I was born into Yinzer culture. I love the city. I love the Steelers.
On December 14th of last year I tweeted out a goal of mine for the 2018 NFL season. I simply wanted to paint some cleats for the Steelers for the next season.
If I could achieve this goal I would take it as a huge honor. I don’t think anyone would argue that.
I met Arthur Moats and Tyson Alualu at Cam Heyward’s Charity Event in October and this Christmas season I was commissioned to do a custom piece of Arthur by his wife Shonda. After I made the painting, posted the video, and delivered the painting, it started getting some recognition on social media because of the Moats family (who I am very grateful to).
After that it seemed like some really cool doors were opening. I reached out to Tyson and Moats about doing some cleats for them for the playoffs, trying to realize that goal so many months earlier.
On Arthur’s cleats I wanted to do something that reflected his motto which is “Dont Cross the Moats.”
Moats is a great guy. Ask anybody that spends time around the Steelers, they all echo how great it is to be around Arthur Moats.
Arthur, I appreciate you giving me this opportunity to paint your cleats. I hope you make 15 tackles in them on Sunday!
Tyson is from just outside of Honolulu, Hawaii. (Trust me when I do custom art for people I creep hard on them.) I wanted to do something that reminded him of Family.
I did a very Hawaiian design on his cleats. It very well could be the most beautiful place on earth. These cleats he will wear in pre-game since the NFL does not allow cleats to be worn that are not team color dominant.
The second pair are the shoes Tyson will wear during the game. He gave them to me completely white and black. Check out the final result below:
The AIGA design is Samoan for FAMILY.
One of my best friends in college, Bubu, is Samoan and grew up near Tyson, just outside of Honolulu. He gave me this great “AIGA” idea for the game shoes Tyson will wear. Big thanks to my best bud, Bubu.
Tyson, thank you for letting me do this! I appreciate you, Uso!
God Opens the Doors.
God has been opening awesome doors. But I asked myself the other day, “how does painting cleats for NFL players glorify God’s Kingdom?” Last week at the Bible Chapel, the church I work as a youth pastor, Ron Moore (Senior Pastor) told a story that ended with a shoe store owner talking to his apprentice (who wanted to cut corners) about going to Heaven and having all his work piled up in front of God. He told his apprentice, “I live by Colossians 3:17 “In all you do, whether in word or in deed, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” When I get to Heaven, I want God to look at all of the shoes I made and look at me with a smile on His face and say ‘well done, good and faithful servant.”
It might be weird to some to say that I painted those shoes for Jesus. However, when I make art, I want the person that is receiving it to know that I have worked as hard as I can to make them the best piece I could have possibly done. I want that person to know that I am honoring God with every brush stroke because I will not waste the talents that God put in me.
Those cleats were painted in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank you for reading.