J.D. McKissic wanted a special pair of cleats to show some California love for two rap legends. The Washington Football Team running back enlisted California artist Joe Castro to help him do just that.
Castro created these custom kicks for McKissic to feature Tupac and Nipsey hustle. The details are incredible on the kicks, even showing Tupac’s nose ring and Nispey’s famous “Prolific” tattoo.
Swipe to see the shoe featuring Nipsey.
TMZ shares that Castro spent 12 hours, from start to finish, to airbrush and paint McKissic’s custom tribute cleats. These cleats are for sure worth showing off, and the running back wore them when the Washington Football Team played the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 20.
California Artist Starts Custom Cleat Business
Joe Castro, also known as Undefined Arts, custom cleat business started as a joke. He was painting a tailgate table and watching his first “My Cause My Cleats” initiative, Castro tells UNISWAG.
Castro jokingly turned to his wife and said, “Get me an airbrush. I can do that.” His wife held the artist to his word after she bought him a starter airbrush kit in February and said “prove it.”
He painted two pairs of cleats and posted them on his personal Instagram account, and tagged former football players in the photo. Then the rest is history.
Castro’s painted custom cleats for many NFL players, like DeSean Jackson to Rayshawn Jenkins and Chase Young.
Below are cleats Castro created for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV.
These Batman kicks are for Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb’s birthday.
Castro not only paints tribute cleats, but he also does some shoes in solid colors. Like this “clean and icy” pair for Chris Harris, Jr. Then there are these “‘NEON GREEN’ off-white concept” for Jordyn Brooks.
This is Castro’s third season creating his custom cleats for NFL players. He started his business in 2017.