Dr. Martens will be launching their new Rick Griffin collection on Friday 1 February. It will be available from their store in Broadmead.
Artist and psychedelic poster designer, Rick Griffin is remembered for his staggering contribution to music artwork during the 60s and 70s. He quickly became intertwined with the rock-art scene and psychedelia, creating iconic imagery for Jimi Hendrix and bands like The Grateful Dead. Drawing on his comic and zine background, Rick’s work is a mash-up of lurid colours, melting text and surrealist characters.
Given their affinity with music and subcultures, it’s fitting Dr. Martens honour Rick Griffin’s legacy with this very special collection.
They’ve emblazoned their classic 1460 boots and a coordinating satchel with some of Rick’s most memorable illustrations including his iconic winged eyeball. This artwork fires up the already rebellious and alternative spirit of Docs.
The first pair of Dr. Martens boots rolled off the production line of 1 April 1960. With its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel-loop, it was a boot for workers, initially worn by postmen and policemen; comfortable, durable and lightweight in comparison to its competitors at the time.
Throughout Dr. Martens history, the brand has been adopted and subverted by diverse individuals, musicians, youth cultures and tribes. These are the people who stand out from the crowd and their journey of self-expression has always been accompanied by a pair of DM’s.
The simple silhouette allows people to customise each pair; while on a utilitarian level their famous durability and comfort make them ideal footwear for the world of gigs and street fashion. On an emotional level, they are a flag of attitude and empowerment.
The Northamptonshire factory where it all began still exists to this day, in the village of Wollaston. A specific range of ‘Made in England’ products are manufactured here by a small, close-knit team of people schooled in traditional shoe-making and the unique process that makes Dr. Martens like no other shoe on earth.