Blake Barash was a former Graffiti artist, and thanks to an online marketplace called Etsy, he managed to turn his raw talent into a viable business – selling hand-painted sneakers and canvas shoes to a worldwide market.
Orders can sometimes reach $1,000 a day and he is selling them to people in the U.S. as well as folks in countries such as Japan, Kuwait, Germany, Brazil and Australia. Check out Blake’s online Etsy shop here.
Barash lives here in Orange County, in Newport Beach, and he works out of a studio at his home.
Here is a word on Barash’ business, in his own words:
B Street Shoes was started to let me get my custom shoes on peoples feet. Every pair is hand-painted, completely custom. No two pairs in the world are the same. I came up with the name B Street Shoes after feeling like the people wearing my custom shoes were connected to me, like we all live in the same neighborhood, even the same street. Whether you live in the UK or USA, if you’re wearing B Street Shoes, you’re a unique individual expressing your love for custom fashion.
The story of B Street Shoes really is the story of me. Growing up in the SF Bay, I was exposed to the beauty of Graffiti Art at a young age. Keeping it mostly legal, I was customizing trucker hats with graffiti for my friends. in 2010 TOMS shoes took me on board as an artist. I’ve been doing shoes since and haven’t looked back. After living in more than 10 cities from Seattle, WA to Oaxaca Mexico, I’ve settled down to live the simple life.
My morning starts by waking up at sunrise, brewing a cup of coffee and walking out to the beach with my pit bull puppy to check the surf. Nothing is more relaxing on your soul than being in the ocean surfing at sunrise. Back home I get in the studio, crank the music up and start creating custom kicks. I love creating new things that are completely one of a kind. Custom is the name of the game