Baltimore ‘Shoe Muralist’ gains national and celebrity attention for custom designs – CBS Baltimore


BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore artist is gaining national attention for his clothing, including his custom shoe designs.

Akio Evans has become known as the “shoe muralist” online and he’s the artist behind unique designs that have caught the attention of the film industry and celebrities like Dr Dre, Kevin Hart and Dave Chapelle .

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Evans has been making shoes and sewing clothes since she was a teenager at Northern High School in Baltimore.

“I just kept going and putting my own spin on things,” Evans explained.

This led him to create his own brand, Akio’s Glorious Heroes, named after his mother, Glorious Taylor, also a seamstress, who died of a heart attack in 2012.

“My mom always took something out of nothing and made something out of it,” he said.

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His signature is printed on the left corner of his clothes, right next to the heart. Each of his creations tells a different story.

“The way I look at it is that our history and our signature is the most valuable thing,” Evans said. “So when we leave here, if I’m gone, we will be remembered if we leave our mark.”

Evans’ clothes are now sold at the Sound Garden in Fells Point. Her custom shoes are featured in an upcoming HBO series, and she’s been asked to design outfits for Will Smith on his new Peacock show airing this month.

Evans also shares his passion for art with those in his hometown. For several years, he has worked with students at Baltimore City School, teaching them to share their stories through art.

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“I always try to separate out the fact that you have to be a bit of a perfectionist when you’re creating art,” he said. “Everyone is a creator in one way or another.”


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