Monday, December 28, 2009

!!!!

Chad Gilbert received his shoes and the prints of my painting "13" from Hayley on Christmas and he loved them! He took this picture and was nice enough to tweet at me thanking for them! I'm so excited!





Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Totoro!

This was my first time painting high tops! I got them in all white and dyed them black which made everything a lot easier. I enjoyed them! Hope you do too :)


My Neighbor Totoro:



Saturday, December 12, 2009

Just a Minor Threat

Cover art from Minor Threat's "Out of Step" LP


"I can't keep up, I can't keep up, I can't keep up!

Out of step with the world..."

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pet Sematary!

These shoes are for Hayley Williams, singer of Paramore. This is a huge honor to me. They are Pet Sematary themed from Stephen King's movie featuring the characters Gage, Church, Pascal and Zelda. Enjoy:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Madball!

These will soon be on the feet of Chad Gilbert, guitarist for my favorite band of all time New Found Glory. This is seriously a dream come true. Thanks to his girlfriend Hayley Williams, singer of Paramore, for checking out my stuff and allowing me to make these for him as a Christmas present. So psyched! If you'd like to read the full New Found Glory/Paramore story please scroll a few entries down to the November 11th entry. Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Custom Images: Lacrosse theme incorporating a pin-up girl and team colors:

Personalized:
Kurt Halsey Artwork:





Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Big News!

Amazing news everyone! I am really proud to report the recent events in my artistic life. Sink or Swim has been doing very well thanks to all of you and your incredible support! I recently decided to sponsor my friend's "The Swellers" from Michigan. Fortunately, they accepted my offer and have been doing amazing promotional work for me. Additionally, they are on tour with "Paramore." Ryan, the guitar player, showed Hayley (the singer of Paramore) my card and she checked out my site. One thing led to another and next thing I know, I have an e-mail from Hayley! Not only does she want to order shoes for her boyfriend Chad Gilbert of my favorite band of all time "New Found Glory," she wants prints of my own personal artwork! Paramore's newest album hit number one on the charts over Madonna which is a huge deal and Hayley still takes the time to check out my stuff and support the little guy. I thought that was really awesome and humbling. Needless to say I am more than honored to report that she loved my work. I'm really proud because I work really hard for all of this. Who knows what kind of doors this can open and if it doesn't I don't care because I'm not looking to gain anything. I started this company because it's fun and I love every second and every step that goes into the process. If Sink or Swim crashed and burned tomorrow I would be able to walk away with a smile on my face and a sense of accomplishment. Fortunately I'm going strong. So thank you again to everyone who has supported me in the short year and a half or so this company has existed. More to come on this story as it unfolds!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Batman!

These are on the feet of Ryan, guitar player of the amazing band The Swellers, now on tour with PARAMORE, yes paramore:


Friday, November 6, 2009

Stickers!

Every order now comes with stickers!

The Devil's Rejects

I love getting horror orders! I am a huge horror movie fan so obviously when I got the order to do a pair of Devil's Rejects shoes featuring Captain Spaulding, Baby, and Otis, I was pumped. Here they are:


"Give me some sugar bitch, make it sweet!"-Otis

Monday, October 26, 2009

Team Edward

I don't know much about Twilight other then the crazy hype around it and it has to do with vampires. I've seen it but I still can't grasp what's so good about it, but I did the best research I could. To each his own right!? Hope this suffices for the customer:


"About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominate that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him. " -Bella, Twilight.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

One of my favorite movies!

All you need is faith and trust, and a little bit of pixie dust:
Peter Pan and the Lost Boys
Matty's Personal Touch:


Check these shoes out on the feet of singer, Matty Arsenault, of Boston based Pop Punk Band, A LOSS FOR WORDS. This band is absolutely incredible, please check them out. They're on tour now so go to http://www.myspace.com/alossforwords to see when they'll be in your area!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Live Together, Die Alone

I was so excited when I got this order. Not only were they for a friend but entailed a combination of 2 of my favorite things: the T.V. show LOST, and mario kart! My friend's girlfriend ordered them as a present for him which I was very grateful that she thought to ask me. I decided to incorporate the 2 rather than having them as 2 different subjects. Therefore I took Koopa Beach from Mario Kart 64 and copied elements of that while throwing in key icons from LOST including the foot statue, the black monster who looks like it's a part of the race, the numbers and the dharma logo on the cars. Enjoy:

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Everyone likes the Descendents!

From the Descendents albums "I Don't Want to Grow Up" and "ALL":


"if you've got the energy we're the proud, the few descendents rockin' alone tonight
we're the proud, the few descendents pickin' our butts tonight
we're looking for a few good men, degenerates need not apply
attitude is a must on our endless quest to play hard, play fast
you must sacrifice nothing else will suffice pay the price
we never did a popular thing don't even know how to sing
couldn't sell out a telephone booth what i'm telling is the truth" -The Descendents: Descendents

Thursday, October 8, 2009

One more thing!

So much going on! Haha sorry for the incessant postings on all these different sites!
The Sink or Swim Myspace has a new layout so please go check it out:

http://www.myspace.com/sinkorswimkicks

ATTN: Guys who wear a size 12


Unfortunately after I finished making these shoes, the person who ordered them bailed out on the payment. I'm considering taking deposits from now on to avoid situations like this but I don't want one person to ruin it for the rest. We'll see. Until then, guys who wear a size 12 should by these or anyone who wants them as an art piece should purchase them. Only $40!! Consider it the Halloween Sale kickoff product :)


Friday, September 25, 2009

NatalieDee.com

As much as I have mixed feelings on Natalie Dee, I found this hilarious:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Parts of Diego Rivera's famous mural "En Cruci"

Painted Banksy's "Girl with the Red Balloon" on my closet doors: