With an itch to create a truly one-of-a-kind product, Oak Street Bootmakers looked to famed tattoo artist Mario Desa to ink up a pair of its classic Trench Boots. While the art of tattooing is traditionally left to the skin, the idea of marking up treated cowhide makes sense (remember these?). Desa embedded traditional American and Mexican motifs like skulls, hearts, daggers and panthers through out the boot. "I just thought of it the way I would think of laying out someone's arm." The end result is a boot filled to its toe-cap in hand-drawn tattoos -- this couldn't have been cheap.
Typically we would be interested to see a beautiful patina after hard wear, but we hear that Oak Street intends to keep these as more of an art piece. We don't blame them. Make sure to watch the video to get a full look at the creative process behind the project.