Custom Hand Painted Vans, Doc Martens, Guitars & More!

Los Angeles, California 1075 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Custom Hand Painted Vans, Doc Martens, Guitars & More!

Los Angeles, California | 1075 Sales

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Announcement    Fine Art Fashion | Est. 2008
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Instagram | @beargallery


Last updated on Nov 6, 2018

Fine Art Fashion | Est. 2008
Message to book me at your event!
Instagram | @beargallery


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About BearGallery

Sales 1,075
On Etsy since 2009

My name is Tommy, and I hand paint custom, original artwork on shoes!

My parent's have always called me Bear, and so that's why I decided to call my custom shoe store 'Bear Gallery.'

I hold Bear Gallery near and dear to my heart; it's a huge part of my identity and always one of the first things that comes up in conversations when I meet people.
'What do you do?'
'Well.. I paint custom shoes.'
'What do you mean?'
And so goes the conversation :) I'm that guy that paints on shoes.

When I was in high school back in 2008, I worked at a Vans shoe store. I always loved drawing, and one of my co-workers asked me to paint on some shoes for him. They came out pretty cool, and my sister told me that I should start an Etsy shop. Back then, I didn't even know what Etsy was! And lucky for me, there were hardly any shoe artists on Etsy. After a couple commissions, my Etsy shop picked up some real steam. Little did I know, that I would be doing it for another decade, and still going.

How it Works:
Once an order is placed, I personally commute to a retailer to pick up the shoe size you're looking for, then start painting. Once they are finished, I will ship them with Priority 2-3 day shipping within the US, or with First Class mail for international orders. I typically need 3-4 weeks to finish your order due to bulk of orders, but next day completion options are available (just message me, I respond very quickly). If you have any further questions, you can review my policy section, or you can message me.

Thank you for taking the time to read about the behind-the-scenes!


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  • Tommy

    Owner, Creator

    Hey there, My name's Tommy. Between painting at home and teaching art classes at a rehab, this is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my life. Thank you for your interest in my work! Feel free to message me with any questions. Yours, -Tommy

Shop policies

Last updated on November 8, 2018
Bear Gallery - Tommy Nickerson

I'm here to provide a supreme quality of hand painted artwork with a demanding attention to detail. This isn't easy, but easy never interested me in the first place. Thank you so much for having an interest in my work.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
• After the item has been shipped, I am no longer responsible for any loss or damages to your order, and no refund can be given.

• Buyers are responsible for supplying me with the correct shipping address. If the package gets sent back to me, the buyer is responsible for paying an extra shipping charge for it to be sent back out.

• REFUND: I can only refund orders within 5 days of purchase, or if I have not started painting on your shoes, whichever comes first. If your order was placed weeks ago, and I've already started painting them, I can not offer a refund.
• PROCESSING TIME: I typically need 4-6 weeks to finish orders. Expedited options are available, such as next day completion, or 3-5 day completion at an additional cost.

Thank you!
US: Priority 2-3 Day Shipping

International: $25 (7-14 days on average)

Tracking numbers and $50 insurance available for all US orders.

International Buyers:

• International buyers are responsible for any additional charges, such as customs charges.

• I am not responsible for customs holding packages for any reason.

• There is a wide range of shipping time for international buyers. If First Class Mail is used, this can be anywhere from 6 days to 4 weeks (or more in some rare instances). Most of the time, packages take around 10 days to be delivered to international locations. Expedited shipping is always an option!
Additional policies and FAQs
• SHOE SIZES: Vans, Converse, Toms, Doc Martens are all Unisex sizes. However, a Unisex women's size in Doc Martens is slightly wider than a non-unisex women's size, and is available upon request.

• Package deals are available for custom shoes involving more than one pair.

• Returning customers get a 10% coupon for a future project!

• I paint with the highest quality paints and materials to achieve vibrant pigment and durable artwork. Your artwork will last as long as your shoes do, guaranteed.

• Custom Doc Martens are durable as well, however can be scratched (like any leather can). I finish Custom Doc Martens with a protective satin coat for extra durability and liquid resistance, but it's at the buyer's risk to avoid scratching them with sharp objects.