Converse & Gorillaz
Released on Valentines Day, this collaboration between Converse and virtual band Gorillaz (itself a creative collaboration between musician Damon Albarn and comic-book artist Jamie Hewlett) combines the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette with the very graphic sensibilities of a cartoon band...
A celebration of the band's 10-year anniversary, the collection consists of four shoes featuring artwork created especially by Hewlett, who took his inspiration from the band’s previous album covers. The military-inspired camouflage print references the cover of the band’s self-titled debut album from 2001, while other shoes feature various character sketches, as well as Hewlett’s graphic interpretation of Pazuzu - the god of the South-easterly wind - who is featured on the cover of the D-Sides compilation album from 2007.
The quotes below are from two of the band members:
'To converse: the exchange of thoughts, feelings or ideas. That's what Gorillaz are all about, working and collaborating and exchanging ideas with other artists and global communicators. We've been trading in ideas and conversing with one another for ten whole years. So I couldn't think of a better bunch of people to help celebrate our decade in the business than the good people over at the Converse shoe company. Plus I've been wearing my Chuck Taylor's since forever.' Russel Hobbs
'As Russel says, we're happy to help sell their soles.' Murdoc Niccals
The project also includes a Converse 'Three Artists. One Song' music collaboration entitled DoYaThing, which features James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and Andre 3000 (OutKast).
The Converse & Gorillaz Chuck Taylor All Stars are available in selected stores now. DoYaThing will be available as a free download from the Converse website on 23 February