Love Me, the signature of artist Curtis Kulig is the perfect mantra for Valentine's Day. The iconic image, which has been seen in galleries and on rooftops around the world, has already appeared in collaborations with such major brand as Ace Hotels, Burton, Citizens of Humanity, Converse, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Estee Lauder Cosmetics, HBO, Nike, Obey Clothing, and The Standard Hotel.
First, some images of Love Me public art by Curtis Kulig:
Some original available Love Me art by Curtis Kulig:
above: Love Me, 2011, oil on canvas, 36 x 36in, available at 618 Gallery
above: Love Me, 2011, neon sculpture, 24 x 36in, available at 618 Gallery
above: various Love Me prints by Curtis Kulig are available at Poster Child Prints
Now, the latest to adopt the script artwork for branded Valentine's Day products is Vans, Smashbox Cosmetics, Urban Outfitters and Theory11 Playing Cards.
Vans 2013 Curtis Kulig Love Me Collection
LOVE ME is featured in three distinct looks on Vans Classics. The Vans iconic red Authentic is adorned with an all over embroidered LOVE ME while the Checkerboard Slip-On becomes the canvas to a paint splatter design. Finally, the SK8-Hi Slim, a women’s specific style, features an oversize embroidered LOVE ME on the side panel.
Shop the Curtis Kulig Love Me Vans here
Smashbox Love Me 2013 Spring Collection.
A limited collection of art meeting beauty. Two eyeshadow palettes, a red lipstick, two lip glosses, an eyeliner and a blush designed to emulate and /or incorporate the artists paint pens, signature colors and iconic script 'Love Me' image.
Shop the Smashbox Love Me collection here
Urban Outfitters Love Me by Curtis Kulig Collection
Clothing, tote bags, socks, flask, bed sheets and more are available in the Urban Outfitters 2013 Spring Curtis Kulig Love Me Collection
Shop the UO Love Me by Curtis Kulig items here
Love Me Playing Cards by Curtis Kulig for Theory11
The new set of playing cards hand illustrated by Kulig and produced by Theory11 are made in the USA on FSC-certified paper derived from sustainable forests using vegetable-based inks.
The cards feature an original Ace of Spades, Joker, Back Design, Box Design, Sticker Seal, and Ace of Hearts - renamed the Ace of Love. The box is striking, with vibrant red foil accents on premium, fine-linen paper.
In stock now for immediate shipping worldwide, they make a great affordable Valentine's Day gift. Produced and Distributed by theory11. Arrangement by Michael James and Jonathan Bayme. Love Me™ Artwork © 2005. Buy them here.
Curtis Kulig's Love Me Blog
Love Me™ is a Registered Trademark of Curtis Kulig.
Kenzo and Vans have collaborated for the first time: from May to July, three capsule collections of Vans shoes will be available. First up is the Era skate shoe, revisited by Kenzo’s designers in seven different colours, and available mid-May in both men's and women's models, with prices starting at €90 ($119).
“We grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and we’ve been fans of Vans since we were very young: we have so many pairs of their shoes that it would be impossible to count them”, explained Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Artistic Directors of Kenzo since July 2011 and also founders of the American label Opening Ceremony.
The three collections will be on sale in Kenzo’s boutiques, on Vans’s website and at a selection of retailers such as Colette, Harvey Nichols, Bosco Milan and Lane Crawford.
Marc Jacobs is fast becoming the King of Collaborations and although he's been creating Vans since 2006, I haven't liked most of them until these two pairs from his Vans X collection.
The line art of a traditional perforated leather saddle shoe and that of a classic tennis shoe printed on a plain natural canvas pair of Vans turn these casual slip on shoes into witty pieces of art.
Want them? buy them here
And while you're at it, read a nice article on the history of Vans at Sneaker Freaker here.