“When I was young, I still remember getting my first pair of ‘Chucks”
Mike Muir’s relationship with Converse started long before he became the lead vocalist of the cult crossover metal thrash band, Suicidal Tendencies.
“When I was young, I still remember getting my first pair of ‘Chucks’ for my birthday and how stoked I was to wear them to school the next day,” says Muir, reflecting on the iconic sneaker. “It was almost like a rite of passage, the beautiful thing about them is whatever ‘direction’ you were headed, you could go there with your Chucks.”
In this spirit, which defines the Hardcore and DIY attitude, Muir’s path led him to founding Suicidal Tendencies in 1980 in Venice, California. Widely recognized as the godfathers of crossover metal thrash, the band, of which Muir is the only remaining original member, achieved first success with its 1983 self-titled debut album. It spawned the single, “Institutionalized,” one of the first hardcore punk videos to receive substantial airplay on MTV.
30 years later, Converse collaborates with Suicidal Tendencies as they revisit their Cyco Punk aggressions with the upcoming album, “STill Cyco Punk After All These Years.”
Converse X Suicidal Tendencies is a collection of Chuck 70’s and accompanying apparel based on digital and screen-printed graphics in the classic style of Ric Clayton, who designed posters and fliers for the band back in the ‘80s.
The Chuck 70 HI’s vintage canvas upper features an all-over digital print and the Suicidal Tendencies leather patch on the lateral side. An Ox version comes in black with an all over digitally-printed lining, with
Suicidal Tendencies logo is printed on the tongue and heal. Both the Hi and the Ox pair feature two sets of additional laces including a Suicidal Tendencies printed logo lace.
All apparel which feature original, screen printed Suicidal Tendencies artwork, include a woven poplin shirt, two pull over hoodies, a pair of sweatpants, a pair of sweatshorts, one long sleeve tee, and two short sleeve tees.
“Just as young Mike will never forget putting on his first pair of Chucks I can’t wait to relive that amazing feeling with the new Converse x Suicidal Tendencies, a massively proud moment for the band, our fans and of course me personally!” – Mike Muir
The new Converse x Suicidal Tendencies collection is available at Baseline and selected retailers.
The footwear will retail for a RSP: Lo R999.95
About Suicidal Tendencies
SuicidalTendenciesare an American crossover thrash band founded in 1980 in Venice, California by vocalist, Mike Muir, who is the only remaining original member of the band. Suicidal Tendencies achieved their first success with their 1983 self-titled debut album. It spawned the single, “Institutionalized,” which was one of the first hardcore punk videos to receive substantial airplay on MTV.
Mike Muir – lead vocals
Dean Pleasants – guitars, backing vocals Dave Lombardo – drums
Ra Díaz – bass, backing vocals
Ben Weinman – live guitars