New canvases for the artist's legacy. https://t.co/bqPbIecPNC— HYPEBEAST (@HYPEBEAST) July 8, 2020
2 of Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s iconic artworks have found new canvases. After collaborating with PLEASURES last month, Dr. Martens has immortalized the late artist’s enigmatic aesthetic on its 1460 and 1461 silhouettes
The 1460 is etched with Basquait’s cover art for Beat Bop, single by hip-hop artists Rammellzee and K-Rob — its original pressing is widely regarded as the “Holy Grail” of rap records due to its rarity. The design is a slight departure from the typical approach, only drawing the artwork in black and white instead of his usual use of color. The motifs, however, are consistent with his style — chaotic graffiti-like imagery of bones, crowns, an explosion with “BANG!” in it and roman numerals. The artwork is emblazoned on the upper body of the boots, accented by yellow stitching along the seams.
In contrast to the monochromatic piece, the 1461 embodies colors. The shoe incorporates Basquiat’s Dustheads, 1982, which sold for a record-breaking $48.8 million USD at Christie’s New York in 2013. The heel and upper parts have been kept black and minimal, bringing out the vivid artwork along the tongue and forefoot. The shoe boasts a tiny crown motif at the top.
The Jean-Michel Basquiat x Dr. Martens boots will be available on June 10, 12 p.m. EDT on Dr. Martens’ website, official prices revealed on day of release.