WACKO MARIA Readies Jean-Michel Basquiat Hawaiian Shirts
No one does a graphic shirt better than WACKO MARIA and few blue-chip artists are better suited to an all-over print than Jean-Michel Basquiat, who again graces a round of WACKO MARIA’s signature Hawaiian shirts.
Basquiat shirts have become a WACKO MARIA tradition over the years, with previous editions launching for Spring/Summer 2020 and 2021, always incorporating the late artist’s illustrative paintings in an all-over print.
For WACKO MARIA SS22, the Basquiat designs are back and as vivid as ever, with three new shirts graced from front to back by works from Artestar’s Basquiat collection.
Each lightweight short-sleeved, camp-collar shirt sports an all-over printed painting, which will surely look even more impressive IRL when they launch April 30 for ¥38,500 (about $300) apiece at select WACKO MARIA stockists.
They’ll be in good company with WACKO MARIA’s other seasonal pop culture collaborations, which include multi-millionaire Bob Dylan, legendary proto-slasher flick The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans.
WACKO MARIA’s signature statement shirts are arguably the best part of its seasonal collections: the Japanese brand rarely serves up anything too crazy, otherwise, despite (or perhaps due to) its frequent collaborations with likeminded labels like NANGA and Dickies.
That is, of course, just fine by WACKO MARIA’s customers, who certainly don’t come to the brand for trendy flexes or adventurous new silhouettes.
The WACKO MARIA fan instead enjoys the reliability of the Japanese brand’s classic blazers, skater-y coaches jackets, leopard-printed accessories, and creased work pants, channeling a ’50s-era greaser with an appreciation for horror films, hip-hop, and jazz.