Graffiti artist Futura has teamed up with Beats by Dre to design special-edition headphones

The graffiti artist Futura, born Leonard McGurr in New York, rose to prominence in the 1970s by tagging subway cars with his futuristic and abstract drawings, and as part of the “Subway School” of artists (see also: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf) who defined the city’s cultural landscape in the 1980s.

He also created album covers for The Clash and painted large-scale canvases live on stage during their performances.

Hip-hop is more his style, however. So, amid a slew of partnerships with companies ranging from Nike to Louis Vuitton to his design studio, Futura Laboratories, the artist’s new collaboration with Beats by Dre makes perfect sense.

Futura 2000. Courtesy BFA and the artist.

This is the second time Futura has teamed up with the Apple-owned brand, which was founded by rapper and producer Dr. Dre with Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine. Almost a decade ago, they launched the Solo HD headphones embossed with the artist’s signature “atom” pattern.

Now that glyph adorns a special-edition noise-cancelling wireless earbuds for Apple and Android devices, featuring transparency mode, Class 1 Bluetooth, and up to eight hours of listening time (handy for street performers working late).

“Music has always been a necessity in my creative space,” Futura said in a statement, and perhaps especially lately: the artist is preparing to open “TARPESTRIES” at Eric Firestone Gallery and its new space. , the Garage, in East Hampton. month (August 6 to September 18, 2022). They will be exhibiting his latest body of work, featuring layers of spray paint on unframed, industrial-size tarps.

Meanwhile, for the launch of its Beats by Dre headphones, Futura curated a playlist for Apple Music that reflects New York’s old-school street art scene, featuring tracks by Gil Scott-Heron. , A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan and (yes) Dr Dre.

The special edition Beats Studio Buds are available for purchase for $149.99 starting tomorrow, July 30 at 7:00 a.m. EST, through Futura Laboratories Online, End Clothing, and the Beats WeChat store.

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