Converse x Black Sabbath

July 9th, 2014

VIDEO: Converse x Black Sabbath, Part 1

Just as they inspired Converse and the collection, Black Sabbath continue to inspire countless musicians the world over. We interviewed artists in the metal world and beyond to get their take on their favorite Black Sabbath album, and the guttural reactions these albums still generate.

Revered metal musicians and industry professionals discuss Black Sabbath’s legendary 1970 debut album, which marked the beginning of heavy metal music and culture. Includes interviews with members of Candiria, Mutoid Man, Nuclear Blast Records, and More!

The latest Converse x Black Sabbath collection builds from where the first two collections left off – inspired by one of the greatest bands of all time, Converse has created three new sneakers for the Fall season. The collaboration features album artwork from Black Sabbath’s most groundbreaking records “Never Say Die” and “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” designed by acclaimed illustrator Drew Struzan, as well as iconic live photography.

Converse x Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath is credited with creating “heavy metal” and their genre-defining music marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Since debuting in 1969, Black Sabbath has inspired millions to unleash their creative spirit through music. One of the most iconic bands of all time has once again teamed up with one of the most iconic sneakers of all time for a truly special Converse Chuck Taylor All Star collection.

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Black Sabbath collection will be available at Converse stores and on Converse.com beginning Thursday, July 10 with each style retailing for $60 USD.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Black Sabbath Live (White)

Black Sabbath Live

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Black Sabbath Live hi-top features an iconic black and white concert photo of Ozzy giving a double peace sign while the band jams in the background on the fabric upper. The tongue label features the black stitched band logo.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black / Red)

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sabbath Bloody Sabbath hi-top features canvas uppers printed with cover art from one of Black Sabbath’s heaviest and most loved records, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” which was recorded in the dungeons of the Clearwell Castle in England. The album artwork by legendary artist Drew Struzan captures the mood and vibe of those recording sessions. The stitched “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” tongue label features the same text font as the album cover. The shoe’s fabric upper features imagery from the cover art.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Never Say Die (Black / Gold)

Never Say Die

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Never Say Die hi-top features the logo and cover art from Black Sabbath’s last studio album with their original lineup, “Never Say Die.” The cover art was created by one of the most iconic artists in rock music, Storm Thorgerson, who was part of the Hipgnosis Collective that created several legendary album covers. The stitched “Never Say Die” tongue label features the same text font as the album cover and the album image is printed on the fabric upper.

Pontus Alv

June 23rd, 2014

Hometown:
I am from a small town called Malmö which is located in southern Sweden. It’s small but it has an amazing skateboard community and an amazing support from the city. Malmö city’s vision is to be one of the best skateboard cities in the world. I think we are on a really good way to get there thanks to all the great people here involved with the cities development. .

Sponsors:
I am kind of semi-retired in my head and I just want to skate and do my things and just be me. This is what works the best for me. Basically feel free and have fun with no pressure. So this personality these ideas and visions are supported by Converse CONS & Carhartt and the platform / stage is called Polar Skate Co. It’s all a film to me or a game of chess.

First skateboard?
My first real professional board was a second hand Bill Danforth Alva pro-model. I bought it from a kid down the street. A few years ago Bill Danforth was invited to Malmö city and I met him. It was a epic moment. I will never forget his frontside wallride off a jumpramp with no shirt on and he rides away with this gnarly face. As a kid I was super scared of him and the rest of the Alva hooligans!

What gets you hyped to skate?
All this new fresh energy right now in skateboarding. A lot of new cool dudes taking control starting brands and pushing out new ideas and visions. A lot of new rad skaters pushing skateboarding in rad creative ways experimenting with classic rad elements. I am really happy that style attitude vibe soul and other creative forms are being pushed again. For a while skateboarding became too much of a trick hammer program and we lost the idea of the soul the riding the fun the playfull elements. Its just a piece of wood with four wheels similar to a toy a instrument. Lets play with it again joke with it and just mess around. I am stoked to see people in videos again playing laughing smiling and not taking this culture to serious. Well bottom line skateboard culture is alive again and we are going in a very fun interesting direction right now. Really excited to see the next years unfold. Stoked!

What inspires you?
Life, sex, food, good drinks, I am really weak for long legs with a great ass. You can find inspiration everywhere it depends on what kind of inspiration you are looking for. Lately I been really into feeding pigeons outside my local supermarket. I really like to watch study other forms of life to see how they do their things. How does pigeons make love? How do they sleep? Things like that.

What is your favorite place?
Malmö, Copenhagen, New York, Paris, Tokyo, so far more to be explored.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
From Converse; Jack Purcell and the One Star. Classic stuff. Other than that, I really like all vintage running shoes, some old Nike stuff etc. So much good stuff has been produced.

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Don “Nuge” Nguyen

June 23rd, 2014

Hometown:
Oklahoma City, OK.

Sponsors:
Baker, Independent, Converse CONS, OJ’s, Shake Junt, Hard Luck, Active, Happy Hour, Vol. 4, Goal Zero, Loud, Psockadelic.

First skateboard?
First board was a Variflex, first real set up was a Vision Mark Gonzalez with Indys and OJ-II’s

What gets you hyped to skate?
My friends get me real hyped to skate. Just being outside pushing and skating with the homies is the best feeling that cannot be replaced. I wake up everyday thinking about skating first. its really weird.

What inspires you?
Being able to be on the road. Traveling and music are a big inspiration. I want to travel forever.

What is your favorite place?
Barcelona and Copenhagen.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
The Nick Trappasso Pro II goes!

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Sean Pablo

June 23rd, 2014

Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA.

Sponsors:
Fucking Awesome, Supreme, Converse CONS.

First skateboard?
Stereo Jason Lee board. I was super young, like 9 or 10.

What gets you hyped to skate?
Watching my friends skate.

What inspires you?
Steve McQueen.

What is your favorite place?
New York City.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
Boat shoe.

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Sage Elsesser

June 23rd, 2014

Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA.

Sponsors:
Fucking Awesome, Supreme, Converse CONS.

First skateboard?
Real young, about 7 or 8.

What gets you hyped to skate?
Watching Aidan Mackey.

What inspires you?
Friends and Family.

What is your favorite place?
Landmark Diner.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
Chuck Taylor.

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Jake Johnson

June 23rd, 2014

Hometown:
State College, PA.

Sponsors:
Alien Workshop, Independent, Converse CONS, Hard Luck, OJ’s.

First skateboard?
A Shorty’s Lucky Charm’s man graphic.

What gets you hyped to skate?
Hard working people.

What inspires you?
Lazy animals.

What is your favorite place?
The center.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
The KA-II.

Photos:

Ben Raemers

June 23rd, 2014

Hometown:
San Jose, CA and London, UK.

Sponsors:
Enjoi, Independent, Converse CONS, Volcom, Lost Art skate shop.

First skateboard?
First skateboard was a fishtail board with plastic wheels from a toy shop when I was 7.

What gets you hyped to skate?
Being on a trip skating new spots I’ve never been to before.

What inspires you?
Skating with my friends.

What is your favorite place?
Cayman Islands.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
The Star Player Ox.

Photos:

Louie Lopez

June 23rd, 2014

Hometown:
Hawthorne, CA.

Sponsors:
Flip, Independent, Converse CONS, Ricta, Volcom, Bones, Loud, Mob.

First skateboard?
My first skateboard was a beat up all plastic board from the swap meet that I got when I was 5.

What gets you hyped to skate?
The feeling of rolling away from a new trick or landing something that you worked hard for is what keeps me going. There’s no other comparable feeling.

What inspires you?
Reynolds is a huge inspiration to me. He’s been holding it down for years and shows no sign of slowing down.

What is your favorite place?
Australia.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
The CTS in suede and the Star Player Ox.

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Nick Trapasso

June 22nd, 2014

Hometown:
Phoenix, AZ.

Sponsors:
LE, Thunder, Converse CONS, Pig Wheels, Shake Junt, Hard Luck, Cowtown, Pyramid Country.

What was your first skateboard?
A Nash.

What gets you hyped to skate?
Good music and good friends.

What inspires you?
My friends.

What is your favorite place?
Long Beach, CA.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
The Trapasso Pro II right now.

Photos:

Mike Anderson

June 22nd, 2014

Hometown:
Ventura, CA.

Sponsors:
Krooked, Independent, Converse CONS, Spitfire, Loud, Hard Luck, Matix, Hombre, Mob, Five Points skate shop.

What was your first skateboard?
Got my first real skateboard at five. It was a Powell black panther logo board. Had to go through some gnarly surgeries removing rumors from my foot, then picked up the board again at six or seven.

What gets you hyped to skate?
Not keeping up with skating gets me hyped. When I go online I usually get bummed out on what skateboarding is becoming. There’s still hope, so I get hyped.

What inspires you?
My family, friends, laughter, woodwork, skateboarding, good food, sleep.

What is your favorite place?
My backyard.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
Star Player is my favorite. Love the CTAS Pro as well.

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