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custom cleats made for the AFC-NFC Pro-Bowl. Brown had a multitude of pieces done for the upcoming celebrity softball game he is hosting. The players also use their position and DEZ Customz to create positive changes in the community. “On week 13 for the NFL, they do a ‘My Cause My Cleats’ initiative where players can provide their shoes in order to lend a hand to an organization or a charity. Last year it was going towards ex-Navy and Marine Seals who go on covert operations to help stop sex trafficking,” Zambrano explained. Zambrano’s real passion, however, is seen in his canvas work. “Canvas work is where I express myself and it’s what I love,” he explained. He hopes to work on more canvas art and display it in restaurants and other popular spots around the D.C. area. “I want to transition into doing more canvas work and I want people to see the possibilities and the capabilities that we have because a show is pretty small… I want people to see that we are artists first,” he said. Zambrano currently has his artwork displayed at Bocas Botanas, a popular restaurant in the Gaithersburg area, and is on the waitlist to get his artwork showcased at other restaurants. Canvas art pricing ranges from $200 and up. At the core, Zambrano stays humble, knowing that this moment is the result of years of hard work. Having grown up in a single-parent household in a lower income community, he constantly talks to underprivileged children, hoping to strike a chord that reverberates hope within them. “It’s not easy, and it’s never easy,” he said. “I want it to be understood that the road is hard, and without my family I wouldn’t be where I am. It’s not a matter if you’d do some things and someone sees it… it’s a matter if nobody sees it and you’re doing what you love, and you get shot down because it’s not an easy road, but it’s a worthwhile road.” DEZ Customz is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Disclosure: David Zambrano is related to the magazine’s editor.

“...it’s a matter if nobody sees it and you’re doing what you love, and you get shot down because it’s not an easy road, but it’s a worthwhile road.” David Zambrano DEZ Customz owner

Swizzle Chill Magazine Issue One  

Swizzle Chill Magazine is D.C.'s very own digital publication to discover new experiences and stories about local food & drink programs, rea...

Swizzle Chill Magazine Issue One  

Swizzle Chill Magazine is D.C.'s very own digital publication to discover new experiences and stories about local food & drink programs, rea...