drawing – Dr. Martens first love

boots,drawing — Danielle on February 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Dr. Martens Canada asked me to submit an image that represented “first love” which is an appropriate coincidence because my experience of first love was simultaneous with the acquisition of my first new (not second-hand) pair of Dr. Martens, a chunky, 90s-style 1460 quad, their much-worn appearance is recorded here.

The specificity of the boot style is important – as is the motorcycle (his first, a much-loved vintage Honda 400 if I recall correctly). The tightness of the illustration is important, because we both liked to draw, and descriptive detail and obsessive cross-hatching echoes the way we drew then. Everything else is just smudged in, obscured by obsolete technology, remaining only in our brains and perhaps boxes in our parent’s homes.

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    4 Comments »

    1. Awesome image. Congrats!

      Comment by Olivia — February 16 2012 @ 5:04 pm
    2. Oh! I love this. The detail in the denim is great, but the story behind the image takes it to a new level.

      Comment by Lady Danburry — February 16 2012 @ 6:18 pm
    3. Special on all levels….I have good memories of boys and ‘buzzbikes’ as they were called then but jeans and Docs came much later…my boots bought in Amsterdam in the late 80’s are still going strong.

      Comment by Lorna Currie Thomopoulos — February 17 2012 @ 11:36 am
    4. Love that drawing! I too found my first love in a pair of Docs. It was the most money I had ever spent on shoes in my 16 years on the planet. I loved those shoes. Then everyone started wearing them and I (a la the bike dude on “Portlandia”) declared them to be OVER! so I cut the tops and painted the toes green. I was an idiot.

      Comment by Cameo — February 18 2012 @ 3:46 pm

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