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DIY DOC’S: ROSIE TOOLE

In DIY Docs, we take a look at how illustrators, artists and designers put their stamp on Dr. Martens shoes. Painting, tattooing or de-constructing – we’re giving them the creative freedom to express themselves off of the canvas. 
 
Meet our next DIY Docs artist Rosie Toole, who has customised our Crazy Horse 1460 boots. Find out more about her art and what she stands for below: 
 

Rosie Toole
Rosie Toole.
 
 
Introduce yourself:
Hey! My name is Rosie and I’m a Fine Art graduate currently residing in sunny Brighton. I’m an artist and also work at the Brighton Dr. Martens store. 
 
Who or what do you take inspiration from?
I take inspiration from movies, music, painters, photographers, nature… everything really! Photo-realism really captivated me when I was younger and artists such as Chuck Close, Duane Hanson and Gottfried Helnwein were a big source of inspiration. I’m really into film which is very evident in my work, pretty much everything I’ve drawn/painted over the past couple of years has related to film! Music is very important to me so that has shaped my life considerably and influenced a lot of my earlier art work. I was a punk kid growing up and have held on to a lot of the values that punk and hardcore taught me. There are tons of amazing artists around at the moment that are a great source of inspiration. One of my favourites is Paul X Johnson, his work is incredibly beautiful. 
 
Examples of Rosie Tooles artwork: Barton Fink.
Examples of Rosie Tooles artwork: Barton Fink.
 
 
Do you have an illustration or project you’re most proud of?
One project that I really take joy in being a part of is Shelf Heroes, which is a zine about movies by a great guy called Ben Smith. Each issue covers movies corresponding with a different letter of the Alphabet. We’re currently up to Issue E, so I recently completed a drawing of my all time favourite badass Snake Plissken from Escape from New York. Being a huge fan of film, being involved is a pretty good deal. 
 
Examples of Rosie Tooles artwork.
Examples of Rosie Tooles artwork: Snake Plissken.
 
 
The piece of work that I’m most proud of is a painting of Daniel Plainview from my favourite movie There Will Be Blood. I put a lot of work into it and it got a great response, and actually sent it off to it’s forever home in Portland a couple of weeks ago. It was tough parting with it. 
 
Rosie Tooles artwork of Daniel Plainview.
Examples of Rosie Tooles artwork: Daniel Plainview.
 
 
Talk us through your customised Dr. Martens, was it a challenge working on a pair of boots?
I chose to paint onto a leather that didn’t need de-glazed, so went with some Aztec 1460s which are made out of quite a dry leather that has a nice tooth to it. Brown is quite a natural colour so I went with a ‘nature’ theme and chose two gnarly American animals – a bison and a black bear. I think the hardest part was working with the space on the boots, as well as trying not to make any mistakes! I kept them quite simple as I didn’t want them to look too cluttered. 
 
Rosie Tooles customised 1460 Crazy Horse boots.
Rosie Tooles customised 1460 Crazy Horse boots.
 
 
Name three tracks you can’t hear enough of:
1. Pissed Jeans – Boring Girls
2. Ceremony – M.C.D.F
3. Minor Threat – Out Of Step 
 
If you could have any super-power, what would it be?
I’d be some sort of dog whisperer because dogs rule. 
 
If you could draw anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
I’ve already drawn him, Kurt Russell of course! 
 
Rosie Tooles customised 1460 Crazy Horse boots.
Rosie Tooles customised 1460 Crazy Horse boots.
 
 
Tell us your favourite thing about the city you live in:
Brighton is extremely laid back and creative which I love. It’s very dog friendly here so dog spotting is a hobby that me and most of my friends have taken up. 
 
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens:
My mum used to dress me in Dr. Martens when I was a kid. I still have a pair which are embossed with tiny little animals, they’re gorgeous. 
 
And finally, what do you stand for?
I stand for being kind. And PMA every day! 
 
Check out Rosie Toole on her website, and Instagram