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Art, Dr. Martens Collaborates


In partnership with Tate Britain we’ve used the artwork of English painter William Blake to subvert classic Dr. Martens styles into pieces of wearable art. John Stachiewicz, Commercial Director, Tate Enterprises said: “William Blake is one of the best loved artists on display at Tate Britain and we’re delighted to be working with Dr. Martens on this new range featuring his work. Blake’s wild imagination and visionary paintings have been hugely influential over the past 200 years, and they continue to inspire artists and designers to this day.” Blake is a true rebel and the ideal artist to elevate DM’s shoes and accessories. Read on to find out more about one of England’s most important artists…


‘The House of Death’ and ‘Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils’


Born and bred Londoner William Blake was a painter, writer and revolutionary whose work dealt with religion and mysticism. A man with strong beliefs both politically and creatively, Blake was thought of as a visionary by a small band of loyal followers (and a kook by everyone else); it only was after his death that his talent was fully appreciated by the masses.

A natural renegade, the poor and penniless Blake worked hard to seek out commissions, he also self-published pamphlets of prints and poetry. With this free-thinking, creative and pioneering attitude – Blake perfectly embodies the spirit of a Dr. Martens wearer.

We’ve used two of his most famous and provocative paintings; Satan Smiting Job with Sore Boils c. 1826 and The House of Death c. 1795 on shoes, boots, bags and tees.


The William Blake 1460 boot.
The William Blake 1461 shoe.


11″ William Blake Satchel


The Tate Britain have created a special film to celebrate the collaboration, check it out below.

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