VALIANT and PUNK YOUR CHUCKS Team for Custom-Made Footwear and Accessories
July 21, 2014, The Valiant Voice
Valiant is proud to announce a new exclusive partnership with custom-painted apparel company Punk Your Chucks – the number one destination for unique, custom hand-painted Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers, Vans, Nike Air Force Ones, tote bags, and more on the web!
Beginning this July, Punk Your Chucks will offer a wide array of made-to-order footwear and accessories featuring Valiant’s award-winning library of comic book characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Rai and many more. Made on-site at Punk Your Chucks’ New York studio, each item is painted by hand and completely one of a kind. Submit your order today at PunkYourChucks.com.
PUNK YOUR CHUCKS – THE ARTISTRY OF MAG
July 14, 2014, ALI ABOUOMAR
Who doesn’t long for customized one of a kind hand painted Chuck Taylor’s, Vans, Air Force Ones, totes, heels, or clothing? Rarely do we have the fortune of coming across artists capable enough to be able to deliver an entire vision on apparel, but when we do, there is no letting go. Punk Your Chucks has and continues to be one of the most sought after brands of its kind as a result of bringing visions to life through the artistry of Matt Gomez, also known as MAG, the talented artist behind the genius of the line.
After his parents divorce during his adolescent years, MAG lived in New York City with his mother, while his father decided to live on and off with the Ahwaneechees, a Miwok Indian Tribe in Yosemite Valley. Growing up in an atmosphere with no father figure, a mother continuously working while attending college, and a sister whose time was spent predominantly with friends, MAG grew up despondent and detached, seeking more. As he began to lose interest in school, MAG’s attention began to flourish towards museums, libraries, and zoos. Spending hours upon hours wandering around the halls of museums and cultural institutions to escape the real world and divulge in a more surreal world, MAG’s attention magnified towards the world of art. Even though his mother was an avid sketch artist, oil painter, and poetry writer, his rebellious side continued to distance himself from the home front, drawing his attention more towards graffiti art, sketching, painting, and sculpting whenever and wherever he felt like it. Inspired by artists such as Picasso, Pollock, and Georgia O’Keefe, it was Andy Warhol’s work that gave MAG a grasp of the ingenious yet shrewd reflection on the American culture and modern art.
The Best Twilight Custom Sneakers only from Punk Your Chucks
June 30, 2010, Brandon Laskowski
You have to be living under a rock to have not heard the latest movie of the ongoing Twilight saga,Eclipse was released today. In the custom sneaker world no one is close to creating Twilight sneakers like Mag of Punk Your Chucks. Mag already has an offering of 13 different hand painted designs using Converse Chuck Taylors you can order from his site but could likely make you a complete 1 of 1 design. He has even worked on a custom design for Kimbra Hickey, the women whose now famous hands are on the cover of the books, movie posters, dvds and all over holding the apple. So for all you Twilight obsessed fans out there here is a look at a few of the custom Twilight Converse All Star sneakers from Punk Your Chucks. Ummm how come I never hear anyone saying they are on Team Bella?
MAG INTERVIEW – CUSTOM CHUCK TAYLORS
October 4, 2010, Blow the Scene
AKA MAG is an urban/graffiti artist originally from New York City. MAG started his love for painting/sculpting/sketching in the cultural chaos of the 1970’s Five Boroughs of (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island). MAG’s playground was the subways, parks, rooftops, alleys, museums and zoos, the Hudson River, New Jersey’s Palisades and more.
PunkYourChucks.com is AKA MAG’s baby. Using specific paints, he hand crafts custom gear for people ranging from the Average Joe to Tommy Lee. Turning iconic soles into one-of-a-kind works of art has been making MAG almost as famous as the stars who love his work.
Punk Your Chucks Twilight Style
August 7, 2010, Twilight Lexicon
Tokyolovein did a feature on Mag, the artist at PunkYourChucks.com. Pel has a pair of Mag’s sneakers on a Lexicon theme. Kimmy from His Golden Eyes and Amanda Bell from Twilight Examiner also have pairs on Twilight themes. Mag has also done work for the Twilight producers, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone and more. Check out the videos below. Mag shows off his work on both sneakers and pumps.
Tiger Beat EXCLUSIVE Contest: Win Custom 1D Shoes!
July 23, 2012, Tiger Beat Magazine
Hey Directioners! September Tiger Beat doesn’t go on sale until tomorrow, but we wanted to give you a heads up about an awesome contest that you’ll find on page 12. Only Tiger Beat partnered up with MAG, the custom sneaker artist at Punk Your Chucks (www.punkyourchucks.com) to bring you the coolest 1D contest yet. We’re giving away THREE pairs of one-of-a-kind 1D themed sneakers (worth hundreds of dollars each!), hand painted by MAG. You’ll work with him to custom create your perfect sneakers (Want lyrics written on the shoes? You can do that! A painting of your fave guy? That works, too!).
Cool Art on Cool Shoes from PunkYourChucks.com
2005, Desiree Stimpert
Chucks -- as in Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars -- have always been cool, and probably always will be.
Having been issued in everything from rainbow stripes to camouflage; and red and green plaid with jingle bells to chucks covered with international flags, there seems to be no limits to what can be printed on a pair of these sneakers. And since I am always up for seeing something new done with this icon of footwear, I was thrilled the other day, when I stumbled across a site called "PunkYourChucks.com."
Punk Your Chucks – Peter Facinelli
October 17, 2009 , Twilight Guide
Punk Your Chucks has done a new pair of shoes for Peter Facinelli. We have shown you some of their stuff before and this their newest edition for Twilight.
RICH REDMOND'S 2014
Punk Your Chucks and MAG are incredibly honored to be an OFFICIAL SPONSOR of RICH REDMOND's SECOND ANNUAL "DRUMMER'S WEEKEND 2014"!
Our very good friend, Rich Redmond (Drummer for Jason Aldean) has put together a truly immersive, one of a kind event that gets drummers up close an personal with the drummers that are making the world of popular music happen NOW! Guests are immersed in 24 hours of hands on training with Rich and his guest teachers that include Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel), Chris Fryar (Zac Brown Band), and Sean Paddock (Kenny Chesney), Garret Goodwin (Carrie Underwood), Matt Billingslea (Taylor Swift), and many more!
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BLACK STONE CHERRY
MAG's latest project was done for a fan of Black Stone Cherry.
Black Stone Cherry is a hard rock band, formed in 2001 in Edmonton, Kentucky. They are signed to Roadrunner Records. The band consists of Chris Robertson, Ben Wells, Jon Lawhon, and John Fred Young.
MAG painted a black leather vest and pair of black Converse sneakers. They came out so awesome!
If you're interested in having this design done for you, please contact us.
MAG recently collaborated with FEVER to create a Special Pair of Custom Chucks!
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ROCK OF AGES
MAG made 10 pairs of Custom Converse Chuck Taylors with the Rock of Ages theme.
These were made for the production executives of the London premier of the Rock of Ages Play.
Set in L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, ROCK OF AGES tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair!
For more information visit
MAG is thrilled to be part of the Designer Crew for THE PROGRAM, a new movie in pre-production. The Program is a top secret, military funded weapons experiment designed to create the perfect soldier. Derek, or as The Program refers to him, SSR7, is the ultimate human weapon; half man-half metal. He wakes up in what appears to be his home from before he joined The Program. Confronted by Dark Derek, a seeming mirror image of himself, Derek begins to discover the hidden details of his former life and The Program's true objective. This information is time-sensitive, however, as The Program has been watching his every move and decides to terminate him. To recover the memories they erased and the family he loved, Derek targets the very program that transformed him into SSR7.
Cast: Marisol Nichols: (24, Can't Hardly Wait, GCB) Kim Poirier (Dawn of the Dead, Mad Men) Mykel Shannon Jenkins (Undisputed 3, CSI, CSI NY)
Writer/Producer: Nathan Reid
Director: Ryan Hunter Phillips
Original Concept Art by Craig Bruyn
MAG collaborated in an internal incentive program for Dolby Laboratories. He made several pairs for some of the hard working interns at Dolby.
Dolby has been bringing awesome sound to movies since the 60s.
The first use of Dolby Digital was to provide digital sound in cinemas from 35mm film prints. It is now also used for other applications such as HDTV broadcast, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and game consoles.
MAG is an Official Advocate for his favorite energy drink, Liquid Lightning Energy Drink.
MAG and his best friend, Chad Szeliga (former drummer for Breaking Bejamin, Black Label Society and Scott Stapp) are both Official Advocates for the energy drink.
From their website...
"With zero sodium, zero cholesterol, and zero fat, Liquid Lightning energy drink not only gives you energy for life, tastes great and embodies a trendsetting brand culture, but it also possesses the most powerful, healthy combination of vitamins and minerals.
Nearly all of the ingredients found in Liquid Lightning are made naturally by the body every day, so each sip super-charges the natural energy-making process in a healthy, "no crash" manner. "
Check them out at
LONG ISLAND BULLDOG RESCUE
In 2014 MAG assisted the Long Island Bulldog Rescue in their fundraising efforts by donating a pair of Custom Chucks for one of their auctions.
The Chucks went to the highest bidder, Madelyn, who in turn gave it to her friend. He wanted a pair of CARNAGE Chucks. You can purchase this pair yourself by clicking here.
MAG adopted his English Bulldog Tank from Long Island Bulldog Rescue. He supports pet rescue and is always ready to participate in fundraising for this important cause.
You can help too. Visit Long Island Bulldog Rescue on Facebook to find out more about this extraordinary organization.
KIDZ STAR 2011 TALENT SEARCH
In 2011 MAG was asked to create a pair of Converse for the winner of the 2011 KIDZ BOP talent contest.
You can see MAG's presentation to the winner in the below video.
SPIDERMAN ON BROADWAY
MAG was asked by Kristen Martin, one of the actresses in the top selling Broadway Play, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, to make her boyfriend, Matthew James Thomas, one of the actors that plays Spiderman, a pair of Custom Spiderman Chucks.
ASTRO APE STUDIOS
MAG created Converse sneakers for the executives at Astro Ape Studios video game creators...Christopher Cheung, William Fong and Chieh Huang.
Astro Ape is an innovative social gaming studio. It combines both the technical know-how of experienced engineers, the ideas of artists and the vision of a business team.
MAG was commissioned to paint a pair custom Converse for the talent singer/songwriter Lindsey Stirling.
As stated on her website (www.lindseystirling.com) "Lindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, AZ, Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over 675 million views on YouTube, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide.
Lindsey’s self-titled debut album featured twelve original tracks; including the viral smash “Crystallize,” which has racked up over 97 million YouTube views."
LITTLE MISS PROJECT
MAG was proud to create a custom pair of Converse for the Little Miss Project.
From their site...
It all started with my fan-made video called “The Little Miss Project,” on Youtube. I never imagined the journey it would take next. Sugarland recognized it within the first couple hours and posted an article on their website. They chose to continue the project and let other fans submit their stories. Thousands of people have seen the video and have explained how much it has touched them and how it really puts a visual effect on the song. This blog is now the new home of “The Little Miss Project,” where people can continue to share their stories. I’m so excited to be hosting this site with Maria, who is now my sidekick of the site to keep it running smoothly. For information on how to submit your story, check out the “Submit Your Story” tab above!
Find out more at
TIGER BEAT CONTEST
MAG created three pairs of One Direction converse sneakers for Tiger Beat magazine in 2012.
Tiger Beat partnered up with MAG to give away 3 pairs of 1D themed sneakers. The winners were able to work with him to create custom sneakers.
MAG created a pair of custom Converse sneakers for Noah Tepperberg. co-founder of several New York nightclub and restaurant brands including Marquee, Tao, Avenue and Lavo.