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« on: February 14, 2008 07:41:15 PM »

My friend's birthday was nearing and i had an idea in my head that i wanted to paint him some slip-on vans. i couldn't afford to buy brand new ones. but then i found out from a friend what his size was. amazingly enough, i had a pair already in that size! i hadn't worn them in a couple years and they were in pretty good condition. hello recycle!

i scrubbed them with a toothbrush, soap and water the best i could. painted over the black and white checkered part with black and repainted where it was white.

then sketched on the design with chalk/colored pencils. then painted away.

after, i sealed them with kiwi boot protector stuff.

i mailed them to my buddy out in cali. he loves them! i was so excited. and he said they fit perfect.

he then texted me the next day and asked if he bought a pair of plain shoes, if i'd paint them for him. i'm stoked.

(there were also a small white anchor on the back of each one, but somehow, a picture of them eluded me.



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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2008 07:46:31 PM »

great design and use of color, very well done!!!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008 07:49:07 PM »

Nicely done! and they do indeed "rock and roll"! Great job!

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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2008 07:58:06 PM »

I heart these so much!!! I love the tattoo inspired rock and roll prints and these are like 100 times better than anything I've seen out there.... these are even better than the converse I've seen on sailor Jerries!!! great job and way to recycle!!!
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2008 08:32:11 PM »

These are fantastic! What kind of paint did you use?

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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2008 10:51:01 PM »

Very Very Very Very nice.

Great job!

I have an old pair of really comfy cowboy boots made of a smoothish suede that I have been dreaming of painting. They are a ucky fleshy color. Wild Pair I think from about 1989. I'm re-inspired buy your vans... they are excellent!

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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2008 10:53:08 PM »

These are totally awesome!!! You did a great job with these... they're not sloppy at all, and the colors (and text) are (is) great. Great job!
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2008 12:06:03 AM »

These are so awsome! Your friend is very lucky.What kind of paint did you use?

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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2008 06:44:42 AM »

ohhhh my goodness. these are magnificent! i want a pair so badly.
your frind is so lucky. i absolutely adore them.
great job, i love everything about them.  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2008 07:42:29 AM »

thank you guys for that awesome comments!

i just used acrylic paints. most, if not all were Apple Barrel, like you find at wal-marts.

they were pretty fun to make, i kept getting excited the closer i got to finishing. and managed to keep it a secret of what he was getting the whole time. it was tough, but it worked haha.

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