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Custom Marilyn Monroe Adidas Top Ten Sneakers

1950s sex symbol Marilyn Monroe's face is everywhere. Her red lips live on forever. Recently I got my hands on a pair of black Adidas Top Ten sneakers to paint.  The outside of one shoe features a gray scale portrait of Marilyn's face painted with Jacquard Paints. Marilyn's bold red lips fit perfectly above her iconic signature. This is a one-of-one custom and will not be recreated. Check out the pics below and send me an email >>> HERE and let me know what iconic figure you want painted.

Custom Marilyn Monroe Adidas Shoes

Custom Marilyn Monroe Adidas Shoes

Custom Marilyn Monroe Adidas Shoes

Custom Marilyn Monroe Adidas Shoes

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Big Hero 6 Custom Vans

Big Hero 6 was The best Disney Animated movie of 2014. These custom painted Vans were made for a Big Hero 6 fan. The movie is about a 14 year old robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada. After the death of his parents, he spends his time in illegal robotics fights. The story is then of him making friends with Baymax and getting a grant from a university in the fictional city of 'San Fransokyo' Check the pictures below to see the painted Vans. Send me an email blake@bstreetshoes.com to get yourself a custom pair of painted shoes.

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Baymax, hiro, big hero 6, custom vans,

Baymax, hiro, big hero 6, custom vans,

Baymax, hiro, big hero 6, custom vans,

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B Street Shoes X Courant Ltd.

Recently I had the chance to collaborate on a design with Franck Lada of Courant Ltd, self described as a London Based Clothing Label with a sub-cultural approach. The design of choice was definitely Emoji inspired which made a fun pattern going across these white authentic Vans. Check out this pics below and let me know what you think in the comments!

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In process picture.

Recently I had the chance to collaborate on a design with Franck Lada of Courant Ltd, a London Based Clothing Label with a sub-cultural approach. 

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Galaxy Nike AF1 Mids

By now people know B Street Shoes for our galaxy Janoskis. We have been painting a ton of different color galaxy Nikes since September 2013. These are still the most popular: http://bstreetshoes.com/products/nike-zoom-stefan-janoski-galaxy-sneakers

Second most popular are the Solar Flares. Check out those Nike AF1 Highs here: http://bstreetshoes.com/collections/custom-nike-sneakers/products/custom-solar-flare-galaxy-air-force-one-nike-sneakers

I'm stoked to introduce the galaxy Nike AF1 Mids: http://bstreetshoes.com/collections/custom-nike-sneakers/products/hand-painted-nike-af1-mid-galaxy-sneakers-custom-galaxy-nike-air-force-1s

Check out these pics: 

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Send me an email if you want to talk about a custom design: blake@bstreetshoes.com

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How To Paint Custom Sneakers with Jacquard Products

Everyday I get asked "what kind of paint do you use? Does it last forever? What do you need to do to prep the shoe for paint? How do you seal it?" I wanted to write this blog post to let people know what I do. This post should be good for both beginning sneaker artists and customers wanting to know that their shoes are painted and built to last.

First, let me tell you a little bit about the paints I use. Last year I teamed up with Jacquard Products and started using their paints on all my custom painted shoes. The paints come in a full airbrush line which don't require paint thinner like other company's paints. When I used to use Angelus, I would mix up their paint with the 2-thin, but that was so annoying. Seriously, why would I do that when other companies come with the perfect ratio pre mixed for you already in the bottle ready to buy? There are multiple different lines of paint Jacquard Products makes that can be used on shoes, but you really only need the following 3 types and they're all slightly different. Im currently using their Airbrush Color line, the Lumiere line and the Neopaque line.

Neopaque paints is what you want to use when you paint your shoes with a paint brush. The paint is the perfect consistency and is perfect for canvas, leather or suede shoes.  These will replace your Angelus paints. If you want a metallic or pearlescent, you gotta get the Jacquard Lumiere paints which I talk about in the next paragraph. Jacquard Neopaque paints are essential for any sneaker customizer.

Get the Neopaque paints HERE.

Lumiere is a metallic line that doesn't crack or peel. It is made for flexible surfaces, like shoes. It's quality paint with high pigmentation so it goes a long way. I often use this on top of a white base when I want to paint my shoes gold. These are just like the Neopaque paints but shimmery.

Shop for the Lumiere paints HERE.

The airbrush colors that Jacquard makes are great. They flow through your airbrush no problem. I suggest airbrushing a few coats of paint to make it look bold. The bottle tells you to heat set, but honestly, you don't need to. I've painted thousands of pairs of shoes at this point, and they've all withstood the test of time. I'm wearing shoes right now on my feet that I painted with Jacquard Airbrush Colors. The paint looks as good as the day I painted them and I never heat blasted them with my heat gun. It's probably a better idea to heat set on canvas and cotton t-shirts, but again, I cut that out of my workflow a long time ago and haven't had any troubles.

Shop for the Airbrush paint HERE.

Don't have an airbrush or compressor? Amazon sells the same one I use HERE.

Ok let's talk about shoe prep. Specially leather shoes. All leather shoes come from the factory with a thin wax coat. The wax coat is there to keep the leather weather proof. You need to strip this thin wax coat so you can paint directly on the leather. I can't stress how important this step is. If you don't strip this coat of wax, you will notice your paints beading up when applied. Once this coat is gone, the paint will lay normal and actually sink into the leather making it permanent. The way you strip the wax coat is with Acetone. You must put on rubber gloves first, because Acetone is a really strong solvent. Simply wet the Cotton Balls with Acetone and rub the cotton balls all over the leather shoes. You won't actually see the wax layer come off, so you kinda have to just know where you have already applied the Acetone. It's really strong and fast acting, so you don't need to go too crazy with it. It should take less than 10 minutes to prep a pair of shoes.

This is the tape I use: HERE

 Preparation for leather shoes

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This is a stock image of the Black Leather Nike SB Stefan Janoskis I painted. 

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After the shoes have been fully prepped for paint using the Acetone, time for tape. In the image above you'll see blue painters tape towards the bottom of the midsole and then masking tape on top of that. The reason I do that is because the painters tape is less sticky and easier to peel off. And because it's below the Masking Tape, it acts as a wedge when I pull off the tape after I'm done painting. I wish I had figured this out earlier. I can now pull off all the tape going around the midsoles in one swipe and it leaves less tape residue on the midsole when the shoes are done. Which means less clean up at the end. In this particular pair I went crazy with the masking on the uppers because this was the design I was going for. Next step I lay down some paint. It's a lot easier and faster to use "Lazy Susan" to rotate your shoe while you spray. And they're cheap.  I got mine on Amazon: here

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The picture above shows the shoes after they have been hit with 2 coats of the Airbrush Metallic Gold and a thin coat of the Jacquard Metallic Copper.

This picture shows what the shoes look like after the making tape has been carefully pealed off. Remember that thin wax coat we removed using the Acetone? Time to put that back on. I use Krylon Matte Spray. 2-3 thin coats.

 

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This is the final product! I can make you a pair too. Shop HERE.

Any thoughts, questions or concerns? Is there a method you're using that works better? The team at Jacquard Products and I want to hear about it. Let me know in the comments or send me an email blake@bstreetshoes.com

 

 

 

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Agenda Long Beach

 For another weekend in a row, I headed up  the Pacific Coast Hwy from Newport Beach to Long Beach. The bi annual Agenda Show was being held in the Long Beach convention center with every Action Sports Brand under the moon. I was there to work with shoe brands on limited runs of sneakers featuring B Street art. Something else that's cool about being at the show - you get to see what all your favorite brands are coming out with a season ahead. Trust me, it's good.

 

This veggie theme Burton Tent was probably my favorite.

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Happy Earth Day!


I was watching binge watching season 3 of HBO's series VICE the other night at saw an saw some of the horrible deforestation going on in Indonesia. It served as a reminder of how important and precious our planet is. Today is Earthday, and there is no better time to send out an email with reminders of what we can do for our beautiful earth: Here are the top 10 things YOU can do for our planet: 1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - By recycling half your garbage, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually. 2. Use The Heater and AC Less - Put on a sweatshirt or find a snuggle buddy, it uses less energy. 3. Get CFL Lightbulbs - Incandescents are old news. 4. Ride Your Bike. - It’s better for you. 5. Buy Eco Products - From companies that know what’s up. 6. Use Less Hot Water - Showers, washers/dryers and dishwashers are energy suckers. 7. Turn Off The Lights When You’re Gone. - It drives mom crazy anyways. 8. Plant A Tree. - A single tree will absorb 1 TON of carbon during it’s lifetime. 9. Hit Up Your Utility Company. - Many utility companies offer rebate programs to help pay for the cost of energy efficient upgrades.
10. Encourage Others To Conserve. - Tag your friends in the comments below to let your friends know. (oh and they can look at my custom shoes =)

Buy the Earth Toms HERE.
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New Intern at BStreetShoes: David

What's up all you custom foot fanatics, I'm the new intern hangin' out with Blake and the crew at BStreetShoes here in beautiful Costa Mesa, California. I gotta say these guys are doing it right, the low-key genuine and tasteful work fits my appetite. As a twenty-one-year-old Artist hailing from fog central (San Francisco) I came down to UCI, a University in Southern California to get my grind on and study the Fine Arts. What's my favorite medium of art you say? To answer that I would have to conclude aerosol paint as my fave, "but hold up, you're a Fine Arts major, how does that fit?" well I am, but you can't beat some of the works done by contemporary artists and political activists like Banksy and Karl Striker from the UK.

If you were to ask me who my inspiration in life would be, well I would have to say my mom and dad for sure, friends and family next, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Banksy obviously, then all those other people I read about and see on TV that really have no connection to my life other than similar interests. More questions? Alright no problem, my favorite spot in the world is definitely The Devil's Punchbowl.  It's a crystal clear lake with a tint of sapphire surrounded by thousand foot mountains on all sides with a narrow valley leading to the lake, a perfect place for a long hike and sleep under the stars. No one knows how deep the lake is, some say it leads to China, others say the Locke Ness spawns there; you'll find this piece of heaven at the border of Cali and Oregon off highway 199 deep in the redwood forests. 

I'll finish with some interesting facts about yours truly: I love singing in the rain, Pina Colada's, late night painting, street bikes, and that water sport called surfing, though I don't get out as much as I want too. Hit me up on Instagram

One Love,

David Martinez 

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