Hailed as one of Britain’s most influential graphic artists, Mark Wigan has been gaining recognition for his artistic representations of sub cultures since the early ‘80s. His illustrations and polaroid night club portraits have been published in the likes of NME and iD magazine, the Andy Warhol was a huge fan of his work, and Japan look upon him as a multimedia celebrity. With such an impressive list of accomplishments under his belt, it’s pretty easy to see why Dr Martens were keen to partner up with him.
Mark Wigan’s parents once owned a discotheque, and he attributes this upbringing to his passion for using nightclubs as an alternative art gallery. Those who attended this genre of clubs were dressed extravagantly, boldly, vibrantly and over-the-top; Wigan viewed these party people as ‘walking works of art’. He began snapping polaroids of New York clubs in the early ‘80s, from there, he started creating drawings based on what he’d seen. Beautiful patterns and Aboriginal art-inspired dancing shapes emerged from the bizarre habits and colourful inhabitants of rave culture, now revered as accurate documentation of the fashion, attitudes and interests that defined the subculture.
For his collaboration with Dr. Martens, Wigan has adorned timeless Dr Martens silhouettes with his fun and outlandish illustrations – and we couldn’t be prouder to stock them here at schuh.