The wildly popular Nike Air Tech Challenge II recently got a makeover with the Staple Pigeon serving as the inspiration.

Dubbed the Nike Air Tech Pigeon II, Alexander John was commissioned by fellow artist Robert Peterson to create a custom and after a "flocking" of the minds, the ATP II was born. With the "Clay Blue" colorway of the ATC II serving as the base model, John reworked the mostly white upper to a three-tone grey highlighted by bright orange pops and safari print. The addition of lambskin laces by way of Aglit of Italy add a sense of luxury. Completing the work is a hand painted Staple Pigeon logo on the back heel.

While you may not be familiar with his name, you might have previously seen his work under the alias of "Hybrid" from KLR Whales. His last notable custom, a Nike Air Force III "Safari Pigeon," was featured here almost a year ago and Jeff Staple himself took note of his creation. With the custom arena more competitive than ever, John looks to reestablish himself amongst the elite of the game if the ATP IIs are any indication, he's well on his way.

[via Alexander John]