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Jon Mesa stands on the backpieces of giants (in his Converse Chuck Taylor All Star IIs). Mesa, one of the greatest contemporary tattoo artists respects the past tattooers and, with his take on the medium has updated tattoo designs to make sure that the craft evolves, building on its solid foundation.
Another piece of wearable art, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, has been on cool kids for 98 years. The designers at Converse have also tweaked the almost-century-old sneaker to be more comfortable and modern while keeping the cool classic silhouette. "The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II is a sneaker that started with one simple notion: obsession,” says Richard Copcutt, Vice President/General Manager of Converse All Star. “We listened and took it to heart that people love their Chucks and want sneakers that are built to enable them to do more. The Chuck II is the full expression of this consumer obsession, staying true to the DNA of the original.” Announced today, the Chuck Taylor All Star II has a Nike Lunarlon sock liner for superior full foot cushioning and arch support, a foam padded collar and non-slip gusseted tongue for 360-degree comfort and a perforated micro suede liner, for breathability during extended periods of wear.
“The Chuck Taylor All Star is one of the most legendary and iconic sneakers of all time,” says Jim Calhoun, Converse President and CEO. “The launch of Chuck II is a ground-breaking moment for Converse as we continue to move the brand forward through creativity and innovation, ushering in not just a new sneaker, but a completely new way of thinking.”
The Chuck II is the perfect footwear to find on the soles of Mesa’s feet or any artist and innovator. As you’ll see in this “A Day In The Life” video of the master artisan, his work is of the time and for all times.
“When I am done tattooing,” he says, "I hope that I’m missed in my industry. I hope that I inspired enough people to pursue what I chose to pursue. I want to motivate people but I also want to make sure that everything I left behind is appreciated and relevant.”
Below the video are more looks at the new Chuck IIs.