This summer, we teamed up with the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City for their exhibition, “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die.” The exhibition explores the visual language of punk, showcasing hundreds of punk’s most memorable graphics. To celebrate the DIY spirit of the Punk movement, MAD is hosting a series of artists to live-customize Docs at the gallery. For the August event, illustrator Sarah Myers transformed two pairs of 1460s, each with unique designs. Keep reading to see the boots and learn more about the artist.
Introduce yourself. Tell us who you are, what you do, and where you’re from.
My name is Sarah Myers, and I am an illustrator and violinist originally from Michigan.
How did you get started doing illustration?
I have always been drawing, ever since I was a kid. My childhood best friend and I constantly had notebooks with us that we filled with ideas and sketches. We even had a comic book stand one summer (in the classic lemonade stand style).
Though I’ve always been an illustrator, I started working on making it into a career about four years ago when I moved to New York. Some of the first projects I worked on were collaborations with local musicians, creating posters and album artwork. I love being able to combine my two passions (music and art), so these are always so much fun to work on.
What is your preferred medium? Are there any mediums you’re experimenting with?
Usually, I work in hand-illustration, using pencils, inks, and markers. Recently I have been experimenting more with paints – watercolors, acrylic, and gouache mainly. The Posca pens are a great transition tool for me, as you use them the same way you use a pen or pencil. I’m also working on getting better at creating digitally, as that’s such an important skill set right now.
Tell us about the inspiration behind the design you created for MAD Museum x Dr. Martens.
For these designs, I was inspired by classic tattoo imagery and the limited color palette of the Posca paint pens. I also really wanted to make something that was unique/recognizable to my personal art style, so of course, I had to include badass ladies somehow.
What do you love most about New York City?
I love the diversity and vibrancy of the city – it’s so inspiring. It can feel overwhelming at times, but as I’ve lived here longer I find myself feeling more and more comfortable with the pace and size. It’s amazing to be able to go out (even for just a few minutes) and see something inspiring – be it street art, architecture, or just someone wearing something amazing or standing in a certain way.
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens.
I was super late to the Doc Martens game…it wasn’t until I was in college (I think I was 19?) that I got my first pair of Docs. They were the Flora Chelsea Boots, and I still have them!
What do you do when you’re not working? Do you have any other hobbies or talents?
Like I mentioned earlier, I’m also a violinist – I was a professional musician for several years; played tons of weddings and performed in a band. Though I’m focusing on illustration at the moment, I still love to play music and teach! I have a few students right now and it’s so rewarding to work with them. I also love to read in my remaining free time.