Daniel Johnston was an outsider musician whose struggles with mental health inadvertently created some of the best music and art of his generation.
Touted as a legend due to the striking rawness of his music and similarly, the pain behind his art, Johnston left behind a legacy for those who never felt like they belonged.
While his life was shadowed in darkness as depicted in the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, his eccentricity and energy pierced through and the larger-than-life artist is known more for the art birthed from his pain than the pain itself.
Since his music and illustrations resonated with many other “outsiders”, it has since been translated into prints in modern day to celebrate the late artist’s legacy.
In 2020, Austin, Texas-based No-Comply Skateshop teamed up with Vans to honour Johnston in a second collection following their initial release in 2019.
The drop consisted of takes on the Old Skool, Authentic and Slip-On silhouettes featuring Johnston’s signature illustrations.
Check out the photos below:
For those familiar with Johnston, the Hi, How Are You album is one of the most important bodies of work in Johnston’s discography, which was left unfinished due to the artist’s unrelenting struggles with mental health.
Bringing things full-circle, Hi, How Are You has been turned into an organisation of the same name that champions mental health and all proceeds from the collection went directly into it.
This year, the duo collaborated again on another exclusive collection to honour the artist.
Integrating Johnston’s illustrations onto their Half Cab, Grosso Mid, and Trek slipper silhouettes this time for No-Comply’s 15th anniversary, a portion of the sales will still be directed towards the Hi, How Are You project.
Check it out below:
The entire collection will be sold exclusively through No-Comply Skateshops as well as at a pop-up store in The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center on March 19 and March 20.
A wider release at Vans skate retailers will happen on March 24.