He Started Painting Old Sneakers To Fight Off Boredom During The Pandemic Now A Charlotte Man Is Doing That For The Famous
CHARLOTTE, NC. — Jeremy Recoon doesn’t claim to be an artist, but just a creative guy who loves sports. The Wesley Heights resident worked for the Charlotte Checkers as the Director of Group Ticket Sales. When the pandemic hit, no more tickets to sell because of, well, no games.
“Always kind of a big sneaker guy and always just want to figure out what I can do to make more money potentially,” Recoon says.
After watching ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance,” he started refurbishing his old Air Jordans and Nikes.
“Honestly, just watching so many YouTube videos to figure out really what I was doing.”
Recoon, using his connections in the sports world, dm’ed ESPN SportsCenter anchor Gary Striewski on Instagram.
“I just reached out, and I was like hey, well let’s make you a pair of shoes; I knew he was a big sneakerhead.”
Striewski said yes, and Recoon painted him a custom pair. The ESPN anchor ended up loving the sneakers, posting about them, so other on-air ESPN personalities caught on and wanted a pair too. Soon Recoon was selling sneakers to Laura Rutledge, Field Yates, Molly McGrath, and more.
Since he started his side hustle a year ago, he’s sold about 72 pairs.
He hand-paints everything, sometimes even using toothpicks for details, no airbrushes or stencils.
See his work here.