Denim authority G-Star RAW and tattoo icon Henk Schiffmacher are celebrating uniqueness. Artistic and personal expression on a blank canvas. Brought to life through limited-edition denim dungarees, with only 250 units available globally, each signed, numbered and designed by Schiffmacher.
Countless pop stars and celebrities like Kurt Cobain, Lady Gaga and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have travelled to Amsterdam to get a permanent piece of art by Henk Schiffmacher, who is a living legend in the tattoo world.
Full of history, symbols and mythology, the dungarees have a straight fit with various stitches – a reference to ancient tribal tattoos and the origins of the art of tattooing and the tattoos that Schiffmacher has on his legs.
“I wear overalls every day, the garment allows you to move freely, allowing you to practice your trade,” says Schiffmacher. “As a result, the origin of the overall may be traced back to workman’s clothes and the history of the profession that I do. I’ll wear them till they’re gone!”
The dungarees have “wear and tear” patches, inspired by old dungarees belonging to Schiffmacher and embroidered graphics including a winking skull smiley, Schiffmacher’s famous visual autograph inspired by a wooden cross with a skull that he found in Mexico.
Other features of the dungarees include reinforced denim pads on the upper legs, multiple patch pockets, zipper closure at the front and shank button closure at the sides. The cinch at the back and on the shoulder straps offer adjustability in height and width.
The dungarees are made from Higa Denim, which has a deep indigo with slight green cast resembling the natural oxidation process which happens over time on vintage indigo dyed jeans.
Schiffmacher has one of the largest private collections of contemporary and historical tattoo ephemera on earth. The tattoo artist and historian has published over twenty books, the latest of which is TATTOO. Published by the world-renowned TASCHEN Books, TATTOO details tattoo artifacts and designs and takes you on a personal journey through the history of tattooing from the 1730s to the 1970s.
The G-Star RAW x Henk Schiffmacher Dungarees are available in limited numbers from G-Star RAW stores in the V&A Waterfront, Mall of Africa and Sandton City.