The very first pair of ArtKicks! Unlike some of my other pieces with a visual theme, these shoes are a mish-mash of various cultural references, metaphors, and objects that are all personally meaningful for the wearer.
- How do I order a pair? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your shoe size in Vans (if you know it) and some design ideas. I'll email you back and let you know where we go from there. You can also order through my Etsy store.
- Can you really draw anything on shoes? Yeah, pretty much. Whatever theme or design you have in mind can probably be adapted to a pair of shoes.
- What if my idea is stupid? I promise you, it isn't.
- What if I don't know what I want on my shoes? We can either work together to come up with something or you can take a look at my list of themes I've always wanted to draw on a pair of shoes. Or, if you're feeling really generous, you can give me the gift of complete artistic freedom and turn me loose.
- Can I see some sketches before I agree on the final design? Always. Every Art Kicks client sees at least one set of sketches for approval before we begin drawing on the actual shoes.
- What do you use to draw on the shoes? I use three brands of permanent marker: Sharpie, Staedtler, and Prismacolor. If you represent the marketing department of any of these brands, let's talk.
- Do you spray something on the shoes to protect them? Yes! I finally found something that seals the artwork without causing the marker to bleed. I put two coats of Vans Stain and Water Shield on every pair of shoes I make.
- How well do ArtKicks hold up over time? Surprisingly well. I wouldn't go hiking or jogging in them, but for normal everyday wear, the images last about as well as a commercially printed pair of Vans shoes. EDIT: Recently my dog peed on my Maltese Falcon ArtKicks and I had no choice but to run them through the washing machine. They emerged a tad bit faded but completely recognizable and nothing bled or ran.
- What kinds of shoes can you draw on? I've done Vans slip-ons and authentics (the low-top lace-up), as well as Keds slip-ons and Converse Chucks. If you have a style of shoe in mind and it comes in white canvas, I can probably draw on it.