In late 2018, Converse recruited Tyler, the Creator to curate an artist series of new sneakers. The latest installment drops today, and it features a Chuck 70 decorated by 21-year-old artist Spencer McMullen.
“After growing up with the brand, applying my artwork to this sneaker was really a dream come true,” said McMullen in a statement. “But I didn’t want to disrupt the silhouette too much, because it is perfect in its simplicity. So, over a few months, I worked on new drawings and paintings to feature on the canvas, pulling inspiration from real stories that are documented around me — like books and photos on the internet of my life back in Jacksonville. I also kept a new, blank Chuck 70 on my desk to look at every day and I spread all my work on the floor around me to assess and arrange in different ways.”
Tyler first met the Jacksonville-raised, Los Angeles-based artist five years ago and shared one of his illustrations on Instagram. The rapper/designer has followed McMullen’s creative evolution ever since and handpicked him to design what Converse describes as a “modern ode to the Chuck Taylor All Star.” The sneakers feature different custom illustrations on premium canvas material.
The McMullen-illustrated kicks are available here and at select retailers for $100.