DR. MARTENS X JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT LANDS IN A FEW HOURS

New canvases for the artist’s legacy.

By Balthazar Malevolent

DR. MARTENS X JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT LANDS IN A FEW HOURS

Two iconic artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat have found new canvases. Dr. Martens has opted for a painterly rendition of its rugged 1460 and 1461 silhouettes after collaborating with PLEASURES last month, immortalizing the mysterious aesthetics of the late artist.

Dr. Martens x Jean-Michel Basquiat.Dr. Martens x Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The 1460 is engraved with the cover art of Basquait for Beat Bop, a single by American hip-hop artists Rammellzee and K-Rob — the initial pressing is generally considered as the "Holy Grail" of rap records because of its rareness. Basquiat's artwork is a small departure from his traditional approach, opting to draw the painting only in black and white instead of using color as normal. The motifs, however, adhere to the style of the artist — chaotic graffiti-like imagery of bones, crowns, an explosion with the word "BANG!", roman numerals and a many other pictorial tropes in it. The uncommon artwork is emblazoned along the boots' upper body, accentuated by thick yellow stitching along the seams while keeping the forefoot clean and black.

Unlike the monochromatic piece, the 1461 embodies a variety of colors. The shoe resembles Basquiat's Dustheads of 1982, which was sold at Christie's New York in 2013 for a record-breaking $48.8 million. Using tonal top-stitching, the shoe's heel and upper quarters have been kept black and simple, bringing out the colorful artwork along the tongue and forefoot. The shoe also features a tall woven heel pull, a tiny crown pattern on top of the backstay and a well-cushioned AirWair midsole for extra comfort.

The 1460 and 1461 Jean-Michel Basquiat x Dr. Martens will be available on the 10th of July at 12 p.m. EDT on Dr. Martens website, with official prices announced on release day.

We look forward to seeing the new Rick Owens footwear after his digital show tomorrow. Stay tuned! We shall keep you updated.

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