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Crazy customs

Again and again, artists prove that if you can dream it, you can customize it. Some of our favorite artists are getting creative not just with their designs, but with what they are customizing. It can be as big as a couch or as small as a pebble, but these customs prove that with the right creativity the impact can be just as great.

Anything is possible with the right paint supplies. Check out the latest customs that use Angelus Paints to make their visions come to life.

Sunset Stone

(source: @thewickedenchantment)

Sponsored Artist @thewickedenchantment shows that you can take something small and turn it into a work of art. This hand-painted stone takes inspiration from nature in both its design and color palette. Silhouettes of mountains and trees in shades of green are set against a geometric sunset that shifts from red to yellow. This custom proves you don't need a huge canvas or expensive sneakers to create something that's both beautiful and meaningful.

Geometric Leather Couch

(source: @etkemner)

If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to customizing something on a larger scale look no further than this hand-painted couch by @etkemner. Leather furniture can be a great candidate for upcycling. Leather is a durable material that can last for years, but sometimes stains or regular wear can leave it looking dated.

Here @etkemner turned the entire couch into her canvas and covered it with a green, blue and gold geometric design. Take a tip from her and try working in squares. Breaking a large piece like this into discrete sections makes this couch easier to tackle.

Tropical Motorcycle Helmet

(source: @alexandrazlkn)

There are times when a design is so intricate you want to keep everything else simple. That's certainly the case with this custom motorcycle helmet in Flat Black. Clean lines and stipple shading in all black on an off-white background give this design maximum impact. A diamond shape contains this tropical scene of palm trees, waves, and sunsets. Keeping it all one color helps keep all the details of this custom from getting lost.

Drip KAWS Bearbrick

(source: @jsm_801_customs)

For a more abstract look, get in on the drip art trend like @jsm_801_customs. He took an all-white Bearbrick figure by KAWS and transformed it with this colorful drip effect. This style of painting and bright colors make a perfect addition to this classic, Pop Art piece.

While the look is all about the unpredictability of the paint, control the color palette by using as few or as many colors as you want. You can use color combinations to create contrast, such as neons and darker tones like @jsm_801_customs did here, or stick with paints in a similar family, like pastels. Dripping paint allows you to play with paint in a totally different way and creates a one-of-a-kind look.

Try customizing something unexpected and check out Angelus Direct for all your customs needs. Be sure to follow Angelus Styles on Instagram for the latest, one-of-a-kind customs.

Sponsored Artist Spotlight: Dejesus Customs

Daniel and Dillon Dejesus are the brothers that make up Chicago based Dejesus Customs. Started in 2011, they've made a name for themselves in the sneaker world. With backgrounds in visual arts and design they bring their expertise to creating some of the most creative customs around.

Their work can often be seen on the field, as their custom cleats are a favorite of many NFL players. They also have a popular YouTube channel where they share tutorials showing just how they create their popular designs.

Here are some of their latest designs and the Angelus Direct products they use to create them.

 

(source: dejesuscustomfootwear

These custom Detroit Pistons Jordan 3’s take inspiration from one of their all time favorite NBA Jerseys. Featuring the Pistons logo and a mesh style design on the uppers in grey and turquoise, this design uses a multi-layer stencil to get all the elements right.

(source: dejesuscustomfootwear) 

Speaking of sports cleats are one of their specialties and these cleats prove the point. These pairs for Quandre Diggs of the Seattle Seahawks take two different, but similar approaches in terms of design. One plays with a repeating swoosh in white, neon green and navy, while the other combines a fade on on the toe and heel with a graphic white design.

(source: dejesuscustomfootwear) 

Athletics aren't the only place they get inspiration. These Matisse paper cut inspired customs have an artistic touch in all white and blue. With the blue figures on the uppers and soles, this design dominates the shoe. A blue accent on the heel compliments the design.

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

Sponsored Artist Spotlight: Erin Price

 

(source: @thewickedenchantment)

When it comes to sponsorships Angelus is always looking for the latest customizers doing the best new work. Whatever they're customizing it's important for artists to have their own style. Erin Price of @thewickedenchantment certainly brings a clear point of view with her Disney inspired designs. She started customizing back in 2017 and is one of the latest customizers to become an Angelus Direct Sponsored Artist. Check out some of her latest work.

(source: @thewickedenchantment)

The same way Disneyland brings some magic into all our lives, Erin likes to bring some magic to everyday life with her Disney themed customs. These Slip-On Vans get the Disneyland treatment with a blue and yellow castle on one shoe and pink, purpleblue and yellow Mickey Mouse shaped balloons on the other. A gradient background in pink and purple with those Disneyland fireworks help unify these designs.

(source: @thewickedenchantment)

For some simpler customs check out these Donald Duck themed Air Force 1s in yellowblue and orange. With those classic Mickey Mouse shaped balloons floating over the turquoise swoosh, Erin leaves the rest of the shoe in white for a fresh pair of customs ready for your next Disneyland trip. 

(source: @thewickedenchantment)

With so many iconic Disney characters Erin certainly has a lot of inspiration to choose from and no one could forget Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast. With Lumiere in white and yellow, he's set off perfectly by a stained glass background inspired by the movie in purplepink and blue.

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

Custom Sneaker Spotlight: January 2022

From Air Force 1s with drip to Vans that are out for blood, January saw Angelus Direct Sponsored Artists creating one of a kind customs, perfect for the New Year. Check out the latest designs, techniques and Angelus Direct products you'll need to create your own customs.

(source: @justwincustoms)

Air Force 1s dripping with gold? These Nikes have it with a liquid gold swoosh so realistic it looks like it's ready to drip right off the shoe. This pair by Sponsored Artist @justwincustoms uses a combination of yellows to create this molten effect, and leaves the rest of the show bare to help the swoosh stand out.

 

(source: @sneakerkingsohio)

The night sky inspired these out of this world moon customs by Sponsored Artist @sneakerqueenscustoms. The inspiration came from a series of moon images done by the photographer who these customs were created for, complete with a crescent moon, stars and branches above. A combination of dark blues and deep greens give these customs that clear, night sky look.

(source: @lucha_loafers)

Speaking of things you only see at night, Sponsored Artist @lucha_loafers took a pair of Slip-On Vans and turned them into a colorful portrait of everyone's favorite funny, vampires with these "What We Do In The Shadows" customs. Green and blue highlights give these fanged fiends a spooky touch.

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

Sponsored Artist Spotlight: Sean, the Shoe Whisperer

Every customizer should have a motto to work by and for Sean, the Shoe Whisperer it's everything deserves a little color. You can certainly see that in his work, with customs that feature bold designs and clever color combinations. Check out the latest work by this Angelus Direct sponsored artist below.

(source: @colormefresh)

Bold colors are what define these Air Max Rocko's Modern Life. From the more muted yellow to the purple and blue combination, the mix of colors and patterns give these customs that 90's take on retro design that the cartoon was known for.

(source: @colormefresh)

Rocko isn't the only animated inspiration Sean has had, check out this pair of Mario Air Force 1's. With classic Mario red and fresh white accents this bold custom does Super Mario proud.

(source: @colormefresh)

For Sean his creativity doesn't end with customs, take these Jordan 1's featuring a design inspired by an original story written by Sean. The story, titled  KILO47, features the character Takeda Yamasaki. To give this pair dimension, he added tubes and other details to make it look like the shoes were "pumping ooze", which you can see echoed in the light green lining.
To see more customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.