In collaboration with Haring’s estate, British footwear brand Dr. Martens has unveiled a new line featuring a selection of the artist’s most famous illustrations, including the classic 1460 and 1461 boot.
Debuting for the Spring/Summer 2021 season, the partnership marks the footwear mainstay’s first collaboration with the late legendary pop artist. All pairs feature Haring’s unmissable illustrations complete with two bright character lace charms.
The original 1460 boot was made with smooth leather enhanced with black graphic detailing of Haring’s cartoonish sketches and figures across the uppers. Contrasting the monochromatic look is a strip of his bold colorful figures on the heel. As for the 1461 shoes, each one is also made from smooth leather and embellished with one of Haring’s most iconic designs. One of them is an homage to his angelicbaby imagery with white coloring while the second is an all-over print spotlighting more of Haring’s instantly recognizable illustrations and bold line work.
Haring first gained notice during the 1980s in New York for his stylish street art that addressed topics as varied as Apartheid, the crack epidemic and, most famously, the AIDS crisis. Among his most iconic figures is the “radiant baby,” featuring a simple outline of a human on all fours intended to symbolize innocence.
“I am intrigued by the shapes people choose as their symbols to create language,” Haring once said. “There is within all forms a basic structure, an indication of the entire object with a minimum of lines, that becomes a symbol.”
Haring made an effort to widely disseminate his work, taking on public art commissions—including on a section of the Berlin Wall—and setting up a shop for prints and T-shirts. His efforts invited accusations of “selling out,” but Haring was undeterred.
“As part of a series of collaborations with radical artists, DM’s is shining a spotlight on Haring’s legendary artwork. The New York-based artist’s colorful, cartoonish graphics were deep-rooted in social activism,” said Dr. Martens in a statement. “His publicly-minded pieces questioned authority whilst being accessible and upbeat. There was always more than met the eye.”
The special collaboration collection is available in all Dr.Martens store in Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya.
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