Customizing a pair of Converse is nothing new, sure, but Atang Tshikare’s custom designs are something special. Mixing and matching bright colours and often using afrocentric patterns, no two pairs of ZABALAZAAs are the same.
Atang started customizing in 2007 while in the UK. On returning to SA in 2009 he worked at adidas Originals who hired him to do live customizing at STR.CRD, Plett Rage and for various in store activations.
ZABALAZAA, Atang’s studio name, has been seen recently at Bacardi’s Together at Tjing Tjing creative market and the Toitoy X Puma exhibition in December. Next on the list is a show at the Free World Design Centre opening on the 9th of Feb. Atang has also been chosen as one of the Design Indaba Emerging Creatives set to show at the expo in early March.
Bring Atang your shoes, tell him what you want to see and in 2 -3 days you’ll own once-offs -
R750 for a full pair (all sides)
R400 per pair for outer sides only
R85 for wooden engraved lace accessories
Contact Atang at: firstname.lastname@example.org