check out our online store to grab the tools you need to recreate this custom leather jacket!

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