Meet artist Sylvia Meza, from North Virginia. She is a tattoo artist turned painter who uses shoes as her canvas. With little more than a theme suggested by her clients, she creates mini-masterpieces on Tom’s™ and Vans™ under the brand “Lucha Loafers.”
Preferred Medium: It used to be tattooing, but now painting, sometimes in oil, but I mostly use acrylic. Favorite Tools? • Angelus leather paint from angelusdirect.com • Princeton Select Artiste liners: 0 • Princeton Select Artiste short liners: 2/0, 10/0, 18/0, • Princeton Select Artiste Angular shader: 1/2˝, 1/4˝ • Various Princeton Select Artiste flat shaders, petite liners, spot shaders of different sizes
What would you call your ‘style’? Extreme detail is my style.
Coming from a tattoo artist background, I fell in love with the challenge of creating a memorial around someone’s deceased meemaw (RIP) and than fitting it in a 4˝x4˝ space on someone’s lower back or foot.
What are you currently working on? Today I am working on some Walking Dead and Harry Potter Ravenclaw Toms shoes.
How do you choose your subject matter? My subject matter is chosen by the customer. If they ask for some Doctor Who Tardis painted in a Van Gogh style I paint just that.
If someone just emails me with something like ‘Southpark’ I will give them a few different layouts to choose from, and then change different parts until they have chosen their favorite concept.
Sometimes it tells me I need to go in a completely different direction.
You use Princeton Select Artist Brushes. What qualities do you like about them? The liners are the best for customizing. I can maintain a good solid line for 6˝ before having to dip into paint again. Pretty awesome how they come in different sizes also, it enables me to produce all the fine detail I love .