They say that if you choose a job you love, you never have to work a day in your life, which explains why the hobo masters program is sooo competitive. Loving that his job involves sneakily tricking you into making sweet kicks, Tagur.
Tagur's a custom-to-production sneaker company launching in-stores exclusively in LA, from a Burlington, VT guy who came up with an easy kind of job to love: let customers art up his kicks, pick the coolest ones, and move those into production, an idea inspired by witnessing the creativity of the students he used to council in a center for troubled youth, proving that do-goodery does, actually, pay off...in dollars, b*tches! If you want to try your hand at designing, buy up Tagur's own blank (a skate-shoe type white number w/ a perforated heel and toe, made w/ a proprietary leather blend made to hold ink/paint/etc) and doll it up however you like; once you're done, send a jpg of the final product to the company's main dude, and if he digs it, he'll commission it for an actual sneaker, which he'll then take to shoe events to be judged, with the favorite actually going into production -- a process he calls "The American Idol of Custom Shoes," perhaps because it drags on forever. If you're more into doing less, you can snag one of nine designs that've already been picked, including a wild graffiti design from a Bronx guy, a high-top number abetted with a gold-chain wearing skull, and "Yenk/Lurk", an ultra-colorful concept with different cartoonish images on the right and left shoes, and reflective tape around the border of the side panels to "capture and reflect artificial light sources", although laser pens could be deadly.
If you wanna get a headstart, you can order online now; they'll also be hitting footwear stores starting early next week again only in LA, where everyone has the job they love, because how much does waitering rock?!?