Added Oct 9, 2008
Since I painted these shoes a couple of years ago, they have been my absolute favorites to wear out. Not only am I heel-challenged, but I just love wearing flats for any occasion and probably will until….well forever!
To do this you just find some cheap, plain shoes in a color you like, find some acrylic fabric paint, and choose a pattern that isn’t complicated. I’m sure you could use 2 or more colors to do this, but I have stuck with black just because it went well with the colors. To get the paint looking sharp in the tiny spots I used a tiny brush, and then a toothpick (which took forever! but it was well worth it).
For the bike shoes, my inspiration was a guy who had a similar tattoo on his feet of the bike he rode growing up. I myself loved this idea, but don’t have a bike with alot of sentimental attachment to, therefore I don’t feel like I could have it permanently inked on my feet- so thats where those came from!
As for the bunny people, I found an odd picture in an underground zine a few years ago and always liked it, and thought “why not?” and the results are great! These shoes always get alot of attention, and no one seems to believe that I painted them myself!
shoes (thrift stores!)
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a cool pattern
that guy who had the bike tattoo-I have no idea who you are, but I saw you at Bonnaroo and immediately loved your tatt!
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