LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A student pandemic hobby turned into a small business and recently morphed into something even bigger — potentially, involving the next Super Bowl.
Cincinnati Bengals fan Devin Young has taken his art to the next level. Young uses shoes and cleats as his canvas, turning them into wearable works of art with custom designs. He said the hobby has really picked up during the pandemic and now he’s even created designs for NFL players from the Bengals team.
“It’s definitely come a long way from paint on some of my old shoes,” Young said.
Young says he worked on the shoes of running back Trayveon Williams and offensive lineman Quinton Spain, both members of the AFC Championship team.
Young now hopes to see his designs on the court during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
“Quinton Spain was the first guy I got to cleat for,” Young said.
Young said he’s worked on several pairs for Spain, who is the Bengals’ starting left guard, that have been worn in recent games.
“I was able to get him a pair of shoes that he wore at the stadium. Right before their playoff game with the Raiders, I was able to get him two pairs that he actually wore in playoff games. Hopefully — crossed fingers — I can make another pair just in time for the Super Bowl. (I’m) just waiting to hear from her. (I’m) just excited to see my cleats on the pitch every time,” Young said.
He says he uses leather shoe paint, airbrush techniques and custom stencils to create the designs.
“(I) certainly didn’t think that at the start of the season I might be making cleats for some Super Bowl guys, so that was pretty cool,” he said.
Young doesn’t have a website, but he takes orders through his social media accounts.
Young, a 2018 graduate of South Oldham High School, is a student-athlete at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati. He is the leading scorer and rebounder on the men’s basketball team, averaging 14.6 points and 7.5 rebounds as a 6-foot-6 forward.
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