The British footwear and apparel brand is collaborating with Tate Britain art museum to bring English painter William Blake’s artwork to life, using their footwear, accessories and apparel as the canvas.
Two of Blake’s most famous and provocative paintings, “Satan Smiting Job With Sore Boils” (c. 1826) and “The House of Death” (c. 1795), adorn Dr. Martens shoes, boots, bags and tees.
“William Blake is one of the best loved artists on display at Tate Britain, and we’re delighted to be working with Dr. Martens on this new range featuring his work,” said John Stachiewicz, commercial director of Tate Enterprises.
Blake’s artwork reflects his nature as a free thinker, pioneer and visionary—all the qualities Dr. Martens believe to be the embodiment of the Dr. Martens spirit.
“Blake’s wild imagination and visionary paintings have been hugely influential over the past 200 years, and they continue to inspire artists and designers to this day,” continues Stachiewicz.
This series is one in an ongoing partnership with Tate. The latest collection includes Dr. Martens classics like the eight-eye 1460 boot adorned with Blake’s “Satan Smiting Job With Sore Boils” ($150) and the three-eye 1461 shoe covered in a print of “The House of Death” ($130), as well as a leather backpack and satchel and two T-shirts with prices between $50 and $275.