COLLABORATION

DR. MARTENS BOLD MOVE WITH BASQUIAT

JULY 24, 2020

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by KRISTOPHER FRASER

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Dr. Martens has come together with the estate of legendary postmodern artist Jean-Michel Basquiat for a collection of footwear that pays homage to the legendary artist’s graffiti style works. The collection features skull imagery, cryptic symbols, and enigmatic epigrams. Dr. Martens felt that a collection paying homage to Basquiat’s work was perfect for them because both the brand and Basquiat are game changers who went against the grain.

When Basquiat passed away, he left behind a huge amount of work that continues to win the heart of arts lovers today. Basquiat’s art works have been used for fashion capsule collections for the past several years, and now Dr. Martens has been blessed to feature Basquiat’s artistic stylings on their footwear.

This new collection of neo-expressionist printed footwear features Doc Martens 1460 boot and 1461 shoe as the canvasses for Basquiat’s works. The prints showcase scrawling lines, bold, clashing colors, obscure texts, numbers, and other random symbols. Graffiti-influenced, energetic album piece “Beat Bop” is scrawled across Dr. Marten’s Original 8-eye boots and the ambitious “Dustheads” is printed on the 1461 shoe, taking Dr. Marten’s classic styles and reworking into chaotic, eclectic designs.

The collection also includes the kids 1460 boot with Basquiat’s neo-expressional dinosaur piece “Pez Dispenser” on smooth hydro leather, and two one-off pairs of printed Basquiat laces in black or white, available separately. The collection is current available on drmartens.com and select retail partners.

“Surely what happened has influenced our creative path! The new collection is based on a new concept of practicality, of usual pieces both for women and men.”

–Dan & Dean Caten–