The buzz is Converse is dropping an Andy Warhol All Star Collection this January. There’s going to be a limited edition run of only 200 pairs sold within the US.
I’m excited …for now. But I know what’s coming, most of these Converses will end up in plexiglass boxes in collector’s houses. The only stores that will actually carry a pair, will be in Manhattan, NY. I will continue to dream of owning a pair only to be driven to Ebay where the disappointment will continue as the opening bid is a whopping $800.00 dollars or more.
All the other collaborations were just as thrilling; the Lichtenstein, Hirst. There was even a Nate Lowman collaboration; he had Converses cut from his actual canvas reinterpretations of abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning’s “Marilyn Monroe” (1954). I understood the $2500 price tag for those – I mean, it took 10 hours to construct each pair.
I just prefer the PR around these Converse artist collaborations to be a little more forthcoming. How about:
Converse will launch a new limited-edition series of sneakers, the Chuck Taylor All Star Andy Warhol, featuring a selection of beloved Warhol prints – Good Luck Getting a Pair.
The new Andy Warhol x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Collection kicks are for looking at and sighing; you will never actually wear a pair.
Converse…please just be like the Pop Shop and mass produce wearable art that people actually have a chance at owning.
That is all – my rant is over.
It’s almost that time – Valentine’s that is. Chances are you’re still looking for that special something. Here in Philly it could be tickets for the Love Train which takes you for a ride on our elevated train past the 50 love-themed rooftops murals.
Or, you could pop art your Valentine’s Day with some Robert Indiana inspired swag. Here are some of our favorite gifts inspired by the famous sculpture in Philadelphia’s Love Park. After all, art is a beautiful expression of our inward desires.
The Love Hook – Urban Outfitters
Jazz your macbook up with Love laptop stickers – Hu2
Love Paperweight- Amazon
The Robert Indiana Love Converse Collection
Only way you’re getting your hands on these puppies is to run straight to Ebay.
Love Vintage Letters – Use Vintage Goods
Moderngirlblog got all modern and gothic creating this unique design piece with vintage industrial letters. I’m not saying you have to go all out – but come on…this would earn you serious brownie points.
Love Mirror – Pussy Home Boutique
Love Pillow – Gumps
The iconic LOVE graphic by Robert Indiana, translated in this needlepoint pillow made of soft woolen yarns stitched in red, black and ivory.
Love Cookies – Whipped Bake Shop, Philly PA
Zoe Lukas, an artist and baker living in Philadelphia, PA makes these made to order Love Cookies. You can contact her through her website, whippedbakeshop.com or at her terrific Etsy Shop.
Last, but not least…
The iconic LOVE Print – MOMA Gift Shop
Damien Hirst x Converse (PRODUCT)RED Chuck Taylor All Star
Yes, sometimes Damien Hirst is full of himself. And yes, I think that stepping out in his limited-edition Chuck Taylor high-tops will do nothing to deflate that huge ego. Then again…Damien Hirst doesn’t know I exist. And ten percent of the sale of these Converse’s are slated to be donated to the The Global Fund to Fight Aids.
OriginalFake x Medicom Toy Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket
It’s the first time I’ve wanted Disney memorabilia since I was…well, nevermind the age. At least the signature Kaws’ skull head and crosses won’t make you feel like you just skipped out of the Magic Kingdom. www.kawsone.com
Pretend like you remember what it was like to own a walkman. Though I know the mock stop, forward, pause, rewind-function will have some of you remembering having to flip the tape over. Only your old skool walkman didn’t have a SD memory card. www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk
All this talk makes me think of…
Space Invaders Ice Cube Tray
The geek in me wants to invite folk over just to be able to offer them a drink. I mean, come on…they are Space Invaders. ‘nough said. www.thinkgeek.com
The Pop-Up Book of Phobias
Nothing like having what scares you the most, pop up in your face. Warning: Macabre pop-ups could induce pants wetting if you’re still making regular psychologist visits. www.amazon.com
posted by Ginger Rudolph